If Atlanta's glass condo towers of the past decade bring to mind Miami's skyline, Midtown's Reid House is a throwback to the Upper West Side. Confidently standing like an elegant lady who's seen it all and isn't impressed, the Reid House's brick and limestone mass rises 10 stories behind a small lawn of old trees and ivy. Homebuyers value Reid House for its one-of-a-kind units and fabulous location in the heart of the cultural district.
It's got a killer pedigree to boot.
The title of Reid House commemorates its acclaimed architect, Neel Reid. Mr. Reid was instrumental in fostering Atlanta's reputation as a city of beautiful homes during his heyday in the 1910s and 1920s. Numerous examples of his work can be seen in Buckhead, Druid Hills, and right behind Reid House in Ansley Park. He'd probably be honored to know that Ansley Park's 2010 home tour was dedicated solely to his work.
Reid also designed commercial buildings, including this one which was constructed in 1924 as the Garrison Apartments. Reflecting the Georgian Revival style popular at the time, the exterior's brick facade is sparsely decorated but well proportioned. The simple lines are played up by the bow windows, graceful wrought iron arched over the front entrances, and sculpture work near the roofline. Useless trivia: the sculpture, consisting of ox skulls, is a classical motif known as bucranium.
The building was converted into condominiums in the 1970s, and it was at that time that the back facade was modernized with rows of windows. The remodel was a smart move, allowing for the preservation of the front and side facades while making the interiors more agreeable with contemporary tastes. The intimate lobby was kept traditional with its wood paneling and black and white checkerboard floor.
Cookie cutters are kept in the kitchen drawer here. The ground units are especially surprising; although they're at street level on the Peachtree side, the location of the parking structure means they face what amounts to a secret garden in the rear. The greenery effect is phenomenal. Classic features like fireplaces, built-ins, hardwood floors, and crown moldings adorn many units, making a strong argument in favor of traditional design. Amenities for the complex included a secured parking deck, clubhouse, fitness center, courtyard, and a tennis court. As an added plus typical of older buildings, the HOA's in good financial standing.
Reid House is impeccably located in the upper reaches of Midtown, on Peachtree Street between 16th Street and 17th Street. Culture buffs will appreciate the presence of the High Museum and the Woodruff Arts Center just across the street, and what better backyard to have than Ansley Park? Reid House scored a walk score of 83 for its convenient location, with restaurants, shopping, transit, office buildings, Piedmont Park and plenty of other cool stuff easily accessible by foot.
Bottom line: if you value the convenience of condo living but still prefer the aesthetic of Atlanta's classic intown neighborhoods, Reid House makes a great option. A Neel Reid building never goes out of style.