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This sprawling five-bedroom is swinging for nearly $700K in Vine City

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It’s a few doors down from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final house, with rental potential

A large beige home with dormers and a wraparound porch.
Dormers and a wraparound porch highlight the facade at 258 Sunset Avenue NW.
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta North; photography by Mike Pigford

Atlanta buyers with an appreciation for history and a hankering to make history might find their calling on Vine City’s storied Sunset Avenue.

Three doors down from Dr. Martin Luther King’s final home, a property that remains in the King family, this sprawling five-bedroom residence described as “elegant” is aiming to set the high mark for Vine City home sales by several hundred thousand dollars.

In the area, average home prices land at a little less than $230,000. Only one other house has sold for more than even $300,000 in Vine City—the one that belonged to Dr. King, according to property records.

This week, the home in question listed with Keller Williams Realty Atlanta North for $689,900.

Before falling from your chair, consider that the house, built in 2015, includes more than 5,600 square feet—enough room, as the listing suggests, for a family to live in a portion and rent the other.

“It is nearly impossible to find another intown home that is 5,000+ square feet and less than five-years-old,” the listing accurately asserts. (A couple of new Buckhead palaces excluded).

A huge wraparound porch with a ceiling fan overhead.
The huge porch affords sunrise views over the city and a glimpse of the neighborhood’s newest park coming together.

While the house probably won’t be gracing the pages of Southern Living, the price per square foot breakdown ($123) could seem like a fire sale compared to virtually all new-home product in Atlanta. Four bedrooms and a two-car garage with a workshop come with.

The city’s core is just beyond the trees. Another perk is green space.

From the porch, it’s a one-block walk to the forthcoming Rodney Cook Sr. Park—planned as a rainwater-capturing cousin to Historic Fourth Ward Park—while a block in the other direction is John F. Kennedy Park, which wrapped a $2.4-million overhaul prior to Atlanta’s Super Bowl.

A huge kitchen with a living room with yellow walls at left.
Entering from the porch leads to an open-floorplan kitchen.
A huge living room with yellowish walls.
The roomy main living area.
A huge bedroom with wooden floors.
Wood floors continue in the master bedroom.
A white master bathroom with a large tub and mirror at left.
The master bathroom.
A large pink bedroom with carpeting and a big wood bed.
A secondary bedroom.
An aerial of several homes with a city in the distance.
The home’s proximity (seen at bottom, second from right) to Rodney Cook Sr. Park, with downtown and Midtown beyond.