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On September 18, 1907, the family of Mrs. W.W. Norris made application with the City of Atlanta to split off the south lawn of their property and to build upon it, what would be at the time, one of the grandest single-family homes in the budding neighborhood of Grant Park.
Just two blocks south of the original homestead of the new neighborhood’s namesake Lemuel Pratt Grant, the mansion was to be completed for the sum total of $3,250 with a new street address of 271 Oakland Avenue. It took two years to build and was completed in 1910.
In 1927, all street numbers in the city of Atlanta were updated, and the property was thereafter known as 551 Oakland Avenue.
Around this time, the home was converted into a multi-family property comprised of four apartments. Like many other properties in the Grant Park neighborhood at the time, this was done to create additional income for the family as Atlanta and the rest of the nation headed straight into the great depression.
Ninety years later, still a quadplex, the property remained one of only a handful of larger historic homes in the neighborhood that had yet to convert back to single-family. Unlike many similar conversions that occurred in Grant Park over the years, the sheer size of the home and the early conversion date lent to each apartment having its own unique, historic charm. Each spacious apartment was highly coveted, and there was often a waiting list for prospective tenants.
Then one weekday afternoon in May 2018, tragedy struck when a fire engulfed the right side of the building, nearly obliterating two of the apartments, while smoke and water damage did the other two in.
Thanks to the quick action of the brave men and women of the Atlanta Fire Department (who swarmed the scene within minutes via 14 fire trucks) and the fact that most everyone who lived there was at work that afternoon, all the residents and their pets were unharmed, and the main structure of the home was spared.
The interior of the entire property had to be totally gutted. All the plaster and lathe walls were removed but much of the interior framing and flooring was left intact along with many surviving windows, fireplace mantels and trim.
Once the house was down to its bones, it was clear that the majority of the house framing, the exterior facade and the roof were also in good condition.
After several months of exploring the possibility of renovating the property back into a quadplex, the owners decided to sell in late 2018 to a local renovation team whose intent was to return it to its original grandeur as a single family home.
Floor plans were drawn up that would allow for the highest level of functionality for the approximately 5,300 square feet of living space, while ensuring as many historic features as possible that survived the fire would remain intact.
Features like the street-facing facade with its original windows, interior decorative fireplaces and mantels, and even original heart-pine flooring in the main entry areas and owner’s suite were all saved.
What’s more, the team identified period-appropriate, vintage architectural items that would be sourced from other homes in the neighborhood and throughout greater Georgia, adding them where needed in place of former character-defining interior elements lost to the fire.
Today, the completion of 551 Oakland Avenue stands as the latest and greatest testament to the significance of Grant Park’s residential renaissance. Hovering somewhere between the Neoclassical Victorian and Greek Revival styles, the home holds a unique place in the neighborhood’s historic architectural lexicon.
A true wrap-around front porch surrounds all three sides of the front lower level, while two massive, 22-foot Ionic columns lend to the spectacular symmetry of the facade while also hammocking the second-story owner’s-suite porch.
Once inside the vintage front door, you’re immediately met with a sense of history and elegance.
To your right, you’ll see a bright and light sitting room with a built-in bookcase, 111-year-old windows, the original heart-pine floors and an original decorative fireplace. To your left is a mirror image of the same sitting room, and straight ahead you’ll walk right into a hallway with an all new staircase sporting a reclaimed Victorian newel post, just one of the many “new” items brought in to round out the charm.
Walk down the hall and you’ll find a guest bedroom with fully outfitted en-suite bath, another restored decorative fireplace and a view of the billowing curtains on the bowling alley-sized north side porch.
Once you’ve cleared the hall and are halfway through the first floor, you’ll be standing in the 36-foot-wide, unencumbered expanse that comprises the kitchen, dining room and grand family room.
The home’s fourth decorative fireplace keeps you company in the dining room, while the living room features a working gas fireplace with reclaimed mantel placed snugly between two sets of French doors which open to the north side porch.
In the kitchen, the full spectrum of the Carl Mattison Design flair comes into account with oversized wire pendant lighting over the island, marbled-white and stone-gray Quartz countertops, white and mildly blanched hardwood cabinetry, and handmade Zellige tile that blankets the entire workspace wall from counter to ceiling.
The GE Monogram appliance package includes:
The large pantry doors in the kitchen open to reveal a spacious secret pantry room with built-in shelving and even a window, while the door beside the fridge opens to a kitchen deck perfect for outdoor grilling.
The back of the main floor features a rich and elegant breakfast room off the kitchen, a full bath with a low-entry tub perfect for pet washing, a secondary laundry area plumbed for a stackable washer and dryer if needed, and another bonus den behind the living room that would be perfect for a playroom, game room, home office or art gallery.
The upstairs hosts the remaining five bedrooms and three bathrooms, including an owner’s suite like no other.
The entry of the owner's suite is flanked with a private den to the left and the bedroom to the right, while straight ahead a door leads to the private second-story owner’s-suite porch which evokes a feeling of treetop royalty as you sip your morning coffee between the two massive column capitals.
The bedroom itself features a luscious midnight blue, fully wainscoted wall and another lovingly restored decorative fireplace.
From the bedroom, step inside the owner’s suite bathroom, and you may never want to leave with its 10’ vanity, 8’x8’ white marbled dual-shower with rain head, a soaking tub under a huge picture window, and even a decorative fireplace, all floating over woven marble tile flooring.
The bathroom leads directly into the owner’s closet which in turn leads to the dual-entry laundry room.
Upon exiting the laundry room, you’re back in the upstairs central hallway which leads to the other upstairs four bedrooms, two of which share a smartly designed Jack-and-Jill bathroom and one with a semi-ensuite.
Additional features of the home include:
The APS school line-up for 551 Oakland is the prestigious Parkside Elementary School, which feeds into King Middle School as well as Maynard H Jackson High School, which offers the International Baccalaureate program and which reported the highest graduation rate of any Atlanta area public high school for the 2017-2018 school year. Plus, there's Wesley International Academy (with a full-immersion Mandarin program) is just down the street and open to any elementary-aged student living within the city limits of Atlanta. 369 Loomis also lies within the tier 1 section zone for Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, with its elementary campus in Grant Park and middle school campus in neighboring Ormewood Park.
Leave the car at home and set out on foot to do some quick shopping just a block away at the weekly Grant Park Farmer's Market located at the Milledge Fountain, or walk around the corner to Dakota Blue, Grant Central Pizza, Grant Park Coffeehouse or Mediteranea. Just over I-20, all your local grocery shopping needs are met at Grant Park Market, pick up a bag of mulch next door at Shep's Ace Hardware, or grab some curbside grub from any restaurant with a 5-block radius at places like Six Feet Under, Little Tart Bakeshop, Gather, Full Commission, Firepit Pizza, Carroll Street Cafe, Grindhouse Killer Burgers, Petit Chou, Wonderkid, Augustines, Agave, Republic Social House or Ziba's Bistro.
In recent months, the adjoining neighborhoods of Grant Park, Reynoldstown, Cabbagetown, and north Ormewood Park have been transformed into a new intown epicenter. Close-by developments include the Larkin in Grant Park, Alta Dairies in Reynoldstown, and Madison Yards in Reynoldstown which features the Lucky and Lady Pet Spa, Orangetheory fitness, a Publix and AMC Theatre complex. And just a few blocks the south of the home, The Beacon complex next to the south leg of the Beltline has brought forth dining establishments like Patria Cocina, Buteco Coffeehouse, Hoto Hoto Ramen and
Positioned perfectly just half a mile south of the the I-20 corridor at the Boulevard / Zoo Atlanta entrance and exit ramps, your morning commute to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is a predictable 10- to 15-minute door-to-door rideshare trip against traffic. Grady Memorial Hospital is a five-minute drive, while Emory University Hospital Midtown is just 10 minutes away and Piedmont Hospital is 15 minutes away. Prefer taking Marta? The King Memorial Marta Train Station is just a 9 minute walk up the street.
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