For this installment of Curbed Comparisons, we examine what $500,000—give or take $5,000—buys around Atlanta at the moment.
From new construction to recently completed renovations, plenty of choices exist for homes at this price point. Although not the largest dwellings by ATL standards—only one in this group surpasses 2,000 square feet—they each have location on their side. They’re found in sought-after communities such as Kirkwood, Buckhead, and Poncey-Highland.
With three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,780 square feet, this updated 1948 home on Stovall Boulevard in North Buckhead resides at the end of its own private access road. Minutes from Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, it serves up a newer kitchen and bathrooms, plus hardwood floors, shiplap, and plenty of minimalistic lighting. There’s also an unfinished terrace level with separate entrance that offers great potential. Current asking price is $498,000.
At The Brookwood on Peachtree Street, this 1,235-square-foot condo features two bedrooms and three bathrooms. Recently renovated, the 2010 unit has new gray hardwoods throughout, plus two balconies overlooking the manicured courtyard and pool area. Monthly HOA fees of $542 cover such amenities as a swimming pool, fitness center, clubhouse with kitchen, and two parking spaces. Originally listed in August for $525,000, the price has been slashed twice, resulting in a current ask of $500,000.
Located on Niles Avenue in Knight Park-Howell Station, west of Midtown, this 1920 bungalow comes with two bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,384 square feet. The wraparound porch gives way to an updated interior that includes a modern kitchen and bathrooms, “soaring” ceilings, and three fireplaces. The back deck provides quality outdoor entertaining space that overflows into a fenced backyard. The current asking price is $495,000.
Perched alongside the Beltline at the Freedom Lofts in Poncey-Highland, this 1955 Bauhaus-inspired loft has two bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,572 square feet. Throughout the four-story unit there are plenty of updates, but it’s the private rooftop balcony with skyline views that truly captures one’s attention. In exchange for monthly HOA fees of $288, residents enjoy a swimming pool and fitness center. Asking price is $499,900.
Built last year on Kirkwood’s southwestern fringes (and once listed as high as $625,000), this 2,300-square-foot modern-style house is outfitted with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, by far the roomiest of the bunch. An abundance of windows floods the home with natural light in nearly every room, particularly in the master bedroom complete with vaulted ceiling. Behind the house, a large deck overlooks the fenced backyard, which includes a “vintage” barbecue grill. Asking price is $499,900.
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775 Stovall Boulevard N.E. (North Buckhead)
1820 Peachtree St. N.W., Unit 706 (Ardmore)
1195 Niles Ave. N.W. (Knight Park - Howell Station)
400 Village Parkway N.E., Apt. 111 (Poncey-Highland)
1520 Woodbine Ave. S.E. (Kirkwood)