Let's pretend you're in the market for a two-bedroom condo and — now this is a stretch — you really like the Atlanta Beltline. You covet the lock-and-go lifestyle, you like to eat and you've caught wind that the restaurant scene in the vicinity of the Beltline is blossoming. These condos in Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward offer much to pique your interest, but they have many differences, including about $100,000 in price. One sits a stone's throw from Krog Street Market, the other from Ponce City Market. So let's shove these hip flats into a metaphorical cage and let them scrap until one emerges victorious! It's time for Real Estate Deathmatch.
This ground-floor unit occupies a corner of the 870 Inman building in the burgeoning belly of Inman Park. While the interior might not be sprawling, it's the rare intown condo with two outdoor living spaces — and two included parking spaces, as well. The Beltline is 30 seconds away, by foot. At $349,900, it costs substantially more than the competition but is still less than comparable units in Midtown.
Square feet: 1,191
Special bonus: Semi-private, oversized terrace
Potential drawbacks: Passersby peeping in the windows
Walk Score: 74
Listing: 870 Inman Village Parkway Unit 101 [Estately]
OLD FOURTH WARD:
Look beyond the disco-ball quirkiness to see the potential of this 1,319-square-foot condo at the Block Lofts, where the backdoor opens to the Beltline. There's a tricked-out master shower and ceilings that soar up 20 feet. While spacious and light-filled, the layout isn't for everyone, but the price tag is within the reach of many. Ponce City Market is happening just down the street.
Square feet: 1,319
Special bonus: Pristine Midtown views
Potential drawbacks: Unenclosed bedroom
Walk Score: 69
Listing: 747 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE Unit 231 [Zillow]