1363 North Decatur Road
“Casa di Quattro Ragazzi”
1363 North Decatur Road was designed by noted female architect Leila Ross Wilburn. Built in 1923, the home’s plan can be found in Mrs. Wilburn’s plan book, Ideal Homes of Today. The compact design was built with flawless flow and an eye for entertaining. The residence was influenced by the Mediterranean style originally constructed with a flat, red-tile roof and hidden gutters. The property had undergone major exterior renovations in the mid-1960s. As with many older home renovations, Casa di Quattro Ragazzi little resembled its original design. During the research phase, the owners were quite fortunate to connect with the daughter in-law of the original owners. She was able to provide pictures of the home from the 1940s -1960s. Those pictures helped restore the home to its original design.
1214 Villa Drive – Garden Only
“Villa Mira Flores”
This residence, Villa Mira Flores, meaning “House of Flowers”, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The villa is significant as a strong example of the Mediterranean Revival style notably popular during the 1920s and 1930s. This home is significant to the realm of landscape architecture for its Italian Revival landscape design by Henry H. Jordan and James L. Turner; the design was carried out in 1925. Hardscapes include raised walls, arched openings, a pond, and a bat house. In 2004, a pool and pergola were added to the exterior landscape design in the style of the historic architecture. Most of the historic plantings have been lost over the years; however, the design layout remains intact.
1196 Springdale Road
“Through the Looking Glass”
Constructed in 1919, seven fireplaces grace this beautifully restored home designed by renowned architect Neel Reid. An extensive renovation in 2003, completed by the previous owner, was careful to maintain the charm and character of the home, while staying within the original footprint. In 2014, the owners completed a family room addition. Noting the many similarities between the home and the Neel Reid-designed Old Scottish Rite Hospital in Decatur, Architect Karen Soorikian chose the hospital ward buildings as the foundational base for the family room’s design. Following suit, an extensive landscape renovation was drawn by Paige Shaw to create a garden view from all windows of the home.
1210 Springdale Road
The Club Ragunas home dates to 1920. Ernest Woodruff was one of the first owners. Ensuing renovations have touched nearly every corner of the property with a significant focus on the kitchen, master bath, and guest house. Through each renovation, the owners worked very hard to maintain the integrity and flow of the original design. Inside the main house, they have paired antique furnishings, chandeliers, and rugs, with their art collection. The vast two-acre club-like property sports a swimming pool, tennis court, hot tub, fire pit and a guest house that must be seen.
938 Springdale Road – Garden Only – Saturday Only
The owner purchased 938 Springdale primarily because she fell in love with the back yard and her vision for the outdoor environment. Each existing element was conceived and installed after she purchased the property. Passage to the natural wonderland is through the screened porch overlooking the grotto featuring a sculpture from artist/blacksmith Corrina Sephora. Beyond the grotto, expanses of lawn, a swimming pool and water feature, dry creek bed, potting shed, and detached garage greet the visitor’s eye. The main focal point of the garden is a labyrinth: a gentle path used for walking meditation. The rear of the oasis provides a magical wooded area with paths among the trees, a fire pit, and a treehouse looking out to the street.
965 Springdale Road – Garden Only
“The Woodland Garden”
This dense backyard acquired a new lease on life when one of the owners earned a certificate in landscape design from Emory University. Designing a “new” yard as her capstone project, diligent efforts ensued to transform the land into the envisioned fledgling woodland garden. Working with Holly Brooks of King Landscaping, the owners modified the design to include the installation of a wide variety of shrubs and perennials and a stacked stone patio that is tucked in along the gentle sloping terrain. A dozen trees purchased from Trees Atlanta have added much needed canopy with the grand result being a backyard oasis.
1775 South Ponce de Leon Avenue – Garden Only
Set on 2 acres abutting the protected Frazer Forest, the property features an interesting variety of plant materials and a screened treehouse. The treehouse platform, originally built when the family purchased the home in 2005, was renovated last summer to include a ramp and fully screened structure overlooking the Frazer woodlands. Through the years, the owners have removed undergrowth, ivy and other invasive species to carve out numerous, natural outdoor rooms. The property, with its outdoor treehouse, water feature, patios, and fire pit, is reflective of the Olmsted neighborhood design vision of creating an ideal “retreat”.
1436 Fairview Road
“Original Home of J. Neel Reid, Architect”
When Neel Reid designed his Druid Hills home, he selected, as his inspiration, a Connecticut home designed by Charles Platt. Built in 1914, the house was a model home while Springdale Road was under development. Mr. Reid maintained his professional office in what is now the home’s den. The present-day owners have updated and modernized while maintaining the original footprint of the home. A 1998 renovation of the kitchen enlarged the space by acquiring the previous rear porch square footage. The grounds of the home have evolved over the years. Presently, a formal, sculpted front lawn graces the street with a natural woodland area linked by patios and stone stairs providing a backyard sanctuary.
393 The Falls Court – Garden Only
Situated on a five-acre old growth forest, the property is the site of the historic Durand Mill with its 120-foot waterfall. Built circa 1830, the 130-foot long dirt dam provided water power for the mill. A one-mile nature trail wanders through this climax forest comprised of oak, hickory, beech and at least 40 other species of trees and over 50 species of wildflowers. A conservation easement will protect this natural Georgia forest forever. Nestled in among the rocks and forest is a unique mid-century home overlooking the waterfalls.
940 Clifton Road – Garden Only
Featuring reclaimed stone walkways, the front facing Parterre Garden was designed using Korean boxwoods and Asiatic jasmine. Located behind the home, the garden “rooms” feature gorgeous elements. Walking room to room, the visitor finds a stoned wall perennial garden, a room for a raised-bed vegetable garden and a Japanese-style garden. A garden shed featuring hand painted flower prints, garden tools and pots round out the walk. A “must see” is a recently added native Azalea Garden on the way to the next-door neighbor’s amazing backyard oasis featuring a rock waterfall, pond and beautifully landscaped garden.
2010 North Ponce De Leon Avenue
“The Beehive House”
Built in 1927, this brick Tudor home in the English Manor Style possesses classic architectural detailing, with limestone accents, a slate roof, and a unique floor plan. The entry vestibule opens to a domed octagonal foyer providing the central conduit to the formal dining room, living room, den, kitchen, and second level. The 2017 kitchen addition honors historic architectural detailing with the use of brick and limestone and metal casement windows matching the 1927 originals. The luxurious pool and lush gardens make the perfect extension of the home.
2086 North Ponce de Leon Ave
Built in 1926, this home was designed by renowned architect Leila Ross Wilburn. The owner renovated the home in 2016 to expand the kitchen and master bedroom and the red Spanish tile roof was reinstalled to restore the original look to the home. The rear-facing living room wall was replaced with steel and glass windows showcasing the covered patio and pool area. Highlights of the kitchen remodel include an expansive 10’ island workspace, commercial grade range, butler’s pantry, and snack bar with service to the pool area. The home décor was inspired by a California boutique hotel creating the feeling of being on vacation every day!