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1920s loft on Cabbagetown’s quirky Carroll Street is simply bananas

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The eccentric space, asking $584K, was once a malt shop and general store for the neighborhood’s mill workers

A loft interior with a huge chandelier and basketball scoreboard.
An interior befitting the neighborhood at 230 Carroll Street SE.
Maximum One Realtor Partners

Most intowners could probably file this one under places they’ve walked by a hundred times and never had an inkling what was inside.

That element of surprise is what makes this loft on Cabbagetown’s main commercial drag, Carroll Street, especially unique. Like the street it calls home, the two-bedroom flat is quirky, bold, and a proud haven of WTF moments.

Listed for $584,000 earlier this month through Maximum One Realtor Partners, it’s also the priciest non-house for sale in the neighborhood right now.

It’s tough to beat stumble-ability from here to Cabbagetown’s best-known taverns and restaurants; combined with Beltline, transit, and park proximity, the jackpot 87 WalkScore is no surprise.

A one-story brick building in along a street with large windows.
The unassuming exterior.

The 1920s building began life as a general store and malt shop for the district’s storied mill workers, acting as such into the 1930s, per a listing that advises: “Think of it like a speakeasy you get to live in.”

It’s said to be “dripping with character and stories,” but in terms of actual stories, it’s classified as having one and a half. That makes for a watch-your-head situation in the upstairs bedroom, one of two created from the 1,638-square-foot space.

There’s no arguing the abundance of character here, from the handsome ceiling beams and ancient brick (used to separate the lone toilet and shower) and the vintage scoreboard that’s taken up residence in the living room. An oversized chandelier, corner bar, and a sort of floating office give the eccentricity extra oomph.

The space last moved for $319,000 six years ago, records indicate.

That could’ve been before “every detail from interior design to custom finishes [was] meticulously curated” to fashion what the listing calls, not inaccurately, “a space unlike anything else in town.”

A large open space with a bar and chandelier and kitchen.
To the left of the entry, an old bar, dining space, and a kitchen island clad in corrugated steel.
A kitchen with high ceilings and brick walls.
Kitchen views toward the street and office, at left.
A quirky living room with a piano and drums.
Knowing who’s winning isn’t an issue in the performance-ready living space.
A master bedroom with purple curtains at left, and stairs at right.
Up the stairs, into the master bedroom loft.
A master bedroom with a velvety purple curtain.
A sitting area and beams in the master.
A dark bathroom with two sinks and brick walls.
The bathroom, with brick walls exposed.
A toilet beside a brick wall and shower.
An almost cave-like vibe in the loo.
A bedroom with a white bed at right and brick wall beside that.
Secondary bedroom.
A deck on top of a building with cemetery views in the distance.
A deck patio on the roof, with views to Oakland Cemetery.