Some exciting things are happening on the Beltline right now. As in, it's finally being constructed. Work started in May and will last until early 2012 on the Eastside Trail, which is the segment of the Beltline that runs through some of Atlanta's most coveted 'hoods. While the trail is temporarily closed, crews are creating a beautiful biking, walking, and future streetcar connection between the intersection of Monroe Drive and 10th Street down to Dekalb Avenue. Because the old rail line minimized street crossings, you'll be able to get from Virginia Highland to Inman Park with no traffic troubles. Here's a look at some Beltline adjacent properties between Virginia Avenue and Ponce de Leon Avenue , which is the section of the trail that borders ever popular Virginia Highland.
The tallest building (11 stories) on this side of Piedmont Park, Virginia Hill is a 1988 condo highrise that offers some amazing skyline views. Units come in 2, 3, and 4 bedroom plans. For a couple of reasons, Virginia Hill is the most conveniently located building on this section of the Beltline. First, the southeastern edge of Piedmont Park is a hop and a skip away. Also, the complex is directly adjacent to the extremely popular Midtown Promenade shopping center. There you'll find Trader Joe's, a collection of popular restaurants, the Midtown Art Cinema, Starbucks, and (my personal favorite) Richard's Variety Store. If you've ever tried to park here at peak shopping hours, you'll find the walking distance invaluable.
The next three developments we'll look at are on the same street off Ponce de Leon Place, Greenwood Avenue. This area overlooking the Midtown Place shopping plaza (Whole Foods, Petsmart, Home Depot, etc.) was originally a light industrial area, and the few businesses hanging on give it a unique character. It provides a stunning perspective on the skyscrapers of Downtown and Midtown.
The Factory Lofts is a conversion of a 1906 brick foundry that preserves some of the area's urban grit, albeit in a spiffed up fashion. One of the few authentic loft buildings in Virginia Highlands, the units in this former factory display the aesthetic you'd expect of such a building. Some of the features include acid stained concrete floors, brick walls, wooden truss ceilings, and metal fire doors. You'll also find units that occupy 3 levels, while the modern Italian cabinetry provides a sleek contrast to the period setting. Lofts and individual patios don't usually come together, but here you can get a nice outdoor living space perfect for sunset watching.
Greenwood Lofts was built in 2004, so the units are actually "soft lofts." Typical of soft lofts, Greenwood combines traditional loft attributes (open floorplans, ultra high ceilings, spiral staircases, and maybe some exposed ducts) with the benefits of new construction, the choice of hardwoods or even carpet, and balconies. There are 33 one and two bedroom units, some of which are two levels. The building features a dog walk, covered parking, and again, some magnificent skyline views. Sorry to sound like a broken record, but it's true!
The last development on our tour is Highland Green. It's a nineteen unit all brick townhome community completed by homebuilder Monte Hewett in 2005. They're EarthCraft certified, which means greener construction and a healthier living environment. The 3 story, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath units feature 10 foot ceilings and 1,750 SF of high end finishes. Homes feature balconies and something many intowners covet, two car garages.
Next up, homes on the Beltline in Poncey Highland...