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This $1.4M Buckhead listing epitomizes midcentury modern cool

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Restored 1961 property designed by Kenneth Johnson is called a “jewel” of the genre

How the property hugs a tiered pool deck.
How the property hugs a tiered pool deck.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties

Inserted seamlessly into a forested lot in central Buckhead, this respectfully updated 1961 dwelling manages to capture the enduring coolness of the midcentury modern movement with nary a hint of datedness.

A careful assemblage of granite and glass, the gated property is found off Northside Drive and West Paces Ferry Road, just north of Bobby Jones Golf Course. It’s set among ferns, Japanese maple, and a manicured path through the ivy of backyard woods.

It’s an original by noted Atlanta architect Kenneth Johnson, a Georgia Tech graduate whose Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired portfolio also includes the C&S Bank (Bank of America) on Roswell Road, the Central Congregational United Church of Christ on Clairmont Road, and the unfortunately demolished C&S Bank branch on Moreland Avenue, south of East Atlanta.

The current owner, per the listing, has restored each facet of the property, from a new tapered roof system and pool to the interior hardwoods and motorized blinds.

The home’s long drive off Pine Valley Road leads to a carport and facade punctuated by native granite. More uncovered parking, for pool parties, is at right.

Collectively described as a “jewel” of the genre, it’s bigger on sheer space (3,524 square feet) than room count (three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms).

It listed this week for a very specific $1,410,000 through Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties.

Johnson, the architect, died at age 89 in 2014. His obituary notes that he’d managed to live long enough “to witness the power of the internet in pulling his early modern designs from obscurity to renewed acclaim.”

Once inside, floating benches around the fireplace and clerestory windows are welcoming facets.
Stone abounds in this living space.
Period furniture around the dining space.
Views to the pool, beyond motorized blinds. The hardwoods are more recent additions.
Restoration work lengthened this granite wall to increase space, per the listing.
The kitchen’s granite and custom cabinetry.
Stonework, like nature views, continues in the master bedroom.
Master bathroom.
A guest bedroom with private patio.
How numerous rooms connect to the pool deck.
The pool’s atypical shape, an interesting oversized sun shade, and the forest path beyond.