Atlantans like to rent. At least lately, that is. Throughout the latter years of the recession, even as condo projects were stalled across the city, developers started building apartments. Everywhere. In just a few short years, many streetscapes throughout the city have drastically changed as mid-rise apartment buildings sprang up. From Buckhead to Old Fourth Ward, Midtown to Lindbergh, and even out in Sandy Springs, it seemed no neighborhood was immune. Thanks to Google Streetview, we've documented this stark contrast for you, after the jump.
131 Ponce - Midtown (above)
World-renowned architect I.M. Pei's first project ever, the Gulf Oil Building at 131 Ponce de Leon Avenue, lost a battle to bulldozers back in 2013. But in true Atlanta style, some pieces were kept and the front corner of the building was reused in the newly-opened apartments billed as 131 Ponce.
AMLI Parkside - Old Fourth Ward
Back in 2007, when the Beltline was but a dream and Old Fourth Ward was some sketchy hipster hangout your cousin talked about, Ralph McGill Boulevard was a collection of derelict industrial buildings. Eight years later, AMLI has built apartments fronting the massive Historic Fourth Ward Park along the Beltline, and the neighborhood is hotter than the Masquerade's lawn in August.
Sorelle Apartments - Lindbergh
Lindbergh's transformation began in pre-recession Atlanta with the remaking of Lindbergh Plaza into a mixed-use center. And while grand plans stalled in the following years, Sorelle was constructed just south of the retail district. Now, with money flowing, other apartments are filling in the area.
Cyan - Buckhead
In the high-rise category, Cyan has recently climbed in the heart of the Lenox neighborhood in Buckhead. Replacing the last old home in the area and iconic eatery Dante's Down the Hatch, the boxy blue tower echoed other glass structures in the area, offering luxury units for that uniquely Buckhead price-point.
Citizen & 1160 Hammond - Sandy Springs
Not even OTP is immune from dramatic rental-based transformations. In the Perimeter Mall area, just north of I-285, two apartment buildings have replaced old strip malls and parking lots in an attempt to lure coveted millennials to the area. Citizen rose on the right, followed by 1160 Hammond on the left.
Inman Quarter - Inman Park
Recently opened along Highland Avenue in Inman Park, Inman Quarter was constructed in post-recession boom times, enlivening the street just a block off the Beltline. With property values soaring in the neighborhood, it's no surprise that rents rival those in Buckhead.