The quiet town of Edgewood has a great deal to offer in terms of real estate for buyers on a budget. Seven thousand residents agree its location is ideal in the eye of the storm. In the midst of two legendary Atlanta communities, East Atlanta and Little Five Points, Edgewood is often left out of the excitement. But while these over-energized neighboring communities provide the entertainment, when the day is done, it’s home to Edgewood.
Original homes in Edgewood date back to Atlanta’s reconstruction era during the early part of the 20th century. Built on the railroad line, like many Atlanta neighborhoods, Edgewood was an important part of the initial establishment of Atlanta. Due to the booming growth of the downtown business district during that time, the need for substantial blue-collar housing arose. Thus, Edgewood was born and manufactured stock houses quickly filled the area to lodge the families of the men who built Atlanta.
Nearly 100 years later, many of these budget-friendly craftsman style bungalow homes are still the heart of residential Edgewood. Thanks to the DIY movement, weekend warriors have renovated some if these homes over the last two decades. However, it is the new construction condos, townhomes and houses that predominantly occupy the market. Furthermore, restored and new apartment and lofts are also the most popular rental properties among newcomers. Thus, the population of Edgewood is divided evenly between homeowners and renters.
The median price for homes for sale in Edgewood is $217,794, though finding new homes on the market under $400K is not common. The median price is closer to the cost of new condominiums in this neighborhood. There is a significant amount of condos and lofts in Edgewood. What makes these units unique from other neighborhoods though is that developers have found creative ways to incorporate homes amid nontraditional real estate. For example, newer two-story retail centers feature second-floor residences, particularly on Caroline Street in the retail district. Additionally, planners transformed old, industrial-style buildings into contemporary condos and built new structures that look like old industrious buildings. The Arizona Avenue area portrays a Bauhaus vibe paying homage to the manufacturing of Atlanta. This pocket of the city also fittingly provides working and living spaces for the most innovative of modern-day pioneers. A list of loft buildings in Edgewood is below.
- Shoe Factory Lofts
- La France Street Lofts
- Caroline Street Lofts
- Arizona Lofts
The median monthly rent in Edgewood is $896. There are many apartments in Edgewood at varying price points, though the cost of living in the area is rising. Edgewood Court section 8 apartments are even getting revamped. After a $20 million makeover, developers promise the apartments will retain their affordable housing price tag. However, low-income residents are finding it harder and harder to afford living here.
Apartment complexes in Edgewood include:
- 200 Edgewood
- Retreat at Edgewood
- Colombia CitiHomes
- Station R Apartments
- Edgewood Court Apartments
The Edgewood Retail District is a modern 44-acre mixed-use property. This village of shops offers residents convenient access to every type of store from home improvement to grocery and everything in between. Retailers and fast food chains in the Edgewood Retail District include the following:
- Best Buy
- Barnes & Noble + Starbucks
- Office Depot
- UPS Store
- Ross Dress for Less
- Atlanta Vision Optical
- Chase Bank
- Five Guys
- Willy’s Mexicana Grill
- Shane’s Rib Shack
With this element, Edgewood residents can potentially live and work without the need of a vehicle. Walking and/or cycling, complemented by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), eliminates the stress of Atlanta traffic and parking factors. The Edgewood/Candler Park Station on the blue line train, which runs east and west, is convenient from any corner of Edgewood. MARTA transfer buses run often throughout the neighborhood making for prompt and reliable travel around town and to the train station.
There are two sit-down restaurants in Edgewood. Figo Pasta is in the retail district at the west side of the neighborhood. Ration and Dram is on the east side in the industrial part of the community. Also in east Edgewood are some artsy businesses that complement the adjacent Pratt-Pullman Yard development project geared toward the film industry. Edgewood’s contribution to the arts includes Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre and the Circus Arts Institute school for performers.
Students in Edgewood attend Lin Elementary in neighboring Candler Park, Inman Middle School in Inman Park and Grady High School in Midtown. A few of the Atlanta Public Schools charter schools serving the Edgewood district include:
- Charles R. Drew Charter School (PK-5)
- Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School (elementary, middle)
- KIPP Atlanta Collegiate (9-12)
Private school options include the New School and Light of the World Christian Academy. While these are the closest private schools, there are many more in Atlanta, but they are not as conveniently located to Edgewood.
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