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Overlooking Piedmont Park and Midtown, well-known, updated modern is back at $2.1M

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Agent: Steel-built contemporary from 1999 has backyard riviera and 360 degree views

Multilevel backyard hangouts at 1300 Monroe Drive described as being magazine-worthy.
Multilevel backyard hangouts at 1300 Monroe Drive described as being magazine-worthy.
Listing photography by Janet Warncke, via Nest Realty Atlanta

This recognizable contemporary house, near what’s now Piedmont Park’s northernmost entrance, has stood tucked away from—but still lording over—Monroe Drive for 20 years.

Its construction, however, was anything but a walk in the park.

The original owners bought the lot in the 1990s, long before Piedmont Park’s most recent expansion materialized, and they soon hit bedrock beneath the soil, rendering it almost unbuildable. Convinced the project would be their forever home, the owners (one was an engineer) worked with a structural steel manufacturer to build the aesthetically progressive house of concrete and steel.

“This solid construction, along with a smart design, has allowed the home to maintain a timeless element and stand up to—and I believe even surpass, due to the quality of the build—new construction today,” Jennifer Kjellgren, the Nest Realty Atlanta listing agent, wrote to Curbed Atlanta.

And if anyone would know, it’s Kjellgren.

Photos of the site and construction in the late 1990s, when the park-adjacent land went for $84,000, records show.
Here and below are photos of the site and construction in the late 1990s, when the park-adjacent land went for $84,000, records show.
Courtesy of Jennifer Kjellgren

The property, posted with “Coming Soon” status at the moment, is expected to officially list Wednesday at $2.1 million.

It’ll mark the third time Kjellgren has been part of selling what’s now being marketed as “Atlanta’s premier modern showpiece,” beginning with the original builders, and then the second owners, who sold for $1.6 million in early 2015.

“In each instance,” says Kjellgren, “the owners have relocated to a different city for work and hated to leave.”

The site’s subterranean obstacles.
Courtesy of Jennifer Kjellgren

Current owners have upgraded the roof, overhauled the “riviera” of a backyard and pool grounds, in addition to other changes that included a kitchen gut, per Kjellgren.

Apart from a postmodern exterior and maybe the spiral staircase leading to the rooftop deck, the only indication the property isn’t newer than its pre-Y2K origins could be the wall of glass blocks in the master bathroom.

Natural light seems to be no problem among these 4,433 square feet. So many windows also allow unobstructed views to the park and Midtown that are certainly special.

Installation of the backyard pool area in the late ’90s, with a significantly different Piedmont Park and Midtown skyline beyond.
Courtesy of Jennifer Kjellgren

Other perks range from obvious (multilevel exterior spaces topped by a grilling station and lounge) to less so (home automation that controls not only the sound and security but lighting and saltwater pool with spa).

Despite the cachet, a listing price north of $2 million is still nothing to sneeze at in the area, as recent single-family sales records have shown.

But it’s an opportunity, as the listing puts it, to “own one of Atlanta’s best known and most coveted contemporary gems!”

And to the right buyer, that sort of exceptionalism—along with solid bones—could be worth a lot.

The 1999 property today. Like other aspects, floors of Canadian maple were recently redone.
An overhead projector and views to the new kitchen.
The Poggenpohl kitchen addition with a (discreet) Sub-Zero/Wolf appliance package.
Master bedroom. The house has four bedrooms and four bathrooms overall.
The master bathroom’s custom closet.
A fanciful, ancillary bedroom.
A secondary bathroom with an atypical vanity befitting the style.
Elevated outdoor dining space.
Seating (and grilling) options circle the roof, where views span to skylines and trees in all directions.
The backyard turf and leafy pool surrounds.