If you’ve paid attention to news out of MARTA the past several weeks, you’ve no doubt heard the phrase “transit-oriented development.” That’s urban-planner speak for the development of land surrounding transit stations. Lindbergh City Center, with its mix of residences and retail, is a prime example. MARTA has lately secured developers for massive mixed-use projects at the [King Memorial] and [Avondale] stations and solicited proposals for [Edgewood/Candler Park]. Seven other stations have made the [working short list] for similar projects.
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!”
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.
When local developer Michael Woods, principal in Broadview Properties, first noticed the dilapidated 1950s-era ranch-style home at 532 Mead Street in Grant Park, he knew immediately that he wanted to buy the property and build a house that would complement the neighborhood.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this gem was respectfully updated by noted architect Norman Askins.
During its 116-year life, Decatur’s Miley Bright Farmhouse has been many things: a gentleman’s city retreat, working farm and dairy, dilapidated boarding house, private home, and most recently, bed and breakfast.
The Mandarin Oriental closed $20 million in sales last year, while the Ritz-Carlton sold 129 units in two and a half years. The St. Regis has chalked “historic” sales, and 1065 Midtown, the apartments above the Loews Atlanta Hotel, are selling almost as fast as they’re converted into condos.