Buckhead residence available for rent beginning in February.

An Atlanta couple that retired from their legal careers last year to try out living in France want to stay longer, but need to “re-rent” their house in Buckhead to do so.

Robert Wildau, a former Time magazine reporter and then lawyer and mediator with NewSouth Mediation Services, and his wife, Karen, formerly a litigation partner and general counsel with Powell Goldstein LLP, (now BryanCave), have settled in Aix-en-Provence, and don’t want to leave.

What began as a “six-month flyer,” Mr. Wildau wrote GlobalAtlanta in an email, has been stoked into a desire to continue their enjoyment of  “the unbelievable array of cultural events, fairs, markets, concerts, festivals, museums, walking trails and guided tourism.”

They also seem to be captivated by the French lifestyle. 

“The French pay high taxes but they expect and get so much of what makes life worth living,” Mr. Wildau said. “They’ve long since accepted and adapted to the need to live on smaller lots, drive smaller cars and watch their energy consumption and carbon emissions, which we think most Americans would readily accept if the alternatives were fairly presented to them.”

For their adventure to continue, however, they must rent their 3,400-square-foot house near I-85 and Lenox Road.

The current tenant, Klaus Holler, vice president of Lufthansa Cargo AG, is scheduled to return to Germany in January.

“The neighborhood is ideally positioned near all freeways, Emory and downtown,” Mr. Wildau said, adding that  the “house sits on a small lot, with a big deck and compact garden below. It’s completely furnished and full of light and art.”

The house may be viewed on the Internet at http://www.corporatehousingbyowner.com/property.html?id=5887

Mr. Wildau may be reached by email at rpwildau@gmail.com