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The Howard House -Gorgeous in-town Victorian Mansion

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

4 bed, 3.5 bath Queen Anne Victorian estate on 1.5 acres -IN THE CITY!

The perfect venue for a family gathering, wedding, reunion or any festive Atlanta occasion! This lovingly restored, Queen Anne Victorian sits on over an acre in the heart of ATL's trendy Kirkwood neighborhood. THE quintessential classic southern home. A breathtaking and fully-appointed grand mansion in the city limits! The house has huge scale in every way, making it a fantastic meeting point for a large family holiday get-together or friend's reunion.

With nearly 7,000 square feet of interior space, a massive wrap-around front porch, back deck and all the yard a kid can run in, there is plenty of room for the whole extended family, company team-building retreat, or just plain old enriching experience.

This house is located on the premier street of Atlanta's trendy, historic Kirkwood neighborhood, the 2013 winner of the Curbed Cup City's Best Neighborhood honor. When it comes to getting everyone together for a formal sit down, this amazing home features a world-class chef's kitchen with a farm table seating 8 as well as an adjacent banquet-sized formal dining room with a 10' long mahogany table, original stained glass window and an exquisite crystal chandelier. The kitchen windows overlook the back deck, patio (complete with Weber gas grill and Big Green Egg) and over an acre of private and enclosed pecan grove.

Every year when we would visit my in-laws, or go up north to visit my parents we have to cram awkwardly into an under-sized space or stay in a sterile hotel, away from the people we traveled hours to be with. This does *not* need to be your memory! There are but a very small handful of properties that offer such an amazing blend of historic charm, generous interior space and appointments, expansive exterior space and proximity to all of the attractions and conveniences of the great city of Atlanta!

The property is also regularly used for large events and parties, and makes for a fantastic wedding venue. Contact me for event rates, photos from previous formal occasions and more information.

Every effort is made to ensure the home is ready for our guests. We intend to interact with guests minimally, however we look forward to personally greeting visitors upon check-in and offering a quick tour of the space to help familiarize guests with their new temporary home. There is a comprehensive 'how-to'/instructions guide to further assist you. We try to remain reachable by cell phone as much as is feasible as well. When the space will be used for weddings and larger events, I play an active role in the facilitation of logistics.

Kirkwood has a little something for everyone! Having lived here for close to 10 years, we have enjoyed watching the neighborhood evolve into a very trendy in-town spot. There is incredible access to dozens of great restaurants, down town Decatur, and naturally all the sights and destinations of the city of Atlanta. Kirkwood is an extremely walkable neighborhood with charming turn-of-the-century homes on tree-lined streets. From this grand home you can reach MARTA, city parks, restaurants, shops and art galleries all within a 5-10 minute walk. An afternoon escape to a movie theater or museum is a five or ten minute cab ride away so you will never feel like you are isolated in the suburbs (or beyond!).

When it comes to flying in or out, the convenience of this location is hard to beat, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is less than a 20 minute drive with moderate traffic. The property has lot's of on and off street parking and due to it's very central location, accessing all the city's major freeways and surface streets is done with ease. The East Lake MARTA rail station is less than a mile from the property. This is also a very bicycle-friendly part of town and because the neighborhood dates back to the 19th century there are sidewalks on just about every street.

Other Things to Note

Unlike most older homes, this house was very carefully sealed and insulated and set up with state-of-the-art heating and cooling and plumbing. Translation: indoor air quality is very good, the heating and cooling systems are robust and can maintain a very comfortable temperature in all but the most extreme circumstances. Hot water is 'instant-on' at every fixture, with great pressure. The home has free wi-fi, things like that..

While it is our goal to provide our guests with the utmost of quiet and privacy, The Howard House is an actively managed estate with a carriage house that is also available for rent through Airbnb( ) It is therefore not uncommon for the property owner, maintenance staff, or a guest of the cottage house to use the driveway for ingress and egress.

More Details

Jake Plancon
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german, spanish, dutch
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Jake Plancon

I am a single father of two amazing young boys, a seasoned real estate broker, landlord, entrepreneur and a big fan of classic cars, live music, and most of all travel! I genuinely enjoy meeting new people and entertaining friends and family has been a passion for most of my life.

Jake Plancon purchased this estate in 2005

Why Jake Plancon chose Atlanta

I stumbled upon this formerly dilapidated 1800's home many years ago and was just enchanted by it. Simply put, there are pretty much no other properties like this within the greater Atlanta metropolitan area, period. This one might have been the last of Atlanta's unrestored, magnificent grand homes. Only a small handful of mansions of this scale remain in the city, and none to my knowledge offer such a wonderful balance of location, privacy, space, comfort and amenities. Back in 2004, when I became more aware of the property, I learned that the building was about to be sold to developers who intended to tear it down, build a street through the middle of the lot and erect over two dozen town-homes on it. Long story short, through a lot of luck and perseverance the property was saved.

What makes this estate unique

There were three primary aspects of this house that made me fall in love with it. First thing you notice about it is the breath-taking way the house exudes a prominence and stature - it is like nothing else on the block. You walk along a quaint and lovely tree-lined street dotted with charming turn-of-the-century homes, then suddenly, there it is, massive! Twice as far back from the street as typical houses in the city, the lot is nearly perfectly flat with the slightest elevation planting this massive structure on the lot like a crown jewel.


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The Howard House -Gorgeous in-town Victorian Mansion
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Beautiful home with so much character!

  • 5 of 5

Andre and Jake were so helpful and great during this whole experience! We had never rented a VRBO before, and we look forward to doing it again if everyone is as wonderful as these guys.

Andre lives right on the property, in a separate house, so it was convenient and nice to see him around, in case of any questions or issues (which we had no issues!).

The home is so beautiful, full of character (built in the 1820's), but renovated and is amazing for entertaining space (the 10 of us found ourselves hanging out in the kitchen area most of the stay.

They had all the amenities necessary for you to pack your clothes, and move right in. We had 2 little toddlers with us, and they had a blast just running from room to room (its a huge home with so much space!); the kids were in heaven!

Thanks so much for such a great experience for my entire family guys! Looking forward to next time!!!


  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What an amazing experience!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this fantastic home for 4 nights and it was a top notch experience. From start to finish of the transaction it was professional, personal and met my every expectation! Not only was the property everything it is in the pictures, the professionalism of the owner and his assistant Mary Anne, was exceptional! I highly recommend this property - and if you get the opportunity to stay there, breakfast on the veranda will be a memory that will live with you forever!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Retiring Officer

  • 5 of 5

We booked this house for a retirement dinner and overnight stay. Great experience as Andre was very accommodating and pleasant to deal with. Beautiful old home in central Atlanta with updated kitchen and large bedrooms. Perfect for events or stays with large families. The large wrap-around porch is ideal for gatherings. We would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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the house let you get the feeling of welcome

  • 5 of 5

The house is warm and cozy. also, very quite. easy to access to downtown and next to the golf course.We visited Atlanta for joining conference. Mr. Andre, the house owner, he is a really good person. He made our trip easy and left good memories. You can trust him.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Southern Hospitality At It's Finest!

  • 5 of 5

Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes! Are the answers to (ALL) the questions that were asked of this Host! Our owner was gracious, timely, accommodating, super nice, and accessible.

We found this beautiful well kept Victorian Mansion in the last hour of our travel plans, the owner was the first of many to reply. He chose to call and talk through the details, expectations, and logistics of our stay in order to fully comprehend our needs and to inform us of his, as it was a weekend where he'd be on grounds with his sons. He wanted to be upfront and reassure us if we moved forward that he'd go unnoticed. (Mission Accomplished!! Although, having him around added to our stay when we had questions regarding the house, local grocers, and the ability to use his big green egg when we Barbecued :-)

The house slept 15 comfortably and provided us the comfort of being with family in our time of bereavement of a love one. As family poured in from around the states as many as 60 in one evening. The house was the talk of the evening. The beautiful gourmet commercial grade kitchen, vaulted ceilings, bathrooms to spare, formal dining, wrap around porch, we literally gathered wherever there was space and there was plenty.

Words can't express the difference having found this place made to our family, we brought 24 from Minnesota, 30 from Saint Louis, and another 75 in GA. Having a place to call and that felt like HOME!! Made all the difference...

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Orneary and her rather large group were in town to support their pastor who unexpectedly lost a family member. While we had a couple of expectations to manage and communicate, the group over all was very respectful and responded immediately to any request of mine. In the end, the house was used quite thoroughly, but was brought back to how it was. Very good people.
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Kirkyard Public House
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
East Lake Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
El Myriachi


Rates & Availability

Kirkwood Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Pricing
Nov 11 2016 - Jan 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Spring Season
Feb 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Summer Pricing
May 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Fall Pricing
Aug 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $2,000
Cleaning Fee $295

If you are interested in renting the property for formal events, different fees apply. Please ask for further details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Kirkwood Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6400 sq. ft.
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , Beautiful main level powder room in hall.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Natural stone, stepless shower, connected to master on main.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower , Huge master bath w/ two vanities, private screened porch.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , Upstairs shared full bath, double vanity, claw foot tub.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 15' ceilings!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Exquisite upper level master suite with private full bath.
    Den - 1 queen , Den/TV room has memory foam fold-out couch.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master suite on main level with full private bath.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Bed room 5 is also our billiard room and has 2 twin beds.
    Bedroom 6 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Used in our den and is a very comfortable sleep sofa.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Perfect for a small to large wedding, family reunion, Holiday get together, graduation party, rehearsal dinners, business outing, family vacation, Ultimate Master's Golf vacation destination. The home is very flexible and large yet comfortably be enjoyed by a small group as well.

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