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Three-level loft in converted Ponce church has righteous natural light, $260K price

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Where cathedral ceilings are taken literally

An airy loft with wood floors and tall windows and gray and white walls.
The living room at 985 Ponce De Leon Ave NE (Unit 303) brings hallelujah-grade airiness.
Simple Showing; photography by We Are Home ATL

Toss a stone in Atlanta’s quickly developing eastside, and you’re liable to hit a former house of worship that’s been converted to something else.

In Old Fourth Ward, there’s comedy troupe Dad’s Garage’s takeover of Atlanta Metropolitan Christian Church and the office conversion of Progression Church next to Highland Bakery; Inman Park has Lizzie Chapel Flats, while architecture firm Kronberg Wall reimagined a Reynoldstown church nearby.

Meanwhile, the longtime home of Druid Hills United Methodist Church and its preschool is being converted into 1200 Ponce, a village of mixed residential uses.

But before all of that, there was Providence on Ponce lofts.

A former brick church in Atlanta that’s been converted to lofts.
The formerly holy, Ponce-facing exterior.

Located next to the Ponce Publix, the former Atlanta Highlands Church of Christ was reborn as 22 condos about 15 years ago, a frontrunner of the conversion trend.

This airy one-bedroom loft—marketed as “incredible” and a “rare opportunity”—showcases what can happen when intown developers get creative with things like actual cathedral ceilings.

Counting the crow’s nest of a lofted office—accessible via a ladder in the lone bedroom—the space climbs to three stories, which helps a floorplan of just 817 square feet feel bigger. Also boosting that sense of openness are towering columns of windows that let the light shine in.

Beyond the condo, which has a bathroom and a half, the deal includes one covered parking space and access to a communal private rooftop deck. HOA fees, described as attractively low in the listing, are posted in various places as $200 monthly.

It listed with Simple Showing this week for $259,900

A loft with Atlanta’s skyline on the wall.
Creative wall scenes, off the entry.
A reclaimed wood wall in a kitchen.
A wall finished in wood slats divides living, dining, and food prep spaces.
A kitchen with light wood cabinets and stainless appliances.
The kitchen’s appliance nook.
A lofted bedroom with white and gray walls, with a ladder.
Stairs lead up to the lofted bedroom, where a ladder gets you closer to heaven.
A white bedroom with a ladder and ceiling fan.
The bedroom’s closet and loo arrangement.
A white bathroom with some gray walls and one sink.
The main bathroom, off the master.
An office with white walls and reclaimed wood on the walls, plus a desk.
The high-perched flex space.