79 Park Circle exemplifies the irresistibly charming character of Buckhead's Peachtree Park neighborhood. The winding brick stairway welcomes visitors to a smartly renovated 1928 cottage, surrounded by mature trees and tastefully simple landscaping. While the home's exterior is in perfect harmony with the rest of this "Leave It to Beaver" street, you'll find some unexpectedly rustic details inside that make this home unique. The architecture may be reminiscent of Grandma's house, but the interior is decidedly un-Granny.
Step through the front door and you'll find...tree trunks? A polished pair of them stand boldly on either side of the wrought iron staircase, injecting a bit of lodge style into the center of Buckhead. Don't worry though; the white crown moldings keep the interior from going too far into Yukon Territory mode. Nestled next to the staircase is another eye catching feature, a copper topped built-in bar. Couple that with the home's open floor plan, and you've got a great recipe for stylish entertaining.
The kitchen has been nicely remodeled with stone countertops, natural wood cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances, but the real star of the show is the ceiling. It's dramatically vaulted and finished with warmly stained paneling, making the room feel twice as large. The master suite is also on the main floor, with French doors that lead to a gorgeous backyard (more on that in a minute). Thankfully, the master bathroom isn't typical of older intown homes. By this, I mean it's spacious, well equipped, and contains ample, custom closet space. Grandma wishes she had it this good.
This home's back yard is, in the words of Little Red Riding Hood, just right. The deck's built-in seating enhances the entertaining potential, as does the beautifully constructed stone fire pit. Lush vegetation ensures privacy; the amount of grass is perfectly practical.
Three more bedrooms and two additional updated full baths ensure enough room for a growing brood. The kid in me loves the upstairs of this house, and it's easy to see why. The lofty open space is set off by wonderful angled ceilings, finished in the same warm stain of the kitchen. durable painted beadboard walls were a practical choice, as were custom bookcases that make efficient use of what's usually dead space. There's even a built-in daybed, and you have my apologies in advance if its ownership inspires a mini-war between little ones.
Peachtree Park consists of 13 quiet streets conveniently tucked away from the bustle of Buckhead. Its eastern border formed by GA-400 means minimal cut through traffic, but a pedestrian bridge puts Lenox Square within walking distance. The neighborhood's development started in the 1920s, and today is overseen by a strong civic association. Its organization of annual events like the Ice Cream Social serves to strengthen neighborly bonds, which is the kind of throwback Grandma would surely appreciate.
79 Park Circle was appraised for $600,000 in May 2011. It's currently being offered at $540,000.