An hour and a half north of Atlanta, Blue Ridge continues to grow and thrive as one of the most popular destinations in the North Georgia mountains.
A bustling shopping district, burgeoning culinary scene with breweries, and highly regarded cultural offerings coalesce into a small, yet booming downtown that rivals many larger cities. (Downtown Blue Ridge counted just four restaurants a decade ago, but that number has swelled to 25, as Atlanta magazine recently observed.) Plus, it has a historic train.
The town also now offers an Atlanta-style, mixed-use loft condo development that stands a few steps from the train tracks and the aforementioned downtown.
Known as Blue Ridge Station, the building includes 15 units on three floors, all sitting atop ground-level retail space. The warehouse-like exterior pays homage to Blue Ridge history and overlooks the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.
Inside, five units occupy each of the top three floors. All units offer two bedrooms and two bathrooms, with the exception of the middle one on each floor, which has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Interior features range from 10-foot-high ceilings and hardwood floors to quartz countertops and large outdoor balconies overlooking the railway.
In terms of size, choices are 1,219 square feet, 1,267 square feet, or 1,477 square feet. Pricing ranges from $421,313 to $525,473, although one unit did garner $544,898.
Of the 15 units, three are sold, four are reserved, and eight remain available, according to project reps.
The building includes a private paved parking lot and 24-hour monitored security. Each residence comes with two assigned parking spaces.
On the ground floor, all four of the retail spaces have been leased and include a wine tasting shop, dessert shop, a law office, and a professional office. All but the professional office are now open, with the fourth expected to open doors at the beginning of 2020.
Like the retail space, the lofts are attracting a variety of buyers. Some are full-time residences, one will serve as a second home, and three are investment properties that will be used as vacation rentals. Quite an eclectic mix... not unlike Blue Ridge itself.