Years ago, Atlanta’s West Midtown - the area south of Vinings and West of Buckhead -was hardly a place successful professionals would consider a move up. As the Atlanta Beltline’s progress has expanded westward, it has brought renewed cachet and a new moniker: “The Upper Westside” to what was once predominantly factories, warehouses, working class homes, and dilapidated industrial properties. Now the The Upper Westside is where young professionals, families, and empty nesters are finding their “deluxe apartment is the sky”. Luxury lofts, mid-rise condos, brand new townhomes, quaint bungalow communities, and trendy renovated flips coupled with major retail developments and new greenspaces have turned West Midtown/Upper Westside area into one of Atlanta’s prime real estate markets.
One of the key developments driving continued interest in the area is the highly anticipated Westside Reservoir Park at Bellwood Quarry. As Atlanta’s intown population continues to swell, connecting to nature is a high priority for many residents, city officials, and developers interested in preventing Atlanta from becoming a concrete jungle like some other densely populated metros. The first phase of the 280-acre Westside Reservoir Park is slated to open in 2019. This ambitious endeavor will rival Atlanta’s intown gem Piedmont Park - exceeding it in size by approximately 100 acres and featuring a 4,000 square foot grand overlook with views of the 2 billion gallon reservoir’s majestic granite walls. Developers plan to use community feedback to influence future phases. For home buyers and investors, properties in close proximity to the new park and the Westside Beltline Trail are experiencing rapid property value increases in anticipation of the same massive growth experienced by other Beltline communities like the Old Fourth Ward. Long-established residential neighborhoods like Loring Heights and Berkeley Park are seeing home values trend upwards of $500K and new businesses like Urban Tree Cidery establishing early footholds.
Adding to this boom market are other key developments to take note of: Seven88 West Midtown, The Interlock, The Works, and Westside Village.The 20-story Seven88 building, located at 780 Howell Mill Road, is West Midtown’s first high-rise and will offer 279 residences starting in the high $300’s and topping out around $1.75M for a penthouse. Planned building amenities include a saltwater swimming pool, a 9,000-square-foot deck, and, on the ground level, retail, restaurants, and entertainment space. Construction is just getting underway and no delivery date has been announced.
The Interlock, located nearby at the Howell Mill and 14th Street intersection, proposes to have 70 single family residences planned alongside 105,000 square feet of retail, WeWork co-working space, a 145-key Marriott Tribute Portfolio hotel, 2-story restaurant - all topped with a private rooftop pool club and lounge.
The Works, an adaptive-reuse development located between Chattahoochee Avenue and Ellsworth Industrial Drive is comprised of 1 million square feet of industrial space that could eventually encompass 350,000 square feet of retail and entertainment, 500,000 square feet of office space, 500 residences, 200 hotel rooms, and 13 acres of greenspace.
Last but not least, construction of the 100,000 square foot Westside Village is underway on Marietta Boulevard with plans to serve Upper Westside residents with basic necessities like child care, a boutique fitness center, restaurants, and shopping. Westside Village is slated to eventually include commercial office space and 19 townhomes.
These developments are a boom to the already thriving area with a prolific arts community and hip social scene that is earning West Midtown/Upper Westside its crown as Atlanta’s hottest real estate market.
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