This 1919 bungalow features a deep porch that runs the full length of the front of the house with tapered wood columns on brick piers. The house has clapboard siding on a brick foundation. It sits on a pie shaped lot along a beautifully laid-out curved street with sidewalks. The front yard of the house boasts a lovely garden behind a wood picket fence and a tellis entry gateway covered with wysteria. The lot widens out at the rear to a surprisingly large back yard for this intown location. The lot slopes down next to the house from the front to the back, so that what appears to be a cute one-story house from the front actually has a full lower level with windows on three sides opening up to the rear shade garden with it's tea house and labyrinth for meditative waking.. The back yard is not sloped, but undulates gently and is complelely usuable. The back yard features a large Palladian Ionic capital that is displayed as a garden folly -- sort of a Piranesian ruin emerging from the ground! In addition to beautiful wood deck for the terrace apartment, there is a lovely porch above off the kitchen with a trellis.
Inside, 10' ceilings give the house a spacious, gracious air. Hardwood floors, plaster ceilings, and generous trim give the house a substantial feel. The two rooms facing the front porch have fixed transoms above the double-hung windows. French doors connect the living room to the dining room. The dining room features an original coal-burning fireplace -- a hearth at the center of the home -- that has been deepened to allow for wood fires. The original wood mantelpiece has beautiful light yellow crackled tiles in the surround. The dining room windows overlook a beautiful tree-filled side yard below, and are connected above by a continuous transom. When the well-known architect and urban designer Andres Duany visited the house, he was utterly charmed. He was particularly taken with the kitchen which is furnished as a room, in contrast to most modern kitchens which are fitted out with cabinets like a laboratory. The kitchen features vintage wood stand-alone cabinets on casters with pull-out metal countertops. These furnishings can be purchased with the house. The porcelain sink under the window is original. The french doors have a stunning view through the treetops into the back yard below. The monumental Ionic capital in the back yard was sculpted by the present owner's son after Palladio. It is identical to six other copies that grace the facade of the Meadow's Museum at SMU in Dallas, Texas, designed by noted architect Tom Beeby. The capital acts as a folly, anchoring the lovely shade gardens of the back yard, which include a labyrinth planted with lariopia and a gazebo.
On the main floor, there is a living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry room, three bedrooms, and three full baths. The baths have all been updated with handsome fixtures and tile The front bedroom could be easily opened up to the Living Room as a den or family room. There are permanent stairs to the unfinished attic.
The terrace apartment on the lower level does not feel like a basement because the lot drops off so dramatically, allowing windows on three sides and views of the secluded back yards at the center of the block. This apartment has an eat-in kitchen, a living room with a beautiful hand-painted pattern on the original wood flooring, two bedrooms and two full baths,laundry and office area, as well as a separate entry on the side and plenty of closet space. There is no interior connection to the upstairs and it has separate utilities. There is also space in the basement behind the terrace apartment for storage and mechanicals.
Orme Circle is a lovely, quite residential street laid out in the early 20th century. The street is adorned with mature trees and the handsome bungalows. The gentle curve and narrow width slow down cars. The generous sidewalks on both sides and the proximity to Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the Beltline trail encourage walkers and joggers and bicyclists. Orme Park is quiet family neighborhood oasis just a block away. There are fantastic shopping and wonderful restaurants in the center of Virginia Highlands just one mile away. The neighborhood schools are excellent and make the Highlands a highly desirable neighborhood for young families. Downtown and Midtown are a short commute away. The skyscrapers of Midtown are visible above the trees beyond Piedmont Park.
- Built in 1925
- 17 years as B&B
- Last renovation in 1996
- MLS #5137648
- 5 Guest Rooms
- 5 Guest Bathrooms
- Lot size: 0.30 acres
- 4 Parking Spots
- Has owner's quarters
630 Orme Circle Atlanta, GA 30306