This elegant example of French Provincial design by one of Atlanta’s most storied architects is brandishing another claim to fame—a connection to the city’s O.G. silver screen days, long before the current TV and film zeitgeist.
Designed by famed Atlanta classical architect Neel Reid and built in 1915, about a decade before Reid died young of a brain tumor, the six-bedroom “masterpiece” with a carriage house was originally the property of Alfred and Clementine Montag.
Per the listing, Driving Miss Daisy playwright Alfred Uhry has said the home once belonged to his beloved Aunt Clemmie and served as the play’s inspiration and setting in his mind. That echoes what Uhry once told the New York Times.
These days, it still stands pretty off Ponce de Leon Avenue, between Virginia-Highland and the Fernbank Museum, on tony Oakdale Road. It listed this week for $2.65 million with Dorsey Alston Realtors.
Occupying a 1.2-acre intown lot with a greenhouse and plentiful patios, the home has been restored with a buyer of today in mind, leaning toward modern restraint more than neoclassical pomp.
With its wide hall and formal living and dining rooms, the main level is described as a “master class in symmetry.”
Upstairs is a master suite with a sitting room and three more bedrooms. Over that is a media room (or huge office) for movie night.
All told, there are five and a half bathrooms among these 6,064 square feet.
Records indicate it last traded for $1.3 million in 2003 and had been listed for as high as $3.1 million in the spring of 2017. It was offered for a few months last year at $2.8 million.