A project that symbolizes the pull of Emory University and a massive hospital expansion in North Druid Hills has topped out over a busy intown commuter corridor.

Called Bryn House, the $100-million, Class-A rental project is being built by The Allen Morris Company, the developer behind West Midtown’s transformative, growing Star Metals District.

The formerly wooded, 6-acre site is located in the 2400 block of North Druid Hills Road, next to a shopping district anchored by Target, just east of Interstate 85.

Allen Morris’ plans for Bryn House call for 337 apartments in a five-story building, overlooking the popular thoroughfare between Decatur and Buckhead. About 2,000 square feet of retail space will be installed at one corner, to include a coffee shop and wine bar connected to a pocket park with games and shaded seating. Thus, the mix of uses.  

Aerial view of the $100-million Bryn House development last month, with Briarcliff Road shown at left, a large church parking lot at bottom, and Buckhead's skyline in the distance.

Courtesy of The Allen Morris Company

The goal is to fill a void for “high-quality rental housing” as the area’s base of high-paying jobs grows, fueled by a $1.5-billion project nearby that’s expanding medical campuses of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, plus additional growth at Emory University, officials have said.

Around the corner from Bryn House on North Druid Hills Road—and even closer to the swelling hospital complex, with similar intentions—Miami-based The Related Group is planning to build a sprawling mix of offices and apartments called Manor Druid Hills. 

Allen Morris officials have said Bryn House will finish construction in spring 2023. Amenities at the complex will include an onsite dog park, elevated pool deck with cabanas and trellised grilling areas, plus a gym, game room, and event space. 

The floorplan breakdown: 168 one-bedrooms, 138 two-bedrooms, 27 three-bedroom units, and four townhome options for rent. 

The back portion of Bryn House last month, with a shopping district next door (at right) anchored by Target and Midtown in the distance.

As with Star Metals, the apartments have been designed by architects at Dwell Design Studio. Juneau Construction Company, which built Star Metals Offices and Residences, is overseeing construction.

Elsewhere in Atlanta, Allen Morris made news in May for acquiring 15 acres of former industrial property abutting the BeltLine’s Westside Trail in Bankhead for $31 million. That property, situated along Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, has been the subject of redevelopment talks for years. Allen Morris officials said input from adjacent neighborhoods and the BeltLine will help guide designs.

The developer has also filed for permits to start building the foundation for Stella at Star Metals, a sleek 20-story apartment stack that would be the district’s next phase off Howell Mill Road.

Find a closer look at Bryn House’s plans and context in the gallery above.

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