A tour of homes is a great way to discover what a particular neighborhood has to offer. You may not be looking to purchase the particular homes on the tour, but the tour will give you a chance to see the various types of homes, learn a little history, and get a general feel for the area.
Old Fourth Ward is nestled between Inman Park and downtown Atlanta. It contains the Martin Luther King, Jr. historic district, one of the most developed portions of the Beltline, and no fewer than two massive marketplaces in construction. Here are the top reasons to check out the area via the district’s annual tour of homes this weekend:
1- Treat yourself at Irwin Street Market
The tour kicks off at Studioplex, a cotton warehouse-turned-artist workspace-turned-condominium space. The space is conveniently located across the street from Irwin Street Market, home to both Bell Street Burritos and Jake’s Ice Cream. This is THE definitive burrito/ice cream combination in Atlanta. Each one has been voted best of its kind in Atlanta. Get both, and if you’re walking for the tour, those calories will burn right off, right?
2- Get a taste of O4W’s housing variety
There are ten total homes on the tour, and you’ll get to see both lofts and houses. While they all fit with the feel of the neighborhood, there’s a good deal of variety on the tour. Some of the lofts are artist work/living spaces, others are simply described as “art deco-inspired” or “with Art Moderne Façade.” Either way, the units seem fit for both creative types and art appreciators. Some of the stops on the tour are older; at least two date to the 1920s. Others are newer- one of the homes is built to Earthcraft standards, an Atlanta green construction initiative.
3- Did I mention the art?
The neighborhood is wrought with murals and art installations. Whether they’re from Living Walls’ recent conference (just south, of O4W, the Edgewood district has the city’s highest concentration of Living Walls murals), commissioned by the city (like the oddity pictured above, on Highland Ave), or installations on the Beltline, you’ll be able to soak in the pieces in a way you just wouldn’t be able to by just driving through.
4- This puppy-dog:
In the gallery of the tour’s website, there’s a picture of this adorable puppy-dog. Will he be at all the houses, or just one? Can I keep him? Gimme that puppy-dog.
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