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...
Our featured property this week is a labor of love that’s a decade in the making. Built in 1890, this home tells an interesting tale. The rocking-chair front porch is accentuated with Victorin gingerbread trim, and the front door is inset with a charming stained glass panel, lending plenty of historic charm. There are plenty of other architectural details to love both inside and out. The current owner has spent years painstakingly restoring this fine home to its former glory, sparing no expense to get everything historically accurate. So it’s no surprise then that history buffs will be delighted to find that all the right finishes, period fixtures, and antique hardware are already in place. The original heart of pine floors are still intact, as are the original mantels of four working fireplaces and the polished wood staircase in the entryway.
But this home also has entirely new systems and all the mod-cons you need to live the pampered life you deserve. There is a fully updated chef’s kitchen, a greenhouse (?) and a spa/jacuzzi out back (!), and a custom marble-slab-floored, steamroom-equipped master bath that is to die for! With 4300 square feet of space, encompassing seven bedrooms and five full bathrooms, there’s tons of room for painting, sculpting, or whatever other artistic pursuits you might have. There’s even an in-law suite that, barring any potential live-in relatives, could be transformed into a self-contained studio or perhaps an income-producing rental unit. The most intriguing feature of all might be the exterior of the daylight basement, which juts out from the side of the house and appears to be an old storefront (no clue what the history of it is, though).
But the real draw of this splendid home is its location, smack-dab in the middle of the hip artists’ community of Cabbagetown. Cabbagetown grew up as a mill town surrounding the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills, which is clearly evident in the maze of streets lined with neat rows of shotgun houses that once housed mill workers. Legend has it that the area got its name from its largely Scots-Irish residents’ overwhelming fondness for cabbage. (There are several variations of this story, one of which involves a toppled Model T spilling cabbages into the main intersection of the village, causing the supposedly cabbage-obsessed residents to scramble after them.) Our featured property, however, is large enough and fancy enough that it was no doubt home to a mill manager or executive of some sort, who must have built it around the same time that the bustling mill was looking to expand operations. Situated on a hill on infamous Estoria Street, this house is among the biggest in the neighborhood, and at $629K it has a price tag to match. That’s some pricey cabbage, y’all!
Cabbagetown today is a vibrant community of artists, activists, and eccentrics. There’s always something fun going on there, but the neighborhood’s annual pièce de résistance is the annual Chomp & Stomp, a long-running chili cookoff and bluegrass festival put on by the friendly residents’ group, the Cabbagetown Initiative. Chomp & Stomp 2011 is happening this Saturday, November 5th from 11AM to 6PM. Aside from tasting all manner of delicious chili variations ($5 gets you a tasting spoon), there will be oodles of bluegrass artists jamming on several different stages. The celebration of bluegrass is a conscious reference to the same musical roots shared by the area’s original country-fried Scots-Irish residents, which themselves included a few musicians of note back in the day, such as Fiddlin’ John Carson. There’s even a 5K run so you can work off all that tasty ground-beef-and-bean-filled goodness (although if it were me, I’d make damn sure I wasn’t downwind from the runners and their associated potential crop-dusting hazards).
Check out our featured property while you’re over in Cabbagetown this weekend. If you want to be walking distance from the festivities next year, and if you have cash to burn, then this is just the home for you.