House Envy: Live in a charming restored bungalow by the BeltLine in West End

This Craftsman-style beauty was resurrected to its former glory, with divided windows, original fireplaces, and 10-foot ceilings

Photograph courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta

When Rick Baggenstoss spied the Craftsman-style bungalow on Holderness Street in Atlanta’s historic West End, he claims it was love at first sight. Although the abode, built in 1911, was long vacant and in disrepair, the real estate developer immediately saw its potential. “The house had great bones, lots of charm, and an ideal location within walking distance of area shops, restaurants, and the BeltLine,” he said.

Photograph courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta

Photograph courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta

Baggenstoss, the owner of Nice House, LLC, an Atlanta company that renovates historic and turn-of-the-century homes, bought the 2,800-square-foot bungalow in June 2016 and began a painstaking restoration that included refinishing the hardwood floors, installing new plumbing, updating the electrical wiring, putting on a new roof, and adding a new dual heating and air conditioning system. He also converted the upstairs attic into livable space.

Photograph courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta

Photograph courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta

Photograph courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta

The four-bedroom, three-bath home now has lots of amenities and high-end finishes, including 10-foot ceilings, original (but improved) fireplaces, and true divided-light windows. On the first floor are three bedrooms and two full baths, as well as a family room, kitchen, dining room, and keeping room. The kitchen features custom cabinets, quartz countertops, a subway tile backsplash, stainless appliances, and an island with a built-in wine rack.

Photograph courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta

Photograph courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta

The second floor includes a spacious master suite and bonus room. The master bedroom, which opens onto a private deck, has a vaulted ceiling and a generous walk-in closet. The master bath has double vanities, quartz countertops, and a large shower. Baggenstoss predicts that potential buyers will particularly appreciate the bonus room, which could serve as an artist’s studio, an office, or a playroom. Outside, there’s a front porch, a manicured lawn, and a long driveway for off-street parking.

Photograph courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta

Photograph courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta

Photograph courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta

West End, named after London’s trendy theater district, is one of the city’s most diverse and vibrant communities and a mecca for many Atlanta artists. Located just three miles southwest of downtown, adjacent to Atlanta University Center, it boasts five city parks, a variety of restaurants and bars, easy access to public transportation, and several award-winning charter schools. Its many historic homes reflect a range of architectural styles—from American Foursquare and Craftsman to Folk Victorian and Colonial Revival. A number of notable people have lived in West End, including former Atlanta mayor E.P. Howell and author Joel Chandler Harris, whose home, the Wren’s Nest, is a museum open to the public. In addition to being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the West End District was the first locally designated historic district in the City of Atlanta.

Photograph courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta

Photograph courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta

Photograph courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta

This West End home, located at 430 Holderness Street, is on the market for $455,000. For more information, contact Josh Stanton of Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta at 678-829-8838 or hjosh@kw.com.

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