Archives for October 2013

What’s Up With the Weeds on the Eastside Trail?

After volunteers planted over 109,000 native grass plugs earlier this year, it may appear that the weeds are winning the war along the Eastside Trail corridor. But careful attention to the signage Trees Atlanta has staggered along the way tells a different story. Apparently this is all part of the process of replacing a "damaged urban ecosystem" with low-maintenance (no mowing!) prairies and meadows that will leap to life in 2015. Doctor Seuss couldn't have said, or illustrated it, … [Read more...]

MetroFresh: a Home Grown Restaurant Success

Located in the Midtown Promenade on the corner of Monroe and Virginia and just steps away from the Beltline is MetroFresh, one of the corridor’s most unique restaurants. MetroFresh was founded in the fall of 2005 with the notion that fresh, healthy, creative food is not out of reach for the casual diner. MetroFresh is “Fresh Food, Fast,” specializing in prepared gourmet soups, salads, side dishes, sandwiches, dinner entrees and light healthy breakfast.  They use the freshest in-season … [Read more...]

Oakland Cemetery Halloween Tours

The dead are not dead along the BeltLine. Less than a mile from the heart of downtown on the historic east side of Atlanta near Cabbagetown is Oakland Cemetery. Oakland is free to visit, but between October 18 and 27 you can have some fall fun and a spooky time by taking a guided Halloween tour of Oakland Cemetery. The tours begin at 5:30 pm, and ticket prices are $20 for adults; $10 for children 4-12 years of age; free for children under 3. At other times of the year Oakland's gates are closed … [Read more...]

East Avenue Cottages – New Homes in O4W

Although cottage may be a bit of a misnomer, East Avenue Cottages are reminiscent of craftsman-style architecture -- just in a two and three-story, attached kind of way. This collection of twelve unique duplexes offer a killer intown location, embedded as they are in one of Atlanta's hottest neighborhoods. Some of the city's best public amenities like the BeltLine Eastside Trail, Historic Fourth Ward Park and Freedom Parkway Trails are within a few steps of these homes. Nearby Historic Fourth … [Read more...]

Krog Street Market Opens Spring 2014

Krog Street Market is one of the latest examples of how the BeltLine continues to catalyze adaptive reuse of historic properties within it’s corridor. The 1920’s industrial warehouse at 99 Krog Street which once served as Tyler Perry’s studio reopens in Spring of 2014 as a west-coast style market and restaurants. 222 apartments are soon to follow on the Stoveworks property across the street and will have several hundred feet of Eastside Trail frontage. In 1889 Atlanta Stoveworks introduced … [Read more...]

Highland Park Has #1 Amenity Sought by Home Buyers

A 2008 report by the National Association of Homebuilders touted greenways and trails as the number one amenity that people look for when picking a new neighborhood.  Highland Park sales certainly seem to substantiate that claim. One third of the planned 66 townhomes have sold or are pending so far this year for John Wieland Homes.  The builder can't seem to build them fast enough. And at mid-300 to high-600 thousand dollars a pop. The development sits at the juncture of Inman Park and Old … [Read more...]

Location-efficient Living on the BeltLine

As one of Georgia's first certified EcoBrokers, I am naturally focused on residential energy-efficiency. Over time I've learned that the location-efficiency of a residence usually trumps the energy-efficiency in terms of savings to the home owner. Consider the following scenario [courtesy of Invisible Energy by David Goldstein]: A buyer purchases a home at the approximate median US home price of $175,000. If the buyer puts down 20% and finances $140,000 over 30 years, here's roughly what … [Read more...]