affordable atlanta beltline homes

For all its connective wonders, the Atlanta BeltLine has been pilloried by observers far and wide for being a conduit of gentrification in general, displacement in particular, and the rapid real estate price escalations that are the root of those ills. Still, your last name doesn’t necessarily have to be Warbucks to call a BeltLine neighborhood home—and to actually own your home there—despite housing prices that continue to climb in the face of unthinkable societal hardships.

Below are five (relatively) affordable Atlanta BeltLine homes currently on the market, representing a variety of neighborhoods and housing types, priced at $300,000 or less within an easy stroll of the famed multiuse path. For some buyers, concessions might have to be made. And don’t expect palaces. But you can’t call BeltLine neighborhoods exclusively the playground of millionaires just yet.

Enjoy this tour of affordable Atlanta BeltLine homes.

affordable atlanta beltline homesPint-sized Va-Hi condo in a 1920s house—with a tiny price

800 Ponce de Leon Place NE #1

  • Price: $135,000
  • Neighborhood: Virginia-Highland
  • Year built: 1920
  • Bedrooms: Studio
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Square footage: 400

800 Ponce de Leon Place NE The listing informs us that units rarely come up for sale at this charming 1920s Virginia-Highland residence now functioning as a mini condo community. You could certainly see a bachelor/bachelorette being reluctant to hand over the keys when the Eastside Trail and Ponce City Market are almost literally in the backyard. Beyond location, the upside is the neighborhood’s cheapest asking price for anything at the moment ($135,000), character-boosting hardwood floors, a dedicated parking space, and the surprise communal rooftop hangout with sweet skyline views. The catch is the 400-square-foot dimensions—a setup akin to a hotel room, basically. Zillow pegs the HOA fees at $288 monthly.

Photos: Lance Bryant/Freelance Photography 

affordable three bedroom cottageA Westside cottage reno with price reductions

230 Holderness Street

  • Price: $300,000  
  • Neighborhood: Fairview Terrace (subdivision)
  • Year built: 1943
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Square footage: 1,680

Holderness Street The largest option on the list by a considerable margin is this opened-up, three-bedroom cottage between Ashview Heights and Mozley Park, just north of West End. The house is so close to the Westside Trail, you can probably hear the patter of joggers’ Nikes from the deep backyard. It’s marketed as a blend of “old-time charm and modern luxuries,” all within fresh siding and under a new roof. The vaulted ceilings and hardwoods are nice, but discerning buyers could take issue with the living room floorplan and lack of anything resembling landscaping. Despite daunting unemployment rates, pending home contracts are common as oak trees in neighborhoods west and southwest of downtown, but this property has dipped $50,000 in price since initially appearing in May.

Photos: LaRuche Creative

1940s two-bedroom condoDignified 1940s condo in Buckhead, near the Northside Trail

115 Peachtree Memorial Drive Unit E3

  • Price: $285,000   
  • Neighborhood: Buckhead
  • Year built: 1948
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Square footage: 1,077

condo near Atlanta Beltline Tucked off Peachtree Road near the BeltLine’s underrated Northside Trail segment, this 1940s two-bedroom in a community called Waterside at Peachtree combines elegance and walkability. It’s got that inimitable sturdiness of the era, a cozy balcony, and an office nook that could hardly be more light-filled. The condo’s top-floor positioning in the building means it’s accessible from both front and rear parking lots and that the only shared wall is the floor. It’s that rare unit of sub-1,100 square feet that includes a dedicated dining space and two sleeping quarters. At $350 monthly, the HOA fees aren’t astronomical, but they could be a hindrance for some.

Photographer: Rex Visual Services

Old Fourth Ward condoDiscounted two-bedroom condo in a 1960s O4W building

210 Sampson Street NE APT 6

  • Price: $242,000   
  • Neighborhood: Old Fourth Ward
  • Year built: 1962
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Square footage: 650

affordable atlanta beltline homes The least expensive option for owning a BeltLine-adjacent property in hip O4W right now is this refreshed flat that manages to offer two bedrooms in the thick of it all. Find it around the corner from Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall in a quaint, gussied-up, nine-unit building from the era when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached in this neighborhood of his birth. Inside, the kitchen backsplash, quartz countertops, and (vinyl but durable) flooring are new, and the large rangehood is surprising for a condo of this size. It was recently discounted by $27,000, and the monthly HOA commitment of $175 is described in the listing as relatively low. Bonus points for the unexpected attic. And the gated, dedicated parking spot.

Photos: Kelley Klein

Ashview Height 1930s bungalowThe “deal of the decade” near Atlanta University Center

1052 Ashby Grove

  • Price: $299,900   
  • Neighborhood: Ashview Heights
  • Year built: 1930
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Square footage: 1,120

Atlanta beltline affordable homes Equidistant to the BeltLine’s Westside Trail and Morehouse College (a few blocks to the west and east, respectively) is this circa-1930 bungalow rehab marketed as the “deal of the decade.” The price, as listed in mid-August, is intended to quickly move this three-bedroom gut renovation in a classic Atlanta style, per the listing. From the cozy back deck to the electrical wires, everything is new, and the interior result is a clean, simple palette where most rooms seem big enough, and the master closet sprawls.

Photos: Lance Bryant/Freelance Photography

Let us know which of these affordable Atlanta BeltLine homes is your favorite!

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