Last week, Clicks and Mortar featured homes on the Beltline in Virginia Highland. This week we continue our journey down the highly anticipated rails-to-trails project for a look at buildings in the Poncey Highland neighborhood.
Fatally hip Poncey Highland is bounded by Ponce de Leon Avenue, Moreland Avenue, Freedom Parkway, and the Beltline in northeast Atlanta. Much of the neighborhood's character comes from the leafiness of Freedom Park, which was the result of neighborhood resistance to a planned highway in the 1970s, I-485. Poncey Highland is a colorful mix of new and old, seedy and trendy, as exemplified by the businesses along North Highland Avenue and Ponce (Clermont Lounge, anyone?). These streets feature a plethora of bars, galleries, restaurants, and shops. Charming 1920s homes sit in various states of repair, from decrepit to immaculate. Some are no doubt occupied by the same residents who fought the dreaded roadway years ago, still enjoying the fruits of their labors 30 years later.
Near the Beltline, the area retains an industrial character that's slowly morphing into something new. One of Atlanta's classic "scene" restaurants, Two Urban Licks, is disguised in an old warehouse along the tracks. Adjacent to Two are the Telephone Factory Lofts, an apartment complex popular enough with designerati to have its own art show now in its 16th year. Barking Hound Village Lofts is also on the rail line, indicating that even the four legged set in Poncey Highland values hip surroundings.
Perhaps the greatest attraction on this leg of the Beltline isn't even in Poncey Highland; across the tracks in Old Fourth Ward sits the spiffy new Historic Fourth Ward Park. The 17 acre greenspace is packed with cool features like an ampitheater, interactive water features and a pond, playgrounds, and the city's first skatepark.
Here's a peek at the residential buildings on or very near the Beltline between Ponce and Freedom Parkway.
City View was built in 2003 and consists of only 20 units. Homes here feature 19 foot ceilings with exposed ductwork and mezzanines, giving them a loft feel in newer packaging. The building's location on the crest of North Avenue affords some great views of the downtown skyline, thus the impressive arched windows. Depending on which one or two bedroom unit you choose, outdoor space might come in the form of a private patio or balcony. Even if you don't snag a unit with the best vista, the rooftop garden gives everyone a chance to take it all in. City View is conveniently located a block away from a shopping plaza with a grocery store and eateries.
Copenhill Lofts was built on a rise that's one of the highest points in Atlanta. Needless to say, it's a building with some great viewing opportunities. It shares some similarities with City View Lofts (loft style that includes cement construction, exposed ducts, oversized windows, two level floorplans, 18 foot ceilings) and was built around the same time (2001). But Copenhill occupies a more verdant setting adjacent to Freedom Park, and its controlled access makes it feel more exclusive. The one, two, and three bedroom units are pre-wired and feature Kohler bathroom and kitchen fixtures. The Zen inspired common courtyard is a perfect complement for the contemporary architecture. It was certainly peaceful enough for Jane Fonda, whose residency here put Copenhill on the real estate radar.
The Village at Freedom Parkway
The Village offers two different housing options in the same development: Freedom Heights is a 2001 apartment turned condo building, while the adjacent Freedom Lofts are housed in a vintage 1954 manufacturing structure. Freedom Heights features 188 one, two, and three bedroom plans. They contrast with what we've seen so far, since they weren't constructed with any lofty features. Freedom Lofts, on the other hand, wears its title proudly. Here, units come with sealed concrete floors, mezzanines, and 27 foot ceilings. The individual rooftop decks always catch people's attention. Both buildings share the same amenities, which include a courtyard with pool, grills, and fitness and business centers.
So that does it for Poncey Highland. Next week, we'll take a look at Beltline homes in Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward.