Midtown Atlanta

Atlanta’s Midtown area generally runs from Ponce de Leon, on the South to Deering Road on the North. Serving as demarcation point on the South, between Midtown and Downtown, is Ivy Hall. The land – 405 acres – was purchased by Richard Peters in the early 1880s with the idea of building a neighborhood and operating a streetcar line to it. Peters’ son Edward built the showy Queen Anne-style home known as Ivy Hall at the corner of Piedmont and Ponce de Leon in 1883; the house has been restaurant and is now owned by Savanah College of Art and Design (SCAD). For more information see the National Park Service web site: https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/atlanta/pet.htm

To the North, many view the Amtrak Station located at the corner of Deering Road and Peachtree Street as the northern boundary between Midtown and South Buckhead.

There is a range in architecture in Midtown, as there is in most of Atlanta, from simple turn of the 20th century bungalows and fine Victorian mansions to contemporary traditional and modern homes. But after World War II Midtown lost many residents to the suburbs and some homes were converted to apartments and boardinghouses. In the late `60s and early `70s, Midtown went hippie in a big way; conservative people shunned the area and neighboring Piedmont Park, which was turning a corner. Its solidly built homes, tree-lined streets, and convenient location convinced adventurous buyers of the area’s underlying value. Gays, singles, and yuppie couples were drawn by Midtown’s tolerance and urban charm and settled there by the thousands, many as homeowners who greatly improved their properties

The rush to escape grueling daily commutes has made Midtown one of the city’s hottest real estate markets. Empty office buildings, old storefronts, and an abandoned hotel, the Biltmore, have been refurbished as luxury condominiums. Midtown home prices run the gamut from $200,000 for a one bedroom condo to well over $1 million for higher-end condos and single family home.

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