Condo living: it's not just for the big city anymore. In recent years, developers have discovered that not all suburbanites want a house and a yard to accompany their laid back lifestyles, especially empty nesters and young professionals. This has been especially true on the north side of Atlanta, where an arc of revitalized downtowns has become home to various condominium developments. From Marietta to Lawrenceville, people are increasingly appreciating the blend of community and unique businesses that come together in historic downtowns. Here are your best bets for scoring a cozy pad in metro Atlanta's most rockin' city centers.
The sentimental heart of Cobb County remains the Marietta Square. In a region scarred by endless sprawl, it's one of the few places where one actually enjoys lingering around for no particular reason. The McClaren Mill Lofts are housed in a 1911 brick structure that was originally a knitting factory. The complex is composed of 16 units with original maple flooring, heart pine ceilings, exposed brick walls, and wonderfully oversized windows. If you'd rather have something newer, the Sessions Street Lofts were built in 1999 in a style that mimics that of the McClaren. You still get industrial features like cement floors and exposed brick, as well as a fitness center and gated security.
Historical Roswell has gained the moniker "Virginia Highland North" due to its chic dining scene and all around charm. The only true loft building here occupies not a former industrial building but rather a vintage school gym, which formerly served Liberty High School, thus their name - Liberty Lofts. Oversized ceilings, open floorplans, and even porches characterize these units. Since they're part of a larger gated community, the amenities at Liberty Lofts are pretty extensive. There's a pool, gym, clubhouse, dogwalk, and tennis court available for residents' use. The stacked flats at Mill Street Park (built in 2003) overlook the luscious greenery of Vickery Creek and the Chattahoochee National Forest, but are within easy reach of Roswell's Square. Oversized patios make it easy to take in the spectacular views. Interior finishes are more traditional than at Liberty Lofts, with double sided fireplaces, crown moldings, and nary an exposed duct in sight.
The Cornerstone on the Square development encompasses condos and townhomes as well as courtyard homes. Condos sit above retail space and include two parking spaces, as well as views of either the historic Courthouse Square or an interior courtyard. Townhomes are three stories and come in four floorplans. Both configurations boast charming porches, gated entry, and low to no maintenance living. Unfortunately for the original developer, Cornerstone on the Square came on the market at the wrong time during the real estate crash. As a result, pricing on new units is half of what it was originally, making for big savings on a beautiful product.
Woodstock Downtown has completely remade the face of this quaint Cherokee County city. Two large mixed use buildings house retail and residential space that overlooks the center of town. The larger of the two was designed to look like multiple buildings, making for an interesting array of floorplans and features. Finishes are top of the line, as in stained cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and premium grade fixtures. The views may surprise you: some units overlook the bustling action of downtown, and others allow access to mountain vistas. Parking is provided for underneath the building, and residents are given access to the community pool.