True Craftsman Bungalow with a Spectacular Renovation

1437 May Ave. SE Atlanta, GA 30316

Property Description

Prepare to be in awe upon stepping into this 1919 true Craftsman Bungalow. Gut renovated in 2006, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in the heart of East Atlanta Village boasts high end custom finishes throughout. A truly custom kitchen with cherry cabinetry, modern SS appliances, pot filler, and much more. Beautiful heart pine floors and heavy trim dazzle the eye as you make your way around inside. The master suite features an attached bathroom with double sinks as well as dual shower heads. A large front porch as well a large deck overlooking the spacious fenced backyard make for ideal spots to lounge outside. If you are looking for something truely unique that’s walking distance from The Village, this is it!

Seller says…

“Some of my best friends to this day are from living in this house. “

1437 May Avenue was the first home I owned and I have owned it since 2002.  I originally looked at the house because it was the only one that was a craftsman bungalow, in a neighborhood I could afford, where I could also walk to bars and restaurants (the EARL was .3 miles away). When I was looking at the house, I started talking to a neighbor and what I discovered was the community feel – she could name every person that lived around her house. That was the kind of neighborhood I was looking for – social, close, friendly and fun.  I was fortunate to stumble on the East Atlanta Village back then and I was even more fortunate that when we decided to move, we could stay in the neighborhood. Some of my best friends to this day are from living in this house.

The house was built in 1919 by a furniture maker who grew up in Cabbagetown, according to some of his relatives who stopped by one day while we sat on the porch (that happens quite a bit around here).  He got the lumber to build it from the forest that used to be just past Blake Avenue down the hill.

When I first bought the house, I spent 3 months going there every night after work til 2am and scraping 15 layers of paint off the trim and fixing up all sorts of things. I cleared out brush and trash from the yard and that became the end of my Do It Yourself phase! A few years later, we hired talented professionals to do the complete renovation.  Architects will tell you it hardest to figure out where to put stairs, so while we were already renovating, we decided to put stairs “to nowhere” in (or as our family calls them, “stadium seating”), with the intent that it would make it easier for anyone to add a second story and expand the house.  We also put a ton of little custom extras in there, like double deep wine storage built under the stairs, a pass through so your laundry basket would slide from the master bath to the laundry in the hall, custom Container Store closets, a pot filler over the stove, as much storage as we could fit in, and even a huge shed in the backyard.

This house has memories upon memories for our family.  I proposed to my wife on that front porch and in 2006, her and I renovated the house to make it our home. We lived in the back bedroom and did a complete gut of the house around us, all while planning our wedding. I brought home my first dog (and also our 2nd and 3rd dog) to this house.  We had our twins while we lived here, heard their first words and watched them take their first steps in the living room.  We hosted Thanksgiving dinner for 5 years in the house, with more than 25 people each year. We had an annual pumpkin carving party in the back yard and had 50 people on the front porch one year when it rained during the party. If only these walls could talk, they would hopefully not share all of our secrets! We hope that the new owner throws a blowout 100th birthday party for our first home. Welcome to 1437 May Ave and to the EAV – one helluva house, neighborhood, and community.

1437 May Ave. SE ~ Atlanta, GA 30316

True Craftsman Bungalow with a Spectacular Renovation

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