A year ago this month, a West End bungalow with true Arts and Crafts charm raised eyebrows when it closed for a then-record $425,000, which was $20,000 over the asking price.
Twelve months later, that benchmark might seem like small potatoes.
As an anecdotal barometer for how quickly the Westside housing market is heating, a 1911 Craftsman bungalow listed last week that’s substantially smaller (900 square feet) than the Arts and Crafts record-setter but nonetheless charming, in a fresher-palette sort of way.
Despite the size difference, the new listing is seeking $50,000 more.
Realtor Josh Stanton of Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta, who happens to live in a home renovated by the same “old house expert” on the same street, says this $475,000 listing is a preview of “next-level renovations” to come—that is, costly projects that revive the larger Westside historic stock while aiming to set “the new bar.”
“It’s creating a market for investors to put in the hundreds of thousands of dollars it takes to renovate [properties] similar to homes in Inman Park,” Stanton wrote in an email to Curbed Atlanta.
Standing on a sloped street roughly four blocks from the Beltline’s Westside Trail, the home underwent a to-the-bones renovation that resulted in four bedroom and three bathrooms among 2,800 square feet, with enhanced original fireplaces, 10-foot ceilings, restored divided-light windows, and other Craftsman-style touches.
The whole second floor is a massive master suite with flex space that could be used as an office, gym, living room, whatever. It leads back to an attractive, elevated porch.
You won’t find a garage on site, but rather a long side driveway for off-street vehicle storage.
As for the neighborhood’s bona fides, Stanton has no shortage of praise: “The historic homes, an increasingly wide array of restaurants and bars, access to downtown, MARTA, great neighbors, and its front-and-center position on the Westside [Trail] are why people are saying West End is the Best End.”
The West End’s current record holder sold down the street for $447,000, but according to Stanton, that home’s proximity to busy Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard—and his listing’s upgraded finishes—justify the price difference.
It was sold pre-renovation for $79,000 two years ago.
- 430 HOLDERNESS STREET SW [Keller Williams Realty]