Buying Into the BeltLine

The recent price drop on this Glenwood Park in-town stunner made us realize we're in need of a little BeltLine brush up.

Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty The Glenwood Park neighborhood even caught Hollywood's eye: Scenes for The Blind Side and Hall Pass were filmed near this home. 

We city folk throw around the word “BeltLine” a lot in our in-town goings-on. It’s become part of the vernacular, but do we really know what we’re talking about? Turns out some of us are not as informed as we could be; however, in our quest for knowledge we realized we’re not alone. 

Before you make fun of this HGTV FrontDoor dullard, do you even know how it started? Turns out it was the master’s thesis of a Georgia Tech student named Ryan Gravel in 1999. OK, we didn’t know that either. So name the 45 neighborhoods on the BeltLine. We’ll wait. Did you know that it’s 22 miles long and the most extensive and far-reaching revitalization project in the City of Atlanta since 19-ever? As a matter of fact, it ranks as one of the largest urban redevelopment and mobility projects currently taking place in the United States. 

If you live on it or near it, do you know which segment you’re in? (It’s divided into five.) More importantly, should you consider purchasing a home as an investment in an area where the BeltLine will exist in the future, and will it increase your property’s value? We shook our Magic 8 Ball and it read: Outlook Good. 

Remember, knowledge is power, and the fine folks over at the Atlanta BeltLine are ready to explain it all. They’re even hosting neighborhood courses aptly titled BeltLine 101. Heck, round up five or more friends and/or neighbors and they’ll come to you. Trust us, there’s a lot to learn. For example, there are affordable housing programs available (if you qualify), new business opportunities, activities and more. 

Given this new information, we’re sharing with you a four-bedroom, three-bath beauty for sale located in Glenwood Park, a great walkable neighborhood soon to be directly connected to the BeltLine. We love Glenwood Park because it was once a large, yucky brown field, over 85 acres of nothing. Now it has a community pool and gym, a beautiful dog-friendly park and a shared bocce ball court, and is home to Vickery's Bar & Grill, The Shed at Glenwood (as seen in The Blind Side), Kevin Gillespie’s Gun Show and Drip Coffee House (featured in Hall Pass). 

The home we like is listed at $550,000, making it one of the priciest pads in this market, but it’s also one of the larger ones, notching in at close to 3,500 square feet. It has loads of designer touches, two fireplaces and is on Hamilton Street, one of our favorites. Take a look at our gallery to see for yourself. The full listing is with Carmen Pope at Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty

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