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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (3) West End vs. (6) East Atlanta

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Which neighborhood should advance to the Final Four?

In West End, here’s the entryway of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church off Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard.
The entryway of West End’s St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church off Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard.
Curbed Atlanta

West End

Geographically speaking, this next Elite Eight matchup pits two Atlanta neighborhoods in competition who are diametrically opposed to each other, but who share commonalities of scrappiness and up-and-coming pride. West End is the reigning Curbed Cup champion, having broken voting records en route to its “Neighborhood of the Year” status in 2015. It’s cool enough to have a catchy hashtag — #westendbestend — and while totally livable, smaller West End bungalows can be found in the $100,000s, others this year flirted with the $400,000s, for better or worse. With Atlanta’s bike-share program branching out this way, and the Westside Trail’s construction entering the home stretch (expected completion: fall 2017), the hype for West End is both real and valid.


East Atlanta

A reimagined 1980s bungalow in EAV listed earlier this year.
Keller Williams

Nobody bats an eye anymore when East Atlanta cribs — especially those within an easy trot of the neighborhood’s eclectic village — fetch in the $500,000 or $600,000 range, sometimes before they even have a chance to list. That speaks to either a chronic dearth of housing or the desirability of a fun neighborhood that prides itself on being a little funky. Could East Atlanta be out to prove something this year by possibly scoring its first-ever Final Four appearance — and then possibly going deeper? Signs say maybe. It garnered enough pre-tourney nominations for a not-shabby No. 6 seed, and then booted a former Curbed Cup champion — the sizzling Inman Park — in Round 1 action. But toppling the reigning tournament king and possessor of that glorious fake trophy will be no small task.