So newly built houses in Atlanta proper with price tags in the $300,000s haven’t gone completely extinct.

An abundance of properties in that price range is out there, in fact, for buyers willing to look farther afield from intown’s traditional white-hot real estate zones.

That’s the gist of the message from Rockhaven Homes, a homebuilder that’s recently opened four new communities within City of Atlanta limits that, according to company officials, are aimed squarely at first-time or “move-up” homebuyers.

Rockhaven—Georgia’s second-largest privately owned new homebuilder, per the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2023 Book of Lists—counts 233 standalone houses either recently delivered or in the pipeline, mostly located near Interstate 285’s southern fringes.

Location of the four Rockhaven Homes projects in question, with a fifth (Stonegate in East Point) pending. Rockhaven Homes

While these residences probably won’t be gracing the pages of Southern Living or Dwell soon, and homeowners won’t exactly be walking to Krog Street Market or Piedmont Park from these southside locations, they could represent viable purchasing options in what remains a tight market for inventory.

Prices start in the low-$300,000s for three-bedroom houses with about 1,800 square feet. All of them feature nine-foot ceilings on first floors, granite countertops, and smart-home-ready tech, per the homebuilder.  

“There is a very low number of homes for sale in the City of Atlanta, especially at this price point, new or resale,” notes Rockhaven’s marketing director, Kristin Dentler.

A quick rundown:

The priciest offering (from the low-$400,000s) is called Broadlands, a 46-home project at 494 Hancock Drive.

Exteriors at the 46-home Broadlands community, where prices start in the low-$400,000s. Rockhaven Homes

A sample Broadlands living room. Rockhaven Homes

The largest is called Reserve at South River Gardens, with 69 houses from the mid-$300,000s at 602 South River Drive near Lakewood.

Tell River (4016 Riverchess Drive) consists of 57 homes from the mid-$300,000s, and Thomasville Estates (1048 Thomasville Estates Road SE) has 29 options, also from the mid-$300,000s. 

A fifth new community with 32 houses, Stonegate, is in the pipeline at 2198 Cormac Street in East Point, priced from the high-$300,000s

It’s all food for thought. Find more context and sample pics in the gallery above.


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