In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s upcoming holiday, we decided to take a glimpse at some of the current residential listings that surround his birthplace in Old Fourth Ward. A lot of attention has been lavished on this area since Edgewood Avenue morphed into a locus of hipness; the upcoming streetcar and completion of the nearby Beltline will bring a whole new rush of energy. Here’s a trio of opportunities where you can catch all the action up close.
Let’s get something out of the way: this is a short sale. If you can stomach the process and come out victorious, it’s a pretty sweet tradeoff. This is a 2006 3 bed/2.5 bath reproduction home that blends in perfectly with the neighborhood, mainly owing to those swing-worthy porches. The interiors look nice and bright, but I’m most interested in the separate garage with its bonus second story. There’s so many possibilities - art studio, yoga space, man cave, or maybe a crashpad for your slacker sibling.
A street west of 90 Randolph lies a strikingly similar home for sale (3 bed/2.5 bath, newer, double porches), but it’s not a short sale. Although the finishes are pretty typical for a 2004 home there are a couple of features that stand out in my eyes. I’m digging the built-in home office, mainly because it’s finished with plenty of room for books. And then there’s the seemingly huge screened-in porch with a vaulted ceiling. While there doesn’t appear to be a cool garage like 90 Randolph, the flagstone paved back yard looks adorable.
Over at the Studioplex Lofts is this charming 1/1 unit that’s touted as being the “last of its kind!” The listing doesn’t explain what this means, but if you’ve ever been to Studioplex you know the whole complex is unique. I’m a bit confused by the listing photos though. It appears to be a studio floorplan, with a painted iron bed in the same space as the kitchen and living room, but then there’s a picture of a four poster bed presumably somewhere else in the same unit. I’m not seeing a dining table, so perhaps the iron bed is a riff on the BED nightclubs that were hot years ago. But that’s just my theory.