2016 Homes

862 Ponce de Leon Place1 – 862 Ponce de Leon Place
A full renovation and expansion of this home in 2015 by Red Level Renovations transformed the original 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath bungalow into a gorgeous 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath house. The owners meticulously restored the original woodwork, flooring and other period touches in the front rooms to maintain the house’s historic character. They added an open kitchen and family room, which includes furniture made from wood recovered during the renovation. The owners report that underneath the mantle in the living room they found a maker’s mark on the chimney dating to 1909. A newly-added second level is in keeping with the history of the house while adding children’s bedrooms and a full master suite that features a walk-out deck with views across the midtown skyline and into the home’s own deep back yard.
Sponsored by: Red Level Renovations


2-1173 St. Louis Place_53492 – 1173 St Louis Place
This charming cottage was built in 1925, and retains many original moldings and decorative features. When it appeared on the 2011 Tour, the home contained a separate upstairs apartment with its own side entrance. The current owners have created an opening to the upstairs space, which now features a large divided bedroom for their children as well as a family room/play room and back deck that feels like a tree house. Most rooms in the home contain convenient built-in storage that matches the original moldings. The current owners combined two original back bedrooms to create a master suite and also installed the outside fireplace, which provides a focal point for the private outdoor seating areas.
Sponsored by: Inman Park Marble and Granite, Inc.


964 North Highland Avenue3 – 964 N Highland Avenue
This traditional bungalow, with its welcoming front porch, is bigger than it looks. It was built in 1915, but currently provides space for a modern family while retaining its original charm. A major renovation 6 years ago has been tweaked by the current owners to maximize open living space. The original footprint of the home has been maintained, but living space was expanded by finishing the original basement to provide functional and cheerful family and guest space. Numerous original elements remain in the living and dining rooms (which have been swapped from their original uses), including the fireplaces and plate rail. The front porch has been returned to its original open form, after having been closed for many years.
Sponsored by: Coldwell Banker Residential Broker


976 Adair Avenue4 – 976 Adair Avenue
This 1920 bungalow, with its darling white picket fence, has been lovingly renovated by a local realtor and her husband. Located in the heart of Virginia-Highland, the cozy 3-bedroom/2-bath home retains much of its original character, while at the same time incorporating modern touches throughout the home. Much of the artwork throughout the house, including the pieces in the dining room, was created by one of the owners. The current owners added a pool and re-landscaped the backyard in 2014, creating a true oasis in the midst of the city. The bright and cheery kitchen was updated earlier this year, and offers a lovely setting to enjoy a morning coffee with views of the backyard. A scene from the 2014 film, “Million Dollar Arm,” starring Jon Hamm, was filmed in the backyard.
Sponsored by: Keller Knapp Realty


949 Virginia Cir5 – 949 Virginia Circle
Built in 1929, this fully renovated bungalow maintains the original street face with its unique window lite pattern and decorative details. In 2016, a rear addition, new second floor and third floor playroom were added to reflect the character of the original house. A garage and carriage house with outdoor entertainment area was also part of the project. The extremely small lot, even by Virginia Highland standards, challenged the designers to find creative solutions to controlling storm water on the site. Landscape elements that appear to be aesthetic improvements are actually carefully calculated to reduce runoff. The gravel drive in the rear of the house is a special assembly to achieve permeability. The contractor was Phoenix Renovations Group and the architect was PSB Studio ARCHITECTURE. The interiors and distinct features of the home such as the rear iron doors, barrel vault for the master tub and custom millwork were designed by the homeowner, who is the owner of Bellwether Design Co.
Sponsored by: Phoenix Renovations


1-1020 Bellevue6 – 1020 Bellevue Drive
The current owners purchased this stunning, modern dream home in 2015. It was built in 2012 by Darby Construction and is LEED-certified. This private retreat is said to be the highest-elevation detached single-family residence in the City of Atlanta. In addition to the striking four-level open staircase and elevator, the home is filled with beautiful architectural details and fixtures throughout, including a dramatic chandelier in the center of the home that spans multiple stories, a top-of-the-line kitchen, and custom-made furniture. The master suite, with its spa-like bath, offers treetop views through expansive windows. The exterior is just as impressive as the interior, with cedar cladding, designer landscaping, and a 1250 square foot, serene rooftop terrace, offering unparalleled views of Atlanta!
Sponsored by: Darby Construction


660 Elkmont7 – 660 Elkmont Drive
This home, built in 1959, is one of the only examples of California Modern architecture in Virginia- Highland. The homeowners moved here from Northern California in 2006 and bought the 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath house, which many in the neighborhood thought destined to be a tear-down. Instead, the new owners decided to renovate in keeping with the original California ranch style in 2015. The kitchen and main living area were expanded and feature a long cabinet wall with plentiful storage and a hidden laundry room. The carport and driveway were converted into a private, serene outdoor living area that looks out onto a sea of treetops. The front façade was redesigned to include a 5-foot pivot door and a generous expanse of glass that fills the house with light and highlights the modern furnishings, natural wood finishes and colorful accents. The homeowners were able to add 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths while maintaining the original roofline by building out the basement, which has the feeling of a loft due to many retained and reclaimed features.
Sponsored by: Sarah Mercer Chatel, Keller Williams Peachtree Rd.


8-612 Park Drive8 – 612 Park Drive
This sunny, elegant home was built 100 years ago and retains its historical charm. Outdoor and indoor living spaces have been expanded and enhanced through several renovations. Both the glassed-in porch and upstairs deck provide views of downtown Atlanta, and the side patio is a cozy spot to gather around the fire pit. The current owners engaged Intown Renovations to reduce the size of the dining room, and in so doing, created the new stairs and hallway. Upstairs, one original room has been expanded to include a large office, bath, and bedroom with attached deck. Family artwork and photos, prints and objects reflecting Charleston’s history, and art glass from the Blenko Company in West Virginia all give the decor a personalized touch. The front porch rockers are a great place to watch pedestrians heading to and from Piedmont Park, and the owners always have seasonally appropriate flowers and plants surrounding the front walkway and entrance.
Sponsored by: Julie Sadlier, RE/MAX Metro Atlanta Cityside


VaHi TourVirginia-Highland
History Tour

The authors of Images of America: Virginia-Highland have planned a special History Tour for the 2016 Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes. Virginia-Highland is on the National Register of Historic Places and filled with great architecture and stories. Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn about its development and those who made it such a treasure.
Sponsored by: Tailfin Marketing