House Envy: Check out this English Country gem in Garden Hills

The home, built in 1928, overlooks Buckhead’s Sunnybrook Park

When Mary and Angelo Teeter moved from Orlando to Atlanta in 2010, they planned to build a large house in the Mt. Paran-Northside area and, in fact, had purchased a lot and hired an architect. All that changed while they were living, temporarily, in Regents Park at Peachtree Battle. “We fell in love with the area and decided to stay,” Mary says.

Specifically, the couple fell hard for an English Country-style home in Garden Hills. Located at 340 Brentwood Drive, the 6,000-square-foot house, built in 1928, was exactly what they were looking for. “I knew instantly it was where I wanted to live,” says Mary, who, along with son Brian, owns ll Bel Cuore olive oil company. “The house was so charming, and the lot so lovely.”

Never mind that the home wasn’t on the market. The Teeters simply asked their real estate agent if she would approach the owners with an offer. As it turns out, the agent knew their next-door neighbor, who broached the subject of selling. Fast forward a few months, and the Teeters were settling into their Garden Hills abode.

Situated on a hilltop overlooking Sunnybrook Park, the four-bedroom home has a formal living room, dining room, study, and spacious kitchen with glazed cabinets, granite countertops, large island, farmhouse sink, and top-of-the-line appliances, including a wine fridge. The kitchen opens onto a family room with a vaulted beamed ceiling and fireplace. A separate breakfast room, with floor-to-ceiling windows, looks out over the manicured back yard. The home has four additional fireplaces, including one outdoors.

The Teeters tore down an old garage and carriage house and replaced it with an updated version (in keeping with the architecture of the main home) that includes a living area, kitchen, bedroom, dressing area, and bath, as well as a two-car garage. They also built a European-style patio off the main house that has served as the backdrop for many parties and al fresco family dinners.

One of Mary’s favorite features is the secluded one-acre lot, which is filled with azaleas, hydrangeas, and large trees. “It’s great to be in the middle of the city, yet feel so far removed from the traffic and noise,” she says. “When we’re on the patio, we feel like we’re in the Italian countryside.”

She also likes the fact that the living spaces are on one level. “The home is easy to manage and has such a warm and cozy feel. It’s very family friendly.”

As much as the Teeters love their Garden Hills house, they have decided to downsize and split their time between Atlanta and Florida, where their daughter and her family live. “We’re doing a lifestyle switch,” Mary says.

This Buckhead home is on the market for $2,485,000. For more information, contact CiCi Harris (404-281-3939, or Elizabeth King (404-630-1378, of Dorsey Alston Realtors.