Druid Hills Neighborhood, Atlanta – I’ve always been curious about this house, I drive by it daily and have been watching the renovation for ages. So when I saw the “open house” sign last Sunday, just had to check it out. The realtor, Hal Freeman, provided me with some fun facts about the house and family. Thanks Hal!
This is the Hagan family home, built in 1920. This 7,000 square foot hilltop home has an acre lot. After touring a big Druid Hills House like this, you feel like your own home is a shoebox!
This house was designed by a native Atlantan (yes, there are a few of us!) architect, Arthur Neal Robinson. He graduated from UGA (Go Dawgs!). Not as well known as other architects, but did some really interesting work. He was the primary architect for the City of Avondale Estates, a planned community he designed in the 1920s based on Stratford-On-Avon with Tudor style businesses and homes. His own house is next door to the one we are touring today.
Walking up to this house, wasn’t sure what style to call it. Kinda Mediterranean, kinda Renaissance or Moorish or something? These styles were popular in the 1920s, and it’s fun to see a one-of-a-kind house. It was purchased a couple of years ago and added on to, but you can’t tell that from the street. And I like how the builder treated this house – preserving the original details, and the addition to the house feels right in here.
As soon as you walk in, you’re in the living room – it’s much too big to just be called a foyer. Even though the house isn’t furnished, I liked that because I could get a sense of all the details in here and how well it had been restored.
The living room is open to the library. The fireplace in here is enormous, and love all the French doors. I think there’s 11 pair of these throughout the first floor of this house.
Next you are in the solarium, conservatory or something – I just think it would be the best room to hang out in here.
Now we’ll head on into the dining room. Using the listing photo as it turned out much better than the one I took with my phone!
The kitchen is just huge and you can tell you are in a modern build at this point. But wow, what a kitchen! It’s a little blurry photo, but I was trying to take pics when no one was in here. And this is a room you want to hang out in!
Now I mentioned this home was built for Lee Hagan and family. He founded Red Rock Cola, which was pretty popular through about the 1950s or so. It’s still produced, and I think you can get it at Fresh Market.
Another interesting thing I learned about the Hagan family. The son was an owner of the Pig’n Whistle Restaurant – as soon as I heard this it triggered a memory! My grandparents used to go on dates there back in the late 1930s! My grandmother (who will tell all of you she is 92!) talks about going to the Pig’n Whistle and then going to the Fox Theatre when they’d go on dates. And how they’d do all of this for $5. I did a little digging online, and found this 1947 menu on eBay. Look at those prices!
OK, so back to our house tour….heading upstairs, I was so impressed that they saved and restored the original doors, windows, and hardware. Those are the details that give old homes so much character. The sleeping porch was converted into a bathroom for one of the 5 bedrooms upstairs.
The master suite is in the new addition to the house…that’s a pretty cool master bath – love that tub!
This rooftop terrace – now this just looks like it would be great to hang out here on those crisp fall nights.
There are some great outside spaces around the house, using another listing photo to show this area downstairs.
This is one special home…and I know the question already. How much is this listed for? It’s $3.4 Million! Maybe if we all went in on it together??? As always, thanks so much for reading the blog, and appreciate you coming along for this house tour!