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At the Art Moderne-inspired Sophia townhomes, first resale costs $850K

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The three-level end-unit near Emory University and the CDC flaunts north of 3,000 square feet

A large white living room in a townhome with a red painting on the wall.
The airy main living space at the Sophia community’s 1493 Red Fox Drive NE.
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty; photography by Nick Hoisington

Aiming to avoid complaints of cookie-cutter exteriors, developer Minerva tried something different with these Druid Hills townhomes and condos, opting for Art Moderne-inspired architecture that employed wraparound corner windows, painted steel balustrades, horizontal lines, and circular windows.

The community of two dozen flats and condos, called Sophia Druid Hills, finished in 2018. Now, its first resale has come to market within the past week, brandishing a few add-ons.

The gated property is tucked off Briarcliff Road at the entrance to Fox 5’s news headquarters, near Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, featuring a private park and what’s been described as cascading gardens over tiered granite walls.

Overall, the community took cues from the Art Deco Briar Hills condos from 1947 up the street. Townhome offerings—all of them with more than 3,000 square feet—initially started at $795,000.

The resale in question, a three-bedroom end-unit, is listed with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty for $850,000 (plus $220 in monthly HOA fees).

A large white townhome with a blue door.
The end-unit’s exterior styling.

It initially listed for $859,900 in September but was pulled from the market in November, sales records show.

Per the current listing, the 3,084-square-footer is the only Sophia home with a walk-out lower level, where a big blank space could function as a home gym, office, media room, or fourth sleeping quarters.

Upgrades added after the builder’s work include built-ins and Lutron automated lights, a nice touch.

Other perks: 10-foot ceilings, top-flight appliances, three outdoor spaces for living life, and an aesthetic that can best be described as clean overall.

A dining room with white walls.
Dining area between one living space and the kitchen, with a wine fridge nearby.
A white living room with a kitchen area.
A TV area and back, raised patio visible from the kitchen island.
A high end kitchen with modern cabinetry.
The kitchen’s waterfall island and Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, with a connected, walk-in pantry.
A white patio with cozy furniture on all sides.
The back porch, above a patio, accessible via French doors.
A master bedroom with gray walls.
Master suite.
A large master bathroom with tile on the walls and floor.
The master bathroom’s standalone tub and floating vanity.
A large white bedroom with a white ceiling fan.
A porthole window visible from a secondary bathroom.
A white office with a townhome community visible out the windows.
A large office or lounging space on the terrace level.
In a photo the arrangement of the home’s exterior spaces, and neighboring buildings, from the backyard.
Arrangement of the home’s exterior spaces, and neighboring buildings, from the backyard.