Ansley Park gets a lot of love from those familiar with intown Atlanta real estate. It seems to have the best of everything: beautiful homes, a beguiling set of neighborhood parks, and an amazing location next to Midtown. The community is somewhat synonymous with charming older houses in an array of styles, but it’s also possible to get the Ansley experience in a condo, and not just in the modern trappings of Colony Square. A pair of low key buildings offers up more intimate surroundings in this verdant setting: One South Prado and The Villa. They share some interesting similarities, but each one has its own unique character and flair. Let’s take a look, shall we?
- One South Prado was originally the Della Manta apartments, and owes its circa 1920 design by none other than Neel Reid. It’s beautifully sited with a catty cornered entrance looking onto Piedmont Avenue; the dogwoods that highlight the classic architecture form an especially beautiful vignette every spring. Historically, One South Prado is best known as the place where Margaret Mitchell was living at the time of her taxi-caused death in 1949, and the original manuscript for Gone With The Wind was burned in the basement boiler room per her post mortem wishes. This kind of building is at the opposite end of the Midtown condo spectrum from shiny giants like Spire and Viewpoint: here you get a more cozy living environment with less amenities but loads of charm, and that's just what certain buyers crave. Vintage features like wooden floors, built-ins, crystal doorknobs, and crown molding abound. The location ensures that you'll always have plenty of greenspace at hand, with the idyllic wooded tracts on Ansley Park on one side and the pleasures of Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden on the other. Another convenience is the super fast access to Ansley Mall, which is less than a mile away. Prices at One South Prado typically range from $100,000 to under $300,000.
- The Villa also started out as an apartment building in 1920, and its design is credited to Philip Shutze, who designed many a Buckhead manor (including the Swan House) and worked with Neel Reid. Conversion to condos occurred in 1979. It was also at that time that the structure gained its deliciously haughty, to-the-point name. What other villa could they be talking about, anyway? The Villa looks like it could be at home in just about any Italian city, with its aged stucco walls, dramatic Renaissance-inspired detailing, and beautiful courtyard. Its location is somewhat more rarefied than that of One South Prado, as the building's practically surrounded on all sides by the Ansley Golf Club. Twenty-five units make up the interior, and they range in size from studios to two-bedrooms. You'll be happy to hear about the hefty renovations that took place in 2002-2003: at that time The Villa was endowed with new plumbing, electrical, cable, heating, and air conditioning systems. In other words, it may look old fashioned, but it's been thoroughly modernized with all mechanical goodies we need to survive in 2012. The building sits further from Piedmont Park than One South Prado, but the Beltline and Ansley Mall are steps away. Units at The Villa are typically priced in the $200,000s.