House Envy: This sleek, contemporary home stands out in Morningside

The home features an open floor plan, contemporary chef’s kitchen, and a courtyard infinity pool


In a neighborhood where even newer builds lean traditional, the circa-2007 home makes a statement with its sleek design and wide-open living space.

With the majority of homes dating to the 1920s and ’30s, the Morningside neighborhood is full of traditional Craftsman bungalows and Tudor-style homes. So it’s no surprise that a sleek and rectangular contemporary house stands out. With its white modular facade, flat roof, and wide expanses of windows, the house at 890 Courtenay Drive does just that, especially given its high perch on a corner lot near Highland Avenue.

Built in 2007, the modern home attracted its current owner, Jesse Pesut, not in spite of its more historic surroundings, but because of them. “It has the best of both worlds—modern in the middle of a traditional walkable neighborhood,” Jesse says. “One of the reasons I like Atlanta is because of its livable green neighborhoods.”

Jesse returned to his native Atlanta for a job opportunity in 2016 and was immediately drawn to the house for its “wow” factor—especially the interior. Upon walking through the front door, you’re greeted by a bright and wide-open living space grounded by the nearly floating staircase in the center of the first floor. Glass and metal railings hug wooden steps with invisible risers, the modern version of a grand staircase. Alongside the stairs is the dining room, which opens up to the second floor. The “strategically placed” wall of windows “gives you views of the landscape in the daytime and the Midtown skyline at night,” Jesse says.

For all its windows and open floor plan, the walls that remain on the first floor have made for the ideal gallery to showcase Jesse’s colorful art collection. A dual-sided fireplace separates the dining room from the living room, which shares the space with the contemporary chef’s kitchen, complete with Miele and SubZero appliances and sleek Linea Quattro cabinetry.

As for his favorite space in the house, Jesse—who was sold on the turn-key, high-quality finishes and hasn’t made any changes in his nearly 3 years in the house—picks the infinity pool and private courtyard, and their connection with the interior of the house. “You enjoy the amenity and beauty of the outdoors, the pool, and its waterfall when you are inside—and out,” he says. A high hedge fence and tiled accent wall keep the corner lot completely private.

In addition to the courtyard off the back of the first floor, the upstairs master bedroom has a spacious balcony, providing additional private outdoor space. At just over 3,700 square feet, the three-story house is well-appointed with 3 additional bedrooms, each with its own full bathroom. There’s also an attached 2-car garage on the basement level—a rare amenity for in-town living.

Despite enjoying the space and the luxury amenities it offers, Jesse has realized it’s a lot of house for one, so he’s decided to move on and allow the next person to fall in love with it.

The Morningside house, located at 890 Courtenay Drive, is on the market for $1.54 million. For more information, contact Neal and George Heery of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty at 404-237-5000 or and