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$225K Bags Space, Authenticity in Historic Heart of ATL

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For condo shoppers who don't mind enduring a transitional downtown, or who covet chic grit, here's an opportunity to literally own a piece of Atlanta history — and for relatively cheap. This 1,458-square-foot, two-bedroom unit at the Gordon Lofts is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and priced at $225,000. The listing tells us this section of Mitchell Street — between Spring and Forsyth streets, around the corner from Castleberry Hill — is called Atlanta's historic Hotel Row, "a district that has preserved this architecture since its completion in the beginning of the 20th Century." More trivia: This building was originally the Gordon Hotel, says Wikipedia.

Inside, the condo's old-door décor compliments the soaring brick walls, all nibbled by time. The shotgun-style main living area has (what appears to be) a mystery ladder of pipes, leading up somewhere. The major drawback is the single bathroom — which needs updating at that. Beyond the condo, there's a generous rooftop deck and a common space that appears to offer foosball, which helps with World Cup withdrawal. (Despite the amenities, the HOA fees are a reasonable $265 per month). The condo's 94 rating qualifies it, in Walk Score parlance, as a "walker's paradise." Like almost anywhere, walking after dark would still require vigilance, if not pepper spray.

· 215 Mitchell St. Unit 14 [Estately]
· More Proof That Dollars Stretch Like Putty Downtown [Curbed Atlanta]