Modeled after a late 1800's Victorian "shotgun" on the edge of Fulton Cotton Mill's residential quarters, this new "double-barreled shotgun" is chock full of everything you need for spacious, modern living right in the heart of the new Memorial Corridor.
In 2016, Grant Park neighborhood renovation group Balustrade Properties purchased a run-down Victorian "shotgun" house built in the late 1890s.
The structure was sitting on the property line at 670 McDonald Street in the northeast section of Grant Park just above I-20, and just below Memorial Drive.
It had been boarded up for years and was in an advanced state of deterioration. However, due to historic district regulations, it could not be moved or modified beyond much of its original facade appearance.
In order to preserve the original structure and make the highest and best use of it, architect Adam Stillman developed an ingenuous plan:
1. Renovate the little shotgun and save as much of it as possible, even though it was pretty far gone, and then incorporate a living room in the front, dining room in the middle and a new master suite on the back.
2. Build a whole new “house” to the left of the existing one so that the lot looked like it had two houses on it, much like the rest of this section of the neighborhood looked 120 years ago.
3. The “new house” on the left would be joined with the old by a central hallway and laundry room, while the new section would hold the kitchen, a mudroom, powder room, two guest bedrooms and a Jack-and-Jill bathroom.
The resulting appearance of the new structure would create what's known as a "double shotgun" facade, and would meet the requirements of the Grant Park historic district regulations and pass the muster of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.
As soon as the plans were approved by the city and evaluation of the existing structure began, it was determined by the construction team that very little of the existing structure was salvageable.
As a result, the original structure was removed in its entirety and rebuilt exactly as it previously existed in shape, size, window openings and all.
Once the original structure was rebuilt, the only two original items that remained intact were the fireplace and the front gable vent.
Today, the home encompasses approximately 1,733 square feet of living space completely outfitted with finish, fixture and design selections by Carl Mattison Design.
The double front porches give the property the appearance that two residences exist on the lot, when it fact it's all one and the same home.
Out back, the large yard is fully-fenced with pedestrian-gate access on the side.
In the front, the current owner has poured a concrete parking pad to the side and added large decorate planting tubs to the front yard to create a sense of privacy and separation from the street.
Inside, the left entry from right off the parking pad encompasses a mudroom with half bath that turns seamlessly into the kitchen, while the right entry enters straight into the living room.
The original fireplace separating the living room and dining room includes a vent-free, gas-fueled "coal basket" reminiscent of its original function.
In the kitchen, open shelves made from the floor beams of the original structure flank the window over the sink.
The Jack-and-Jill bathroom between the two ancillary bedrooms sports a double vanity and tub/shower combo, while the master bathroom has a full walk-in marble shower and a huge walk-in closet in the back.
The central open area between the two halves of the house is a perfect office space.
Just in front of this area, a laundry room for a stackable washer/dryer includes a sink plus a hidden pull-down ladder for plenty of attic storage.
Exciting changes are coming to Grant Park! Across Boulevard from United Avenue you will find the Grant Park Gateway. The new construction will provide for a parking garage that not only will serve to improve traffic conditions in the area, but will also include (on top of the semi-underground garage) a massive greenspace that will help further improve the aesthetics that make Grant Park so special.
The APS school line-up for 670 McDonald 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, 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.
In just a few short months, the adjoining neighborhoods of Grant Park, Reynoldstown, Cabbagetown, and north Ormewood Park will be a new intown epicenter to rival that of other areas of the city that enjoy dynamic density. Close-by developments that are nearing completion are the Larkin in Grant Park, Alta Dairies in Reynoldstown, and Madison Yards in Reynoldstown which will feature the Lucky and Lady Pet Spa, Orangetheory fitness, a Publix and AMC Theatre complex.
With the increase in development and real estate allure in the area, properties like 670 McDonald are becoming harder to find and increasingly higher in price. Priced just below $600k, this nearly-new home offers an affordable option to enjoy all the perks of Grant Park living, complete with a fenced-in yard in a prime location.
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