This is a truly exceptional opportunity to own the largest single parcel of land to be sold in the heart of Buckhead in recent memory! Boasting 11.7 acres, this legacy property is situated on the north side of Haynes Manor at 350 West Wesley Road. Home to five generations of a well-regarded family, it has been a cherished site of joy and fond memories. It will soon be available for the first time in 100 years.

Imagine the luxury of living here, just a few blocks from the convenience of Peachtree Road, yet cocooned within your private country estate. A newly developed estate will breathe new life into the old stables, tennis court, and gardens that have graced this hilltop since the early 1900s. From this elevated vantage point, views from the upper levels of your home will encompass the entire city skyline.

Zoned R3, this property offers versatile opportunities, from a sprawling estate to a family compound. It also presents a unique development prospect, with a plan available for 9+ beautiful homesites that far exceed zoning requirements.Whether you envision a luxurious estate or a unique development, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make this remarkable land your own.

Haynes Manor Neighborhood

Overflowing with character and old school charm, Haynes Manor streets are lined with some of the most beautiful homes in all of Buckhead. Peachtree Battle Avenue runs through the heart of the neighborhood, with a lovely manicured park down the middle and sidewalks to Peachtree Road. Haynes Manor living is extremely convenient, as the homes are down the street from dozens of restaurants and plenty of shopping. Walk to a local favorite, Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, to do everything from buying groceries and dining with friends, to getting a massage or shining your shoes!

Haynes Manor is within walking distance to Atlanta Memorial Park, that includes Bobby Jones Golf Course, more than 30 tennis courts at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center, various fields and playgrounds, and a connection to the Atlanta Beltline!

Haynes Manor is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Buckhead, and for good reason! The adjacent Beltline, Bobby Jones Golf Course, Bitsy Grant Tennis Center, and Memorial Park offer unlimited recreation opportunities to ensure there is never a dull moment. This stunning home was designed by Ryan Duffey and built in 2018 as a highly respected builder’s personal home. This is the first time the home has been offered for sale. Located in the heart of this charming neighborhood on a quiet street, but within view of the Beltline and golf course, the location is simply the best!

Two stately oaks frame the home on top of a gentle hill. The architecture echoes the charm of the surrounding early 1900’s homes, but with modern features such as oversized windows and an inviting glass and steel front entry entry. Off to the right side you will find the three garages and an oversized motorcourt flanked by low brick walls and gated. This level and versatile space has hosted many pickle-ball matches and countless hours of playtime and sports for the kids. Around back is even more recreation space thanks to the unusually large 1/2-acre lot. The backyard is level with the main floor and features a 30′-long stone terrace overlooking the flat lawn and a play area beyond. The mature landscaping on all sides means this space is completely private. Looking for a pool? Not a problem, a large flat walkout yard has a pool permit in place, and the price includes a $200,000 credit toward building the pool and spa of your dreams!.

Main Level 

Inside the front entry is a beautiful octagonal foyer that is perfect for displaying artwork on the walls as it frames views of the den and dining room that flank either side. Moving toward the rear of the home, you enter the open family room area open to the spacious and sleek kitchen. The steel doors that line the back wall flood the space with natural light and provide views of the completely private flat yard. A working pantry and home management office tucked away behind the kitchen helps to keep the space organized. Meanwhile, a separate breakfast room lined with windows provides the perfect setting for family meals.

A semi-detached guest cottage is accessed via a covered breezeway from the rear of the home and is finished with a private entrance and bath. This space has many uses depending on your needs; from a private office or studio, a pool house, fitness area, and more. It was thoughtfully designed so that it can also evolve  and easily extend into a master-on-main in the future.  

Upper  Level

Thanks to the great design, the hidden stairhall is a wonderful experience. Views of the treetops, Beltline, and golf course can be seen through the large floor-to-ceiling windows as you ascend to the 2nd floor. Here you will find an open sitting area surrounded by four bedroom suites, including the spacious primary suite.

Terrace Level 

The daylight terrace level features polished concrete floors throughout and approximately 2000 square feet of living space. This includes a recreation room with surround sound and media area, plenty of storage, a mudroom entry from the garages and motorcourt, as well as a delightful home office/studio space that features a conference table, dual workspaces, and a kitchenette facing a wall of windows.

There are many features in this home that are waiting to be discovered, a Cedar roof with a 50-year warranty, backup generator, energy-efficient foam insulation, Control4 Automation, whole house audio, and so much more. Hurry before this one is gone!

Haynes Manor Neighborhood

Overflowing with character and old school charm, Haynes Manor streets are lined with some of the most beautiful homes in all of Buckhead. Many homes enjoy sweeping views of Bobby Jones Golf Course, more than 30 tennis courts at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center, and various fields, playgrounds, and a connection to Atlanta’s 22-mile Beltline! Haynes Manor living is extremely convenient, as the homes are down the street from dozens of restaurants and plenty of shopping along Peachtree Road.

You will find surprises around every corner as you explore 455 Peachtree Battle Avenue. It took 100 years of acquired character, a world-class team of architects, artists, and craftsmen, and a dedicated owner with the vision and pocketbook to create such an extraordinary home. The stately brick exterior speaks to the history of the 100-year-old Tudor style home, but inside is where the real fireworks begin.

The current owners had the entire interior of the home reimagined by architect Stan Dixon, inspired by the owners’ years of traveling around the world. Specific inspiration came from the English Cotswolds, Charleston, South Carolina, and much more.

Builder Rich Sokolowski brought Dixon’s vision to life with exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail. High quality materials throughout the home include hand-troweled plaster walls and artisan-forged iron railings.

Main Level

Beyond the original 100-year-old front door you find a gracious foyer that opens into the living room and dining room. This is also your first glimpse of the beautiful central staircase, although the sculptural nature of the staircase is better experienced from the second floor.

The fireside living room features twin doors leading to a bright sun porch, with access to the patio and garden. Opposite the living room is the formal dining room, with a custom fireplace and access to the butler’s pantry and kitchen.

The chef’s kitchen features extensive custom cabinets surrounding a central island. White brick accent walls contrast the plaster walls, and hint at the historic nature of the home. A professional Lacanche range, farm sink, stone counter tops, and counter seating for 4 make the kitchen as functional as it is beautiful.

The kitchen is open to the family room, and unique sliding wood doors provide access to a lovely side garden.

The family room is bright and comfortable with a beautiful fireplace. An adjacent foyer leads to the guest wing and the extensive outdoor living spaces, but more on that in a moment!

The stair hall to the guest wing also provides access to the 2-car garage and side motorcourt. A wrought-iron gate separates the motorcourt from the side entrance on Alton Road.

Behind the formal living room is one of the most unique rooms in the house, and that is really saying something in this case!  The scullery is the entertaining hub of the home, with rustic wooden cabinetry, unique counter tops, and tables to provide the perfect place to serve food and drinks. The scullery is built for indoor-outdoor entertaining with accordion doors that fold out of the way for unfettered access to the patio and outdoor living room.

The Charleston style garden, designed by John Howard, is like something out of a fairy tale. A central stone patio is flanked by an outdoor kitchen with another smaller patio. The sound of water falling into the garden fountain sets the mood as you ascend a few granite stairs to the outdoor living room. This cozy fireside space is lit by flickering gas lanterns and sheltered from the elements. It is equally suited to a romantic dinner for two or a grand party with open the home to the garden.  

Second Level

The second floor contains three bedrooms, including two unique primary suites. The first is a large bedroom with vaulted beamed ceilings, two spacious dressing rooms, and an ensuite bath. A convenient laundry room is just outside the bedroom.

The first primary suite has an attached office with beautiful garden views, an enormous walk-in closet, and TWO full baths. This space can easily be split to create another bedroom if needed.  

The second primary suite features a vaulted beamed ceiling, second laundry room, ensuite bath, and two generous walk-in closets.

Third Level

Your kids or grandkids will love the character of the third floor. This “grandchildren’s floor” feels like it was designed just for them, because it was. Unique ceiling angles and small proportions create a story-book feel in the common spaces, and a petite bunk-room and full bath provide a great hideout for kids and grandkids alike.

Guest Wing

Take the back stairs beyond the two-car garage to the guest wing. A kitchenette and seating area occupy the landing at the top of the stairs, with a bedroom suite on either side. Each bedroom has high ceilings and an ensuite bath with unique finishes. The spaces are currently decorated as a single bedroom and a private living room.

Terrace level

Downstairs you will find original brick walls with built-in wine storage. A modern home gym features comfortable rubber flooring and a wall of mirrors. A large storage space is hidden behind custom wooden barn doors.

This home is spectacular and unlike anything that has ever come to market in Buckhead  This is your one opportunity to make it your own  

Haynes Manor Neighborhood

Overflowing with character and old school charm, Haynes Manor streets are lined with some of the most beautiful homes in all of Buckhead. Peachtree Battle Avenue runs through the heart of the neighborhood, with a lovely manicured park down the middle and sidewalks to Peachtree Road. Haynes Manor living is extremely convenient, as the homes are down the street from dozens of restaurants and plenty of shopping. Walk to a local favorite, Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, to do everything from buying groceries and dining with friends, to getting a massage or shining your shoes!

Haynes Manor is within walking distance to Atlanta Memorial Park, that includes Bobby Jones Golf Course, more than 30 tennis courts at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center, various fields and playgrounds, and a connection to the Atlanta Beltline!

Haynes Manor Neighborhood

Overflowing with character and old school charm, Haynes Manor streets are lined with some of the most beautiful homes in all of Buckhead. Peachtree Battle Avenue runs through the heart of the neighborhood, with a lovely manicured park down the middle and sidewalks to Peachtree Road. Haynes Manor living is extremely convenient, as the homes are down the street from dozens of restaurants and plenty of shopping. Walk to a local favorite, Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, to do everything from buying groceries and dining with friends, to getting a massage or shining your shoes!

Haynes Manor is within walking distance to Atlanta Memorial Park, that includes Bobby Jones Golf Course, more than 30 tennis courts at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center, various fields and playgrounds, and a connection to the Atlanta Beltline!

Architect D. Stanley Dixon

Stan Dixon reimagines a Buckhead Home with a focus on the details

It is rare to describe an intensive home renovation as enjoyable, but Naviza Daily and her husband Vince say the two-year renovation of their 1928 Tudor-style home on Peachtree Battle Avenue was surprisingly “fun.” The result is a true work of craftsmanship and artistry. The home is now a modern, carefully crafted, spacious, and pragmatic home with a design and spirit that celebrates a century of history in one of Buckhead’s most sought-after areas.

From ‘Rough’ To Revived

Daily said she was first drawn to the home a decade ago due to its location, a neighborhood filled with history and century-old homes, but she knew there was work to be done to revive the property.

“It was pretty bad at first,” Daily said. “But we spent a year living there, figuring out things in the house we would not change and the things that had potential to be better. We dreamed about what it could be, and after that year we met with [architect Stan Dixon] and the renovation took off.”

Daily thus partnered with what she said became known as the “dream team,” consisting of Dixon, interior designer Amy Morris, landscape architect John Howard, and builder Rich Sokolowski. All prominent in the Buckhead area and beyond, the team set out with Daily to transform the home while retaining its original charm.

“It was not the plan for it to take two years, but it evolved that way,” Daily said. “We set out to fix the master bedroom, then opening the attic. We just kept finding more interesting things as we went, and the project kept growing and growing. I was throwing out ideas left and right.”

Daily said she was pleased to have worked with such proficient professionals as they kept her ideas fairly grounded, but concurrently delivered the best finished product that held true to the original thought.

“There were times when renovations were done and I thought, ‘Man, I would have been so wrong,’” Daily laughed. “This was my dream team, and the result is a dream come true.”

No space was wasted in this design, this bedrooms suite features an adjacent corner office. Planning was done by the builder to ensure the office could easily be made into a 6th bedroom suite by a future owner if needed.

A Reimagined Design Paying Homage To The Past

Architect Stan Dixon is no stranger to revamping historic homes in the area, and he says the renovation completed on the Peachtree Battle home is “simply beautiful.”

“We reimagined the entire interior of the house,” Dixon said. “We approached it from the design point of view as paying respect and honoring the bones of the 1920s house that was built and balanced it with a fresh take on the interior. I’m very proud of it. I think we really accomplished those goals.”

The list of renovations completed on the home is extensive. A highlight is the addition of two bedroom suites and a guest kitchen above the garage, which Dixon said was designed to match the timber Tudor styling of the home’s original design.

“We wanted to make it look like it always belonged to the house, and it blended seamlessly with the original architecture,” he said.

The decision to extend the central staircase up to a 3rd floor had a dramatic effect. Skylights now flood the space with natural light, enhancing the sculptural qualities of the new custom railing and light fixture.

Dixon said the staircase is particularly notable, as well. The location of the stairs is original to the home, but new artisan-crafted iron railings and skylights were installed.. 

“The iron railings and additional skylights really changed the space dramatically but balanced it with the original design,” Dixon said.

The stairs also lead to the now finished 3rd-floor, complete with alcoves that result in a top-floor hideaway. The small spaces are perfectly suited for children, earning it the name “The Grandchildren’s Floor”. 

Thoughtful details, inside and out

Additionally, features like a dining room fireplace, constructed not to impose on the existing space, were installed at the direction of the Daily’s. An outdoor living space was also built, complementing the louvered doors that lead to the patio through the newly added and designed scullery. Landscape Architect John Howard ensured the gardens and courtyards surrounding the home are all lush retreats that enhance the spaces.

The most obvious update to the home from the perspective of a passerby is its new exterior color palette. Dixon said previously the home was practically monotone, but by staining the brick, which still showcases its natural variation, it allowed the clay tile roof to “pop.”  

The overall design, made a reality by Dixon and Sokolowski, emphasizes pristine craftsmanship, including hand-troweled plaster walls, reclaimed wood beams and an arched fireplace featuring brass trim.

The interior design celebrates the craftsmanship of the build but tells its own story — including second-hand leather chairs purchased from the Paris Flea Market, and a daybed once belonging to Vince Daily’s family.

“Every little detail, every piece of trim, every knob on every cabinet was very well thought out,” Daily said.

“I drive down this street every day, and it always puts a smile on my face,” Dixon said. “Before it was a house that was pretty, but you didn’t take much notice. Once it was finished with the renovations and landscaping, it is now a home people will certainly take note of.”

The Home’s Charming Legacy Will Live On With A New Family

The home will soon hit the market for sale. Daily said she has reveled in living in the home since its renovation, but once their children moved away, the Dailey’s have begun spending more time at a new home in Charleston and a home in Florida. It now feels like the right time to move on.

While she is sad to leave the house following the extensive and rewarding renovations, she is eager for a new family to have the opportunity to call the property home.

“It is a home that has soul,” she said. “It’s not just walls, it has a special history. They are going to feel there is a sense of history, and whoever is going to live there is going to add to that history. There are places for kids to play, places to entertain, places to do homework, places to have a private moment. We wanted it to be a house where there was room to grow. People aren’t just going to live there, they are going to remember it. It will always be a house where there are going to be a lot of good memories made.”

Atlanta Police Department Deputy Chief Andrew Senzer, the outgoing commander of Buckhead’s Zone 2 precinct. Credit: APD

Buckhead’s Atlanta Police Department precinct is seeing a changing of the guard as its current commander has received a promotion to deputy chief.

Andrew Senzer, who has led the Zone 2 precinct since November 2019 with the rank of major, will head APD’s Strategy and Special Projects Division, he announced at an April 7 meeting of the Buckhead Public Safety Task Force.

Major Ailen Mitchell, who has served as Senzer’s assistant since 2020, will be the new Zone 2 commander, Deputy Chief Timothy Peek said in the meeting.

The transition will happen on April 14, according to APD. The current head of the Strategy and Special Projects Division, Deputy Chief Darin Schierbaum, is being promoted to the vacant position of assistant chief of police.

Senzer was Buckhead’s police commander through the historic COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying crime spike, including the May 2020 rioting and looting in local business areas that spun out of Black Lives Matter protests about the Minneapolis police murder of George Floyd.

He also led through the beginning of the Buckhead cityhood movement that based itself on crime concerns. While crime spiked, Senzer took a zero-tolerance approach and Buckhead continues to have the city’s lowest crime rate.

“It really has been an honor to serve as the commander of Zone 2,” Senzer said in the task force meeting. “In my 26 years [in policing], this has probably been the most challenging assignment I’ve had.”

Atlanta Police Department Major Ailen Mitchell, the new Zone 2 commander. Credit: APD

He said his new role will be “a little behind the scenes” but that he will “not be a stranger” in Buckhead.

Peek said APD is “ecstatic” about Senzer taking on the deputy chief role.

Mitchell, according to his APD biography, has been with the department since 2006. He previously commanded the SWAT team and, like Senzer, once served on the Red Dog unit, an anti-drug squad disbanded in 2011 after controversial incidents like an illegal raid on the Atlanta Eagle gay bar. Among his other work was the Gang Unit and the Auto Theft Task Force.

Mitchell became Zone 2’s Criminal Investigations Unit commander in 2018 and its assistant commander in 2020.

Zone 2 is headquartered at 3120 Maple Drive in Buckhead Village.

Update: This story has been updated with information from APD about the transition.