Oakland Cemetery is sometimes called Atlanta's "City of the Dead," given its mansion-like mausoleums, towering obelisks, and network of brick-paved streets. It's also of the only places in the city of Atlanta that hasn't changed much since the 1850s. Even if you didn't go through a Goth stage as a teenager, its easy to appreciate the peaceful, time-worn aura of Oakland. While many people associate cemeteries with a certain orange and black hued holiday, a couple of condo buildings just outside the ancient walls of Oakland allow you to appreciate this hallowed ground year round.
This modern low-rise was completed in 2008 and features 64 residences. The building sits directly across from the south wall of Oakland Cemetery, and offers up views of the Atlanta skyline that will never be blocked by new construction.
Oakland Park holds the distinction as Atlanta's first LEED Silver certified community, and the green features are evident throughout. Some of these include bamboo floors, operable windows, Energy®Star appliances, dual flush toilets, and low VOC paints, sealants, and adhesives. Not to mention its location is walking and biking friendly, with popular eateries and bars (including the newly opened location of Octane Coffee) just outside the complex on Memorial Drive and Carroll Street.
1 and 2 bedroom homes range in price from the $190s to the $360s.
Few loft buildings in Atlanta offer up the drama found at The Stacks. The huge complex was constructed as the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill in 1881, and the adjacent urban village of Cabbagetown sprouted up to house its workers. The factory closed in 1975, and the complex went residential in the late 1990s.
The one and two bedroom units are loft-tastic, with up to 20' beamed ceilings, oversized windows, and concrete floors. The pool here is especially unique in that it's surrounded by the free-standing, ghostly walls of a former wing of the factory.
The 2008 tornado did some damage to the building, but it's since been completely restored. It turns out four feet thick brick walls can handle still handle some wind after 100 years!
Homes are priced from $100k to $250k.