At Midtown’s Luxe building, ‘penthouse-style’ condo wants $1.1M

At Midtown’s Luxe building, ‘penthouse-style’ condo wants $1.1M

Smaller units were combined to fashion a huge, open flat with two master suites

Buyers in the market for that rare Midtown condo where a living-room racquetball game might be possible could be in luck.

At the 22-story Luxe building in Midtown, which opened a decade ago just up the hill from Piedmont Park, this sprawling corner unit is actually two smaller condos combined.

The result? Two master suites, three parking spaces, and one wide-open kitchen/dining/and living room(s) combo among 2,733 square feet. (But could it be, possibly, too open?)

With the advent of neighboring high-rise construction, views toward downtown aren’t what they once were, but the “penthouse-style” residence still packs a scenic punch, with its Piedmont Park and central Midtown vistas.

Beyond the ample balconies, nice touches include the wet bar (with ice maker), storage unit, and motorized/polarized shades for so many large windows.

The monthly HOA commitment isn’t specified, but with so much space, logic says it won’t be a pittance, on top of the $1,095,000 asking price.

But, on a happy note, it does buy ’round-the-clock concierge services.

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Atlanta snubbed on list of Top 20 ‘Best State Capitals to Live in’

Atlanta snubbed on list of Top 20 ‘Best State Capitals to Live in’

Finance website’s study slots the ATL as middle-of-the-pack among capital peers, large and small

What do Oklahoma City, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Columbus, Ohio have in common?

They’re all fairly large state capitals that rank higher than Atlanta on WalletHub’s 2018 “Best State Capitals to Live in” study released today.

The personal finance website compared all 50 state capitals (analyzing the cities, not metro areas) by weighting 51 indicators of affordability, economic strength, quality of education and health, and overall living standards.

The data set ranged from number of attractions per city, poverty percentages, cost of living, quality of K-12 school systems, and options for dining out, among other metrics.

In the end, Atlanta just missed the Top 20, ranking No. 21.

“[Although] 17 of them are the largest cities in their states,” noted analysts, “the biggest population doesn’t always represent the best quality of life.”


Atlanta shined in rankings for most restaurants per capita (tied with Honolulu for No. 1, baby!), most attractions (No. 4), and percentage of college degrees (No. 4), as well as broader categories quality of life (No. 7) and, perhaps surprisingly, quality of education and health (No. 15).

However, the affordability metric (No. 29), the economic well-being category (No. 42), and dismal crime-rate ranking (No. 44) did the ATL no favors. (The economic well-being category examined such things as unemployment rates, wage growth, poverty levels, and population changes. )

On the bright side, Atlanta was slotted higher overall than other large cities, including Nashville, Indianapolis, and Boston.

Trenton, New Jersey ranked dead last among the country’s state capitals.

Below are WalletHub’s findings in interactive-map form. The smaller and purpler, per analysts, the better for living your life:

Source: WalletHub

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After years of fighting, Atlanta to transfer school properties to APS

After years of fighting, Atlanta to transfer school properties to APS

The move gives the system more latitude when it comes to reopening schools or selling off properties

At long last, the Atlanta City Council has voted to turn over school buildings and properties across the city to Atlanta Public Schools.

The measure caps years of fighting between the two public entities over the control of prime pieces of real estate.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the move marks the fulfillment of a campaign promise made by Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms. Following her signature on the measure, 31 properties will transfer to the school system.

Among the properties are active school buildings, as well as surplus properties which could potentially be returned to educational uses.

One key property to be transferred is the old Adair Park School, paving the way for its adaptive reuse as residences for artists.

Back in the 1970s, the City of Atlanta spun off control of the schools in question to Atlanta Public Schools—but kept the property on which many schools stand. The arrangement resulted in an unfavorable arrangement for APS, as they sought to modify properties and sell off unused facilities.

The news comes two years after the city worked out a deal (and threats of a lawsuit) with the school system regarding funding and the Beltline.

While the transfer of 31 properties marks a major step forward, 21 remain in limbo as details are worked out. The mayor has noted the process to address the remaining school properties will take time as they are thoroughly reviewed.

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Across from Ponce City Market, Masquerade-replacing apartments take shape

Across from Ponce City Market, Masquerade-replacing apartments take shape

North & Line will bring hundreds of new residences to a three-acre site between the Beltline and Historic Fourth Ward Park

It’s been a little more than a year since one of Atlanta’s most famous music venues, the Masquerade, relocated from the old Excelsior Mill across from Ponce City Market to Underground Atlanta.

Much has happened in the time since, as construction crews have cleared out the site and dug down to construct new apartments along the Beltline.

The project topped out months ago along Historic Fourth Ward Park, and it now stands seven stories over North Angier Avenue. This past summer, the site was little more than a massive hole; now the facade is being added to the built-out structure.

 Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta
The building from Historic Fourth Ward Park near North Avenue.

Designed by Smith Dalia, North & Line will feature 228 one- and two-bedroom units atop a parking deck and 4,500 square feet of ground level retail space. Amenities will include a pool deck with partial skyline views and 5,000 square feet of club and gym space.

A site plan shows two courtyards facing the Beltline, while the pool will be perched atop the southern corner of the podium, providing a vista over Historic Fourth Ward Park.

Meanwhile, the old Excelsior Mill building will house a small market space, like its famous, much larger neighbor Ponce City Market.

 Smith Dalia
The project, as seen from the south.
 Smith Dalia
A site plan for the project
 Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta
The pool deck above the parking.
 Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta
The southern end of the building from the Eastside Trail Gateway, the link between the Beltline and Historic Fourth Ward Park.
 Michael Kahn, Curbed Atlanta
The building beyond the old Excelsior Mill.

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Auburn Avenue apartments along Atlanta Streetcar line to finally chug forward?

Auburn Avenue apartments along Atlanta Streetcar line to finally chug forward?

The $9 million project could bring 92 residential units and retail space to Sweet Auburn

A long-planned apartment project in Sweet Auburn situated along the Atlanta Streetcar line may finally be moving forward.

According to a Tumblr post by the ATL Urbanist, developer the Integral Group has applied for permits for the Auburn Apartments.

Plans call for the five-story brick building to house 92 apartments, parking, and 4,000 square feet of retail space along the street. The $9 million project would rise at the corner of Piedmont and Auburn avenues, next to the Apex Museum and across the street from the annoyingly abandoned Atlanta Life Insurance Company building.

Construction fencing surrounds the parking lot that claims the site, and the lot is now closed to cars.

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The site late last year.

Of course, the fact that permit filings have been made and construction fences erected doesn’t mean the project is going to start.

In Midtown, Integral Group is the same company that went through similar steps two years ago along Peachtree Street at 6th Street.

Plans there call for a high-rise residential tower known as Eviva, and the developer said construction was imminent back in 2016. The parking lot is partially fenced and has banners proclaiming the building will be “arriving early 2018.”

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