About Burke Sisco

Burke Sisco is a Realtor and Associate Broker of eXp Realty with over 20 years of experience in the Atlanta real estate market. He calls the surging infra-culture around the BeltLine both home and business territory and is the founder and managing editor of BeltLandia.com. He has helped a number of satisfied clients buy and sell property in BeltLandia. Those interested in living the BeltLandia Lifestyle can reach Burke at 404.421.9968 or by email at burke.sisco@exprealty.com.

The Allure of Atlanta’s Soon-To-Be Largest Park

Image courtesy of hgor.com If you took a quick poll of Atlanta residents, how many could honestly say they’ve heard of Bellwood Quarry? It won’t be long until it will be hard to find anyone who hasn’t heard of it. Why? Bellwood Quarry is about to be the featured attraction in Atlanta’s newest - and largest - park, Westside Park. At nearly 100 acres larger than the next largest park, Piedmont, Westside Park will be the crown jewel of the Atlanta Beltline. Westside Park - What is … [Read more...]

Illuminarium – Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Have you ever dreamed of visiting Africa? Take a short detour off the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail and you're virtually there. Illumanarium, the Beltline’s newest attraction, takes immersive entertainment to a whole new level, creating a space that will plunge you into the savannas of Africa complete with the sights, sounds - and even smells! Illuminarium, the first immersive experience of its kind in North America, is situated directly adjacent to the Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail … [Read more...]

New Townhomes Coming to Westview

Up to 35 new townhomes proposed for the area within the yellow border The Westside of the Beltline made some news this past week when developers requested a zoning change at the site of the former Cornerstone Holiness Church site on Langhorn. Only one block from the West end of the Beltline, this potential new development could pave the way for further zoning changes in the area, dramatically changing the streetscape to a density that would bring a jolt of energy to the Historic Westside … [Read more...]

Bearings Bike Works: A Community-Focused Bike Shop

If you’ve been out and about on the BeltLine recently, you may have noticed an inordinate amount of kids biking around the Westside part of the trail, near Adair Park. Why? This part of the BeltLine happens to be home to Bearings Bike Works, the brainchild of Tim and Becky O’Mara. Now over a decade old, the O’Maras initially created Bearings Bike Works in response to a need for not just bike repair, but also positive opportunities for local youth to engage with their community. In the … [Read more...]

Rodney Cook, Sr. Park could transform a neighborhood

The potential of the BeltLine dream has always been that it could add acres of green space and parks to the City of Atlanta. Today, the Emerald Necklace has a new gem. After years of planning, delays, and construction snags, the Rodney Cook, Sr. Park at Historic Vine City has finally opened.  At a cost of $40 million, the park named for a Buckhead insurance executive who worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders is sure to boost the surrounding … [Read more...]

BeltLine Rail Now, Already

The promise of light rail on the Atlanta BeltLine has always been just that - a promise. While the initial premise of the BeltLine centered on light rail in addition to pedestrian access, the light rail infrastructure never materialized and now anxious residents of BeltLine neighborhoods are left wondering if light rail in their neighborhood will remain a myth. On May 27th, MARTA made extensive promises that light rail will be a reality on the BeltLine by 2027. While space exists on the … [Read more...]

Jumpstart Ryan Gravel’s Generator

“What is innovative housing?” This was asked to a room full of folks at a seminar I attended a couple months back. It was a valid question given that we were there for what was billed as an Innovative Housing Summit. The funny thing was the event organizer and asker-of-the-question confessed that the same query had stumped him during a public radio interview promoting the event. A theater full of housing experts and presenters seemed to have their own difficulty articulating answers -- … [Read more...]

BeltLandia: a nice place to hang your hat

When you got hats -- which we do -- you need some place to hang ‘em, right? So, this hat rack. It’s a special hand-made hat rack, though, crafted with authentic BeltLandian mojo and bonafide BeltLine artifacts: The hat pegs are made from railroad spikes harvested from the BeltLine corridor and fabricated by Marty Martin’s team over at Fred Martin Welding Co. They’re a family-owned, O4W-based business since 1938 and they’ll weld anything but a broken heart and the crack of dawn. The … [Read more...]

The Lid of choice for BeltLandians

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Give the Atlanta Streetcar Wings

I’ve been for streetcars on the BeltLine from the get-go, but only because they will run in dedicated guideways. Remove them from that context and run them through our city streets and they’re just another bus stuck in traffic. That a number of the planned 50 miles of streetcar lines will be integrated into already crowded city streets prompts this, my third post in an “upgrade the streetcar” theme. In my last post on the subject, I proposed some upgrades to the hundred-year-old technology … [Read more...]