A boutique condominium project where Ormewood Park meets the tiny neighborhood of Woodland Hills is continuing several intown residential themes of recent years: It’s a former church property repurposed as something else; it’s further evidence that condos are making a comeback in Atlanta; and it has nearly sold out in the midst of a global pandemic.
United Lofts, a Fabric Developers and DevLab Partners venture, is a three-story concrete structure from the early 1950s that was used by the adjoining Woodland Hills Church for Sunday school classes and other purposes but had been vacant for years when developers bought it.
The building’s conversion to 18 condos—two of them two-bedroom lofts, the rest one-bedrooms—began in 2019, and sales efforts launched late that year. The smallest units of 644 square feet began in the low $200,000s. The larger options, topping out at 1,325 square feet, have asked for the mid and high $300,000s.
Allen Snow, an Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty associate broker heading sales, says three condos at United Lofts remain unsold. Two are one-bedrooms priced at $267,400 (for 857 square feet), the other a two-bedroom seeking $359,900 (1,293 square feet).
Buyers so far have mostly been “single young professionals, [with] a lot of interest from the movie production industry, because the studios are so close to the south,” Snow wrote in an email to Urbanize Atlanta, referencing productions facilities such as Blackhall Studios, which is planning a major expansion that would make it Georgia’s largest.
The location is less than a mile from the BeltLine’s interim Southside Trail and about a mile and 1/2 to both The Beacon in Grant Park and East Atlanta Village, as marketing materials note. It’s technically in Woodland Hills, on the street—United Avenue, formerly Confederate Avenue—that divides it from Ormewood Park.
At the towering house of worship next door, Woodland Hills Church continues to operate, unlike so many intown churches that have sold properties and moved or disintegrated in recent years. The church, which has billed itself as a “multicultural and multigenerational community of faith, hope, and love,” now shares an entry drive with the lofts.
Snow notes that oversized steel casement windows and original, retro light fixtures in common areas were salvaged as part of the conversion. Polished concrete floors, Bosch appliances, quartz countertops, and a communal firepit and grill have also been selling points, he said.
The condos are physically connected to the church, Snow said, but were designed in a way to maximize privacy for condo dwellers and churchgoers alike.
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