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Could demolition be in the cards for pristine midcentury modern near Chastain Park?

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Buckhead four-bedroom from 1968 has clearly been cared for

The facade’s unmistakable MCM design facets are joined by manicured landscaping in the front yard.
The facade’s unmistakable MCM design facets are joined by manicured landscaping in the front yard.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties

As noted on these pages a year ago, the marketing of irreplaceable midcentury modern homes as potential teardowns has become more common in Atlanta as the market has reached piping-hot status and land values soared, especially in high-dollar locales like Sherwood Forest and Chastain Park.

A new listing in the latter neighborhood is so clearly well-kept, it could present the most egregious example of teardown mania yet, should that fate befall it.

Which isn’t to say the property, located just five doors east of Atlanta’s largest park, is being marketed as merely a primo piece of land. In fact, the opposite is true.

Called “beautiful” and “meticulously maintained inside and out” in the listing, this four-bedroom at 51 Carlton Drive was listed last week at $875,000 by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties.

That’s no small ask, but it’s among the half-dozen cheapest houses in the area, and it occupies more than a half-acre.

Off the entry, find a living room with vaulted ceilings and a fireplace.

Despite the home’s pristine condition, a source tells Curbed Atlanta that discussions at an open house for the property this past weekend involved tearing the home down and building larger.

We’re told the sellers have owned the home since it was built, which isn’t surprising.

It’s O.G. open concept, with so many MCM hallmarks throughout, beginning with vaulted ceilings. Furnishings, for now, appear to be as vintage as the paneled walls, folding room-dividers, and floral wall-coverings.

Property records indicate the square footage is just a hair over 1,900, and the bathroom count is three. It’s a safe bet it looks remarkably similar to the day the paint dried 50 years ago.

A lanai, with access points to various rooms.
Toward the dining room and kitchen.
Cheery floral wallpaper in the kitchen and attached eating area.
Appliances are clearly newer kitchen additions.
The master bedroom counts sliding door access to the backyard.
Floral walls repeat in the master bathroom.
Secondary bathroom accessed via the hallway. The house counts three bathrooms total.
A cozy den downstairs carries an Asian vibe.
The vintage downstairs bar, with wood-paneled fridge.
The landscaped backyard.
A carport for two.
The Carlton Drive facade, from another angle, with a mature Japanese maple.