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Since its inception, Atlanta has been a major epicenter of transportation in America. Over a century before becoming home to the world’s busiest airport, the city we now know as Atlanta was no more than a few dozen residents, an inn, and the construction site for what would become one of the largest railroad hubs of its time. Shortly after construction of the railroad was completed, the city rapidly began its growth into the burgeoning metropolitan area we know today. Now celebrated for its rich historical roots, innovative urban design, and its largely post-modern, architectural buildings, Atlanta has established itself as one of the most vibrant and forward-thinking cities in the nation.
Over the past few decades, many major cities that experienced rapid expansion like Atlanta scrapped and replaced most of their antiquated estates and historical homes in the name of progress. Though much of Atlanta has gone through the same sort of urban renewal in recent years, city developers made it a point to preserve its deep history by protecting these historical homes through renovation grants and adaptive repurposing for modern uses.
While many of Atlanta’s longest standing homes have been renovated and repurposed into museums, historical centers, and even restaurants, a number of these hidden gems can be found sprinkled throughout the city and are still available for purchase as residential properties. One such example is 5855 Northside Drive in Sandy Springs, originally built in 1870 by the James Power family (for whom Powers Ferry Road is named after), which underwent an extensive two-year restoration and is now available on the market.
Situated on over two private gated acres of land in Sandy Springs just steps away from the Chattahoochee River, this elegantly updated home still retains its old-world charm while boasting modern amenities fit for today’s lifestyles. The original wide plank pine floors, gracious stairwell, and authentic moldings were fully preserved, and the home now features a luxurious primary bedroom on the main level with two custom walk-in closets, a spa-like bath and walk-in shower, and even a separate Jacuzzi. In addition to the three secondary bedroom suites and bonus room on the upper level, there is also a guest suite on the main level as well as an au pair suite above the three-car garage.
The estate’s extensive open floor plan is perfect for entertaining, with a family room located directly in the center of the home complete with a fireplace and French doors leading to the covered stone patio replete with a wood-burning, outdoor fireplace. Of course, no modern luxury home is complete without a heated pool and adjoining hot tub, which can be found in the beautifully landscaped backyard along with a separate pool house.
Beyond its contemporary design and top-of-the-line amenities, this home flows effortlessly while offering the space, historical charm, and modern conveniences to live, grow and enjoy for years.