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Midtown Living: $475K Penthouse Battles a Duplex

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Let's pretend you like Midtown Atlanta — no, you LOVE it. It's your favorite part of the city by far, but your current place is getting stale. You're ready for a change, and you'd prefer to buy something. Let's pretend you want to stay in Midtown (obviously), and your goal is to keep the new purchase under $500,000. You're not into the whole uber modern, sleek and chic look but, other than that, you're not entirely sure what you want. Condo or house? These two properties — a 14th Street penthouse and an 8th Street duplex-turned-single-family-home — fit your criteria, but which will win? Top-floor tower ritziness or standalone sovereignty (and a backyard)? Let's settle this score with a Real Estate Deathmatch!


Penthouse 405 is, according to its listing, "the crown jewel of Mayfair Renaissance," a two-tower development about a block from Piedmont Park and walkable to hotspots on Juniper and Peachtree streets. The unit comes with (some) hardwood floors, a well-executed kitchen full of clean whites and silvers, and more than ample closet space.

· 195 14th St.
Square Footage: Not listed
Price: $475,000
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.5
Year Built: 2002
Perks: You get to say you live in a penthouse — and there are incredible views of Piedmont Park, etc.
Potential Drawback: Carpet in some of the bedrooms. Unlisted square footage could be a red flag. Acrophobia also a possibility.


Right next to Grady High School and just a few steps from Piedmont Park, this pre-war brick home is currently set up as a duplex but "can easily be converted" to a four-bedroom and three-bathroom abode with "room to expand." Features include hardwoods, a renovated kitchen and no restrictions if you choose to rent out part of the house to help pay the mortgage.

· 428 8th St.
Square Footage: 1,784
Price: $475,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Year Built: 1930
Perks: Front and back porches and more room than a condo — and, if listing photos are accurate, absolutely no grass to cut.
Potential Drawback: There's a mirrored wall in one room. Appears to be a pesky step to navigate in front of one toilet.

Poll results

— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep

· Recent Real Estate Deathmatch champions, victims [Curbed Atlanta]