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Apartment Heatmap: Where to Rent Right Now in Atlanta

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Over the last three years, blockbuster apartment communities have proliferated in Atlanta, especially in mixed-use epicenters such as Midtown and Buckhead. Complaints about too-damn-high rents soon followed, but occupancy rates remained strong, generally speaking, opening the door for a second and third wave of high-profile rental options on the horizon. For this Heatmap, we focused on rental communities both new and old (note: 2003 housing is pretty much ancient in this market, but that's not necessarily a bad thing) that may have slipped under the radar, for whatever reason. That's not to say these complexes aren't popular, or that units of all sizes are readily and cheaply available. These aren't the marquee projects, for the most part, but they could be wise moves for Atlantans looking to rent for a while — or forever.

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1. Steelworks Atlanta

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1220 Mecaslin Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30363

This new Westside apartment community specializes in sleek contemporary units with up to three bedrooms for renters who like the amenities of Atlantic Station but don’t want to live there. Perks include the fountain courtyard with fire pits and the option of having “White Tiger Granite” countertops. Also key: proximity to Georgia Tech. Find 2/2 units here for about $2,000/month.

2. The Reserve at Collier Hills

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1185 Collier Road Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 352-4000
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This off-the-beaten-path complex in Underwood Hills could ease the pain of monthly rent for seekers of three-bedroom apartments who covet the Buckhead-ish lifestyle. A 3/2 unit, with a relatively roomy 1,300 square feet, rents here for $2,400. Located just west of Interstate 75 on Collier Road, The Reserve at Collier Hills touts proximity to downtown (10 minutes), Bluetooth audio in every apartment and “hardwood-inspired flooring.”

3. The Leonard

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301 Memorial Drive Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 467-6305
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The Leonard is well-suited for renters looking for a little edgy soul in their neighborhood. Located at the cusp of Grant Park, and with a tagline of “Life on Memorial, built around you,” this smallish complex rose from the ashes of a legendary ATL dive bar to offer a bocce court, skyline views, dog-washing spa and five-minute walks to MARTA trains. Find legitimate 1/1 units here for about $1,000, sans balcony.

4. The Place on Ponce

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319 West Ponce De Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030

Renters who adore the chill-village vibes of Decatur will probably lap up the lifestyle at The Place on Ponce, which is smack dab in the heart of it. Promotional materials promise “you’ll want for nothing” at The Place, with its zen garden, resort-style pool and future Highland Bakery. Pricing isn’t readily available online, which could be a red flag.

5. Berkshire Terminus

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20 Terminus Place #1100
Atlanta, GA 30305

The newly rechristened Berkshire Terminus apartments in Buckhead are primed for the renter who feels that prestige is paramount and price is an afterthought. The “Higher standards. No exceptions.” motto might smack as ultra-pretentious, but this is about as close as Atlanta apartments get to W hotels. Perks include an on-site Starbucks coffee bar, dual rooftop terraces and a three-minute walk to venerable Bones steakhouse, one of the country’s best. Studio apartments, with less than 500 square feet, start at $1,128.

6. Highland Walk

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701 Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

This pioneering mixed-use complex on Highland Avenue might not have the clout of newer Old Fourth Ward competitors like Ponce City Market, but there’s still much to admire about Highland Walk. For starters: The 2/2 rooftop units with exceptionally huge terraces rent for $2,200. Street-level retail includes Zuma Sushi and a dry cleaners, and the Beltline’s Eastside Trail is just down the hill.

7. The Prato @ Midtown Apartments

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400 Central Park Place Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30308

Neighboring the Atlanta Civic Center, The Prato @ Midtown Apartments might not have the toniest location (and it’s not even in Midtown), but this older complex could be a solid option for renters indifferent to bells and whistles. You won’t find an on-site bike shop or yoga studio here, but the tennis court and dual pools are nice touches. A double-decker, two-bedroom loft (with nearly 1,500 square feet) rents here for $1,826.

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1. Steelworks Atlanta

1220 Mecaslin Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30363

This new Westside apartment community specializes in sleek contemporary units with up to three bedrooms for renters who like the amenities of Atlantic Station but don’t want to live there. Perks include the fountain courtyard with fire pits and the option of having “White Tiger Granite” countertops. Also key: proximity to Georgia Tech. Find 2/2 units here for about $2,000/month.

1220 Mecaslin Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30363

2. The Reserve at Collier Hills

1185 Collier Road Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30318

This off-the-beaten-path complex in Underwood Hills could ease the pain of monthly rent for seekers of three-bedroom apartments who covet the Buckhead-ish lifestyle. A 3/2 unit, with a relatively roomy 1,300 square feet, rents here for $2,400. Located just west of Interstate 75 on Collier Road, The Reserve at Collier Hills touts proximity to downtown (10 minutes), Bluetooth audio in every apartment and “hardwood-inspired flooring.”

1185 Collier Road Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30318

3. The Leonard

301 Memorial Drive Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30312

The Leonard is well-suited for renters looking for a little edgy soul in their neighborhood. Located at the cusp of Grant Park, and with a tagline of “Life on Memorial, built around you,” this smallish complex rose from the ashes of a legendary ATL dive bar to offer a bocce court, skyline views, dog-washing spa and five-minute walks to MARTA trains. Find legitimate 1/1 units here for about $1,000, sans balcony.

301 Memorial Drive Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

4. The Place on Ponce

319 West Ponce De Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030

Renters who adore the chill-village vibes of Decatur will probably lap up the lifestyle at The Place on Ponce, which is smack dab in the heart of it. Promotional materials promise “you’ll want for nothing” at The Place, with its zen garden, resort-style pool and future Highland Bakery. Pricing isn’t readily available online, which could be a red flag.

319 West Ponce De Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030

5. Berkshire Terminus

20 Terminus Place #1100, Atlanta, GA 30305

The newly rechristened Berkshire Terminus apartments in Buckhead are primed for the renter who feels that prestige is paramount and price is an afterthought. The “Higher standards. No exceptions.” motto might smack as ultra-pretentious, but this is about as close as Atlanta apartments get to W hotels. Perks include an on-site Starbucks coffee bar, dual rooftop terraces and a three-minute walk to venerable Bones steakhouse, one of the country’s best. Studio apartments, with less than 500 square feet, start at $1,128.

20 Terminus Place #1100
Atlanta, GA 30305

6. Highland Walk

701 Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30312

This pioneering mixed-use complex on Highland Avenue might not have the clout of newer Old Fourth Ward competitors like Ponce City Market, but there’s still much to admire about Highland Walk. For starters: The 2/2 rooftop units with exceptionally huge terraces rent for $2,200. Street-level retail includes Zuma Sushi and a dry cleaners, and the Beltline’s Eastside Trail is just down the hill.

701 Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

7. The Prato @ Midtown Apartments

400 Central Park Place Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308

Neighboring the Atlanta Civic Center, The Prato @ Midtown Apartments might not have the toniest location (and it’s not even in Midtown), but this older complex could be a solid option for renters indifferent to bells and whistles. You won’t find an on-site bike shop or yoga studio here, but the tennis court and dual pools are nice touches. A double-decker, two-bedroom loft (with nearly 1,500 square feet) rents here for $1,826.

400 Central Park Place Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30308