When Marc Brenner and his wife moved to Peoplestown six years ago, most people the couple knew were incredulous, he says, as the whole section of the city was more under-the-radar to Atlanta at large.
“Friends thought we were crazy,” wrote Brenner, a Realtor with Keller Williams First Atlanta, in an email to Curbed Atlanta. “The closest grocery store was in Edgewood. Turner Field was an empty parking lot for 200-plus days a year. And nothing, besides Grant Park, was in walking distance.”
The advent of high-profile developments within a quarter of a mile—including the Beltline’s planned Southside Trail (with connected D.H. Stanton Park), Summerhill’s Georgia Avenue redo, Grant Park’s The Beacon next door, Glenwood Place’s Kroger, along with Memorial Drive ventures—has lent the area walkability, visibility, and buzz it was previously lacking, says Brenner.
One street in particular exemplifies Peoplestown’s changes, as Brenner sees it.
In what could be viewed as intense gentrification, at least five homes in a single block of Haygood Avenue—which borders D.H. Stanton Park and the future Beltline beyond—are in some phase of renovation or rebuild now.
Joining those properties is a newly built, three-bedroom, $439,000 bungalow that Brenner recently listed.
Haygood Avenue “was once a dead-end street riddled with abandoned homes,” noted Brenner. “It’s on track to be the premier street in one of the hottest intown neighborhoods.
“Almost every home on this block is under some phase of construction,” he said. “In my opinion, the future is difficult to overestimate.”
One of five Peoplestown homes asking $400,000 or more right now, the property counts 1,800 square feet and a seriously open floorplan.
Off-street parking comes with a long driveway, and perks inside include a nine-foot kitchen island with built-in wine fridge and a roomy master bathroom.
It’s described as an “Unbeatable location!” in the listing. And it’s clear that at least one Peoplestown resident thinks so.