Clicks and Mortar

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This Week’s Over-The-Top Property: Haas Mansion

In this weekly feature on Clicks & Mortar, we bring you the most notable or interesting property we can find in the Atlanta metro area. This week’s featured over-the-top property is...

126 Waverly Way NE, Atlanta GA, 30307 - $1.099M

Exhibiting a curious mix of Queen Anne, Four Square, and Neoclassical Revival style elements, this home is situated between equally lovely historic properties, just across from Springdale Park on one of the best streets in Inman Park. Haas Mansion was built back in 1903 by the outlandishly successful Aaron Haas. A member of the fledgling Jewish community in Reconstruction-era Atlanta, Haas gained his notoriety as a blockade runner selling Confederate cotton, after which he went on to become a legitimate merchant and businessman. His business savvy led Haas to establish several profitable enterprises, including forays into finance, insurance, and real estate. His lasting claim to fame, aside from being one-time mayor pro temp of Atlanta in 1875, is that he co-founded the Metropolitan Streetcar Company, which is memorialized by the Trolley Barn, an Inman Park icon.

This massive stunner has four bedrooms, two full baths, and a half-bath spread out over 4272 square feet of living space -- and what gorgeous living space it is! My inner historic preservationist is foaming at the mouth (in a good way) just looking at all of these historically accurate details. Check out the original tile hearths surrounding any of the eight fully functioning fireplaces. (Do you know how much it would cost if you actually had to restore them???)  And oh, those inlaid hardwood floors! Imagine the hours of work and fine craftsmanship that went into them. They sure don’t make ‘em like that anymore.

Speaking of wood, I am over the moon that the exposed wood trim in this home has been preserved and maintained, rather than idiotically covered up with multiple coats of white paint (something that, sadly, is all too common for homes of this age). The ornately carved mantlepieces are so beautiful they make my eyes hurt, and I am especially taken with the grandiose staircase, which is composed entirely of its original natural wood...just as it should be. All of these brilliant details make this historic mansion the dream home of even the most discerning preservationist geek.

Everywhere you look, you will see a successful intermarrying of the old and the new. While the crucial historical details are all preserved and maintained, you certainly won’t be living in a time-warp. This house has all the mod cons. The otherwise modern kitchen still retains an element of bygone times with the rustic exposed brick hearth that encloses the state-of-the-art stainless steel range. The sprawling veranda (the requisite staple of any respectable Southern mansion) is perfect for lazy afternoons spent sipping mint juleps -- or maybe margaritas -- in tricked-out rocking chairs while watching ducks play in the pond of the neighborhood park out front. Once night falls and it’s time for bed, make yourself comfortable in the original sleeping porch! This truly old-fashioned feature has been glassed in to serve as a sunroom, but you can still fling the windows open wide if you wish to bring the outdoors in.

Please excuse my fanciful visions and wistful reverie, but this property makes my head spin with its awesomeness. Unfortunately, although I would really love to have it as my own, I don’t happen to have a spare $2M to buy it. Maybe one day...

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