Our pair of contemporary showhouses in the Old Fourth Ward showcases the city’s top designers—plus the best of intown living.
402 ASHLEY AVENUE
Modern and contemporary design is exploding in Atlanta. For proof of that, look no further than the BeltLine-adjacent Old Fourth Ward, where stunning, cutting-edge new builds are cropping up on every block. This movement spurred Atlanta Magazine’s HOME to get in on the ground level of two side-by-side contemporary showhouses in the hip, walkable neighborhood for a weeks-long showcase in June dubbed Modern Style.
The houses, designed by architect Jordache Avery of Xmetrical and constructed by Joseph Brown and Greg Evans of Intown Builders, created an inspiring frame for the 11 talented design teams that dreamed up the showstopping, innovative spaces inside.
Next door at 715 Ralph McGill, designers created a home for real estate agents Sara Lee Parker and her partner, Melissa Graybeal, of Sara Lee Parker & Associates with Keller Williams Intown Atlanta. The sister houses share common features—floating staircases, large windows, generous rooftop decks with skyline views—but each evolved a unique look. This house doesn’t feature the dramatic angles of 402 Ashley Avenue, but its open floorplan allowed for big design.
Mark Williams and Niki Papadopoulos of Mark Williams Design Associates transformed the entryway and main floor into a sophisticated space filled with spectacular, oversized art, like brilliant paintings by America Martin. The kitchen, designed with Kingdom Woodworks, featured surprises like back-painted glass cabinetry and a Wolf coffee bar. Botanical pieces of art by garden designer Cameron Watkins of C. Watkins Garden Co. abound. On the second floor patio, greenery climbs hanging walls and gives a secret-garden vibe. The downstairs bedroom by Jenna Buck Gross of Colordrunk Designs is a wild and bright wonderland, with patterns on patterns and statement fixtures, like the Kate Spade chandelier from Circa Lighting. On the third floor, Michel Boyd of SmithBoyd Interiors created a bold master suite with sumptuous textures and eye-popping colors. Sliding doors open to a rooftop hideaway by Room & Board, where intown views provide as good an argument as any for modern, intown living.
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