Talk about extreme makeovers.

Three years ago, two designers bought this 1925 bungalow in Morningside, located a few blocks east of Piedmont Park’s northernmost reaches, near Atlanta Botanical Garden. It was perfectly fine back then, if a little pedestrian.

Enter: velvet wall-coverings, outdoor credenzas, a swanky lanai, the purple-lit saltwater pool and jacuzzi, a gallery’s worth of art (some hanging by chains), and a bidet that performs magical feats, more or less.

Now a maximalist “masterpiece” and “showstopper,” to quote the Compass listing, the 1480 Lanier Place property has returned to the market in drastically different shape, priced at $2.28 million, or more than twice the previous sale.

BEFORE: The home's more standard condition the last time it was offered for sale three years ago. One Home/BHHSG; 2019

Today, the exterior sports a flagstone pathway with a new porch outfitted with gas lanterns, French doors, and a cool porch swing made with doors reclaimed from the original bungalow. Photography by Emma Veal Fazekas, E3 Photography Group; courtesy of Compass

With nary a dull moment, the five-bedroom, four-and-½ bathroom home is marketed as being the anti-cookie-cutter abode, like a 3,377-square-foot antidote for banal sameness.

It’s certainly maximized this quarter-acre of land, with the aforementioned pool setup and a full guest studio tacked onto the garage, all surrounded by pro landscaping, a gigantic gas fire pit, and a tucked-away outdoor shower.  

Even the roof (now standing-seam metal) and windows (Jeld-Wen, like the doors) are more recent additions.

The cherry on this not-cheap cake would be entrée into the coveted Morningside Elementary school district, along with walkability to retail nodes along North Highland Avenue and the city’s marquee park.

Photography by Emma Veal Fazekas, E3 Photography Group; courtesy of Compass

The home last traded—in drastically different condition, though still quite nice—for $935,000 in 2019.

In the gallery above, have a gander at the difference three years (and a hefty renovation budget) can make. 

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