It’s approaching the season for curling up by the fire and soaking up cozy vibes. Here are three properties we sussed out that suit the mood, from a vintage cabin near Roswell to a stone rambler with architectural pedigree in Athens.
Square feet: 1,387
The tiny hamlet of Mountain Park, adjacent to Roswell, was founded in the 1920s as a fishing retreat and is now a designated wildlife refuge. This sunny yellow cabin is on the market for the first time in 50 years, passing hands from just its second owners. (Tax records list the house as dating to 1949; the owners have reason to believe it dates to the first Mountain Park cabins of the 1920s.) Original details include gumwood trim, a sunroom with wood-plank ceiling, and the massive stone fireplace that centers the home and provides a cottage vibe. A recent renovation combined two bedrooms into one large room (that could be converted back to two), and the homey kitchen features classic white cabinets and butcher block countertops. A wide screened porch overlooks a large wooded lot and a whimsical garden area enclosed by a split-rail fence. Mountain Park (population 571, the smallest city in Fulton County), which is entirely residential, includes a fishing lake, footbridges and picnic areas, and a swimming pool by the lakeshore.
Square feet: 2,300
The deep hue contrasted with warm woods (plus a vibrant green door), vaulted front porch, and modern, renovated interiors make this bungalow feel like a chic mountain retreat in the city, just a block from the restaurants and businesses of East Atlanta Village. The home was fully renovated in 2017 with new hardwood floors, upgraded baths, and a stylish new kitchen with high-end appliances. A cozy layout was maintained at the front of the house, while the back of the home features a primary suite enormous by period standards, and an airy family room that opens to an expansive deck complete with a screened porch and a hot tub perfect for cool fall nights.
Square feet: 3,150
This renovation by designer Monica Stewart of the Misfit House (whose work has appeared on the cover of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME) transformed a timeworn cottage designed by prominent Georgia architect George Heery into a showpiece of cozy interior design. The exterior facelift includes a gracious new entry, detailed woodwork like scalloped shutters, and a new cedar shake roof to complement the original stonework.
The rambling, one-story layout was altered slightly for modern living while keeping most rooms their elegant proportions. The new kitchen features marble and quartzite countertops, a rustic tile backsplash over a slate-blue range, and the original metal windows. An expansion into the former carport allowed for a chic and spacious primary suite, opposite the house from a three-bedroom, 2.5 bath kids’ wing with laundry. An additional upstairs retreat makes a tucked-away spot for guests, an office, or playroom. Many vintage treasures were found in the house, like the drainboard sink discovered in the cellar and a glass display cabinet, both of which Stewart repurposed in the butler’s pantry-meets-mudroom—a highlight of the home with its custom red oak “lockers.” High-end finishes include lighting from the designer’s own Athens-based line, Evolve Lighting Co.