Decatur is something of a Goldilocks place, in that many people find it to be “just right.” It’s close enough to Atlanta to make it über-convenient, but at a distance that gives it its own identity and flair. The city’s schools are top notch, and its enlightened citizens are known to value intellectual pursuits and a great pint of beer, especially at one of the many festivals held throughout the year. After periods of ups and downs, the historic downtown square now solidly serves as Decatur’s center of activity. For people who want to be on top of all the action, condos at the Artisan and 335 West Ponce offer the perfect nests from which to get the most out of the downtown Decatur lifestyle.
The Artisan was constructed in two phases, with the first building finished in 2006. The architecture of the complex, which takes up an entire block, is a masterful mix of traditional and contemporary details. The rounded corners are an especially distinctive touch that make for some interesting floorplans. Units can have one, two, and three bedrooms. A feature that’s unique about the Artisan is the option provided by the townhouse models that can be accessed directly from Commerce Drive, an advantage not lost on those with canines. Ground floor retail spaces activate the streetscape and are an added convenience to residents of the Artisan. The building’s amenities include a daytime concierge, rooftop pool with clubroom and fitness area, and optional storage units. Prices at the Artisan typically range from the mid $200s to $500,000.
335 West Ponce sits just two blocks west from the Artisan but affords a completely different look and feel. The building was completed in 2005 and houses seventy units, making it smaller than the Artisan. Stevens and Wilkinson designed the building in a modern aesthetic of glass and concrete that would look sleek in Midtown much less “small town” Decatur. Like the Artisan, space was allotted for ground floor retail. The units at 335 West Ponce were built with a soft loft look; think floors and ceilings of concrete, ceiling heights of twelve feet, minimal moldings, and oftentimes purposely exposed pipes. 335 Ponce features four penthouses that boast two stories and great terraces. Amenities include a swimming pool, fitness center, and garage parking. Prices at 335 West Ponce typically range from the $100s to the $400s.