421 7th Street NE is a midcentury-modern Midtown icon! Most have seen it for years and just never noticed it. It was built in 1965 by highly respected Atlanta architect Henri Jova, who designed another Atlanta icon we’ve all seen. The home is on the market again and seeing the inside is a must this time around.
From the street, 421 7th Street NE could be easily mistaken for an nondescript apartment or commercial building. But it’s simplicity is it’s beauty. The home sits behind a 5 foot wall with gated drive that surrounds the house with privacy. It’s a 2 story home with a large, full-pane glass front door that opens into a 2 story foyer.
Through the foyer, a grand, 2-story living room with a fireplace has glazed floor tiles fired in Jova’s family kilns. Look up and see an incredible, warehouse-sized ceiling fan surrounded by large, single-pane, windows continuing around the 2nd story.
The home features 2 master suites with ample closets & en-suite baths. While none of the baths quite dazzle in amenities or size, they do the trick.
A dining room with glass wall & doors open to the patio water feature in the private courtyard perfect for dining al fresco. The kitchen has commercial kitchen appliances and wet bar w/ice maker.
However, this area appears to be an adaptive reuse. For as much space as it consumes, it falls short on the functionality of it’s layout. It isn’t the best use of space nor is it the “open concept” home buyers look for these days. Tucked behind the kitchen area is a 3rd bedroom with en-suite bath.
421 7th Street NE has a subtle sophistication that’s not as “in your face” as new moderns. It grapples with some remnants of times past but has great features like a privacy wall, interior courtyard, expansive single pane windows in a 2-story space and commercial kitchen appliances. Plus, it’s in a walkable neighborhood just 3 blocks from Piedmont Park, restaurants & shops set against the Midtown Atlanta skyline.