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Architect’s midcentury modern retreat asks $645K, fetches contract in days

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Surrounded by gardens, 1957 Buckhead dwelling excels in flow between rooms, exterior hangs

A photo of The multifaceted entryways off Milmar Drive.
The multifaceted entryway off Milmar Drive.
Harry Norman Realtors

Near the leafy section of Buckhead where Moores Mill Road meets Interstate 75, tucked inconspicuously back from the road, the longtime midcentury modern home of local architect Frances Zook recently came to market—and was quickly snatched.

Bought in 2001 by Zook and her husband, Jim, for a relative song, the split-level 1957 dwelling has an atypical layout with numerous outdoor options for socializing, all hugged by gardens and mature woods with a babbling creek.

It’s hardly an open floorplan by today’s standards, but that doesn’t restrict the room-to-room flow in what’s described as a MCM “classic.” Aiding that sense of openness is natural light that floods in from an abundance of large windows.

Zook told Patch Buckhead in a 2012 interview she grew fond of midcentury modern style while living in Austin, and immediately began major interior and exterior renovations upon laying claim to the Buckhead dwelling nearly two decades ago.

Today, it counts four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a new kitchen, and one very usable media room on the terrace level.

The property was listed at $645,000 in late March by Harry Norman Realtors and landed a contract in about four days.

The two-vehicle carport pulls double-duty as an additional exterior hangout and basketball venue.
Glass-filled main entry.
Sitting area off the kitchen.
Stone-floor patio—one of several.
Back into the kitchen, with its elevated wood dining island.
Angular windows in one dining space.
Courtyard near the front entrance.
Master bedroom.
One facet of the master bathroom, with skylight.
And another.
Downstairs, a loungy television room with built-ins.
And a full bathroom.