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Fresh renderings: Posh Buckhead condo tower breaks ground despite market uncertainty

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Prices at Graydon Buckhead, among Atlanta’s largest for-sale condo offerings in years, begin at $1.6M

A rendering of a tall white building with many trees and a large city behind it.
The expected penthouse views toward Midtown.
Images courtesy of Kolter Urban, Graydon Buckhead; interior design by Rule Joy Trammel + Rubio

From private single-family builds on quiet streets to transit-focused apartment communities and Midtown high-rises, the exemption for construction in Atlanta and Georgia’s orders mandating that people stay home is plainly evident right now as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues.

That’s a contrast to stay-at-home orders in cities such as Detroit, New York, and Boston, which have slammed the brakes on development. Meanwhile, in Atlanta, a project of significant scale has announced it’s officially moving forward, with prices as they were prior to lockdowns related to COVID-19.

The official groundbreaking at Graydon Buckhead, one of Atlanta’s largest for-sale condo ventures since the Great Recession, happened Monday at the 2520 Peachtree Road site where the Emerson tower was once planned, according to project reps.

The project is still expected to deliver in mid-2022, with prices beginning at $1.6 million. Officials this week released the most detailed renderings to date.

Graydon Buckhead is planned to be among the taller structures on the stretch of Peachtree Road between Buckhead’s Jesus Junction and Midtown, offering just 47 condos in 22 stories, which speaks to the size of floorplans.

A long lobby with wood floors.
Planned look of the Graydon lobby. Atlanta-based Susan B. Bozeman Designs will be handling the Graydon’s interiors and common spaces.

The smallest Graydon offerings—two-bedroom condos with two and a half bathrooms and 2,200 square feet—will start at $1.6 million.

From there, priced at $3.2 million, will be three-bedroom options with four and a half bathrooms and between 3,500 and 3,600 square feet.

A single four-bedroom penthouse of nearly 6,000 square feet will crown the 22nd floor, priced $8.5 million—by far the priciest condo option in Atlanta at the moment.

The Graydon project represents Florida-based Kolter Urban’s first foray into the Atlanta market. It’s the most sizable new condo project between Midtown and Buckhead Village’s The Charles, following the switch of another new Buckhead tower, The Sutton, from swanky condos to rentals.

Offers, as project reps note, are now being entertained.

A huge condo dining room with views across trees to a city.
A high-floor great room and formal dining.
A long white room with wood floors and a huge balcony.
Planned balcony access in an owner’s suite.
A tall white bedroom with a long white and gray bed.
A guest suite.
A den room with a large TV on the wall at right.
An example of one condo’s den.
A white long room with a TV at right.
The Graydon’s Club Room. Architecture by Rule Joy Trammel + Rubio is influenced by “the fine, classic homes of Buckhead, while keeping a modern aesthetic,” officials with developer Kolter Urban have said.
A rendering of a tall condo building girded by tress at the base.
A rendering of a tall condo building girded by tress at the base.
A rendering of a pool.
Looking north, into central Buckhead, from the pool. Building amenities, as reps point out, will include concierge and valet, plus a large pool and spa, club rooms (both formal and informal), a green yoga lawn, a spin studio inside the gym, and a dog spa and park.