Marietta residents Gigi and Shawn Poole discuss ”Blythewood,” which they purchased in 2012
Marietta residents Gigi and Shawn Poole were charmed by Blowing Rock, North Carolina, long before the town became the inspiration for Jan Karon’s bestselling Mitford novels. They both grew up vacationing in the area, and they lived only an hour away in Lincolnton when their children, Will and Mills, were young.Read more
Prices start at $900,000
Over more than four decades, John Wieland built an empire of 30,000 homes, but his subdivisions proffered more suburban security than urban panache. That’s all changed since the septuagenarian sold his Smyrna-based company in 2012 and turned his focus to boutique developments.Read more
Atlanta may be car-centric, but the region ranks high for future walkability
Atlanta has often been dubbed a car-dependent city. However, our region ranks high for future walkability, indicating a demand for greater density both intown and in the suburbs.Read more
A 1,728-square-foot apartment in Alpharetta’s Avalon project just leased for $5,070
During a tour of Alpharetta’s mixed-used/mini-city/outdoor mall development Avalon on Tuesday, the property’s developer Mark Toro commented they had just inked a lease for a two-bedroom, 1,728-square-foot. apartment for $5,070 a month. For reference, that same rent will get you a three-bedroom, 2,000-square-foot apartment at the Atlantic Midtown in Atlantic Station, the intown version of Avalon that Toro’s company manages. And there’s nothing in that price range at the highly anticipated Flats at Ponce City Market, where rental rates top out at $3,425 for a three-bedroom.Read more
Glen Donaldson was inspired abroad and created his first dream home in 2007
While traveling in Europe, Glen Donaldson saw houses crafted from old shipping containers and was intrigued. But back home in Atlanta—where rail lines carry more than a million boxcars a year—he couldn’t find anything similar. So Donaldson located an affordable lot in an area where zoning permitted modern houses, secured an architect, and designed his dream home.Read more
“They touch everything,” says a critic of the business group’s cozy relationship with the County Commission.
It would be difficult to overstate the role the Cobb Chamber, a 2,500-member business organization, played in bringing the Braves to Cobb, whether as public cheerleaders or private decision-makers.Read more
Living tiny presents sizable challenges—and big opportunities
Some people flip through Architectural Digest or Dwell with dreams of classic mansions or custom homes filled with designer furnishings. My domestic fantasies run smaller: a daily scroll through Tiny House Blog and obsessive scrutiny of every small space featured on Apartment Therapy. Some people take pilgrimages to furniture showrooms in North Carolina. I like to wander through Ikea displays: “Living in 273 square feet!”Read more
How much can you pack into 135 square feet? SCAD Atlanta finds out.
Right now, SCAD Atlanta students and faculty are sleeping in the parking lot of the Atlanta campus’s main building. No, it’s not a dorm crisis or a protest, but an experiment in small living spaces.Read more
Long commutes and low access to health insurance are among the factors contributing to our collective anxiety.
The folks at Movoto have released a list of the 10 Most Stressed Out States in America, naming Georgia the nation’s runner-up in overall anxiety. Although it doesn’t require a team of researchers to know that living and working in metro Atlanta is filled with stressors—just try making a left on Ivan Allen Boulevard any weekday afternoon—the dataset shows that Georgians in rural areas and smaller cities face their share of challenges, too.Read more
On the plus side, green space and walkability are inching up, thanks in large part to the Atlanta BeltLine.
Atlanta sometimes is called “the city in the trees,” and certainly as you fly into Hartsfield-Jackson this time of year, a green canopy appears to cover the city. But deplane and explore at ground level and you’ll soon realize things aren’t quite so verdant. For the third year in a row we have earned a low score on a national assessment of city parks. But—in large part due to the Atlanta BeltLine—Atlanta’s gaining green space and serving more residents.Read more