The Fairlie Poplar District is by far my favorite nook of downtown Atlanta. The tight street grid, historic architecture, and general buzz (well, at least during the week) just feels so classically urban. And the Healey Building offers up great living spaces in which to make it your home.
The Healey was the last major construction project in Atlanta before the onset of WWI, having been completed as office space in 1914. Its stone and terra-cotta Neo-Gothic styling preceded the Gothic skyscraper craze that followed the 1915 completion of the Woolworth Building in New York. Lucky for today's condo owners who appreciate all the light they can get, the war cut short plans to construct a second tower connected to the first by the dramatic central rotunda. The architect, Walter T. Downing, designed a number of notable, still standing Atlanta landmarks including the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Wimbish House, the Eiseman Clothing Store (preserved as architectural fragments in the Five Points MARTA Station), and the Cherokee Town Club.
Residential conversion took place in 2001, with eight different floor plans occupying fourteen floors. The units range in size from large studios to two bedrooms. Standard features include open plans, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, spa bathtubs, and 10' finished ceilings. The interiors are also distinguished by 8' windows and generous crown and baseboard moldings. As a result, the interiors take on a very polished look.
Amenities at the Healey Building aren't extensive compared to some other condo complexes, but you do get some essential features. These include a 24/7 manned security desk, conference and fitness rooms, and a guest suite. Parking may be an issue for those who require a car: the building has no dedicated garage. However, there are a number of parking facilities in the neighborhood available for leasing a space.
The Fairlie Poplar's charming look has been getting it plenty of screen time recently as filming crews have become a more regular sight downtown. Broad Street, which fronts the building, is a popular restaurant row with eateries ranging from fried chicken to pho. Georgia State University has a large classroom next door, providing much of the neighborhood's exciting energy.
The Healey Building sits near the heart of the city's transit system, with two rail stations in close proximity. Also nearby: Centennial Olympic Park, Woodruff Park, the city's hotel district, major government and business offices, and the first leg of Atlanta's soon-to-be-revived streetcar system. Even though Fairlie Poplar has changed dramtically since the 1996 Olympics, it's a place that thankfully hasn't shaken its authentic funkiness just yet.
Prices at the Healey Building typically range from $60,000 to $220,000. The building became FHA approved in March 2011.