Clicks and Mortar

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Doraville's Northcrest Subdivision Entices With Its Vintage Abodes and Affordability

Posted on 16, April 2012 by csadmin

The mania for midcentury modern (MCM) style has been going strong for years now, and it’s only helped to bring renewed attention to northwest Dekalb County’s Northcrest subdivision.  There’s a reason this neighborhood just outside I-285 at I-85 is a major hotspot for retro fanatics, as few other locales offer up this much MCM in a relatively small area.  Not to mention, the prices for these chic homes are extremely reasonable compared to the same product just a few miles intown.  They’re perfect for those wanting a yard and a renovation project that they can document on Facebook.  Here’s a look at some of the groovier Northcrest homes currently up for grabs.

3664 Eaglerock Drive, Doraville, GA 30340


This 1960 4 bed, 3 bath gem is completely renovated and ready for your best Eames and Noguchi, or their IKEA imitators.  The light paint colors and oodles of white trim look great contrasted against the slanted pine board ceilings.  How great is the mosaic tile in the kitchen?  It's like the gleaming jewel of the whole combined room - ooh, shiny!  Notice the “Hollywood bathroom” mentioned in the listing; it’s a common Northcrest feature meaning two half-bathrooms connected in the middle by a shower/tub.  What that has to do with Los Angeles, we're not quite sure...

Maybe the photographs are just extra snazzy, but this 1968 beauty is the kind of home that makes MCM lovers' mouths drool. The seller's great furniture collection seriously ups the envy quotient.  Like 3664 Eaglerock it's impeccably renovated and ready to go.  The pickled wood ceilings are a unique touch, as is the Roman brick room divider.  The lower level with its built-in bar and shiny white flooring would be the perfect pad for Mad Men viewing parties, wouldn't it?  And what a backyard!  Plenty of seating, a firepit, and lush greenery galore complete the package.
Although many a Northcrest home has been transformed into a vintage showplace, there's still some diamonds in the rough awaiting your powertools and paychecks.  Take this foreclosure for example.  The 1959 construction date puts it at the beginning stages of Northcrest's development.  It's got those cliched "good bones" with its distinctive facade, wood ceilings, skylights, and a yard ripe for weekend warring.  The kitchen and baths are begging for more period appropriate fittings, and at this price, you could have some extra wiggle room to make them really pop.

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