590 Collier Ridge Dr- Mid Century Atlanta 

Our hearts gush over this Mid Century Modern home in Historic Collier Heights…a community deep with African American history filled with pride for the many professionals who helped established it during a time of struggle. 

This 3bed 2bath home on a basement with double fireplace, 3 exterior patio areas and sunken livingroom is being released and on the hunt for a new owner to restore. 

List price $110,000 – with just a few upgrades needed to restore this gem. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
  
    
   
 

The Rebirth of Slick…

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Needless to say, I am in a reminiscent state. I would blame it on “Throw Back Thursday”, however I’ve been falling into this state every time I sit in our office on RDA and look out the window. It’s a bit emotional. I get emotional when I think of how far we (community, colleagues and myself) have come, in a short period of time. Reviewing the work done to get us here is even more overwhelming.  However, the joggers on the Beltline, festivals in the parks and multiple offers on a single home have been the reward and just the tip of the iceberg.

Let me back up for those who are new to the Rebirth of my SW ATL..

2004

A trip home to Brooklyn NY, changed my life.  I was very aware of the on going transformation in Harlem since the 90’s.

.. I saw it…I heard of it.. however, I did not live it since I didn’t frequent Harlem. It was something happening “over there”..as if Harlem was another Country and certainly something that would not impact me.

In the 90’s, I was comfortable living in Bed-Stuy. I had a 3rd floor Brownstone apartment , paying $800(all inclusive) a month and thinking THAT was too high since it was technically ONLY 1.5 bedrooms,a livingroom, eat in kitchen, hall and bathroom with skylights,  walk thru his/her dressing area equipped with marble sinks and builtin dressers. How dare my 80yr old landlord share her old house with ONLY my 2 person family and expect us to pay all that?

Yup…Hindsight is 20/20.

During this trip home,a visit to 592 Decatur Street was priority as she was now 90, and had not seen my daughter in 3 years.  It felt wonderful to really be home. I mean, truly home- with all the same sights, sounds, smells and yes, NY dirt I love. I was home and taking full advantage of everything. I had franks from the food CART (no truck needed to cart boiling water and buns), an authentic FRESHLY MADE Beef Patti from real Jamaicans (not the box from the supermarket), Gyro from the Gyro King off 34th St, a Hero sandwich from the corner Bodega (who already knew American cheese is suppose to be YELLOW) and a Mystic drink. Nothing disappointed me- it all was just as I had remembered and longed for.

Sitting on the stoop “people watching” was a nice evening pass time. Something I missed and still miss (Atlanta does not have stoops, most drive everywhere and if we had stoops, the mosquito’s would run us off!)  However, there were many faces I did not recognizeMy ex-landlord was quick to fill in the blanks with all the gossip (after all, she lived there over 50yrs and knew everything)  “..she’s a doctor. That’s Ms. So& So daughter-she took over the house when her mom died, he’s the baby of the family-he’s grown now and has a wife home…”  I didn’t mind listening one bit, she took pride in knowing and was happy that EVERYONE KNEW HER.  I did notice some passing did not receive any recognition or introduction, despite their evening greeting. They were polished. A different race. And looked out of place, based on my memory of the street. Her only comment on this, “… Brooklyn is changing…like what they did in Harlem. My taxes have gone up…”

We were silent.

It was a sad moment for me to feel her unspoken fears.  I did not know how to reassure her.

What could I possibly reassure? She was 90, I was 27. She lived longer and saw more.

Change is inevitable.

My return back to Atlanta was refreshing. I HATE to admit this, but I was tired after NY and welcomed the slower pace, a house with central AC and the stillness nightfall brought. I had come to find peace in the predictability of stores closing, transit stopping and people being indoors by a certain time.

But, my soul longed for a balance.

………to be continued next Throw Back Thursday

What does google say about your Neighborhood?

Have you searched your community online? If you’re reading this blog, I’m sure you have!  Did you see more crime stats and warnings about your neighborhood opposed to the great things YOU know the community offers?    If so, it’s time for YOU to get  to Tweeting, Facebooking, Yelping and link that neighborhood into positive press!  

Most of our communities on the Westside are in a redevelopment or revitalization stage. We are actively recruiting home buyers.  With this in mind, did you know 88% of the people searching for a home review homes on the Internet FIRST.  After they’ve found a home, what do you think they look for next? Of course, ‘information on the community’ the home resides in!   It is important to  spread the good news occurring within our communities; don’t let the MEDIA develop the image; WE live here!   This is why I believe in writing positive reports and comments about the communities I serve in public forums. 

It’s disappointing when communities do not maintain or have a website.  What does this say about your neighborhood? Are you inactive and blighted?   Not innovative but outdated?  Disconnected and unconcerned about sharing your events? If you are disconnected and unconcerned, how safe can it be to live by  you?

 Here is a great solution,  Neighborhood Link will host your website FREE.  It’s  “plug and play”- just enter the information and it’s already designed.

A few other great sites:

Patch, Everyblock

These sites are syndicated- which means they will be picked up in a search -yes, on google.  The more you write- the positive press will move up in the search results.

Get to writing and see the difference you can make in your community!

Is Loft living for you?

Interested in living on the Westside?  Take a stroll down Marietta Street and be amazed by the transformation.  The inviting sleek developments and industrial loft conversions will make you consider changing your wardrobe to ALL black and opening a gallery (which is not a bad idea!).  I love the clean lines and mod feel of the new Westside, not to mention my favorite store (Room& Board) is nicely holding it down.

How did this New Westside spring up before out eyes and what’s the history behind it?  Read about the history of the Marietta St Artery HERE

Where would one live over here? If it were me, in a Loft- naturally! However if you can’t find an old industrial loft (which are in limited supply) why not a new mid/high-rise?   The White Provision,built in 2009 has a few NEW models available for you to make your own.  2bed/2bath listed for $500K+ they also offer  take abatement to 2022, paid HOA and $4K towards your closing costs- garage parking, pool, fitness center are the amenities. See more HERE

I did manage to see 1 listing in the wonderful KING PLOW, a nice live/work FMLS #4273301 – get this, the list price will include ALL furnishings. Ready to run a business in your PJs?

There is much history in this area to be explored. In between shopping, take a stroll and view the architecture, appreciate the change and what is restored. Here’s info from Wikipedia:

The area began as an industrial area along the railroad line northwest from Atlanta even before the American Civil War — the Western and Atlantic Railroad line was completed in 1837. In 1881 the International Cotton Exposition was held at the north end of the corridor, for which the Exposition Cotton Mills were built. Mule-pulled trolleys brought workers starting in 1882, and these became electrified in 1894.[4] The area continued as an industrial and warehouse area, though the commercial strip along Marietta Street suffered with suburbanization starting in the 1960s. In the 1990s, several adaptive reuse projects kicked off (Hasting’s Seed Company, The Carriage Works, King Plow Arts Center, and the Allied Warehouse #2), signaling the renaissance of the area.[5]

Bellwood was annexed to the city of Atlanta in 1897.[6] The neighborhood of Bellwood was officially renamed Marietta Street Artery in the 2000s.

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