Times have clearly changed when $600,000 is the going rate for two-bedroom condos in top-shelf Atlanta buildings, such as this one. Buyers seeking an alternative to towers like the twisty 1010 Midtown (and who prefer Centennial Olympic Park proximity to Piedmont) should have a gander at this svelte flat in the stratosphere at The Residences At W Atlanta-Downtown. The $599,000 ask (plus $870 in monthly dues) is a lot to swallow, but this place defines turnkey. It's the rare Atlanta home that comes completely furnished, but that might not be a selling point. The décor could be described as contemporary elegance, cosmopolitan adventurousness or hipster Victorian meets the Jetsons.
Beyond the furniture, the unit has a roomy 1,774 square feet, two and half bathrooms and perks like automated blinds and "unrivaled" amenities, per the listing. If you covet clean, simple style and high-quality materials, there's no arguing with the kitchen and bathrooms, inhabited by brand names like Gagggenau, Alno, Dornbracht and Carrera. From the glass-walled patio, the views stretch from Midtown to the core of downtown, and the building's pool is among Atlanta's best. Just think: When the company re-released new units for sale here in post-meltdown 2011, two-bedrooms condos were selling for as little as $299,000.