Tour Stop 5

Tour Stop 5
384 Cherokee Avenue SE
Quinn and Erica Arnau & their English bulldog “Millie”

Built: 1899
Style: Victorian
Don’t miss:
Backyard bar

Three years ago when Erica and Quinn were dating, Quinn, who is a real estate agent, happened upon 384 Cherokee while showing it to one of his buyer couples.  Although it wasn’t a fit for the buyers, Quinn knew Erica would love it.  Sure enough, once she saw it, she decided she had to have it.

Erica grew up in an old farm home in Mississippi just like this one and was drawn to the history of the house with its soaring 12-foot ceilings, a unique four-hearth central chimney, and giant windows that allowed abundant natural light into the space.  Even the door between the bedrooms reminded Erica of the house she grew up in.

Built in 1899 during one of the first phases of the residential development of the Grant Park neighborhood, this Stick Victorian situated on a prominent corner lot originally sported just five rooms: a front foyer, a dining room, two bedrooms and a back kitchen addition.  A bathroom was added in the early half of the 20th century along with a lean-to shed which Quinn and Erica recently renovated into an outdoor entertainment area for grilling, watching ballgames and enjoying summer movie nights.

In the backyard around the corner from the shed sits a commemorative headstone that came with the house which reads “Mother, Della Short Speed,” whose actual burial place is in Westview Cemetery in southwest Atlanta.  After doing some more “digging around,” the owners discovered that Della’s great-great-granddaughter went to high school with Quinn.