When Cathy Groome was asked to describe the style of house she wanted, “Southern-European” was the best she could come up with. But architects Craig Dixon and Todd Pritchett got it right away. The house is tucked into a wooded enclave of cottage-style homes in Vinings that Chip developed on a 2.5-acre piece of property, all with a European sensibility.
Cherie Restler says one of her favorite comments that she’s heard about her unique Lake Claire house was from a delivery man who said he felt like he was in Game of Thrones. After all, it’s not every day you approach a house via iron-spike-lined footbridge and knock on a windowless steel door.
Giancarlo Pirrone was driving to work 18 years ago when he spotted a house for sale at 280 Beverly Road in Ansley Park. The architect and developer (and co-owner of upscale pizzeria Varuni Napoli) was drawn to the modern home’s strong geometric lines and minimalist design, and he immediately contacted the realtor. After touring the 2,574-square-foot house, he made an offer on the spot.
Amanda and Mark Kresch and their children—six-year-old Mina and four-year-old Adreain—can step out the door of their condo and easily walk to the High Museum, the Piedmont Park farmers market, and any destination along the BeltLine.
Atlanta native Ryan Hughes, who co-owns R Hughes, was in fifth grade the first time this stately Spanish Colonial house in the Lenox Park area of Morningside caught his eye. The house, which was built in 1935 and is thought to have been designed by famed Atlanta architecture firm Ivey and Crook, was updated in the early 2000s by celebrated interior designer Bobby McAlpine.
In June, the Atlanta Magazine's HOME Modern Style Showhouses opened in the Old Fourth Ward, showcasing Atlanta's top designers. Take a look inside the two contemporary houses.
Coming from smaller towns, physicians Sharon Castellino and Renato Santos weren’t sure they wanted to live in a big city, until jobs with Emory School of Medicine brought them to Atlanta. Fortunately, their quiet neighborhood, equidistant from the university, Druid Hills, and Decatur, gives them the walkability of intown life with plenty of greenspace and trees.
An interior decorator balanced this Buckhead cottage with a wide array of modern and sentimental favorites
The circa-1932 cottage Whitney Durham and her husband, Nathan, found in Buckhead had the sort of character she appreciates: stone on the front facade, with a Gothic-shaped front door painted a cheery blue.
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.
Historic architecture and transitional interiors can be an exciting pair, bringing new energy to old bones. Case in point: this 1920s Druid Hills house, where the design-build team at HammerSmith created a comfortable, livable family home—with some modern surprises thrown in for fun.