House Envy: This white-columned mansion is one of Historic Brookhaven’s originals

Built in 1930, this home represents the apex of the period’s architecture
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Photo courtesy of Harry Norman Realtors

When Greg and Kathy Thompson moved from Cleveland to Atlanta nine years ago, they began looking for a house inside the Perimeter, near Greg’s office, with classic design and generous living spaces. They found their dream home in Brookhaven at 4261 Club Drive. “We were just blown away by this house,” says Kathy. “It’s warm and inviting, and it has so much character. It’s quintessentially Southern and exactly what we were looking for.”

Built in 1930, the 7,882-square-foot home is one of the original houses in Historic Brookhaven, an area in northeast Atlanta roughly bounded by Peachtree Road on the south and east, Peachtree Dunwoody Road on the west, and Windsor Parkway on the north. At the core of the community is a golf course featuring a lake, wooded areas, and the Capital City Club. Many of the homes in the neighborhood were designed in Colonial or Georgian Revival styles by some of the most well-known Atlanta architects of the period, including W. Montgomery Anderson, Hal Hentz, Henry D. Norris, Cyril B. Smith, and Neel Reid.

Despite being an older home, the floor plan is well-suited for today’s lifestyles. “A lot of people expect a historic home to have small, choppy spaces, but this house has a very open floor plan and spacious rooms,” says Kathy. The large foyer opens to the main living areas of the house, including a completely renovated kitchen with glazed cabinets, top-of-the-line appliances, a farmhouse sink, and a center island. Among Kathy’s favorite features are the double windows over the sink and the custom hood over the range. “The kitchen is a beautiful room, filled with natural light,” she says.

The six-bedroom home also features a large dining room, a mahogany-paneled family room, a game room, a garden room, and an in-law apartment. The master suite includes a fireplace, three walk-in closets, a spacious bathroom, and a coffee bar. A partial basement houses a custom-designed wine cellar that connects to an intimate brick-walled space, where the Thompsons often host small dinner parties.

Soon after moving in, the couple renovated the landscaping, installing a large terrace and a covered pavilion with a stone fireplace. Gravel pathways wind through formal gardens. The home and gardens have been the setting for many dinner parties, including a recent charitable event attended by more than 100 people.

Since the Thompsons’ grown sons and their families live in other parts of the country, Greg and Kathy have reluctantly decided to downsize to be closer to them. “We really have mixed emotions about leaving,” says Kathy. “We’ve enjoyed this home so much.”

This house is on the market for $2,195,000. For more information, contact Anne Neikirk of Harry Norman Realtors at 404-788-5487 or