More and more it seems the magic number in established and burgeoning neighborhoods across Atlanta is 600. Or more accurately, $600,000. That’s where prices have been climbing for sizable houses — either new ones or fixer-uppers in primo locales.
For this installment of Curbed Comparisons, we zeroed in on three disparate neighborhoods — Brookhaven, East Lake, and Midtown — to see just how far (roughly) $600,000 will stretch for buyers looking for north of 2,000 square feet and several bedrooms. All things considered, which is the best buy?
^ Tri-Story East Lake Craftsman
Address: 2691 W. Pharr Road
Square footage: 2,843
Unique perk: Screened porch spanning the gap between home and two-car garage.
This roomy, beefy Craftsman-style new offering by Intown Builders in East Lake is walkable to Oakhurst Village. The wide-open floor plan includes a designer lighting package and large bonus room on the third floor.
^ Unconventional Design in Brookhaven
Address: 2370 Coosawattee Drive
Square footage: 2,270
Unique perk: The high-ceilinged entertainment’s basement is spacious as a suburban sports bar.
The quirky rooflines, window shapes, and persistent use of glass blocks at this Brookhaven residence cop to its 1990s origins, but much of the interior seems consistent with today’s standards. (Or could be with some tweaking). It’s near the Brookhaven MARTA Station and loads of Peachtree Road-adjacent retail.
^ Oozing Potential in Midtown
Address: 682 Durant Place NE
Square footage: 2,558
Unique perk: With a location between Ponce de Leon Avenue and Piedmont Park, the Walk Score is an enviable 86.
At first blush, a price tag of $600,000 for this much space and character (note the six fireplaces, original hardwood floors with oak inlays, and period lighting fixtures) in Midtown seems like a steal. But that probably takes into account expensive updates including a needed kitchen expansion and a general refreshening of the exterior.