In 1906, J. H. Baker applied for a building permit to build a 1-story residence along Park Avenue, the gateway to Atlanta's first public park with 100+ acres donated by city civil engineer Lemuel Pratt Grant. The total cost of the construction was slated to cap out at $2,200. One hundred and fourteen years later, in January of 2020, Balustrade Properties, LLC (wholly owned by Carl Mattison and Rob Smith) purchased the property from the estate of the owner who had lived in the home since the early 1970s. Although the property was in a severe state of neglect, the bones were strong and most of the architectural provenance remained intact.
The home is in the historic district of Grant Park where the historic district regulations dictate that any street-facing facade remain intact or renovated to a degree the would represent the original aesthetic intent. With that in mind, the front facade has been restored to a similar degree as was evidenced in a photo of the home from the late 1970s seen in the "Before" photo album below. This included new wood columns set atop rectangular plinths, restoration of the three-quarter rounded porch, restoration of the stained glass transoms above the front windows, re-installment of the original stained glass street address transom above the front door (with a street address of "118"), and restoration of the original 1-over-1 wavy-glass windows on the front facade.
Inside, the first floor has retained much of its original heart of pine flooring, 11-foot ceilings, four decorative fireplaces with restored mantels, and six original stained glass windows facing the street. The entry foyer with its original pocket doors leading to a street-facing dining room also features original French doors leading to the central gallery. A second set of French doors have also been restored as pocket doors connecting the front dining room the to middle living room. The open-concept middle living room transitions directly into a handsomely appointed kitchen which includes a dry bar area and separate pantry.
The main floor is rounded out with a semi-ensuite guest bedroom, main floor laundry room, electronics closet and a newly constructed owner's suite on the back of the house with separate shower and soaking tub. Just off the kitchen is a new screened porch which leads to a deep, fully-fenced back yard.
A new switchback staircase leads upstairs to a set of new second-story rooms with 8-foot ceilings. The attic space was ample enough to produce two equal-sized bedrooms, a full bath with a double vanity, a secondary laundry closet for stackable washer & dryer, and a large open playroom / media room.
The property currently has off-alley parking for two on a gravel parking pad at the back of the property. As the lot is 50 feet x 216 feet and backs up to a 20-foot-wide paved alley, there is plenty of space for anything and everything you need in the back yard such as a pool, a pool house, and/or a 3-car garage. You could even combine a garage or pool house with an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) which would likely be approved by current city ordinance on this R5 lot.
Oh yes, you did read the word "pool" in that last paragraph, and this property is perfect for one. The key would be to create the pool before building anything at the back of the property (like a garage, ADU or pool house) that would block the ability of heavy machinery to be brought into the back yard for pool construction.
The APS school line-up for 441 Park is the prestigious Parkside Elementary School, which feeds into King Middle School as well as Maynard H Jackson High School, which offers the International Baccalaureate program and which reported the highest graduation rate of any Atlanta area public high school for the 2017-2018 school year. Plus, there's Wesley International Academy (with a full-immersion Mandarin program) is just down the street and open to any elementary-aged student living within the city limits of Atlanta. 441 Park also lies within the tier 1 section zone for Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, with its elementary campus in Grant Park and middle school campus in neighboring Ormewood Park.
Leave the car at home and set out on foot to do some quick shopping just a block away at the weekly Grant Park Farmer's Market located at the Milledge Fountain, or walk around the corner to Dakota Blue, Grant Central Pizza, Grant Park Coffeehouse or Mediteranea. Just over I-20, all your local grocery shopping needs are met at Grant Park Market, pick up a bag of mulch next door at Shep's Ace Hardware, or grab some curbside grub from any restaurant with a 5-block radius at places like Six Feet Under, Little Tart Bakeshop, Gather, Full Commission, Firepit Pizza, Carroll Street Cafe, Grindhouse Killer Burgers, Petit Chou, Wonderkid, Augustines, Agave, Republic Social House or Ziba's Bistro.
In recent months, the adjoining neighborhoods of Grant Park, Reynoldstown, Cabbagetown, and north Ormewood Park have been transformed into a new intown epicenter. Close-by developments include the Larkin in Grant Park, Alta Dairies in Reynoldstown, and Madison Yards in Reynoldstown which features the Lucky and Lady Pet Spa, Orangetheory fitness, a Publix and AMC Theatre complex. And just a few blocks the south of the home, The Beacon complex next to the south leg of the Beltline has brought forth dining establishments like Patria Cocina, Buteco Coffeehouse, Hoto Hoto Ramen and Cardinal.
Positioned perfectly just half a mile south of the the I-20 corridor at the Boulevard / Zoo Atlanta entrance and exit ramps, your morning commute to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is a predictable 10- to 15-minute door-to-door rideshare trip against traffic. Grady Memorial Hospital is a five-minute drive, while Emory University Hospital Midtown is just 10 minutes away and Piedmont Hospital is 15 minutes away. Prefer taking Marta? The King Memorial Marta Train Station is just a 9 minute walk up the street.
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