Southern Charm 2

Druid Hills Home Boasts Traditional Style with Modern Updates

There’s more than meets the eye at the home of Kelly Carlos Phillips and her family. The house within steps of Emory is charming but simple, an early ranch-style home built in 1925. Yet after a full expansion and remodel in 2004, the home now has the best of both eras. 

As a native of New Orleans, Kelly values the aesthetic of the house as much as its function. Her two-story classic house has four bedrooms and baths, plus a carriage house, with the perfect mix of old and new. There’s the generously wide hallway that runs almost the length of the entire house, a kitchen open to a huge family room with coffered ceilings and a large, flat backyard. Pocket doors, beveled glass and a traditional Atlanta butler’s pantry echo the history of the home.

“From the street, it appears to be a quaint cottage, but as you walk through the door, you are immediately surprised but what you find,” Kelly says. “Not only do you have hints of a gracious past, you have modernity and an amazingly planned and pretty unique space.”

A personal highlight for Kelly is single-floor living (no trips up and down the stairs to grab the kids’ clothes for washing!) The full master suite upstairs is used as a guest room while the main floor is enough for all living space.   

Living near Emory’s campus in Druid Hills creates a walkable neighborhood. The family is able to stroll to Highland Bakery at Emory as well as Kaldi Coffee, the old train depot coffee spot on Emory’s campus, and stop by Lullwater Park along the way to feed the ducks. The renovated carriage house has been in high demand for Emory students and professionals looking for a neighborhood feel near campus. 

“I appreciate so many things about my home, from so much natural light all over this house to a 12-foot camellia bush outside the library’s window,” Kelly says. “Everyone who walks into our house is shocked by its size and its period detail. One of our favorite pastimes has been to simply sit on the swing on our screened porch, have a glass of wine, and enjoy a breeze or the sound of the many birds around Druid Hills.”

448 Emory Drive is currently for sale and is listed at $889,000. For more information, contact Caroline and Jennifer at Dorsey Alston Realtors at 404.352.2010.