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First look: Ormewood Park’s new Beltline district of modern farmhouses

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Expect first phase to deliver in 2017, reps say

In Atlanta’s Ormewood Park, an elevation rendering of one home that will rise directly adjacent to the future Beltline.
An elevation rendering of one home that will rise directly adjacent to the future Beltline.
Images courtesy of C4 Developers

Developers say a full community of “modern farmhouses” planned for Ormewood Park will lean more modern than rustic — and that the project may be the last new single-family project to front the Beltline in the foreseeable future.

Last week, we reported that “The Farmhouses at Ormewood Park” is set to rise along a future stretch of the Beltline’s Southside Trail, offering 24 homes (three of them full moderns) in a style popularized across eastside Atlanta neighborhoods in recent years. The project joins a more typical Beltline proposal — a multifamily venture of 200 apartments — by another developer in Ormewood Park, along with other developments in the pipeline nearby.

Now, the team behind the Farmhouse project — C4 Developers LLC — has sent along visuals for what homes, and the community at large, should look like.

Here’s a preliminary site map; phases are subject to change.

Expect the first phase of three to deliver in 2017, with prices in the $600,000s, though exact price points and specifics about upgrade packages aren’t available just yet, said Connor McCormick of Anna K Intown Real Estate Services. All homes will have “generous” decks and porches, and some will have garages and basements, he said.

McCormick said the S House firm, designer and contractor on the project, has invested more than a year in the design phase to ensure the aesthetics “free right” and jibe with existing Ormewood Park architecture.

“Don’t expect to find ‘rustic’ elements except maybe exposed ceiling beams,” McCormick wrote in an email. “Think: modern take on intown farmhouse.”

Other aspects of the project do sound more agrarian: Trees cleared on the site will be milled and used in construction of a community pavilion, and plans call for an onsite community garden accessible to homeowners.

The project’s finalized logo.

As for claims in marketing materials that the Farmhouses will be “possibly the last single-family home community on the Beltline,” McCormick said that reflects the Beltline’s ongoing push for high-density projects in its overlay.

With this slice of Ormewood Park, however, “the developer was able to utilize the current zoning rather than seek high-density rezoning to build a project more in keeping with the fabric of [the neighborhood],” McCormick said. “That is why the project may very well be the last new single-family development fronting onto the Beltline ... I sincerely don’t see this kind of neighborhood happening along the Beltline much in the future.”