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.
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.