117 S Columbia Dr
This 1920s Craftsman bungalow is so far from the quaint cottage that the phrase often calls to mind. This house hits the same lovely architectural cues – the tapered columns, exposed rafters, the front-facing dormer, the 4-over-1 windows – it has something that most such homes don’t.
Five bedrooms, two full and two half baths, plus an office, second floor family room, and seemingly countless nooks for conversations with friends, sunny reading spots, or private phone chats, morning coffees, nightcaps, or whatever the day may bring. And that’s not to mention the expansive front porch (finished with a beadboard ceiling), yawning front lawn, or the mature and secluded backyard. Anywhere you look, you’ll see traditional designs and charm. It’s one of Decatur’s oldest homes, though lovingly modernized, and it’s a space so special it was featured on HGTV.
Of course, it’s finished with hardwood floors on the main level, with 12-foot ceilings and richly detailed trim. The focal point of the living room is a decorative fireplace – assuming it’s not daylight outside, when you’ll be drawn instead to the views from windows on three walls. (Windows throughout have been updated to efficient and modern double-paned styles while retaining their traditional design.) The owner’s suite, too, features a lovely fireplace, access to the bonus sewing room or office, and a calming white-finished bathroom getaway with double vanity, standing shower, clawfoot tub, and heated floor. Other can’t-miss features: smart home tech throughout, a large second-floor deck with views of the back yard landscaping, a spacious laundry room, and a formal dining room with enough space to host a banquet. You can prep for that event in the modernized kitchen, complete with marble counters, a distressed-wood island, antique chandelier, stainless steel appliances and a walk-in pantry.
Matching all that luxury is its great location – just a block from East College Avenue and an easy walk to Fellini’s Pizza, Three Taverns Craft Brewery, Legacy Park and Decatur Square along with the zoned public schools (Winnona Park Elementary, Talley Street Elementary, Beacon Hill Middle School, and Decatur High School) – you’ve got the makings of your forever home.
Address: 117 S Columbia Dr
Square Feet: 2,983
Year Built: 1920