Over the past two weeks, we've looked at homes on the Beltline in Virginia Highland and Poncey Highland. Our tour concludes with buildings located in Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward. These two intown neighborhoods are like cousins, long separated by the rail line that's now the Beltline. Even though they're similar geographically, their differences make them distinct from one another.
Old Fourth Ward is trendier, rough around the edges at times, and home to a wide variety of socioeconomic statuses. It's a neighborhood in transition, which makes for some interesting contrasts; think uber-modern steel and glass townhomes next to dusty shotgun houses. Inman Park was revived much earlier and is known for its grander Victorians, not to mention its killer Inman Park Festival. The Beltline's rebirth is an opportunity to finally stitch the areas together into one seamless whole, making for some of of Atlanta's best intown living.
Inman Park Village is a mixed use project on hot North Highland Avenue, which happens to cross right over the Beltline. The beautifully designed project combines apartments, condos, retail space, townhomes, single family homes, and offices into one seamless whole. Sometimes insta-neighborhoods come off feeling sterile, but not this one. It's intimately scaled, with interesting architecture and a great pocket park.
The townhomes at IPV were designed by noted Atlanta architecture firm Harrison Design. In fact, the Southern Italianate architecture was worthy of a Phillip Schutze Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture, quite an honor if you ask me. Behind the historically inspired exteriors, plenty of goodies await.
Living spaces range from 2,300 to 3,000 SF, with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Some interior highlights include heavy moldings, coffered ceilings, fireplaces, and hardwoods on the main level and stairs. Another perk of these homes are the two car garages. Even if you've never cooked more than toast, you might feel the urge to entertain in one of these homes. The Viking appliances, wine coolers, and wetbars practically beg to be used.
A contemporary styled building houses the Lofts at Inman Park Village. Like we've seen elsewhere on the Beltine, these units qualify as "soft lofts." Concrete floors are common (although some have hardwoods), as are 10 ft ceilings. The building's secured throughout, including the parking deck. Some of the generous terraces provide great views the developments greenspace and its pond. Also present are fitness facilities and a clubroom.
The Brickworks development dates from 2001, so yes, get ready for more soft lofts. Not that these don't exhibit their own unique charms. The five buildings convey the area's industrial past with names such as the Carriage House, the Depot, the Station, the Foundry, and the Lofts. Get the idea?
There are 31 units, including some that are two levels. Oversized windows provide a light and airy feel that conveys that essential loft aura. Like in Inman Park Village (which is directly next door), the developer mixed in some townhomes. Those are three stories, and some feature separate office entrances that encourage working from home. Unit sizes range from 906 to 1,718 square feet.
Amenities at the Brickworks are in good supply. The swimming pool, rooftop deck, and outdoor common areas encourage socializing, while the dog run allows Fido to let loose. Another perk of this development: one of the country's best steakhouses, Kevin Rathbun Steak , is within easy walking distance.
For our last complex, we cross over the Beltline into Old Fourth Ward. Here you'll find what I think is one of the coolest loft developments in Atlanta, Studioplex. The 1906 former cotton warehouse was initially converted into apartments, with some of the units set aside as affordable housing for artists and craftsmen. $18.3 million was pumped into the project, resulting in a functional structure that retains its original materials and design.
Although the living spaces are now for sale condos, the cultural vibe remains. The central corridor of the complex contains commercial space and galleries selling unique wares, many the products of Studioplex residents. There's even a monthly art walk held here, which would be the perfect opportunity to tour the place and mingle with neighbors.
Since this is an actual, historic loft building, units at Studioplex tend to unique from one another. Expect to find exposed brick and original concrete floors that have been polished to a clean shine. Kitchens are urban chic with glass tile backsplashes, granite counters, and dark stained cabinets. Skylights and concrete columns also add to the cool quotient. Amenities include a clubroom, cardio room, rooftop patio, and a dogwalk. Best of all, you're right next to the Beltline!
Well, that does it for the Beltline's northeast leg. When the vision jumps off the paper into reality next year, who knows, you might just get the itch to make it part of your everyday experience.