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Neighboring Fernbank Museum, century-old Neel Reid home beckons $2.2M

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The Draper House represents a bit of a departure from the famed architect’s more extravagant work

A three-story, baby-blue colonial-style home with a red door.
Reid is also known for designing Oakhurst’s Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital and the Ansley Park Historic District.
Images: Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

Mere feet from Druid Hills’s Fernbank Museum, this Colonial-style home at 779 Clifton Road looks idyllic enough for a Norman Rockwell painting.

The 1915 structure, designed by acclaimed architect Neel Reid, blends Neocolonialist architecture with what marketers are calling a “Greek Revival twist.” It’s named “The Draper House” after the original owners, Jesse and Constance Draper.

Prominent Atlantans of their day, Jesse helped found the Atlanta Boys Club and Constance the Peachtree Garden Club.

Now, more than a century after the Drapers commissioned the (since renovated) home, it’s headed back to market for $2.2 million, according Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty representatives.

The four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath property, sited on 1.3 acres also neighboring Druid Hills Golf Course, sold for $2.45 million about a year ago.

But “due to life changes,” the current owner is motivated to unload the historic property, according to Realtors Carrie Robinson and Jesse Loughman.

The nearly 6,000-square-foot home also comes with a three-bedroom guesthouse, swimming pool, tennis court, and a sprawling garden.

Next month, the house, which Reid once described as “Georgian Italian,” will be showcased during the Druid Hills Guided Walking Tour curated by the Atlanta Preservation Center.

“The opportunity to play a role in the preservation of this home is a privilege,” said APC’s director of operations David Mitchell.

The official listing is expected to go live next week.

The red front door sits beneath an awning held by Greek/colonial-style columns. On either side are windows with dark blue shutters above round green shrubs.
The red front door welcomes guests alongside Greek/colonial-style columns.
The white main hall from the front door leads to a winding staircase adorned with an Eastern-looking rug running up it.
The white main hall from the front door leads to a winding staircase adorned with an Eastern-looking rug running up it.
A very white kitchen with stainless steel appliances and hard-wood floors.
Steel countertops echo appliances in the kitchen.
Another view of the kitchen, with a steel-topped kitchen island and windows peering out at greenery.
Recessed ceiling speakers certainly are not original.
A foyer at the back of the house features new-looking hardwood floors and an antique-looking chandelier.
A ballroom-sized living space.
A mirrored bathroom with two marble sinks and ornate lighting.
A refurbished bathroom.
Behind the house is a lush garden and a concrete-wrapped swimming pool.
The lush, ornate grounds, from behind the property.
The garden is well-kempt and dissected by paths of gravel.
Gardens befitting the home’s style.
An aerial shot of the house shows the vast garden that sits between the house and the pool.
From above.
A driveway leads to the guest house, another pale blue building with a garage.
Even the garage is attractive.