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.Read More
Apartment Heatmap: Where to Rent Right Now in Atlanta
1. Steelworks Atlanta
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.