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First look: At ‘doorway’ of Virginia-Highland, 10 upscale townhomes are rising

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Prices begin in the $900Ks for this “inviting haven right in the heart of the city”

A rendering that shows an empty lot’s planned replacement at 1261 Virginia Avenue NE.
An empty lot’s planned replacement at 1261 Virginia Avenue NE.
Ardyn-Jackbilt, via Ansley Atlanta Real Estate; rendering by Office of Design Decatur

Along Briarcliff Road, at what’s being marketed as the “doorway” to Virginia-Highland, a batch of townhomes is under construction that harkens, in a way, 30A’s Alys Beach.

With peaked rooflines, white exteriors, and a goal of modernized elegance throughout, the 10-unit community called Ardyn has recently begun listing as construction goes vertical.

It’s the latest venture from Atlanta homebuilder JackBilt, whose active townhome projects are dotted from Midtown to Kirkwood.

Ardyn is described as an “inviting haven right in the heart of the city,” with three and four bedroom plans (and elevator options available in some of them).

Features include gourmet kitchens, two-car garages, rooftop terraces, and courtyards called “lush.”

As seen last October, the corner lot where Virginia Avenue meets Briarcliff Road (at left). Vertical construction is underway now.
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Four-bedroom options thus far range in price from $936,900 (for 2,378 square feet) to $1,129,900 (2,931 square feet), as listed by Ansley Atlanta Real Estate.

The 71 WalkScore is deemed “Very Walkable,” per the algorithm, but that number could seem underwhelming for such a centralized location.

On the flipside, for families, the address allows for entrée into nearby Springdale Park (SPARK) Elementary, per the builder.

The townhomes are rising up the street from Minerva Homes’s multifaceted 1200 Ponce.

That project is converting the longtime home of Druid Hills United Methodist Church and its preschool into a condo and townhome community where Briarcliff meets Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Have a look at sample renderings for Ardyn interiors below.