Proximity to Piedmont Park is among the greatest amenities in all of metro Atlanta, and from the front yard of these restored bungalows, a buyer could probably smell the park’s dogwoods in spring and hear Elton John tickling the keys during Music Midtown.
But which is the better buy?
Both contestants in today’s Real Estate Deathmatch hail from tony neighborhoods (Virginia-Highland and Ansley Park, respectively) with enviable, walk-in-minutes nearness to Atlanta’s most famed greenspace. But most buyers would argue they’re not perfect.
So let’s get it on, cast a vote below, and see who emerges victorious!
Square feet: 3,396
Special bonus: Downstairs 2/1 apartment with a workshop and parking
Potential drawbacks: Downstairs 2/1 apartment with a workshop and parking
Walk Score: 70
Listing: 1176 Monroe Drive [Keller Williams]
^ With nearly 3,400 square feet, this Va-Hi porch-rific bungalow two blocks from the park is clearly the heavyweight in this match, with cozy interiors and what looks like bountiful natural light. On the terrace level downstairs is a more dated apartment, which explains the veritable parking lot (four-car capacity) around back. Maybe that spells rental income, but not all buyers are looking to be landlords. There’s an idyllic front porch and nice yard, but beyond that is busy Monroe Drive.
Square feet: 1,786
Special bonus: Overlooking Atlanta Botanical Garden
Potential drawbacks: Overlooking Piedmont Avenue
Walk Score: 65 (?)
Listing: 1380 Piedmont Ave. NE [Estately]
^ Girded by a white-picket fence, this significantly cheaper residence may be the more diminutive competitor in today’s match, but with coffered ceilings and restored fireplaces galore, it packs a serious charm wallop. And it’s about as cheap as single-family entry points get in Ansley Park. The sunroom, back deck, and sweet breakfast nook are alluring touches, though some tiling choices are clunky. There’s street parking out front, alley access around back, and according to the agent, the attic can be finished for more breathing room. After the spiral staircase goes in.