The gays love their historic homey charm

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We do like our fabulous homes, whether modern marvels or historic condos. It’s even better when we can peek inside and take a look around without fear of criminal prosecution.

imageThat’s the beauty of the AJC’s Private Quarters. They do the looking for us and provide tidy little photo galleries so we can do our gawking in the privacy of our sad homes that we don’t ever show off to our friends for fear of ridicule over the mismatched window coverings and tattered comforter.

Private Quarters loves the gays and we love them back. The gays-with-money set is a staple of the AJC feature, even if the home is used to make porn or provides shelter for Atlanta’s “sixth housewife.”

That brings us to the Virginia-Highland condo of Ron Richard (photo), a marketing director, and Dale Stafford, a strategy consultant. They relish the charm of their two-bedroom condo in the Saint Charles, which was built in 1922. Their pup Steffi Graf enjoys it, too.

The Saint Charles condo community is comprised of 16 units. It was built in 1922 by Owen James Southwell who built six houses in Druid Hills; this is the only Southwell building in Virginia-Highland. He moved on to building churches, according to Richard who has lived in the community since 2001.

“We go down to Lakewood a lot, I like this Cabougia chair and propeller table, they’re very fun mid-century pieces,” offers Richard. “I like it, too, because it’s masculine. I tend to like the rectangular, square pieces of furniture as a rule. There wasn’t a lot to do with this apartment because the molding is so strong, it lends itself to any kind of design.”

View the full gallery of photos from AJC photographer Sean Drakes.



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