To the general public, Historic Howell Station due west of Midtown might still be under-the-radar, but for deal-hungry Atlanta homebuyers, quite the opposite is true these days, according to an experienced Realtor.
Case in point: a circa-1930, three-bedroom bungalow on Hall Place that recently listed at $300,000 and was entertaining multiple offers within hours, said Mary Anne Walser, of Keller Williams Buckhead.
“Prices are rising rapidly,” she wrote in an email, “and even as they rise, houses are flying off the shelves.”
For the uninitiated, Howell Station is a residential oasis amid industrial uses, a grid of leafy lanes hugged by Marietta Street and West Marietta Boulevard. Named for Evan P. Howell, a captain in the Confederate Infantry who later became Atlanta's mayor (1903-04), the neighborhood boasts four historical churches, a park, and an assortment of residential offerings, ranging stylistically from shotguns to Queen Anne cottages.
As the listing notes, popular restaurants such as The Optimist and 5 Seasons Brewing Company are less than a mile away. And eventually, the Beltline’s crown-jewel Bellwood Quarry park will be next door.
In the case of the bungalow, its smallish footprint (1,260 square feet) and single bathroom weren't impediments to offers (another full or half-bath can be added without radically altering the footprint, the listing notes). It could benefit from a little TLC, tiling updates, and possibly wall-removal — and the price is one that could allow for that.
“I love the old bungalows of Howell Station [but] lots of them are being torn down for very mediocre new construction,” Walser wrote. “I'm sure we'll see lots more of that as the Beltline and Bellwood Quarry get momentum over there.”
Here’s hoping not.
- 955 Hall Place NW [MLS]