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Dating from 1890, ‘exquisite’ Victorian overlooking Grant Park priced at $985K

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The neighborhood’s most expensive listing at the moment encompasses almost 3,000 square feet

An orange Victorian style home with a large porch and big bushes around the front, on a green manicured lawn.
The fanciful facade at 486 Sydney Street SE.
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International

With postbellum roots in the 1890s, this Victorian stalwart on Grant Park’s Sydney Street is an example of what makes the historical intown neighborhood so architecturally special.

It’s perched behind ornate, wrought-iron gates with a manicured front lawn and lovely gingerbread detailing. The northern edge of Grant Park’s signature green space is directly across the street.

Listed in recent days at $985,000 through Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, it would be one of only about three Grant Park houses to sell for north of $850,000 in the past few years. And it’s the neighborhood’s most expensive single-family offering at the moment.

But in this market, so much inimitable detailing and creaky-floor charm never comes cheap, and this is what the listing calls an “exquisite” example, with few details overlooked.

Inside are four bedrooms and four bathrooms across a roomy 2,938 square feet, with multiple spaces allotted to dining and lounging around. Beginning with the front porch.

A front porch is shown with palms and a ceiling fan and wicker furniture.
A leafy wraparound porch with furnishings (and a ceiling fan) befitting the overall style.

For such an old and regal dame, the interior is hardly stuffy, though certain aspects (master bathroom wallpaper, the fancy stair paneling) could give minimalists night terrors.

Nice touches include the upstairs balcony with park views, the foyer in general, the kitchen’s built-in hutch for china, and a third dining option—an elevated deck—in the back.

The parking pad is gated but uncovered, and buyers in the million-dollar range hankering for a roomy backyard for dogs and kids are out of luck.

But then again, across the street are 131 acres you wouldn’t have to mow.

A foyer with a large wooden staircase and a chandelier.
The high-ceilinged foyer reveals an ornate chandelier, grand staircase, and two social rooms with French doors
A room with red leather furniture and a television behind french doors.
A living room with a unique portal to the front porch.
A dining room with a large chandelier overhead and eight-seat table with carpet beneath.
The formal dining room, described as being “banquet-sized.”
A kitchen with white cabinetry and a large table in the middle.
More room for gatherings over food in the updated kitchen.
An old stairwell and hallway in an old house. With white walls.
Original woods abound in the staircase and upstairs hallway.
A master bedroom shown with wood floors and a four-poster bed.
Fireplaces continue in the master bedroom.
A master bathroom with ornate wallpaper and a large glass shower with tub at left.
Ornamentation doesn’t end in the master bathroom.
Two small beds shown in a room with wooden floors and a chandelier.
What could make for a fairly magical child’s room.
A backyard of a large orangish house with a deck.
The parking situation and rear deck.
An orange victorian home shown from a drone view.
A drone’s view of the manicured property—and upstairs balcony.