Real Estate in the BeltLine Corridor

Greenways and trails are at the top of the amenity list when folks are choosing a new neighborhood. Which is one of the reasons so many folks are moving to the BeltLine Corridor. Add the planned pedestrian-friendly transit, an expanding network of new parks, and connectivity with surrounding developments and neighborhoods and what you’ve got is an upgrade to the city.

Are you looking to upgrade your lifestyle by living along the BeltLine? You’ve come to the right place as this is our exclusive focus. BeltLandia puts a lens on the real estate within the diverse quilt of 45 historic neighborhoods connected by the BeltLine.

To find your home near the BeltLine, start here.

Habitats for HIPsters

While Beltlandia is certainly attracting a healthy share of the classic hipster population to it’s environs, I refer in this post to those who qualify for Atlanta BeltLine’s new Housing Initiative Program [HIP]. Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta) and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) today announced the reopening of HIP with a new round of grant goodness. HIP has up to $3 million in financial assistance for the purchase of new homes or the rehabilitation of existing homes along … [Read more...]

A sign of better times ahead

Words create worlds. Truth is, there was a time when train tracks like the Atlanta BeltLine divided communities, mostly along socioeconomic lines. “Where you’re always on the right side of the tracks” acknowledges that past while simultaneously casting a vision for a more inclusive future. Because words create worlds. The Atlanta BeltLine railroad re-invented as a common meeting ground for all of us is part of the awesome sauce that makes the surrounding neighborhoods -- BeltLandia -- … [Read more...]

Listing of the week: 1591 Linda Way in Westview

This post begins my weekly entry on some of the best property offerings for sale in BeltLandia. I recently took a client on a tour of homes for sale in the vicinity of the coming BeltLine Westside Trail. We were looking at homes priced in the $125,000 - $160,000 range. This home really stood out as an example of what you can still get in West BeltLandia for under $150,000. (Yes, I am suggesting that the home may be priced a little high -- but aren't most, initially?) You can't get a 1 bed, 1 … [Read more...]

Bring shelter for the soul to BeltLandia

I recently toured a couple of live-work artist cottages at Serenbe Art Farm. The so-called 20K houses are the result of a seemingly unlikely partnership between the new urban enclave of the wealthy that is Serenbe, and Rural Studio, an undergrad program of Auburn University’s school of Architecture that builds houses for poor people. The visit took me back to one of the most transcendent moments of my life. It happened standing in a downpour outside a poor, elderly woman's home in Hale … [Read more...]

The Square – “At the Edge of Everything”

I remember when John Wieland Homes broke ground on Highland Park. It was the first new construction many of us had seen for a few years, thanks to the Great Recession. There was a collective gasp when the introductory price in the $300K range was announced for these townhouses. That seemed like such a high price point at the time. You have to remember that, at the depth of the recession, we had seen houses in the Old Fourth Ward go for as little as $15,000. Of course, the desirability for … [Read more...]

The Southside Trail – something to smile about

Earlier this year, #boardthebeltline activists created a stir when they DIY’d a plywood path nailed atop cross ties on a section of dormant railway. Did this expression of frustration with the pace of progress pent up demand for completing a key section of the BeltLine trail system actually help get things moving forward? Maybe. According to The Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta BeltLine Inc. has released a request for qualifications (RFQ) for the design and engineering of its Southside … [Read more...]

Buyers loving Rtown architect-builder’s modern farmhouses

For the BeltLine to be truly transformative it should have transformative residential design as part of the metanarrative. More to the point, BeltLandia could sure use some fresh architectural statements. Abode Architect-Builder of Reynoldstown is bringing just that on seemingly every available lot left in the neighborhood. I describe their work as Scandinavian farmhouse mashup, with sprinkles of modern, gothic, folk, and victorian. "Modern Farmhouse" is the shorthand for this blend of the old … [Read more...]

Broke-er than the average BeltLine Broker (Yay, You!)

Who doesn’t want to live in BeltLandia with amenities like Ponce City Market, Historic Fourth Ward Park, Krog Street Market, and, of course, the trail that connects them all? So for those looking to sell their home near the Eastside Trail, it is somewhat of a foregone conclusion that the Buyers will come a-knockin’. After all, you’re living in the hottest seller’s market in Atlanta. As a Broker specializing in working with home buyers and sellers in this prized slice of infra-culture, my … [Read more...]

Roofscape the Eastside Trail

I often refer to the BeltLine as Atlanta 2.0 because of how it is upgrading the city. The elevations of the reclaimed railroad have definitely upgraded city vistas at certain locations. The downside is that users of the Line will sometimes be looking down at wide expanses of the rooftops of big box retail buildings. This certainly doesn't show us the building's best side. Little consideration has been given to these elevated deserts of gravel and black tar because they weren't visible before … [Read more...]

Ponce City Market Inches Toward Big Reveal

By now, the re-purposing of the "Old Sears Building"/"City Hall East" as Ponce City Market is practically synonymous with the BeltLine itself. Sitting about halfway along the East Side Trail at Ponce de Leon Ave., the largest building redevelopment in the city promises to be something of a dream come true: retail and restaurants, a food market, office space, residential units and plenty of room to park your bike. So when do we get to see it?? As with most development opening dates, Ponce City … [Read more...]