Maybe it's too early to declare, "Duplexes are back!" but one thing's certain: They aren't going extinct in Atlanta. Traditionally, an ATL duplex meant that a larger, older home had been walled off from itself to create two rental streams. In the suburbs, duplexes were built as such and quickly became havens for knife-related homicides. (The evidence to support that statement is anecdotal … and very sad). But twice in as many weeks, brand-new duplex developments have come across the radar, including these modern residences planned for Reynoldstown and now the East Avenue Cottages (above) in the Old Fourth Ward.
The latter project is a grouping of 12 duplex homes that border Freedom Parkway and have direct PATH Trail access, which leads to the Beltline and thus an above-average Walkscore of 71. At $449,000, the pricing for this 2,360 square-footer can only be called aggressive, even for the sizzling O4W. These big Craftsmans are described by developer Minerva as "semi-detached" homes, which would make most condos "engulfed-by-others." Surely this approach cuts down on landscaping costs and allows for more product on the same land. And if there's a stigma with "duplex" ... well, maybe "stunted townhomes" would work, too.
· 300A Sampson St. NE #A [Atlanta]
· East Avenue Cottages [Minerva]
· Plans For Reynoldstown Duplexes Promise Modern Flair [Curbed Atlanta]