Imagine for a moment you're a post-college bachelor or bachelorette whose chief concern is where best to deposit your disposable income on weekends. You'd rather own than rent, your budget is sub-$250,000, and like the rest of Atlanta, you'd like to live within walking distance to the Beltline. These two Inman Park lofts should meet your requirements, but they're such vastly different properties, it becomes a tough call. Let's shove them into a hypothetical cage and let them scrap until one emerges victorious. It's time for Real Estate Deathmatch.
820 DeKalb Ave. Unit 24
^ It's not often that units at Inman Motor Works become available, and it's easy to see why. The $234,500 ask bags 1,477 square feet of wide-open Millennial bait. The 60-year-old building might feel a little too industrial to some buyers, but the unit boasts windows aplenty and two true bedrooms.
Square feet: 1,477
Special bonus: The nearby Krog Street Market; MARTA
Drawback: Be leery of parking, listed as "Assigned Space, 2 Car"
Listing: 820 DeKalb Ave. Unit 24 [Estately]
245 N. Highland Ave. NE #411
^ More toward the heart of commercial Inman Park, this one-bedroom unit at the IPV lofts sits a little closer to the Beltline, with a tad better Walkscore and a cheaper price tag, $212,200. If wide-open interior spaces are a requirement, these 852 square feet probably won't suffice. But the walkability here is supreme, and the balcony views are a nice soothing touch.
Square feet: 852
Special bonus: The nearby Inman Quarter development; Beltline across street
Drawback: Overall space; street parking = nonexistent
Listing: 245 N. Highland Ave. NE Apt. 411 [Zillow]
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