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When Jenni Kelly first stepped inside her Druid Hills house in 2012, she discovered a wonderland of historic treasures, from original doors and windows to tile, sconces, and even old-fashioned radiator heating. But what really compelled her was the natural light.
When Carey Pickard and Chris Howard throw a party—which is often—guests spill across nearly an acre of garden rooms behind their Macon home, a mid-19th-century waterworks structure. Here's some inspiration so you can get back yard like theirs.
This stately Georgian-style house with the red door often attracts the eye of architecture fans—even if they don’t realize it was designed by historic architect Neel Reid. But this Druid Hills house also gets high praise from homeowner Donna Heilman for livability.
As one of Atlanta’s preeminent classical architects, Yong Pak of Pak Heydt Associates knows timeless style when he sees it. But this unusual circa-1921 house on Oakdale Road in Druid Hills defies categorization, and its architect is unknown. “I love it because it’s an architectural mystery,” says Pak, who drives by the house on his daily commute. “It doesn’t adhere to any one style, and I never get tired of it.”
House Envy: This Mediterranean-style house in Druid Hills was designed by one of Georgia’s first female architects
The Historic Druid Hills house is one of several Atlanta homes designed by one of Georgia’s first female architects, Leila Ross Wilburn. During Deana Kingsbury's ownership, the house was extensively renovated to suit a 21st-century family, but its history wasn’t forgotten in the process.
Coming from smaller towns, physicians Sharon Castellino and Renato Santos weren’t sure they wanted to live in a big city, until jobs with Emory School of Medicine brought them to Atlanta. Fortunately, their quiet neighborhood, equidistant from the university, Druid Hills, and Decatur, gives them the walkability of intown life with plenty of greenspace and trees.
Historic architecture and transitional interiors can be an exciting pair, bringing new energy to old bones. Case in point: this 1920s Druid Hills house, where the design-build team at HammerSmith created a comfortable, livable family home—with some modern surprises thrown in for fun.
“I love a big, white, brick house,” says Vivian Bencich, who founded architecture and interior design firm Square Feet Studio with her husband.
Clark Ashton has a metal-art museum in his Decatur yard: The Mechanical Riverfront Kingdom on Druid Hill
In 1990, Clark Ashton quit his day job as an electronic technician to devote his life to building a metal-art museum in the front and back yards of his Decatur home. The Augusta native dubbed it the Mechanical Riverfront Kingdom on Druid Hill.
It’s no secret that midcentury-modern furniture is back in vogue. But now, the era’s ranch-style and split-level homes are selling better than ever, according to Vanessa Reilly of Atlanta boutique real estate firm DOMO Realty. Although midcentury modern homes can be found throughout Atlanta, she notes that the majority are close to I-285, with the highest concentrations in the neighborhoods of Amberwood, Collier Heights, Northcrest, and Northwoods.
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