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1970s dwelling near Spaghetti Junction became a ‘modern dream’ in just four months

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$489K gets nearly 3,000 square feet and retro, split-level living

A split-level blue and white home behind tall tree and a blue sky.
This offering at 2420 Leisure Lake Drive could appeal to fans of retro facades and floorplans.
Photography courtesy of Bungalo

For children of the 1970s through 1990s especially, this split-level offering just Outside The Perimeter probably seems familiar.

If you didn’t grow up in a house laid out like this—on the fringes of cities across America—a friend or two probably did.

Built in 1970, the five-bedroom property had begun to wear down after nearly five decades of life—until a renovation that took just 135 days created what reps for Bunaglo, an online real estate platform, call a “modern dream,” with an esthetic that strives to be both timeless and contemporary.

“One benefit of homes built in the 1970s is a high level of quality construction—otherwise known as good bones—and beautiful, mature landscaping,” a Bungalo rep wrote to Curbed Atlanta.

This example is located in Dunwoody’s Kinglsey neighborhood, just northeast of Spaghetti Junction, zoned for Dunwoody High School. It listed a month ago at $489,000 with Bungalo and has remained there since.

A white kitchen and dining room space with a modern chandelier.
Around the entry sitting room and into the kitchen and dining space.

The reno brought new flooring across all three levels, with quartz countertops for the kitchen, and modern upgrades (tiles and polished chrome fixtures, for instance) in each of two and a half bathrooms.

A carport for two handles the off-street parking, and roomy patios are found at both the front and back. Those qualify as perks, while the facade’s dominant radius window might not.

Such a retro style might not be all intown buyers’ cup of tea, but ITP locales with 2,916 square feet in the $400,000s are becoming fewer and farther between.

A living room with a patio outside and wood floors and big windows.
The bottom portion of the split-level setup is a living room at terrace level.
The back of a blue and white house with tall trees around it.
The large patio and (partially) flat yard in back.

Below is a selection of before/after photos that lend an idea what renovators had to work with.

A before/after photo of a dingy kitchen turned bright white.
The kitchen’s reconfiguration.
A before/after photo of a white bathroom in an old house.
A collage of before/after photos at an old house in Atlanta.
A before/after photo of a split-level house with many trees in front of it.
The exterior condition last year, when the property traded for $302,000.