Monday, March 21, 2011

House of the Week

So here I was on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, stuck in traffic driving home from a lacrosse game on West Paces Ferry Rd. I was surrounded by Neel Reid and Philip Shutze mansions, not a bad place to be stuck. Turned down a side street to avoid the traffic and landed on a quiet street with some cul de sac offshoots. I drove around a curve and noticed this charming house, which had never jumped out at me before. Nicely situated on the lot, good details, good landscaping and a pretty slate roof. The owners have let us know that the house was built in the 1930's, and Philip Shutze was the architect. And it's white clapboard so you know what that of the week!

Isn't it interesting that there are no gutters on this house? Makes for a beautiful line. I wonder if there are any issues with water management?


  1. Lots of curb appeal and charming to the max. Love white clapboard with black shutters, such a classic. Love the ivy covered entrance and the way its perched atop a gentle hill makes it appear regal and proud! Looks likes its well taken care of too....funny when I get stuck in traffic jams, I am normally staring at 18 wheelers and exhaust, not beautiful charming homes like you....lucky you!

  2. It is a charming house with good detailing and proportions in addition to the massing. I also would have water concerns, especially with a clapboard house, and that curve in the roof on the left. (Slate doesn't like to do that). But I would love to know why those chimneys were located as they are, as the placement seems to be different from what I would expect in a logical floor plan (including corner fireplaces in the front rooms). Although I love the look of a gravel driveway, the maintenance is a nightmare. But another great HOTW choice, thanks!

  3. * This precious lil' house reminds me somewhat of that wonnnderful house in FATHER OF THE BRIDE~~~ soooo warm n' welcoming, and it LOOKS like a "happy family" would be living here! Thanks for the smiles!!!

    Linda in AZ *

  4. Hi Helen, This is my dream house! I've finally found it! Thank you!! Every detail of this cottagey home is perfect. I'd just love to see the inside...........

  5. Clever girl, turning bad traffic into a good find!

  6. Actually our home was built in the early 1930's. We bought it in 1992. Philip Shutze indeed was the architect, he built it for his niece who lived in it until 1990. Not your typical Shutze mansion...even better. There are 6 original fireplaces and we added a 7th in our kitchen/family room renovation. Shutze designed all his homes without gutters and there is a hidden french drain and brick foundation that directs the water away from the house.

    Interestingly enough we have furnished our home with French antiques. We have flowers and plants that compliment our furnishings. My wife who has the ultimate "green thumb" lovingly takes care of those and our wonderful cottage garden in the back.

    Your pictures of our home are beautiful but now that the azaleas are blooming and spring has sprung it comes even more alive. It is a fun house to dress up for the Christmas holidays especially with snow on the ground.

    Thank you for loving our home for we sure do!

    Incidentally, this blog is read around the world. Our neighbor's adult daughter who lives in London happened upon this website just yesterday and knew it was our home, told her mother who informed us. Truly the internet has made the world a much smaller place.