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Hurrah! Luxe Buckhead Tower Could be Visually Interesting

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In the last few days, news of high-rise apartment projects along Peachtree Road in Buckhead has arrived, accompanied by renderings of towers destined to bring density to the area. But renderings revealed by the Related Group of their new project Stratford show that the building may just be a cut above — assuming a "cut" is 15 stories — the rest. Slated to rise 36 floors, with a giant diagonal architectural rudder, the apartment tower will be located on Peachtree Road at Ga. Highway 400, next door to the Buckhead MARTA Station. Which means that the concrete bunker Christian Church of Buckhead that occupies the site now could indeed be destined for a day of wreck-ening.

According to the Related Group, the luxury high-rise will feature 389 units with street-front retail. A pool will sit atop a parking deck, while a clubroom and fire pit will crown the main building (where wealthy residents can presumably look down on neighbors in SkyHouse Buckhead). Given the glam factor of the rendering, it's likely the building will be in direct competition with its ultra-high-end (and high-priced) neighbor Cyan. Rumor has it that the big blue building, which has apartments listed for more than $5,000, has only managed to lease 65 percent of units since opening more than six months ago. Can Buckhead really handle that many more ultra-luxury rental units, or could Stratford be another contender for condo-conversion?

· Stratford [Related Group]