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South of Wright – Wall Street Journal house of the day!


I promise – coming tomorrow, a look at the exterior of The Copeland House, in more detail. To start the week however, I want the Intown Insider to promote some recent media placements for the new listing. Atlanta Curbed featured it last week – love them! And yesterday, the Wall Street Journal featured the house as “house of the day!” Pretty cool – that’s a first for me and a first for my local brokerage. Thanks to Jason Wieloch for making that connection through KW Luxury. Onward and upward – three showings in 8 days on market. … [Read more...]

The hidden value in a remarkable house


Jason Wieloch and I just co-listed a remarkable house built by this modern design legend named Robert Green. Read more about it here and look for more detailed articles this week about the interior and exterior right here at The Intown Insider. This Wall Street Journal article from 2008 says it best: “Could it be McMansion backlash? Trophy homes are increasingly being scaled down and aesthetically integrated into the surrounding landscapes.” Frank Lloyd Wright taught Robert Green how to aesthetically integrate. If you don’t want to build a modern home for $1 Million dollars or more and compromise in some major way on something … And, if you are instead looking for a mid-century modern trophy home in Atlanta, that was expertly scaled and sited in 1959, renovated again for growth in 1987 by Robert Green, then updated and renovated in 1998 by Herbert Brito with superior modern finishes, then look no further than 1885 Walthall Drive in Buckhead. … [Read more...]

Atlanta’s best example of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture – for sale for $950,000


Shortly after Robert Green returned to his Georgia home from his 1958-1959 apprenticeship at Taliesin West (Frank Lloyd Wright’s school), he designed then supervised the construction of a remarkable house for a C&S Bank executive named William Copeland and his family in 1960. That remarkable house is now for sale for $950,000.00. Jason Wieloch and I are co-listing the property. “Nobody buys a Wright house by mistake or coincidence” said Ron Scherubel, the retired Executive Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. Ron also said that the market for a Wright house “is a narrow market. It’s an active market. And it can be a lucrative market…most of the time, buyers pay a 25 to 40 percent premium because it’s a Wright design.” Usonian design is Mr. Wright’s coined term for his simple style that enabled the integration of structure with the natural order of the landscape. The Copeland House typifies Usonian design. Robert Green, … [Read more...]

Another Intown Atlanta Rock Formation

The Intown Insider at the East Atlanta cliffs…

My friend and fellow Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta real estate agent, Mario Didomizio has been talking about development at the 1o acre property he calls Ashton Cliffs, for 5 years. There are 100' high cliffs - it is remarkable! View Larger Map The property is 7/10th of a mile South of the East Atlanta Village. It is super cool - let me know if you want to see this property. … [Read more...]

More from Inhabitat – The Modern Mansion

Gehry's Modern Mansion

This is the link to an article at Inhabitat about the new residence of Pritzker Prize winning architect, Frank Gehry. Wow. … [Read more...]

Whatever happened to the mail order house?

The Chelsea, from the earliest Sears Roebuck collection available 1908-1914

Arrol Gellner is a practicing architect with 30 years of experience in residential and commercial architecture. He is a graduate of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California at Berkeley. He wrote an awesome article about the bygone days of yore when you could buy a "mail order house." If you know about any mail order houses still in use around Atlanta, please let The Rootdown Group know - we would love to see the property! Mass production residential is still in it's "re-infancy," but as we have reported before, there are some nifty new pre-fab ideas out there... Arrol states "Over the course of the 20th century, there have been many attempts to bring mass-production methods to the building industry. " Many folks remember or have heard about the "Sears Roebuck" houses - Arrol offers a nice explanation..."...retailing giant Sears Roebuck began offering houses by mail order. Each Sears Modern Home came in a 25-ton kit consisting of precut lumber … [Read more...]