This post is not intended to be a listing advertisement but a personal story about this particular house. However, I've included listing detail in fairness to the listing agent.
As a real estate agent, I keep up with new listings, old listings, all kinds of listings. I study the market and just have a keen interest and passion for real estate. Imagine my surprise when I ran across this home for sale in Atlanta. Why?
For one reason, I wasn't intentionally looking for it and my heart skipped when it popped up on my computer screen... Why?
Because this house was a very important part of my childhood and wonderful memories of some of the best family times of my life came flooding back. You see, this home once belonged to my grandparents (pictured left.)
If these walls could talk...
I was a toddler when they bought this home and they sold it when I was around ten or thirteen years old. Anyway, that's not important. I just want the future buyer of this wonderful home to know what cherished memories live within its walls. Some of the best family dinners and Christmas gatherings I've ever known happened right in this special house and those experiences helped to mold me into the person I am today. Maybe my love for real estate could even be traced back to this house because it means so much to me.
My grandad enjoyed magic and he always had something fun and interesting for us grandkids. The den which is now the master bedroom in the picture to the right, is where he would put on the best magic shows and entertain us with tricks that would leave us spellbound, wondering, "how did he do that?!" (It looks like the original hardwood floors are still there.)
I spent the night on weekends on occassion and recall my grandmother and I sitting together on the couch in the den, reading the Sunday school lesson before bedtime (she taught Sunday school at North Atlanta church back then.)
The picture to the left was my bedroom on sleep overs and I loved the corner windows! Back in the day, there was only one bathroom and from the listing picture, the original basketweave tile is still there. Today, there is an additional luxury master bath.
My grandmother kept this home unbelieveably clean and tidy. People would say you could eat off the floors! I remember she was always busy cleaning or working in the yard. She even kept the weeds off the street around the curb. I see the old magnificent Magnolia tree is still standing in the front yard. My brothers and I had the best time playing underneath those big limbs. (Can see some of it in the picture at the top of this post).
The oak tree in the center of the back yard is quite large now (you can see its shadow in this picture and I saw it in another picture somewhere online too) My parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins would gather lawn chairs around that old tree for a bit of shade in the hot summertime, while we impatiently waited for homemade icecream or enjoyed one of those short glass bottles of coca-cola that used to have a city and state stamped on the bottom. We would try to guess where each bottle came from before looking to see.
My dad, uncle or older brother would sometimes have the chore of mowing the grass and my dad and uncle decided to tie the lawn mower to that old oak. The idea was that the self-propelled mower would go round and round on its own and they wouldn't have to mow the grass. Now that was an experiment to see because it worked!
There was an apple tree on the backside of the garage, (looks like it's still there) the grandkids used to climb all over it and eat apples. My grandmother even used some of those apples to bake delicious pies. (old garage pictured left - new garage pictured above right) (Grandparents, parents, Aunt, cousins, brothers pictured)
My grandmother had the most colorful flower garden that lined the entire walkway in the back yard (see walkway in picture to right). I enjoyed helping her keep out the weeds. I remember her roses in particular were very pretty.
I played on the walkway for hours alongside the flower garden pretending I was in a fairytale land, making up my own fairy tales, hopscotch, jump rope and such. Kids used to entertain themselves back in the day.
When my grandmother actually sat down for a few minutes from her busy day, we would go out on the screen porch and play that old game of "I Spy Something" ... while she snapped beans for supper. Even sitting down for a few minutes, she managed to stay busy. I see the original terrazo floor is still there (picture on the right).
It's good to know that some of the original features of this home have survived the years. A testament to the care given by past stewards.
Some of the best times of my childhood happened in this great house and impressed upon me values from a very early age which have successfully carried me through life. I'm so happy to see that this home has been cared for through the years. Although a few of the rooms have changed to keep up with current times, the cherished memories from within those rooms will never change. I have even driven by this house a couple of times in years past. It calls to me once in awhile.
This home deserves a loving and caring owner and my wish is the next steward will be as happy there as my family was once upon a time. If I had the extra money just sitting around, I would buy this home in a heartbeat.
Donna back in the day on the back side of the house
Detached Single Family, Ranch - Atlanta, GA
What a cute and tidy ranch renovation! This home sits on a nice corner lot with beautiful trees and a 1-car garage. Once inside you'll love the open floor plan and loVely master suite with a private bath. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or a glass of wine after a hard day on your screened porch. This one is move-in ready! Write a personal note about this listing
Most recent information provided by redrobingroup.com on 01/23/2011 05:23 AM:
- Status: For Sale
- MLS/Source ID: 4159136
- 3 Bedrooms
- 2 Bathrooms
- Single-Family Home
- Built In 1950
- Style: Ranch
- Parking: Driveway
- Parking: Garage - Detached
- Parking Spaces: 1
- Cable Ready
- Oven - Self-Cleaning
- Heating Fuel: Natural Gas
- Single Family Residential
- 3 Bedrooms
- 2 Bathrooms
- 1,228 sqft
- Built In 1950
- Stories: 1 story
- Exterior Walls: Brick
- County: DeKalb
- Tax Rate Code Area: 04
- Agent: Red Robin Group LLC 404-254-5206
Co-Agent Melissa Wakamo 404-729-1133
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Donna Yates, Associate Broker, GRI
Coldwell Banker High Country Realty 706-632-7311 x252 Office 274 West Main St. Blue Ridge, GA