418 4th St

Greg Moran and James Mills purchased this 1910 two story home in June of 2005.  They were sold on the property after walking thru the front door and seeing the large dining room with coffered ceilings.  Over the last nine years they have painted the exterior of the home, replaced the front door, removed the front brick patio and added a new front porch more in character with the home, they have also redone an upstairs guest bathroom back to its period charm.  The home has four bedrooms, two and a half baths, formal living room, dining room, a home office and family room off the kitchen.  The home also has four working fireplaces.Greg and James moved from Richmond, VA where they owned a 1912 row house, they are no strangers to owning an older home and the constant up keep and projects that come along with such properties.

501 Greenwood Avenue

Being able to blend classic style in a contemporary setting is what makes this house a comfortable home. Owner Cromwell Baun purchased 501 Greenwood Avenue in February 2014 and with the help of his design consultant, Rina Norwood of Rina Norwood Design he was able incorporate his taste and style while preserving the historical integrity of this 1920 home. In 2000, the previous owner transformed the property from a triplex back to a single family home through an extensive renovation. The home has a number of unique features, including six fireplaces and two sets of pocket doors. A former antiques dealer, Cromwell's prize pieces can be located throughout the home. From the beautiful late 1800's rosewood baby grand piano that greets visitors in the entry foyer room to the late 1700's east coast buffet table and late 1800's North Carolina farm table that grace the dining room, these items add to the character and charm of the home. An avid Coca Cola memorabilia collector, Cromwell's rare advertising pieces serve as artwork in the home and the vintage signs that hang all around the back screened in porch remind guests of an era gone by. With its close proximity to Piedmont Park, inviting front porch, large kitchen, and cozy back screened in porch, 501 Greenwood Avenue has been and will continue to be a great place to entertain family and friends.

537 St. Charles Ave.

Our house dates back to ~1905. It is an American Foursquare style with a nod to some interior Victorian details. Our home is surrounded by larger Victorian homes built in the late 1800s. The the story is that there used to be tennis courts (back from the Ponce Park days) that a builder later subdivided into three lots and built three very similar, modest homes for his daughters. We’ve lived here since 2003. We fell in love with all of the historic character that the previous owner toiled to unearth, but we immediately knew that we wanted to make some changes. The lack of a true master suite and a closed off kitchen were two of the main issues that didn’t fit with what we wanted. Fast forward 11 years, a wedding, child and our two small businesses surviving the Great Recession, we were finally ready to renovate. We wanted to save all of the historic goodness we fell in love with, but add a floorplan that matched our lifestyle. Jonathan is a gourmet chef. Not by trade, but by talent. And I love to entertain. Combine this with living on a very social street that we love, and we knew it was time to pull the trigger and turn our beloved home into our forever dream home. Our home was a ~2300 sq. ft. 3 bedroom / 2 bath with no parking. With both of us needing home office space, we sacrificed a guest room. Guests staying on the couch or having to get a hotel simply didn’t work for us anymore. We worked hard to come up with a plan that would meet our needs, yet honor the architecture and historic nature of our home. The project will be completed the first week in November and we are thrilled to be back in! We now have a 5 bedroom / 3.5 bath home with a parking pad and wine cellar. The new addition features a large gourmet kitchen, screened in porch off the kitchen and a true master suite. We sourced vintage materials like heart pine floors for the addition, reused our old wood and doors, and chose materials that were fitting with the era of the home when it was built. One thing we love is that our home looks pretty much exactly the same from the street as it did when we bought it in 2003. We started a blog to chronicle the renovation – and provide some sanity throughout the process - http://ouratlantacraftsman.com/ Jonathan Freeman/ Jennifer Kjellgren

779 Penn Ave

This traditional Craftsman home was originally constructed in 1920, but when its new owners purchased it in October of 2013, it had long since been converted to contain eight apartments. They had a project on their hands, and embarked on an extreme renovation to convert it back to a single family home. The original granite decorative panels and foundation remain, and the beautiful original brick was taken down, saved and reapplied for a nicer look and a sturdier exterior. Today the open floor plan includes a gourmet kitchen with a huge island, formal dining room, living room, four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and a large half-bath, an office with a separate entrance and a drive-under two-car garage. There are three large porches with skyline and neighborhood views to enjoy the feel of the neighborhood outside. With Piedmont Park and plenty of restaurants and retail within walking distance, this classic home is quintessential midtown.

833 Charles Allen

833 Charles Allen Drive is what I would call the quintessential 1920’s Midtown bungalow. The property was a rental for many years so unfortunately a bit of the original character was removed to make it more “rental” friendly. However, the bones of the house are solid and original, as well as many of the trims, floors and doors. When we saw the house, we knew it had to be ours and not just because it had so much character and potential. We had to have it because 8 years prior, my husband and I literally met on the street just steps from the front of this house! I wrote the owners a letter, told them our story and begged them to sell it to us; and they did! We bought the house with a three phase plan of renovations. We have lived here since August 2013 and we plan to start renovations in June of 2015. So, this tour will show our house pre renovation! Our first phase is to remove one of the full bathrooms, take out a wall and create a larger, open kitchen. The basement had been disconnected from the house to create an apartment, so we intend to put the staircase back in place and adjoin the two floors again for phase 2. There is a huge attic space that spans the entire length of the house with a 10 foot ceiling. Our last phase is to add a staircase and make Jack and Jill bedrooms and a bathroom for our two girls. We look forward to adding back some historic details that were taken out, as well as expanding the house to make it a bit more family friendly. Welcome!

Grace United Methodist Church 458 Ponce de Leon Ave.

Grace United Methodist Church is a vibrant community of faith in the heart of Atlanta. Centered in Jesus Christ, we strive to have open hearts through mission and justice, open minds through critical inquiry and faith formation, and open doors by welcoming all. Our vision is: To feed our surrounding community, spiritually and physically, while reaching outward with God's love and intentionally welcoming all in the name of Christ. We are an inclusive community, committed to transformation in our lives, city, and world. You are welcome to journey with us as we do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God. (Micah 6:8).

834 Charles Allen

Purchased in 2002 and lived in for a few short years before renting, Terry Williams and Martin Williams-Kemp moved back into 834 Charles Allen after a 5 year move to New York. The home, built in 1920 has gone through several changes over the years. Some bad, some good. As all old homes go, it is and will be a constant work in progress. Martin, a florist with an eye for design, has taken on the project with gusto. One issue has been to keep the house in shades of white to compliment and display the owners’ extensive Black and White silver gel photography collection and yet keep it inviting.
At some point it was remodeled from a 3 bedroom, 2 bath to a 2 bedroom with 3 full baths. At that time a large family room was added.
Ceilings were removed during the remodel and the large master bedroom and bath have 16’ vaulted ceilings and are very spacious. A stacked stone fireplace complements the master bedroom. The formal living and dining are original to the house. The living room also has a fireplace and was designed around Martin’s parents’ original 1950s sectional sofa that was in storage for decades.
The original porch was glassed in and since has been opened back up. The kitchen has been updated with a nod to the past. The large family room addition adds space that would have been lacking in a 20s bungalow. This room also has a vaulted ceiling with Venetian crystal chandeliers and opens to a large backyard, necessary with 3 very active rescue dogs. This home has also been featured on Midtown’s first Garden Walk this past spring.
Most of the renovation work is behind the owners now, other than to continue to slowly, as in very slowly, level the living room which like many of the homes in Midtown have settled and have a slight slope.

508 Greenwood

This Midtown Craftsman home was built in 1920, most recently updated in 2013. Although listed with the city of Atlanta as a duplex, the house was converted to a single family home. Original features of the house include front porch has gas lanterns as well as 4 restored gas fireplaces with original tiling. The front and back years feature custom landscaping and a Koi pond. The two car garage has been converted into a fully functioning Crossfit style gym. The interior design has large influences from local Atlanta designer Ryan Haygood. 

720 Charles Allen

The Coe Family purchased this 1920 bungalow on Charles Allen in 2014.  The home was a 3 bedroom 2 bath one story bungalow.  They have started a massive renovation on the property.  They will be keeping the front façade of the home.  They will be adding a second story to the rear of the home.  This house is under renovation for the Tour so part of the home will be off limits.  The front porch and few front rooms will be on the Tour.  This home is on the Tour to show how you can take a 1920s home and update it to meet the needs of a modern family and stay in character to the original home.

Rina Norwood Design 1150 South Street Cornelius, NC 28031

livable elegance

Interior Designer Rina Norwood of Rina Norwood Design can help with space planning, color selection, furniture placement, and even add personality to walls or ceilings with decorative paint finishes or custom murals. Her work is featured in the pages of Nashville Life, Daily News Journal, South Park Magazine: Spaces, and CNN Living.