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Bad Design Doesn't Sell in Home Park; Brainstorming for the Olympia Building; More

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Home Park— How far down in price must a less-than-appealing new construction house come in order to snag a buyer? That's what we wondered with this stucco box next to Atlantic Station, which was built four years ago and hasn't sold since. Its $800k+ price tag might be asking too much for too little.

Sandy Springs— At the opposite end of the aesthetic spectrum, we looked in awe at a stunning riverside estate designed by Keith Summerour. With one-of-a-kind architecture and gorgeous grounds, it's got the goods.

Downtown— A Five Points landmark, the Olympia Building, has been put on the market by its owner the state of Georgia, but bidding has been sparse. Maria Saporta came up with an ideal potential buyer in Coca-Cola, although the plea might have fallen on deaf ears. Whoever ends up with the building has their renovation work cut out for them, but the potential for a revived block is there.

Buckhead— Development company Carter could be returning to its Atlanta roots by developing two large projects in South Buckhead, both projected to cost $50M. One's an office building at Lindbergh City Center; the other is a medical office building near Piedmont Hospital. Is the city ready to build big again?

Cobb County— The Cobb County DOT has come up with an ambitious $1.1B plan for express buses and bus rapid transit along Highway 41 and I-75, but the issue of funding presents quite a large roadblock. Too bad T-SPLOST didn't pass: it would have allocated over $600M for the line running from Acworth to Midtown. With the environmental study possibly two years from completion, there should be ample time to battle over money.

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