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By Sherrie Crow | Agent in Decatur, GA

"Mad Men" at Home: Mid-Century Modern Homes in Northcrest

I have lived in Atlanta my whole life, and my family has been here for over 100 years. Atlanta is a city of beautiful homes, and until recently I thought I had seen all of the home styles the city has to offer.

We have thousands of brick ranches and little frame bungalows. We have Craftsman’s both old and new. We have stately Georgians, lovely Tudors and ornate Victorians. You do run across an occasional "modern" home, but these seem to be hard to come by.

I was surprised, therefore, to recently discover Northcrest. This community of Mid-Century Modern homes was established in the 1960's by a builder who wanted to offer the most up-to-date home designs of the day.

As you drive through Northcrest, you immediately note that the exteriors of many of the houses give off a Frank Lloyd Wright vibe. This is the neighborhood where the most successful of the "Mad Men" would have chosen to live. The interiors do not disappoint. The floor plans are very open for the time. There are exposed brick walls and vaulted ceilings with dramatic wooden beams throughout. The homes also have unique details such as open hearth fireplaces, skylights, interior planters, and Jack 'n Jill bathrooms.

Another plus factor is the location of the community. At less than a mile form the juncture of I-85 and I-285, you can get to anywhere in town in a matter of minutes. Northcrest also has an active swim/tennis club and involved neighbors. Finally, at prices between $225k and $300k, the homes are affordable compared to homes of similar size elsewhere in Atlanta.

To find Northcrest, take I-85 north and exit Northcrest, just at Spaghetti Junction. Turn right on Northcrest Road; the subdivision is about 1/2 mile on your left. This is a great neighborhood to explore on a Sunday afternoon. Make sure to stop and see me at 3565 Eaglerock Drive, which will be open  this Sunday, February 26, from 2 to 4.

Comments

By Lee Taylor,  Fri Feb 24 2012, 14:09
I love Northcrest - butterfly roots are the coolest.
By Cindi Sokol,  Fri Feb 24 2012, 19:12
Yes, Northcrest is a great place to live, our houses are special!
By Becky Morris,  Sun Feb 26 2012, 07:43
Thanks for the information! Northcrest sounds like a wonderful neighborhood.

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