Seasoned home hunters know this already. But finding a fully-renovated home in the City of Decatur under $500,000? That ain’t easy. So when 1234 Church Street came on the market — with its 3 beds / 2 baths, super-walkability, access to the sought after Decatur school district, large backyard, and subway tiles — we got excited.
Trying to buy just the right home in Decatur is a challenge. Downright frustrating in many cases. Those reports of over a "thousand people a month" moving Intown are true, and housing inventory is at an all-time low. Many buyers are left with the feeling they will have to snap up almost anything that pops up or be left behind. If you've had the discipline to wait for the ideal home to appear, your patience may be rewarded here.
There’s something about the curb appeal of 1234 Church Street that feels… It’s hard to say: Peak mid-century in a Rockwell-esque kinda way? That might be a good way to start: its robin’s-egg-blue siding, adorable gables, the sprawling backyard waiting for your finishing touches— they all combine to create a snippet that you would have seen on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, back in the day.
But inside, modern is the theme. The first thing that hits you as you step through the front door is the open plan that flows along hardwood floors, from living area to dining space, to a positively meticulous kitchen.
Actually, let’s talk about the kitchen for a second. Sparkling white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, a subway tile backsplash, and airy lighting fixtures are all anchored by a pair of southeast-facing windows that allow a flood of light in the mornings (when you’ll be using the granite-surfaced breakfast bar), and enough space for two people to bustle around during dinner time (the kitchen actually spans the entire side of the house, until it leads out onto the back porch — plenty of counters, and plenty of storage). And you see that recessed ceiling? Isn’t that just great? It carries the simple elegance of the vaulted ceilings in the rest of the space while designating this area as one all its own. A lot of good dinners can be made here (and some fun memories, to boot).
So with the entertaining and family spaces covered, let’s check out the rest of the home. Clocking in at just under 1,400 square feet, this house hits that family-of-four sweet spot: not too large as to be unmanageable, but not so small that toes are getting stepped on. Three bedrooms each carry some solid closet space (with a walk-in in the master suite) and boast views into the back and sides of the home (street-views are for the living space only). The two bathrooms, meanwhile, echo the rustic-but-clean refinement seen earlier, with modern tile work and upgraded cabinets — no need for a dreaded bathroom renovation anytime soon, saints be praised.
The backyard is absolutely worth a mention. For as “in the heart” as this property is, it’s actually a little surprising that it has such a large back yard (overlooked by a newly constructed entertainment deck). Green and well-manicured, but enough trees/vines/shrubs/foliage around the perimeter to create some privacy while also preserving the neighborliness and sense of community that Decatur is famous for. Throw in a sprinkler in the summertime, and drive that "Norman Rockwell vibe" all the way home.
Downstairs as well (the home is built into a hill), and accessible from the back, is an unfinished space underneath the main floor. As far as we’re concerned, this is a blank slate. Always wanted an experimental catch-all space for arts, crafts or woodworking? Need a spot to store the kayaks and SUP boards? Just have a lot of stuff? That’s why you’ve got this. Have fun, and use your imagination.
So, a moment of transparency. If you’ve been obsessing over finding a home in the City of Decatur, you probably already know that Church Street can be a little bustling — main thoroughfare and all that. But we’ve done our homework, and we can solidly report that this home got built right, long before it got renovated. You certainly won’t be kept awake at night by street noises.
In fact, access to this main-artery surface street is pretty great if you’re into walkability — within a 15-minute radius by foot, you’ve got access to the shops and restaurants of Downtown Decatur, a Whole Foods, Glenlake Park (which includes massive green spaces, a community pool, tennis courts, playgrounds, and soccer fields), and hey — if you happen to work for Emory Decatur Hospital? Congrats. You are literally one of the only people in the ATL with a walkable commute to the office.
So, who is 1234 Church Street perfect for? We can see a couple who’s looking to grow their family in the not-too-distant future and hankering for some room to expand without having to think about selling in the next five or 10 years. Or, a small family that’s already established and is looking to have all the carte blanche that proximity to the Decatur school district entails. If you’ve been interested in Decatur in the past, you know that property taxes can be hefty. But… that’s why the schools are envied by the rest of the state — they’re amazing.
And you can’t help but love the street number. Goodness knows you’ll never forget where you live.
The seller is represented by Joshua Keen.
Call today for a private showing: 404-538-5356
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