439 Oakland Ave

Anna Robinson is the homeowner!

Year: 1889
Style: Folk Victorian
Type: Queen Anne Cottage
Home of: Anna Robinson
Map: 439 Oakland Ave

Anna bought the home in 2005 and lived here with her family for several years. Today, she rents the four bedroom home out to groups in the film industry, with the occasional celebrity staying for a spell. You will quickly see that this home represents Grant Park well, as the carefully selected décor and lighting perfectly complement the historical features and woodwork of the home.

Built in 1889, this home is the oldest one on this year’s tour. Shortly after it was built, the two houses to the home’s immediate left were built for extended family of the owners. The three houses had identical original floor plans. Notice the wooden plaque nailed to the second step of the stairs in the foyer – this is the precise latitude and longitude of the front door!

The hand-carved front door is original, as is the fireplace mantle in the front bedroom with similar hand-carving, the leaf pattern a trademark of the first family. Original pocket-doors separate the foyer and den. Prior to Anna’s purchase, the home was gutted and renovated, and the fireplace mantles and pocket doors were dismantled and left on the curb. A very kind neighbor, seeing this act of historical destruction unfolding, was able to retrieve the front bedroom’s fireplace mantle, returning it to Anna. She, herself, found the pocket doors lying under the house and was able to have them restored and re-installed in their rightful spot.
At one point, the home was a boarding house, as evidenced by the dead bolt lock in the guest room door. As you make your way down the hall, you can’t help but sense the 14-foot high ceilings. Today, a mere 9-foot is common ceiling height in new home builds. Notice the original woodwork across the master bedroom and kitchen ceilings.

Traverse through the large eat-in kitchen out on to the back deck, and you will come across a view of downtown Atlanta’s buildings. To the envy of neighbors on the eastside, many of the homes located west of the park come with partial views of downtown, particularly in the winter months. Head back down the hallway and up the stairs to find a cozy master suite area. Don’t miss the best part of the second level – a private terrace, also with city view and perfect for entertaining.

Anna welcomes you to her home and hopes you have a wonderful tour.