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Interior designer Sherry Hart is a believer in two guiding principles when it comes to houses: Location is everything, and you can’t go wrong with black and white.
These aren’t your grandma’s townhouses. Real estate agents say Atlanta is hungry for semidetached homes with envelope-pushing modern design. Case in point: The Boulevard at Lenox, a gated, 10-unit complex on Lenox Road near I-85 that was 70 percent sold six months before its expected completion in June.
As projects across the city have proven, Atlanta has a newfound appreciation for adaptive reuse—and there’s plenty to appreciate about the new Fulton Supply Lofts in Castleberry Hill. The $12-million project painstakingly created 74 apartments within the stone-and-brick walls of a 1923 warehouse, which for nine decades was home to Fulton Supply Company, a distributor of industrial equipment and supplies.
Owner of award-winning Terracotta Design/Build, architect Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson appreciated the potential of the townhouse’s 12-foot-tall ceilings and many windows. “I was able to check all the boxes: charming neighborhood, good schools, close to work, no landscaping to worry about, and a lot of volume inside.”
Increasingly, young professionals and empty nesters are opting for luxury townhomes with city views and access to restaurants and parks. For the 12 months ending with June of this year, national townhome starts had risen by 25 percent over the same period ending in 2015.
Bigger than condos and easier to maintain than single-family houses, townhomes have emerged as hotly sought-after entrées into neighborhoods from Avondale Estates to Reynoldstown to Brookhaven.