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Could $675K Collier Hills home with rumored Frank Lloyd Wright ties be a 1950s stunner?

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This four-bedroom midcentury modern in Buckhead hasn’t totally obscured its cool bones

An interior room with wood and brick and high ceilings and big pendant light.
Pine paneling, high beams, angular windows, and other MCM hallmarks highlight interiors at 534 Spring Valley Road.
Ansley Atlanta Real Estate; photography by Home Tour Atlanta

Perched on a hill that overlooks Buckhead’s Spring Valley Park, this 1953 dwelling is rumored to have been designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright understudy.

At least, again, that’s the rumor.

It’s too old and lacks the distinctiveness to be the work of the late Robert Green, a Georgia Tech dropout and one of Wright’s last disciples, who would go on to design properties using Wrightian techniques for 40 years around Atlanta.

The current owners—residents of the past 22 years, and only the third owners in nearly 70 years—aren’t sure who initially designed the Collier Hills home.

In any case, it retains a cool factor and plenty of midcentury elements, according to listing agent Ashley Altenbach of Ansley Atlanta Real Estate, who listed the property at $675,000 this week.

“The living space is very comfortable,” Altenbach noted in an email to Curbed Atlanta. “Everywhere you look out, you see trees, as it overlooks Spring Valley Park.”

It’s tucked off Northside Drive, about midway between Interstate 75 and Atlanta Memorial Park. A path with access to the area’s Beltline segment is steps away, but the 33 “car-dependent” Walk Score won’t appeal to many urbanites.

After renovations, some aspects of the home might lean more early aughts (bathrooms) or modern day (massive screened porch) than midcentury, but the exposed brick, bountiful ceiling beams, and paneled built-ins are alluringly throwback.

Pertinent numbers: Four bedrooms, three full baths, and one fairly rough basement with potential among these 1,894 square feet.

A midcentury home on a little green hill under a lot of trees.
The facade and two-car, drive-under garage along Spring Valley Road.
A large living room space with a big patio connected to it.
Beamed ceilings, built-ins, and brick define the main interior living space, which has access to a sunporch.
A long kitchen space with a patio beyond.
All but the appliances, countertop, and sink appears to be original in the kitchen.
A huge screened-in porch with a ceiling fan overhead.
The huge screened porch off the back includes a double-sided fireplace.
A huge sunporch with a ceiling fan overhead.
Back to the sunporch, a corridor to multiple rooms.
A yellow room with built-in cabinetry.
A flexible space off main rooms.
A yellow bedroom with curtains and ceiling fan.
Master bedroom, with views to the backyard and exterior fireplace.
A master Bathroom with yellow walls and a tub.
Little midcentury-ness remains in this main bathroom, one of three fulls.
A long low house with a green hill in the backyard.
The tree-shaded, elevated backyard.