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At nearly $1.2M, Old Fourth Ward remodel off Boulevard wants to set sales record

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That buys space aplenty in Atlanta’s “most popular neighborhood” but no garage

A photo of a new pop-top renovation on Parkway Drive.
A new pop-top renovation on Parkway Drive.
Southstar Real Estate Partners

In an in-depth exploration of Atlanta’s “gentrification wave” last month, the AJC pointed out what an anomaly Old Fourth Ward has become. It’s a historic, once-downtrodden neighborhood where average home prices had exploded by more than 135 percent between 2013 and 2018—the highest spike among intown neighborhoods. Compare that with a 51 percent increase in neighboring Inman Park, or 67 percent in Cabbagetown, respectively, for context.

And just today, the New York Times published a deep dive into the complexities of Atlanta’s single-family home sales scene, where almost 26,000 houses that traded in 2018 alone went to investors.

This new listing in Old Fourth Ward could be Exhibit A for many of those points.

Recently expanded with a second story to 3,600 square feet, it’s positioned on the western side of Old Fourth Ward, between Boulevard and Central Park. Earlier this week, Southstar Real Estate Partners listed it for $1,175,000.

479 Parkway Drive NE in a past life, about two years ago.
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At that price, it’s one of just two single-family O4W houses asking north of $1.1 million at the moment, after a newer modern build hit that mark in a February sale.

But records indicate this flip is aiming to break the neighborhood’s recent single-family sales record, with the exception of Beltline-facing townhomes and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s landmark birth house (bought by the National Parks Service for $1.9 million last year), which doesn’t count.

Marketing language pegs this as Atlanta’s “most popular neighborhood,” and the renovation project as an example of stylish craftsmanship. It has four bedrooms, four full bathrooms (two half-baths), with maple hardwoods throughout and marble in the master-on-main.

The highlight is probably the covered, wraparound, elevated deck, which overlooks a backyard of what appears to be gravel, with a little gulley of river rock, smidgen of grass, and shared driveway with the neighbors.

The sticking point—for a property of this size, at this price—is the lack of garage, or any covered parking. Although a few Vespas and maybe a Prius might fit under the deck.

At $326 per square foot, the cost-size breakdown doesn’t reach the same stratosphere as a neighborhood outlier like Haus Gables, and certainly not a condo in a coveted Midtown building, but for such a large house, it isn’t exactly inexpensive, either.

The porch size was retained, with flair added.
The fireplace and a flex space, off the front.
A deep, open space, off the entry.
The extended kitchen island for extra seating and ceiling-height cabinetry.
The main-level master bedroom.
Multiple showerheads, and shades of gray, in the master bathroom.
The standalone tub and more horizontal windows.
A potential upstairs office.
Ample deck space, plus a crucial ceiling fan.
The low-maintenance approach, around back.