This home is set on a very quiet street, but only 50 yards from Chastain Park. In fact, you have a view across the golf course from the front porch! The stately architecture was designed by Harrison Design and completed by Steve West in 2018. Covered outdoor living spaces overlook a perfectly flat and beautifully landscaped backyard with all the space you will need for a pool and gardens. The Upgraded Weather Granite stone stone walls and lush plantings were designed by Landscape Architect Richard Anderson.

Main level

The interior was decorated and finished by Bill Stewart, with Stewart Mohr Designs, and is just perfect. A spacious entry foyer is flanked by the formal dining room and a private home office. Large Pella windows and high ceilings combine to create a bright, open feel in every room.

The fireside living room features wood beams on the ceiling and a picture widow overlooking the backyard. Large cased openings connect the living room to the main stair hall and the open concept family room and kitchen.

The family room has a wall of windows that provides natural light and access to the covered outdoor living room and the backyard.

This Design Galleria kitchen is surely the heart of the home. White custom cabinetry surrounds a large central island with counter seating. A generous walk-in pantry AND a butler’s pantry add even more storage, and the adjoining home management office will help your family stay organized. The huge mudroom connects the kitchen with the 3-car garage.

Guests will enjoy the convenience of the guest suite on the main level, complete with a large closet and a full ensuite bath.

Upper Level

The primary bedroom suite occupies half of the upper level. A massive bedroom anchors the suite with huge windows overlooking the backyard. Connected to the bedroom is the primary bath, which features double vanities, a free-standing tub, and a dramatic double shower. Two large walk-in closets complete the suite, with custom closets built out by Artisan Custom Closets and access to the hallway.

One of the guest suites that is adjacent to the primary suite has been converted to a large dressing room with ample custom closets and a private bath. This space can be used as-is or easily converted back to another guest suite or nursery depending on your needs.

Two additional upstairs bedrooms feature walk-in closets and full ensuite baths. Additional rooms upstairs include a large laundry room, a bonus room above the garage currently used as a gym, a full bath, and multiple closets.

Terrace Level

The daylight terrace level is unfinished, providing plenty of space for expansion. Two floorplans are available showing the options to finish up to 2000 additional square feet on this level. An elevator shaft connects all three floors. This is a rare opportunity for such an exceptional home in this location!

Chastain Park 

Homeowners here will enjoy all that Chastain Park has to offer year-round. Chastain Park is Atlanta’s largest city park, and known by all as Buckhead’s premier park. The wide variety of competitive and recreational activities and entertainment venues hosted by Chastain Park include a swimming pool, a musical amphitheater where both pop and classical musicians entertain audiences outdoors, an arts center, tennis, gymnasium, walking trails, playgrounds, softball diamonds, a golf course and even a horse park – all of which appeal to athletic types and Sunday morning strollers alike.

The Chastain restaurant offers “refined comfort food” for residents and visitors alike in a beautiful setting across from the park.

A group of concerned citizens, including alumni, has opposed The Galloway School’s plan to tear down its historic Gresham building, but the Buckhead school is moving forward with its strategy, though it has recently adjusted its plan in an effort to get it approved.

The Gresham building, named for Richard C. Gresham, is the main classroom facility for Galloway. Completed in 1911, the Neoclassical Revival architecture building originally served as a Fulton County almshouse before being converted to a structure housing the upper learning classrooms and administrative offices when the school was founded in 1969 by Elliott Galloway. As Galloway’s first building, it has become synonymous with the school.

Galloway’s plan

In November, after Galloway announced its plan in the previous month as part of its Galloway Forward campaign, some of the school’s alumni and others started a change.org petition in support of keeping the building intact. As of April 22, it had 2,045 signatures. Galloway graduate Jane Norley launched the petition and a group called Galloway Alumni and Supporters for Preservation (GASP) to raise awareness of the issue.

The 35,000-square-foot building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the school in 2014, but that doesn’t keep it from being razed. David Finehirsh, a New York-based real estate developer who attended Galloway for kindergarten through eighth grade before his family moved to New York, has created an alternate design for the building that would keep all or part of the Gresham building intact.

James Calleroz White, Galloway’s head of school, said the last time the Gresham building was renovated was in the early ’90s, when an attic space was converted into multiple classrooms. He cited numerous issues where the building is deteriorating, some of which were fixed immediately after an engineering report the school hired a firm to conduct was completed in April 2023.

Galloway’s plan, in partnership with the Cooper Carry architecture firm and Winter Construction, calls for adding 43,000 square feet of classroom space by constructing a larger facility, costing about $30 million, on the footprint of the Gresham building. Calleroz White said choosing to demolish the Gresham building was one of the toughest decisions he’s made in his 30-year career as an educator.

“It was sad but our charge is the safety, security and well-being of our kids and future kids,” he said, adding keeping the Gresham building as part of the school’s plan is not feasible.

Calleroz White also said Galloway will incorporate some pieces of the Gresham building, including the four columns in the front of the building plus fireplaces and doors. As the original structure for the school, the Gresham building has become synonymous with Galloway.

Design tweaked during approval process

Galloway’s plan must be approved through the city of Atlanta’s zoning process, beginning with Neighborhood Planning Unit-A’s board. The school’s leaders have been in negotiations with the board to devise a plan that could be approved more easily after its original design, which called for a height of 56 to 57 feet, drew objections from the neighborhood. Those talks have included discussions with neighborhood groups such as the Chastain Park Civic Association but not Finehirsh, Calleroz White said.

A rendering by The Galloway School and Cooper Carry shows what the front of the redeveloped Gresham building would look like. Rendering courtesy of The Galloway School and Cooper Carry

The head of school added that although the design plans are still fluid, its current design calls for lowering the max building height to about 35 feet by moving an entire floor of office and classroom space to the back of the building, which was originally only one story.

Under Galloway’s current plan, it will request a zoning change from R-3 (single-family residential) to SPI (special public interest ) district to address not only any height restriction issues but also the other changes the school would make by redeveloping the building.

Though the NPU-A board next meets on May 7, Calleroz White said it’s likely that the earliest it would approve Galloway’s plan would be the June 4 meeting. However, he added, if the design plan is approved in June, the school could stick to its timeline of breaking ground on the project this summer and opening the new building in January 2026.

Finehirsh, who calls the Gresham building “an absolute architectural treasure,” said Galloway should adopt his design plan, which will cost nearly $3 million less than Galloway’s, based on his own cost comparison. According to that comparison which Galloway had nothing to do with, based on a cost of $450 per square foot, the new building under his plan would cost $33.8 million and Galloway’s would cost $36.4 million.

“My building design addresses three needs for Galloway: maintaining the character of the building and school, adding space and lowering the cost,” he said, adding the opposition group is not only for saving the building but also keeping students’ needs in mind.

David Finehirsh’s proposed rennovation incorporates more of the existing 
Gresham Building in the design. Rendering courtesy of Urban Artisan.

What opponents, proponents say

Greg Jacobs, a Savannah resident with a second home in Atlanta, owns Landmark Preservation, a preservation services and consulting firm. He’s toured the Gresham building and said he believes it can be kept.

“I have found very few buildings that can’t be saved and rehabilitated for a functional use, and done so in an economically viable way,” Jacobs said. “Gresham is in very serviceable condition. But it is also the face of the school. I feel strongly that [the] Gresham [building] should be saved because the decision to dismiss it as unusable … was not a decision made in a fully considerate way.”

David Mitchell, executive director of the Atlanta Preservation Center, a nonprofit that aims to protect and promote the city’s historic properties, said he’s spoken to Galloway and the NPU-A board about the school’s plan. He will stay in touch with the school about its plans “until all parties have ceased discussing how the process will move forward.”

“The Atlanta Preservation Center is going to be focused on a positive outcome,” Mitchell said.

Charlie Galloway, Elliott’s son, said he and two of his three siblings – Fran and Kay – support keeping the building intact, but one, Jeff, is in favor of it being demolished. Fran Galloway confirmed she’s in favor of preserving the building.

In a video posted to the Galloway Forward website, Jeff Galloway said, “It is exciting to know that we will have state-of-the-art [items] in a number of new areas of the school. It is also a little sad because of all the history of this building. But again, Elliott Galloway said it’s not about the facilities. It’s not about a particular thing that we have. It’s about the community of learners supporting one another, and being able to produce something that benefits the community at large.”

Charlie Galloway graduated from high school two years before Galloway opened, but he was one of the volunteers who helped refurbish the Gresham building before the school opened, and, about 10 years later, he taught and coached there for a few years. Charlie Galloway said he was shocked to hear of the school’s plans to demolish the building.

“I’m not against a new 21st-century, high-tech classroom building,” he said, “but not at the expense of destroying this historic, treasured building that is not just a symbol of The Galloway School but of Chastain Park.”

Those who have dined in a Schlotzsky’s or a Rising Roll Gourmet Café around town effectively have Mike Lassiter to thank for the experience. Lassiter, CEO and founder of Franchising Concepts, brought the former to the Georgia area and the latter to the masses. More locally, Lassiter also helped spearhead the creation of the venerable Chastain Park Tidal Waves swim team.

His swim and sandwich influence around Georgia — there are now five Rising Roll locations in Atlanta alone — is a result of Lassiter “falling in love with Atlanta,” and completely altering his career trajectory for his desire to call Chastain Park home.

Setting Down Roots and Rolling out Franchises 

Mike Lassiter

Lassiter first came to Atlanta an outsider in 1985. He was working for a photo-finishing firm based out of Houston, Texas, and relocated to Sandy Springs for work. Soon after, Lassiter said he “was lucky enough to get introduced to Chastain Park.”

“I just loved Chastain Park so much,” Lassiter said. “With the sports fields, the family atmosphere, the golf course, the walking around the park, I said, okay, I’m going to (live) here one day.”

Lassiter would see that ambition come to fruition. First, there was business to tend to.

Lassiter already knew he wanted to remain in Atlanta. When he was asked by his job to relocate back to Texas he replied no, he wanted to remain here.

“I knew right then and there my career with them was over when I told them no,” he said.

Looking for a new venture, Lassiter remembered his favorite lunch spot from his original hometown, Schlotzsky’s. There weren’t any in Georgia at the time. He connected with the company’s corporate office, requesting a call should they ever want to expand into the Peach State.

It took over four years for Lassiter to get a call back, but once he did, his career path immediately transformed.

“The timing was perfect, I was looking for something else,” he said. “I met them, got invited to Texas, did my due diligence and said, ‘I want to do this.’”

Lassiter bought the rights to develop Schlotzsky’s locations in Georgia as an “area developer.” Later he bought the rights to Houston. Lassiter opened 85 locations in the two areas between 1991-99. At one point he personally owned a location in Roswell.

“My company was the largest developer (of Schlotzsky’s) outside of Dallas,” Lassiter said. “The Dallas area developers wanted Houston, and they made me a great offer and bought me out. I sold that business and then created Franchising Concepts. We help people go find franchises, we help the business tee everything up, and we get franchises ready to go.”

Beyond sandwiches

Lassiter inadvertently found his next major franchising opportunity while having lunch at a father-son owned café in Alpharetta.

“You go in there and there are a lot of products made from scratch,” he said. “There was an incredible chicken salad with chicken that had never been frozen. They made their own pasta salad, pimento cheese, there was so much freshly made food. The food was all of a very high-quality profile.”

Lassiter touts Rising Roll was Zagat-rated “Excellent” for 13 consecutive years when the publication still rated such restaurants.

In 2003, Rising Roll Gourmet Café came to be with a focus on fresh, easy and healthy food. There are currently about two dozen locations in operation or in the works around the southeast and Texas. Many can be found around Atlanta, including at the Candler Building, Regions Tower in Midtown at the Wells Fargo Building in Atlantic Station.

Rising Roll was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, as was the entire restaurant industry, but Lassiter said the company “is definitely making a strong comeback.” The next major step for the company is expanding its presence at hospitals and colleges/universities, he said.

Meanwhile, Lassiter says the driving focus of the company is on community. Rising Roll is an avid supporter of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Murphy-Harpst Children Center in Cedartown and Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit providing all-expense paid trips to Walt Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.

Lassiter witnesses, and helps develop, Chastain Park’s prominence

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Lassiter saw his desire to call Chastain Park home become a reality in 1995. He’s lived in the community since. He first purchased a home on Hillside Drive when he was single.

“I got engaged and married and moved four houses away,” he laughed. “My wife and I would walk around the area and down Broadland [Road]. I said if any house became available, I was going to buy it. Well one day I thought I saw an agent putting up a ‘for sale’ sign. It really wasn’t on the market, but I asked to see the house. I made an offer right then and there to buy it.”

Lassiter said to all the amenities Chastain Park offers within walking distance makes its an “amazing place.”

“It just continues to get better,” he said. “When I moved here, the path around the park was just a little dirt in some areas and a little bit of sidewalk. They have really developed it into something special. It’s a gamechanger. The horse park is special. The concert venue is special. It’s been upgraded so much around there, and the community is involved in the park. Chastain Park is a great part of Buckhead because its family focused, too. You walk around there and see so many families and couples. It gets better every year.”  

Lassiter has helped that influence grow. Around the time of Rising Roll’s foundations, he led efforts to create the Tidal Wave swim team.

“I swam in college, and I got together with another former college swimmer,” he said. “Together, we launched the Chastain Park swim team in 2003. The pool hadn’t had an organized swim team in a long time, or maybe ever. We got the community together, got the initial team together, hired a coach and created the Tidal Wave Swim Team. We were given an award for the best new swim team, and I still have that trophy in my house.”

The team has since captured eight Atlanta Swim Association championships in addition to providing the opportunity for numerous swimmers to compete in Buckhead.

“So much positive has come from [the swim team],” Lassiter said. Every time I walk by there and see the sign, it just feels really good to see the difference we made there.”

Though Lassiter is now seeking to downsize and move to the North Georgia mountains — his three adult children are all set to leave the nest or have already — he remains thankful for his time in Buckhead and Chastain Park.

He still has no regrets saying “no” to moving away from the area nearly 40 years later.

“I love the community so much,” he said.  

Brand new home located on a quiet street yet only 100 yards from the center of Chastain Park! Ditch the car and commute too all of your sports and activities by foot or on golf cart from this prime location! This location will literally change your life!

The beautiful home was designed by architect Tim Adams and features a spacious floorplan with a primary suite on the main level, 3 car garage with EV charger, finished terrace level, and covered outdoor patio overlooking a swimming pool with spa, and grassy yard. It is so close to the park you will enjoy a view of the golf course from the covered patio during the fall and winter months when the leaves are down! Top quality features include aluminum clad windows, wide-plank wood floors by European Wood Co, high ceilings and beautiful fixtures and lighting.

Main Level

The light-filled kitchen features custom white cabinets and a large center island topped with marble counters, Wolf range with hood, SubZ fridge/freezer and beverage center.  A 2nd laundry room and separate mud room are conveniently located just inside from the 3-car garage.

The kitchen opens to the everyday dining area and a spacious family room which features a fireplace and french doors leading to a lovely covered patio with a cozy fireplace, stone floors and beamed ceiling overlooking the a serene forest view beyond. This is the ideal space to dine, entertain and relax alfresco day or night all year ’round!

The formal dining room is accessed from the kitchen through the butler’s pantry, fully outfitted with cabinets, sink, ice maker and beverage refrigerator. A massive walk-in pantry provides plenty of kitchen storage and could be built out as a working kitchen/scullery if needed.

Primary Suite

The primary suite is well thought out and an ideal size. A high vaulted ceiling, and a seating alcove are accentuated by the soft natural light and private wooded views. The primary bath features a delicate blue paint, softly veined marble floors, counters and tiles, separate his & hers vanities, a large shower with dual shower heads, and large closets ready to be customized based on individual wardrobe needs.

Upper Level

Upstairs at the top of the stairs is an open area for a den or study, four large bedrooms each with ensuite baths and walk in closets, a separate flex room for a playroom or TV room and a full laundry room.  

Terrace Level

The terrace level opens to a covered patio and backyard. There are a bedroom with full bath, two huge daylight recreation areas, a wine cellar, and a powder room.  

This brand new home has all the bells and whistles, a well thought-out floorplan, is close to Buckhead shopping and schools and right in the heart of all that Chastain Park has to offer!

Chastain Park 

Homeowners here will enjoy all that Chastain Park has to offer year-round. Chastain Park is Atlanta’s largest city park, and known by all as Buckhead’s premier park. The wide variety of competitive and recreational activities and entertainment venues hosted by Chastain Park include a swimming pool, a musical amphitheater where both pop and classical musicians entertain audiences outdoors, an arts center, tennis, gymnasium, walking trails, playgrounds, softball diamonds, a golf course and even a horse park – all of which appeal to athletic types and Sunday morning strollers alike.

The Chastain restaurant offers “refined comfort food” for residents and visitors alike in a beautiful setting across from the park.

Indulge in luxury living with this extraordinary 15,255 square foot estate, where a private gated entrance with dramatic fountains leads to the grand architecture and meticulous attention to detail setting the stage for the grandeur within. Two primary suites, a complete apartment with a separate entrance, and 4 car garage on sprawling 2.5 private wooded acres make this a wonderful home for those needing expansive space for extended families or live-in caretakers.  

Main Level

A grand foyer, flanked by a private study and formal dining room, welcomes you to the luxurious opulence that graces each room and every level of this architectural and design masterpiece. Dramatic dual staircases and an artistic dome overhead opens to a masterfully designed great room with 25 ft ceilings crowned by a hand-painted dome, creating an atmosphere of elegance. A seamless transition from the great room leads to the main kitchen and outdoor balcony which expands the entire width of the home, overlooking the pool and mature trees beyond.

The main kitchen, equipped with top-of-the-line Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, stands as the heart of the home, with a sunny open dining area and a full bar strategically placed to ensure you and your guests don’t need to go far for a refreshing beverage!  A full catering kitchen tucked behind the main kitchen with a full suite of appliances and extensive prep and cabinet space ensures culinary enthusiasts have everything they need for extravagant gatherings.

Primary Suite

The primary bedroom suite on the main level, graced with a soft relaxing color palette, provides an extravagant retreat featuring a cozy fireplace in the sitting room, massive custom closets and a spa-like bathroom.

Upper Level

Ascending the stairs or elevator to the upper level reveals a haven of comfort and sophistication. The abundance of space continues with a 2nd primary suite, generously sized bedrooms, each with ensuite baths and walk-in closets, a spacious loft overlooking the great room, and access to the apartment which has 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, fully equipped kitchen, dining and living rooms and a separate entrance.

Terrace Level

The terrace level is truly a space of luxury and leisure. Here is access to the pool and spa, a wine cellar, full bar, recreation room, full gym with mirrors, an additional bedroom and one and a half baths. There is also another huge finished space which be modified into an additional bedroom or recreation space.The outdoor oasis is adorned with a covered gazebo, complete with a grilling station, kitchenette, dining area, sitting space, and a fireplace. The meticulously landscaped yard is fenced, ensuring privacy and security. With every conceivable amenity, this estate exemplifies a lifestyle of unparalleled extravagance. Welcome this one of a kind estate where luxury knows no bounds!

Mt Paran – Northside

The Mt. Paran – Northside neighborhood is one of the priciest in Buckhead’s 30327 zip code. Its prestigious reputation makes this a popular neighborhood for Atlanta’s successful professionals. Acres of wooded lots with meticulously manicured landscaping and colorful gardens envelope the fine homes. Many homes are within walking distance to Buckhead’s Chattahoochee River National Park. The Country Store is a local landmark built in 1906, and the only commercial property in the entire neighborhood. This quaint store is a hub of activity with workers and crews stopping for lunch, snacks and gas.

Chastain Park 

Homeowners here will enjoy all that Chastain Park has to offer year-round. Chastain Park is Atlanta’s largest city park, and known by all as Buckhead’s premier park. The wide variety of competitive and recreational activities and entertainment venues hosted by Chastain Park include a swimming pool, a musical amphitheater where both pop and classical musicians entertain audiences outdoors, an arts center, tennis, gymnasium, walking trails, playgrounds, softball diamonds, a golf course and even a horse park – all of which appeal to athletic types and Sunday morning strollers alike.

The Chastain restaurant offers “refined comfort food” for residents and visitors alike in a beautiful setting across from the park.

This beautiful home offers the perfect Buckhead location between Tuxedo Park and Chastain Park. Designed by Spitzmiller and Norris, the home provides plenty of room for your family with large rooms and comfortable spaces for guests. Details you will notice immediately are extra-tall 10′ garage doors on the 3-car garage, and 11′ ceilings throughout the home. An elevator shaft serves all three floors for a convenient future upgrade.

The backyard is a private oasis, featuring a beautiful pool and spa, level lawn that seems to go on forever, and a covered patio with sitting and dining areas. The patio and pool terrace are easily accessed from multiple rooms, including the family room, kitchen, and main floor guest suite.

Main Level

A grand entry foyer is your introduction to the open spaces on the main level. The cozy fireside sitting room and formal dining room are separate-yet-connected spaces, thanks to large cased openings. Ahead you will find the family room with a wall of windows looking onto the pool terrace.

The expansive kitchen features a large central island with counter seating, and a breakfast area with fireplace and room for a full-sized dining table. Professional Viking appliances are surrounded by ample custom cabinets, including a walk-in pantry with a stacked washer and dryer! A butler’s pantry provides more storage, and the side entry hall and mudroom provide even more custom cabinetry.

A guest suite is tucked away down a hallway on the main level will make your guests feel more than welcome. The private suite features a bedroom overlooking the pool terrace, a walk-in closet, and a beautiful ensuite full bath.

Upper Level

Access the upper level via the main staircase or the back stairs by the kitchen. Here you will find a cozy sitting area, a laundry room, and built-in library shelves in the main hallway. The upper level includes three SPACIOUS secondary bedroom suites, each with generous closets and ensuite full baths. One of these suites currently connects to the primary bedroom as it was originally utilized as a nursery. It can easily be separated depending on your needs.

Primary Suite

The primary suite includes a fireside bedroom with an attached office, his and her walk-in closets, and his and her full baths! The view of the amazing backyard is wonderful!

Terrace Level

Downstairs you will find lots more room for entertaining and recreation, plus a few unique features of this home. Finished in 2013, the terrace level includes a large family room, rec room, home gym, and a full guest suite. There is also a half bath on this level and a remarkable amount of storage space.

Additional features include a whole-house HEPA air filter and a whole-house dehumidifier.

Tuxedo Park

Tuxedo Park is the undisputed top-shelf neighborhood in Buckhead. The rich history of this area goes deeper than many residents may realize. This early Atlanta suburb was only woods and farmland at the beginning of the 20th century, but that quickly changed. Wealthy Atlantans began building homes along Paces Ferry around 1904, many used as summer or country estates with farm animals and extensive gardens. Tuxedo Park expanded North several blocks from there and has kept its refined Southern elegance ever since.

The Tuxedo Park Civic Association holds social events, hires private security officers, and generally keeps the neighborhood connected despite the mostly gated and secluded estates. With its historic mansions and picturesque landscaping, Tuxedo Park is aptly named for this sophisticated neighborhood of magnificent residences. Some of the finest estates in Buckhead are located in the prestigious Tuxedo Park neighborhood.

Although the city of Atlanta has grown to surround this once-remote area, the neighborhood still maintains an aura of seclusion and escape. The manicured grounds and varied architecture of the homes give the neighborhood a formal air befitting its name.

Chastain Park 

Homeowners here will enjoy all that Chastain Park has to offer year-round. Chastain Park is Atlanta’s largest city park, and known by all as Buckhead’s premier park. The wide variety of competitive and recreational activities and entertainment venues hosted by Chastain Park include a swimming pool, a musical amphitheater where both pop and classical musicians entertain audiences outdoors, an arts center, tennis, gymnasium, walking trails, playgrounds, softball diamonds, a golf course and even a horse park – all of which appeal to athletic types and Sunday morning strollers alike.

The Chastain restaurant offers “refined comfort food” for residents and visitors alike in a beautiful setting across from the park.

It is rare for an estate lot on the Chastain Park end of Tuxedo Road to become available, and this one is spectacular!  Spanning over 3 acres, the expansive property boasts a remarkable width of 250 feet and extends over 600 feet in depth. The site, where a previous residence once stood, has been meticulously cleared and groomed, setting the stage for your custom dream home.

The approach is perfect, dipping down at the street and then rising up gently to the hilltop plateau. Here, you will find the perfect site to build your dream home with no compromises. A conceptual plan designed by Land Plus shows ample room for a large home, gardens, lawns, a pool with a pool house, and a tennis or sports court at the rear of the property if desired!

Welcome to your dream home in Chastain Park! This charming residence offers the perfect blend of elegance and comfort, on a quiet street just a short walk from Chastain Park! Step into the ideal floor plan designed by Spitzmiller & Norris that caters to main-level living, including a primary suite along with two guest bedrooms, large living spaces, and a sunroom that overlooks the walk out backyard.

As you approach the home, the rocking chair front porch beckons, providing a picturesque view of the sweeping front yard. Venture into the backyard oasis, complete with a patio and ample space for a pool. Parking is a breeze with a two-car garage, a three-car parking pad in the rear, and a two-car parking pad in the front of the home.

Main Level

The living spaces on the main level are anchored by the spacious eat-in kitchen with a large island, extensive custom cabinets, walk-in pantry, and a home management desk. A seamless connection to the breakfast room, living room, butler’s pantry, and dining room create a warm and functional layout.

Connections to the garage and rear motor court each include a mud room with convenient storage.

Just around the corner, you will find the cozy family room where everybody will surely hang out. This huge room is anchored by a fireplace and dramatically high re-claimed wood ceiling.

Behind the living room, the sunroom is bathed in natural light, thanks to windows on all sides offering views of the outside greenery. This versatile space leads to a covered porch with a fireplace, dining area, a separate sitting area, and a patio for grilling – an entertainer’s delight!

Primary bedroom

The primary suite on the main level is a true retreat, boasting French doors that open to the back porch. The renovated primary bath includes a large dressing area with built-in cabinetry and a generously sized his&her walk-in closet.

Upper level

Upstairs, discover 3 additional bedrooms and a large laundry room. Each bedroom includes a large walk-in closet, ensuring ample space for the kiddos or guests. One bedroom has an ensuite bath, while the other two share a connected dressing area and full bath. 

This residence effortlessly combines style, functionality, and outdoor bliss, making it a truly exceptional property in the heart of Chastain Park.

Buckhead resident Anne McKillips says she wants her “quality of life back” in aiming to pass legislation that could automatically cite the owners of cars that produce excessive noise.

McKillips, a retired entrepreneur who lives near Lenox Road and Ga. 400, leads the volunteer-based Georgia Loud Cars Task Force, which is working with legislators to draft bills aimed at limiting vehicle noise through automated citations. The group recently began a petition that aims to draw support for the cause in the hopes it will spur legislators to take up the issue in 2024.

“The noise pollution in this world is incredible, and it needs to be brought under control,” McKillips said.

Group proposes use of noise detection cameras

McKillips and her volunteer task force plan to introduce legislation that will allow for the use of noise detection cameras statewide. Such camera systems have already been implemented in cities like Knoxville, Tennessee, and Miami, and New York City lawmakers are expected to allow their use soon, Forbes reported.

The noise detection cameras work like other automated traffic systems, including school zone speed cameras, McKillips said. They can be mounted near roadways, calibrated for that location, and will detect any cars surpassing a certain decibel threshold set by local lawmakers. When the system detects excessive vehicle noise from a car, the cameras can snap a photo of its license plate with a time, date, location and decibel stamp, allowing a citation to be issued to the registered owner of the car.

The task force is currently working with several Georgia House and Georgia Senate representatives, she said, to introduce bills in each house in 2024. Similar bills were proposed in the Legislature during the 2023 session, but they “went nowhere,” McKillips said, spurring the task force to continue drumming up support.

The group’s Change.org petition, which began Nov. 17, had garnered over 1,400 signatures as of Dec. 6.

“I’m hoping we can get people to circulate it to their entire network so we can say to the entire legislature this is important to the citizens of Georgia,” McKillips said.

The Loud Cars Task Force does not intend to mandate these cameras at any level, McKillips said. Rather, it wants the state to pass a bill to allow for their use statewide and leave the decision to use them up to local control.

“One of the things that’s really important in the bill, we want to make sure the state Legislature allows the noise detection technology but does not mandate it,” she said. “Every jurisdiction will make the decision to use it. We also want it so that every jurisdiction that implements it can set its own decibel level [limits]. For instance, Tuxedo Park needs a lower decibel level than Fulton Industrial [Boulevard]. We only want it available.”

She is certainly advocating for their use in Buckhead and the City of Atlanta, though.

Buckhead is purportedly a hotspot for car noise vehicle complaints

A study conducted by Georgia State University students found Peachtree Road had the highest number of vehicle noise complaints calls to the Atlanta Police Department from June 2021 to June 2023. Three-hundred calls were fielded by the APD during the two-year span. Neighborhood Planning Unit B — which includes North Buckhead, Buckhead Forest, South Tuxedo Park, Buckhead Heights, Peachtree Heights East and West, Garden Hills and Buckhead Village and other local areas — had the second highest noise complaint volume of the 25 NPUs within Atlanta, the study noted.

The vehicle noise around Buckhead is what inspired McKillips to create the task force around three years ago. At first, McKillips said she wanted people to continually call APD each time they heard an excessively loud car.

“I kept calling and calling,” she said. “After talking to some APD officers, they can’t do anything about it. If there’s a loud car, by the time they get there, it’s gone. There are more important things they have to address, and they don’t have the staff to sit everywhere and monitor [car noise levels].”

McKillips said excessively noisy cars have become a nuisance, but it goes beyond quality-of-life issues.

“We want to have noise pollution caused by cars, trucks, ATVs, anything, under control,” she said. “That’s our real goal. It affects wildlife, children with autism, it can cause strokes. I’m tired of it. If we don’t make it through this session, I’ll be back the following year.”

Difficulties exist in enforcing vehicle noise levels

A specific noise limit threshold that can be emitted from a car’s muffler is not outlined in state codes. However, it is a misdemeanor to sell or use a muffler “which causes excessive or unusual noise.” As such, it’s often up to an officer’s discretion to cite a car owner for excessive muffler noise, Lt. W. Mark Riley, former public information officer for the Georgia Department of Public Safety, told 11Alive in 2021.

State codes dictate that sounds produced from a car’s audio system cannot be heard at a distance of 100 feet or more from a vehicle, however.

The Loud Cars Task Force hopes that municipalities or counties would be able to use the passage of their proposed bill(s) to set specific decibel limits. McKillips said signs would also be posted to warn drivers of their use. State law requires such signs to be erected advising drivers of the use of speed detection and red-light cameras.

After 18 years in the restaurant industry, Emilee Durrett has made a home in Buckhead as General Manager and Operating Partner at THE CHASTAIN. Durrett spent the majority of her career in Los Angeles, but she has also worked with several prominent restaurants in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas and Austin. She was familiar with Executive Chef Christopher Grossman from the California restaurant community before she was invited to join the team at THE CHASTAIN.  

Durrett didn’t know much about Buckhead or THE CHASTAIN when owner Andy Heyman called to ask if she would consider moving her family to Atlanta. The timing was fortuitous because of her growing family and a desire to move closer to her mother. Durrett says she was convinced to make the move once she met with Andy and his wife Melissa.

“After being open for two years, it was clear to us that the complexity of the operation and the importance of the restaurant in the community required the best general manager on the planet.” said Andy Heyman. “We were introduced to Emilee after launching a national search. Emilee’s approach was team-centric. Our sense was she would be a leader who could make everyone reach their full potential. She is smart, thoughtful, warm, and intentional – with her team and guests – making her the perfect culture fit for THE CHASTAIN’s community.”

Encouragement from the top down

The organic garden at THE CHASTAIN is a point of pride for Emilee and her staff

Durrett appreciates the way Heyman finds talented people, and provides the opportunity to apply their talent. “I feel like he’s so good at selecting people that he thinks are wonderful to invest in. And then he just creates the space for them to do what they do.” She continues, “He and Melissa both, in different ways, have a very uncanny way of connecting others and really putting the right people in the right places.”

Durrett says Heyman’s management style provides opportunities you don’t see everyday in the restaurant business. “To be able to be creative, and then also do what we love to do is challenging to find, but when you find it, you’re like, Oh, my God, this is what I want to do forever.”

“I was really inspired by the mission and who THE CHASTAIN set out to be. By Chris and by Andy and Melissa and the team, and it’s beautiful. When I got to learn the history, and I got to learn the fact that we’re in a historic space, and the fact that we were the longest standing restaurant in Atlanta… I mean, it’s huge, right? This is definitely something I’m excited about.”

Durrett has been delighted with Buckhead and the Chastain Park neighborhood. In fact, she and her family live right next door to THE CHASTAIN. “I think when you own a business, and you invest in a business, it is a living breathing thing. I care about it a lot, so it’s so nice to be able to be so close.”

Taking the helm of Buckhead’s favorite neighborhood restaurant

THE CHASTAIN had been opened about a year and a half when Durrett became GM. “I was brought in, I think, to usher us into a new era, and really fulfill what Chris always thought was possible.” Executive Chef Christopher Grossman has always had ambitious ideas about sustainability in the restaurant industry, and Durrett was excited by the chance to make a difference.

“So much happens in restaurants that has just sort of always been that way. So [it is exciting] to come at it and say, ‘Hey, how can we rethink this thing?’ and ‘How can we give people something that is higher quality?’”

Durrett and her team are up for the challenge. “Maybe it’s going to be harder, right? And maybe it’s going to take more effort, more talent, more people, or take more time, but it is going to be better for the environment, better for the neighborhood, better for the palette, better for our future, better for all of it.”

The restaurant celebrated its third birthday this November, and there has been a lot to celebrate. THE CHASTAIN was recognized in the first Atlanta Michelin Guide with a Green Star, Best Sommelier, and as a recommended restaurant. Durrett and Chef Grossman are especially pleased to be awarded the Green Star for their efforts with sustainability, organic ingredients, and recycling. The Michelin Green Star is a relatively new award, and Durrett says it is an important step for the industry. “I think is a definite indicator of where restaurants can go and should go in the future, and it’s an exciting thing.”

Andy Heyman spoke about what the Michelin Green Star means to him and his team. “I am proud to lead the group of investors who believed in this vision. I am even more proud of our operating partners – who run the restaurant – Chef Grossman and Emilee Durrett. Their commitment to the quality, provenance, and sustainability of our ingredients, unrelenting focus on eliminating waste, and unwavering support of local farmers inspires our community. That’s exactly what The Michelin Green Star honors. When ASH Atlanta acquired this property, we knew the garden would be the centerpiece. Chef and Emilee, along with the full team at the restaurant, go above and beyond to highlight not only the garden, but also the local purveyors that make THE CHASTAIN such a special experience.”

What sets THE CHASTAIN apart?

The goal of the team at THE CHASTAIN is to be the best neighborhood restaurant in Atlanta, and Durrett has specific ideas about what that means. “We want to redefine what a neighborhood restaurant could look like. Not only having the quality behind everything and the intentionality behind everything, but then we also want it to feel a bit like Cheers, where you can walk in and, despite how busy it is, you feel like you’re home.”

The customer experience is paramount. “I want our guests to feel a sense of ownership over the space, and to feel like whatever we’re doing they are very much a part of. Whether that’s from the food or the service, or the people, or the space itself.”

Andy Heyman says Durrett’s leadership has been an integral part of the CHASTAIN’s continued success. “The full guest experience is what matters the most when you come into THE CHASTAIN. The food is a critical part of that and what Emilee has done is make made the rest of the guest experience incredible from the moment a guest steps on the property to the moment they leave. She is better than what we could have possibly imagined.” He continues, “Since Emilee joined, significant improvements include retention and engagement of the team, the guest experience, and café service speed, and private events hosted.”

To see Durrett interact with the employees at THE CHASTAIN is to see an engaged, caring manager in action. Her care for the staff is obvious, and it helps to create a sense of calm and cohesion in the space.

It is important for Durrett to engage the staff beyond just getting a paycheck. “The challenge becomes- how do you create a culture that people really feel like they’re a part of, and they want to be a part of, and that they’re inspired to be a part of.”

“I love how many different people we have in this space. And it’s such a fun experience.” She thrives on the challenges of working with a diverse group. “How do you take people from three different generations spanning all different walks of life, who have all different values and ideals and desires and dreams, and give them all something to connect to?”

Durrett gives a lot of credit to the people who work with her at THE CHASTAIN. She strives to “Find great people, encourage them, give them the runway, and give them the space to be great. And then great people also love great people. So it there sort of is this connectedness to it all.” She adds, “It’s hard not to feel inspired by them every day.”

What’s next?

Not content to rest with a Michelin Green Star, Durrett says she and her team are always looking for ways to improve. “We’re only three years old, right? We’re little babies. We’ve got so many dreams for what is possible here in this space and for the community in Atlanta as a whole.”

“I think the fun thing is like every day is different, every service is different. So our goal is to keep pushing, right, like what does great look like? What does hospitality look like? What does constantly challenging and pushing yourselves and others to continue never hitting the status quo [look like]? What does what does it look like to keep moving the bar? If it’s a mountain with no top, we can just keep keep fucking going.”

Buckhead is lucky to have residents like Emilee Durrett, who are so invested in building and growing neighborhood businesses. “I think where THE CHASTAIN goes is wherever its guests take us, and that’s what we’re in it for. So it’s awesome.”

Representatives from Michelin’s famous guide presented the first Michelin stars to restaurants across Atlanta on October 24, 2023. Atlanta’s Michelin Guide joins just six other U.S. Guides- New York City, California, Colorado, Florida, Chicago, and Washington DC. Chefs and diners around the city have been buzzing since the announcement that the guide was coming, and there was a palpable sense of excitement leading up to the announcement.

Michelin Guide Experiences and Communications Director Elisabeth Boucher-Anselin described how Michelin’s anonymous restaurant inspectors were “amazed” by the quality of the restaurants they discovered in Atlanta. She said they felt “this spark Atlanta has- The one which makes the difference, and attracts international travelers looking for a very special journey.”

45 restaurants were recognized during the event. The selections were all inside the perimeter, but Michelin says they may expand beyond the perimeter in the future. 5 Buckhead restaurants were recognized, including Atlas winning a coveted Michelin star. Other hot spots around the city include the West Side, East Atlanta, Decatur, and Chamblee/Doraville.  

Michelin Guide history

The Michelin Guide began as a way to help motorists plan trips across France. The Michelin brothers figured that more driving trips meant more tire sales, and they were right! The guide included maps, instructions for changing a tire, where to buy fuel, and more. The guide began to include hotel and restaurants in the 1920s, and the now famous restaurant inspectors began to visit and review restaurants anonymously. The first Michelin star was awarded in 1926, with 2 and 3 star ratings added five years later. The Michelin Guide now rates over 40,000 establishments across three continents.

Buckhead’s winners

There were several awards handed out on October 24, but perhaps the one with the most culinary weight is the coveted Michelin Star. A star in the Michelin Guide means a restaurant is “High quality cooking, worth a stop!” Michelin’s restaurant inspectors judge a restaurant on quality of ingredients, harmony of flavors, mastery of cooking techniques, personality of the chef reflected in the cuisine, and consistency of food and service between visits. A Michelin star (or two or three) recognizes a chef and a restaurant among the best in the world.

Atlas dining room. Photo courtesy of Atlas

Atlas and chef Freddy Money were awarded the first Michelin star in Atlanta’s history. Anyone who has dined at Atlas is not surprised by this recognition. The inspectors found Atlas “snuggled inside the St Regis” and called the restaurant “impossibly elegant.” Of winning Atlanta’s first Michelin star, Chef Money said, “Very humbling. Awesome experience and shows the dedication and hard work of our whole team, so we’re very proud.”

THE CHASTAIN was the first Buckhead restaurant to be recognized during the Michelin Guide ceremony, and they ended up with three awards on the night. THE CHASTAIN’s Juan Fernando Cortés won the first Michelin Sommelier of the year award in Atlanta. Michelin inspectors said that Juan “puts care and thought into each and every selection, and that he’s not afraid to think outside the box.” In a testament to his commitment to his craft, Juan was not in attendance to receive his Michelin award because he was working at the restaurant. 

THE CHASTAIN was also awarded one of two Michelin Green Stars in the city. A Michelin Green Star is awarded to acknowledge a restaurant at the forefront of sustainable practices and ethical environmental practices. The inspectors were impressed with the way THE CHASTAIN goes “above and beyond organic.” THE CHASTAIN and fellow Green Star recipient Bacchanalia join just 21 other Green Star restaurants in the U.S.

General Manager Emilee Durrett said the Michelin Green Star recognizes a big part of what THE CHASTAIN has been working toward concerning sustainability. “When we set out to do THE CHASTAIN, a big goal of ours was making an impact not only in a neighborhood, not just in Atlanta, but in the southeast as a whole.” Durrett said the team at THE CHASTAIN, including Executive Chef Christopher Grossman, has been dedicated to, “changing what it could look like to have relationships with local purveyors, farmers, and independent businesses, and really making a choice to do that, despite the challenges.”

The Michelin Guide chose 30 restaurants for their first Recommended Restaurants selection in Atlanta, including THE CHASTAIN, Storico Fresco, and Tomo. Bib Gourmand recipients are recognized by the Michelin Guide for high quality food for a reasonable price. 10 restaurants made the list in Atlanta, and we are going to claim Heirloom Market BBQ as Buckhead’s winner on the list. 

We would like to congratulate all of the restaurants recognized in Atlanta’s first Michelin guide. Check out the full list of winners below, and support your local chef!

Michelin Guide winners in Buckhead

One Star

Atlas

Green Star

THE CHASTAIN

Sommelier Award

Juan Fernando Cortes, THE CHASTAIN

The Chastain

Storico Fresco Alimentari

Tomo

Bib Gourmand

Heirloom Market BBQ

Michelin Guide restaurants throughout Atlanta

One Star

Bacchanalia

Hayakawa

Lazy Betty

Mujo

Green Star

Bacchanalia

Michelin Service Award

Neil McCarthy, Miller Union

Exceptional Cocktails Award

Jason Furst and bar team, BoccaLupo

Michelin Young Chef Award

Chef Jarrett Stieber, Little Bear

Bib Gourmand

Antico

Arepa Mia

Banshee

Bomb Biscuit

Busy Bee Cafe

Estrellita

Fred’s Meat and Bread

Fishmonger

Little Bear

The Alden

BoccaLupo

Chai Pani

The Deer and the Dove

Delbar

Food Terminal

The General Muir

Georgia Boy and Southern Belle

Gunshow

Han Il Kwan

Home Grown

Kamayan ATL

Kimball House

LanZhou Ramen

Lyla Lila

Marcel

Miller Union

Nam Phuong

Poor Hendrix

Snackboxe Bistro

Talat Market

Ticonderoga Club

Tiny Lou’s

Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

The White Bull

Xi’an Gourmet House (Midtown)

Enjoy all that Chastain Park has to offer from 4095 North Broadland Road. The home is located  in the center of the neighborhood between Broadland Road and Hillside Drive, situated on one of the finest lots on a quiet street known for its strong sense of community. Set back from the street, the sprawling 1.1 acres features a highly desirable flat front yard and private fenced back yard surrounded by trees, grassy lawns, a massive swimming pool, and a hilltop “zen tree house” at the back of the property that the kiddos will just love! The patio and pool terrace provide plenty of room for outdoor recreation, grilling, and dining.

The one-level ranch home offers nearly 4000 square feet of living space, and the new roof will provide years of maintenance-free service. Multiple living rooms offer several places to relax and enjoy. A fireside living room is just off the entry foyer, and open to the formal dining room. The dining room features a built-in china cabinet and easy access to the kitchen.

Custom cabinetry surrounds a large central island in the kitchen, offering plenty of storage and ample counter space. GE Monagram appliances will delight the chef in your family.

Adjacent to the kitchen is a large bonus room with a new ensuite bath and an exterior entrance, perfect for a guest suite or a private home office. A second fireside living room offers more seating and conversation space next to the kitchen.

The main family room is bright and sunny, lined with windows offering views of the pool and greenery. This large open space has built-in book cases and a breakfast area next to the kitchen. A full bath and the laundry room are just off the breakfast area.

The first of 4 bedrooms is accessible from the family room and the central hallway. Across the hall is a second bedroom with an adjoining bath. This full bath is shared with the third bedroom.

The primary suite features a large bedroom and ensuite full bath. A second vanity area provides storage and additional access to the hallway.

Make this your home and your family will enjoy the community and all of the Chastain Park activities for many years to come!

Chastain Park 

Homeowners here will enjoy all that Chastain Park has to offer year-round. Chastain Park is Atlanta’s largest city park, and known by all as Buckhead’s premier park. The wide variety of competitive and recreational activities and entertainment venues hosted by Chastain Park include a swimming pool, a musical amphitheater where both pop and classical musicians entertain audiences outdoors, an arts center, tennis, gymnasium, walking trails, playgrounds, softball diamonds, a golf course and even a horse park – all of which appeal to athletic types and Sunday morning strollers alike.

The Chastain restaurant offers “refined comfort food” for residents and visitors alike in a beautiful setting across from the park.

Gorgeous brand new custom home by Siegel Construction & Design on a full one-acre lot is an easy walk to Chastain Park and close to Buckhead schools, shopping and restaurants!

You will love the level walk-out backyard with a saltwater infinity swimming pool and spa, surrounded by a stone terrace and patio. The extra large outdoor living room covered with a cypress wood ceiling features a fireplace and built in grilling station expanding the home’s year round entertaining and relaxation outside. A 3-car garage and large motor-court is perfect for friends who stop by before the concert!

Main Level

The interior floorplan features large open rooms, clean lines, and extra high ceilings. Notice the radius wall corners, arched openings, wide hallways and a wide staircase which adds warmth to the modern feel of the home. Walls of oversized custom steel windows and doors provide natural light and access to multiple outdoor spaces.

The oversized steel and glass front door welcomes you to the dramatic entry hall with views through the living room to the backyard and pool terrace. Past the open fireside living room and formal dining room you find the lounge area with a built-in wet bar, and the kitchen beyond. Steel and glass doors along the entire wall open onto the pool terrace and outdoor living spaces.

The fabulous kitchen features a large central island graced with a beautiful stone slab, sophisticated lighting and laquered brass fixtures, and a generous open breakfast area. A large cabinet-lined butler’s pantry with another sink and appliances plus a separate large storage pantry provide myriad storage options. The custom glass-front wine storage makes your collection a centerpiece of the home.

A service area between the kitchen and the 3-car garage features a home management office, laundry room, powder room that serves as a pool bath, and a spacious mud room with built-in storage. The study at the base of the stairs has an arched opening, detailed millwork, and a wall of windows.