Ten months after construction began in earnest, a unique, relatively dense pocket of standalone modern homes is ready for its closeup on the site of a former Kirkwood church.

JD Kirkwood, the latest infill project of many along the eastside’s Memorial Drive, has delivered five single-family houses across the street from Drew Charter School. 

Situated where East Lake Terrace meets Memorial Drive, the project took a corner lot where a small church property—the former home of Zion Pentecostal Evangelistic Church of God in Christ—was demolished in 2022. It was designed by Atlanta-based Xmetrical, an architecture firm with modern homes and commercial ventures dotted across the city.

According to listing agent Sara Lee Parker, of Keller Williams Intown Atlanta, two JD Kirkwood properties are currently listed, but all will be finished and on the market soon, with first closings scheduled for the end of June.

The staged model home went under contract after the first open house weekend, according to Parker. All units stand three stories tall.

The Bespoke Developments project has generated “lots of interest and activity,” Parker wrote in an email to Urbanize Atlanta. “The overall design and quality have been very well-received.”

The vacant former home of Zion Pentecostal Evangelistic Church of God in Christ that JD Kirkwood replaces at 2246 Memorial Drive. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

How JD Kirkwood facades, porches, and landscaping came together at East Lake Terrace and Memorial Drive. Wes Cummings/RealKit Photography

Prices start at $889,000 for the smaller offerings with three bedrooms and three and ½ bathrooms, those being Lots 1, 2, and 3. Each has around 2,500 square feet of interior space, with another 664 to 719 square feet of patios and terraces.

Meanwhile, the larger four-bedroom, four and ½ bathroom units will ask between $989,000 and $995,000, according to Parker. The largest of those two has 2,761 square feet inside.

Each house counts a rooftop deck, patios off the living rooms, two-car garages, and a sleek aesthetic with functional modern touches like clerestory windows. Proximity to parks, downtown Kirkwood, Oakhurst, the Hosea + 2nd project, East Lake Publix, and Lidl are all cited as perks of the location.

Wes Cummings/RealKit Photography

Wes Cummings/RealKit Photography

Initially pitched by JDW Development, the project first came before the Kirkwood Neighbors Organization in summer 2021, and as of early 2022 appeared to be green-lighted for full construction. But the site went quiet for more than a year before the new development team stepped in.

On blocks immediately south of the JD Kirkwood project are Drew Charter School facilities and the East Lake YMCA. Like another property across the street, the 2246 Memorial Drive site was home to a church that hadn’t been used regularly for years.

As with Toll Brothers’ Oxley Edgewood project, the Empire Paintbox townhomes and 103 new townhomes called Eastwood elsewhere in Kirkwood, and the 1200 Ponce venture that transformed Druid Hills United Methodist Church, among others, it’s a case of developers moving in to claim land from an intown congregation willing to sell and move on.

Find more context and a model home tour in the gallery above. Meanwhile, floorplans for each unit are posted here.


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