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$199K Buys a Piece of this Old Poncey-Highland School

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In Poncey-Highland, a city dweller who digs walkability and hankers to literally go back to school could realize their dreams for relatively cheap. This one-bedroom, two-bathroom condo is listed for $199,900 at the Highland School Lofts, one of intown's most unsung school-loft conversions. The building sits down the street from Manuel's Tavern and was known as Highland Elementary from 1911 until it shuttered in 1972. An award-winning renovation started in 2003, resulting in 30 units with ceilings up to 14-feet tall and cool touches like original wood floors, school bells and clocks. This unit includes soaring windows and the type of exposed ductwork and piping that doesn't seem forced; it does not include anything resembling a balcony, however. The bedroom's brick-wall vista leaves something to be desired. And the overall space is a tight 750 square feet, but at least that keeps the HOA fees down to a manageable $224. Added bonus: The Beltline and Ponce City Market are a two-minute bike ride away, all downhill.

· 978 North Ave. NE Apt. #309 [Zillow]
· Highland School Lofts [Apartment Wiz]