After a design and building process spanning three years, a Morningside residential project that’s being unabashedly marketed as the “epitome of modern design” and “one of the most architecturally significant modern homes ever built in Atlanta” has recently come to market.

That big talk refers to a truly big home, a 6,547-square-footer dubbed Cantilever House for its most striking architectural feature: a cantilever spanning 20 feet over a lanai, saltwater pool, and backyard that neighbors Morningside’s Wildwood Park.

As designed by AIA award-winning architect Sheila Lee Davies and built in collaboration with Darby Construction, the sleekly spartan dwelling occupies a quarter-acre lot on North Rock Springs Road, a couple of blocks east of Piedmont Road. It listed for $3.67 million two weeks ago with Compass.

Cantilever House's brick-clad predecessor at 1755 North Rock Springs Road, as seen in 2019. It was demolished the following year. Google Maps

Landscaping around the property is by Brendan Butler Landscape Design, an Atlanta-based company with work across the city. Courtesy of Compass

Across three levels serviced by an elevator, the house includes six bedrooms, five and ½ bathrooms, windows and doors imported from Europe, a Thermador and Miele kitchen, and two-car garage disguised behind ipe wood.  

Sales records indicate eight palatial homes have traded for north of $3 million in Morningside-Lenox Park since the spring of 2021, when pandemic-era low rates and restricted housing supply set the market ablaze. Another five properties are for sale above that price point in the neighborhood now, all of them new-construction.

As tall as the Cantilever House asking price may seem, it’s not even close to being the neighborhood’s priciest (or largest) listing at the moment.

According to Matthew Doyle, a Compass Realtor and the home’s listing agent, Atlanta’s market for modern housing remains strong despite economic turbulence and spiking interest rates.

“Out-of-state relocations from California, New York, and Florida are still fueling the luxury market intown, and that’s even more the case in the luxury modern home space,” says Doyle, a local agent for the Compass Sports + Entertainment Division.

“Modern homes cater mostly to those moving from out of state and especially athletes, entertainers, musicians, and actors," he says. "Builders and developers have also seen this growth and demand for modern homes, and [have started] mass-producing them."

The property's eponymous cantilever design over the saltwater pool and infinity-edged spa. Courtesy of Compass; photography by Jordan Nelson, Cheyenne Crawford

Floating stairs between the foyer and main living area adjacent to the pool. Courtesy of Compass

View toward Piedmont Park and Midtown from above. Courtesy of Compass

The Morningside project is among the residential and commercial properties to be featured on Atlanta Design Festival’s 2023 MA! Architecture Tour, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22. Atlanta tour tickets are $45, while a Serenbe tour with four locations on Oct. 15 costs $25.

As Doyle notes, the architect’s personal home—the aptly titled Juxtaposition—will also be featured on the tour. It blends a main home by famed Atlanta architect Neel Reid with a pool house and garage addition that could hardly be less traditional.  

Find a quick tour of Cantilever House—no agent required—in the gallery above.


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