From the northwestern to southeastern reaches of Atlanta, buyers in search of relatively large houses — that is, north of 2,000 square feet to accommodate growing families or simply to stretch out — can expect to fork over a half-million clams these days, in most cases. (Unless they're really handy). So what exactly does that buy? Let's have a look ... Below is a sampling of $500K-something houses in three different Atlanta neighborhoods, presented from least to most expensive. Scroll down and cast a vote for which you think is the best buy, all things considered.
Square footage: 2,219
Neighborhood: Garden Hills
Summary: A vampire brothel outside San Antonio, with wicked potential.
No, this isn’t a Hollywood backlot version of the Alamo. It’s a Mediterranean-style house from the 1930s tucked off Peachtree Road near Lindbergh. The highlight has to be the cathedral ceilings and arched windows to match the gaping doorways.
- 281 E. Wesley Road NE [Estately]
Square footage: 2,896
Summary: A Charleston-style price-chopper with the backyard party up front.
This three-story porchfest on "Kirkwood’s best street," per the agent, is punctuated by built-in bookcases and fireplaces. The third-floor bedroom spans the entire home, and the front yard, which acts like a backyard, has nice fresh sod. The asking price was recently trimmed by $10,000.
- 131 Howard St. NE [Zillow]
Square footage: 3,023
Neighborhood: Underwood Hills
Summary: Roomy traditional home with dramatic exterior stonework in a flourishing but unsung area.
This 3,000-square-foot, conventional two-story in Underwood Hills should appeal to buyers who like the comfort of carpet and randomness of bathtub chandeliers. Highlights include the handsome kitchen, giant upstairs bonus room, and low-maintenance backyard that begs for a hot tub.
- 1095 Davis Circle NW [Trulia]