Atlanta’s renting landscape and several city streets have been altered in recent years by a crop of new off-campus, highly amenitized student housing towers, including four that have opened in Midtown and downtown this semester alone.

Now, one of those projects has been named tops in the U.S.

Inspire Atlanta, a 239-unit student housing complex situated just south of Georgia Tech’s campus, has been known since its 2021 opening for having exceptional skyline views across the city, in addition to a full slate of amenities today’s scholars in Atlanta have come to expect.

The downtown project will also soon be nationally recognized as Multifamily Executive’s “2023 Student Project of the Year.”

Rooftop pool and north views to Atlantic Station and Midtown. Photography by Chris Luker; via Niles Bolton Associates

Looking south over Inspire Atlanta's rooftop amenities to downtown. Photography by Chris Luker; via Niles Bolton Associates

The Centennial Olympic Park Drive complex—designed by Atlanta-based Niles Bolton Associates and developed by Birmingham-based Capstone Communities—competed with nearly 240 nominations to win the honor.  

Inspire Atlanta reps credited the building’s “endless amenities, innovative design, and high resident satisfaction” rating with helping to “secure the grand prize for the student housing development,” per a recent announcement.

As the closest off-campus student housing option for Georgia Tech students, the 750-bed Inspire Atlanta has been 100 percent leased since it opened in August 2021, according to project officials.

The development team, including contractors Hoar Construction, will be honored this week at the Multifamily Executive Conference in Dallas.

With two sections standing seven and 12 stories, the building includes a rooftop pool with rare 360-degree views. Other amenities include a large gym, game room, common areas with individual and group study rooms, courtyards with grills and fire pits, and other perks.

Photography by Chris Luker; via Niles Bolton Associates

The building's main facade and stance just south of campus. Photography by Chris Luker; via Niles Bolton Associates

All units come fully furnished. Monthly rents, when apartments are available, start at $1,869 for one-bedroom, one-bathroom options.

Per-person rates in the largest apartments—five-bedroom, three-bathroom units—start at $1,399 monthly.

And here’s some interesting trivia, as provided by Niles Bolton Associates:

“To protect views of downtown Atlanta from Georgia Tech’s historic Tech Tower and other surrounding buildings, [architects] intentionally designed Inspire Atlanta with a split mid-rise and high-rise design featuring a glass and masonry façade to align with nearby architecture.”

“The concept’s primary focus was to respect the existing urban fabric by carefully considering massing, proportion, and scale,” noted Mohamed Mohsen, a Niles Bolton Associates principal. “To achieve a contemporary yet timeless aesthetic, we utilized a traditional material palette in tandem with modern design principles.” 

Inspire Atlanta does lean more traditional that any of the four student-housing towers that have opened in recent weeks on the other side of the Connector. Those are downtown’s The Legacy and Midtown’s Hub Atlanta, the SCAD Forty Four project, and the Whistler tower.

In the gallery above, find the closest look at award-winning Inspire Atlanta that we’ve received to date.


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