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At $420K, Reynoldstown abode is made for backyard parties like no other

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Rarely in Atlanta has “chef’s kitchen” been taken so literally

A white home with large tall trees beside it and a brick wall in front.
The unassuming facade at 164 Chester Avenue belies the restaurant-grade party zone around back.
Keller Williams Realty North Atlanta

When it comes to properties designed to embrace al fresco dining—and backyard cookouts in particular—this 1920s Reynoldstown home could have no rival in Atlanta.

Whether that works in its favor remains to be seen, but it’s clear the wide-open, commercial-grade zone at the back of the house takes “chef’s kitchen” literally and creates a niche in doing so.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow stands on Chester Avenue, around the corner from an entry point to the Beltline’s recently opened, final Eastside Trail segment, which is obviously a selling point with magnetism.

Italian cypress trees stand sentinel out front and could be a nod to the Italian roots of Massimiliano Gallinoni, who operated the underground supper club Blu Gorilla from this house, beginning in 2010. (See the “dinner on the Beltline” concept in action here.)

That backyard-restaurant functionality includes a bar area, grill, and covered picnic table seating for many.

But some aspects of the interior could come across as an afterthought, at least by the standards of most intown buyers.

Wood floors and a giant wall mirror in this room.
Off the entry, a flex space with a mirrored wall.

One bedroom was converted in an indoor family-style dining area, and the rest of the 1,529 square feet aren’t likely to charm homebuyers with timeworn warmth.

For non-chefs in the market, perks include hardwoods throughout, an updated master bathroom, fresh interior paint, and a full driveway the listing calls rare for this section of the neighborhood.

It listed this week for $420,000 with Keller Williams Realty North Atlanta, described as “an amazing value!”

That could be true for buyers with enorme extended families they’d like to feed, or anyone with the budget to bring this old home back to more practical standards.

A bathroom with huge tiles and a single-sink vanity.
Redone master bathroom.
A white bathroom with a lone sink and shower at left.
Secondary bathroom.
A huge kitchen at the back of the home with stainless steel appliances.
And into the massive, durable kitchen, with commercial-style doors leading out back.
A massive kitchen range hood with a large fridge and chalked menu beside it.
A chalk-written menu still stands beside a heavy-duty range hood.
A backyard bar made of wood beneath a tree.
Backyard bar and heating.
A bunch of picnic tables outdoor beneath a little roof.
Covered, communal seating for many.
A backyard with green grass and massive picnic tables.
The backyard dining setup, at dusk.