For this installment of Curbed Comparisons, we examine what $400,000—give or take $5,000—can purchase in and around Atlanta at the moment.
For this price point, potential homebuyers will find a varied selection of single-family homes, along with plenty of high-rise condos and even some townhomes. With the smallest property offering a non-shoebox two bedrooms and two bathrooms, this selection could be great for starter homes or growing families.
Following a renovation in 2014, this 1935 Craftsman cottage on Shelby Place in Ormewood Park now features an open floorplan with an updated kitchen as well as three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,351 square feet. More recent additions include one-year-old carpet in the master suite, a new deck out front, and a new carport with solar panels on the roof. Recently listed by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties, the current asking price is $395,000.
Located in Ansley Park, this 1989 three-story condo includes two bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,160 square feet. In addition to the open floorplan, it contains hardwoods throughout plus a renovated master bathroom. Outside, it has a spacious patio to enjoy Atlanta’s great weather. The location also is convenient to Piedmont Park, several restaurants, and MARTA Arts Center Station. A listing with America’s Realty Inc., the current ask is $399,900, with monthly HOA fees of $490.
A new home in Parkview on Howard Street, just south of Kirkwood, this four-bedroom, four-bathroom structure encompasses 2,320 square feet, making it the largest in this grouping. An open floorplan dominates a main floor that includes an in-law suite, while a full, unfinished basement is ripe for a buildout downstairs. The listing boasts of a “large lot with driveway,” but it seems there’s a missed opportunity for a detached garage or carport. Originally listed in December by Raw Real Estate Group, the property already has received one price cut and now sits at $399,900.
Across the street from Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Buckhead, this 1979 townhome benefitted from recent updates. Inside the 2,188-square-foot dwelling, an updated kitchen is accompanied by fresh paint and carpeting on the second floor. There’s a total of three bedrooms and three bathrooms, and the master suite was updated, now boasting a double vanity and a marble shower in the bathroom. A Keller Williams Realty Intown Atlanta listing, its monthly HOA fees of $300 will add to the current asking price of $400,000.
New in West End on Sells Avenue, this Craftsman-inspired option comes with three bedrooms and three bathrooms in 1,800 square feet. The charming front porch provides a cozy place to relax and chat with neighbors, before leading inside to the open floorplan with “chef-inspired” kitchen. It’s not clear exactly how large the backyard is, given the lack of a back deck or patio. Listed with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers, the current asking price is $399,000.
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1090 Shelby Place S.E. (Ormewood Park)
175 15th St. N.E., Suite 117 (Ansley Park)
473 S. Howard St. S.E. (Parkview)
4010 Roswell Road, Apt. 6 (Buckhead)
1252 Sells Ave. S.W. (West End)