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Could this airy loft asking $193K make diehard Atlantans consider Marietta?

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Agent: Interest in this type of home near Cobb County’s most storied downtown square has been “overwhelming”

A condo with a tall brick wall and hard surface floors with stairs at right.
The interior at 445 N. Sessions Street NW, No. 1209, does its best Castleberry Hill.
Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta

About three-fourths of a mile from Marietta’s celebrated downtown square, this airy loft from the 1990s is being marketed as a rare chance to own something both hip and move-in ready for less than $200,000.

And according to listing agent Eric Baker, a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta, it’s indicative of insatiable demand for urban-style living in Cobb’s largest city and county seat.

Built in 1999, the Sessions Street Lofts unit might not be authentically really old, but it does bring impressive volume and square footage (1,120) for a one-bedroom. It listed in recent days for $192,500, with monthly HOA fees that might not crush budgets at $215.

Baker relays that the property had 12 showings the first day and, as of last evening, two offers—activity he calls “overwhelming.”

“I just think it’s quite the comparison to intown markets,” he wrote via email, “where this loft would likely be 50 percent more.”

A living room with a huge white couch and stairs at left.
Concrete floors and exposed ductwork are meant to up the industrial vibes.

Some exposed brick, the towering living-room ceiling, concrete floors, and a roof of corrugated metal aim to echo the lofts of, say, Castleberry Hill, where smaller or more humdrum one-bedrooms can be had for the same general price point right now.

Driving demand, says Baker, is a dearth of condo and loft ownership opportunities around Marietta’s burgeoning core. The community’s gated, the master bathroom’s been overhauled and expanded (there’s a half-bath downstairs), and dedicated, covered parking comes with.

He poses the question: Would Atlanta buyers sacrifice ITP living for the value, if a full condo development should rise in the walkable, historic square area?

“Marietta has landed quite a few new things, like the Marietta [Square] Market, which has brought a lot more young millennials to the area with the desire to stay and live there,” wrote Baker. “But the housing isn’t there for them to buy, being that it’s mostly detached [single-family] that starts in the mid $300,000s, with a ton of work usually.”

A kitchen with white cabinetry and black appliances.
Kitchen views to the living room.
A bedroom with a TV on the wall and a bed.
The metal ceiling and exposed beams.
A bedroom loft with ceiling fans above and stairs at right.
The lone, lofty bedroom is roomy and open to below.
A master bathroom with white and black hard surfaces and a large shower.
The overhauled master bathroom, upstairs.
A brick loft building with trees and landscaping all around it.
Gated entry along Sessions Street.