By Shandra Hill Smith

You prefer renting over buying a home, are holding out for a shift in the economy or appreciate the freedom of being able to pack up and move when life dictates. No matter your circumstance, you can have it all – an address that serves up a high standard of living and a “wow” factor to boot, with a balanced lifestyle that blends work, play, dining and shopping. Atlanta’s Intown neighborhoods brim with luxury living – from high-rise condominiums and apartments to mixed-use developments.


“Luxury renting is where all the parts come together – great finishes, great amenities, a spectacular entrance when you walk in the building,” said Patti Pearlberg, vice president, Asset Management for Coro Realty Advisors, LLC, “and a level of service that says ‘We are here to take care of you.’ ”


“Regardless of the economic environment, people want to feel good about their choice of a home,” added Pearlberg. “Renting in a quality, luxury building or community provides flexibility while meeting personal desires.”


Located at each end of Piedmont Road, both Tremont City Living (www.tremontcityliving.com) and 05 Buckhead (www.05buckhead.com) are developments of Coro Realty Advisors. 05 Buckhead, 3242 Peachtree Road, boasts services and amenities to rival those of the finest five-star hotels, including a 24-hour concierge, private residential access, clubroom, outdoor terrace with skyline views and rooftop pools.


In proximity to shopping, restaurants and hotels, Tremont,15 Habersham Road, provides a number of comforts to include: stainless steel appliances; bamboo wood floors; granite countertops with double undermount sinks; Shaker-style cabinets and brushed stainless features; operable oversized windows; full-height pantry cabinets in select units; Roman soaking tubs, also in select units; and a fitness facility with seven workout stations.


With 926-square-foot flats to townhomes of more than 2,000 square feet, Tremont is an EarthCraft House with Energy Star appliances and insulated windows. Other environmentally friendly features are energy-conserving light fixtures and innovative water conservation fixtures.


“Service starts from the moment someone walks into the building for their first visit until the day they leave,” said Pearlberg. “We challenge our staff every day to make sure every visitor and resident knows that quality is the underlying principal of our projects.”


Apex West Midtown by Perennial began leasing this year within minutes of Georgia Tech, Midtown and Downtown Atlanta. The apartment homes of Perennial Properties (http://perennialproperties.net/index.php) will feature retail shops and restaurants on-site. Located at 1133 Huff Road, Apex includes high ceilings, large patios and balconies, Roman tubs, walk-in closets, an outdoor movie theatre and Wi-Fi lounge.


Another Perennial site, Pencil Factory Flats & Shops at 349 Decatur St., leases luxury apartments within walking distance to Downtown Atlanta. The former site of the National Pencil Factory features one-, two- and three-bedroom lofts, gourmet kitchens with granite counters, tile backsplashes, separate showers, garden tubs and warm hardwood flooring.


This summer, Axis at Perimeter Luxury Apartments (www.axisatperimeter.com) opened near Perimeter Mall. Axis boasts a hibachi kitchen with a chef preparing complimentary breakfast each Saturday; granite countertops; backsplash; washers and dryers; a mystic tanning room with skin care features akin to those in an upscale spa; fitness center with personal training and fitness classes by Quick Fitness Solutions; valet dry cleaning; mobile pet grooming; mobile car detailing; stand-alone showers in select units; a resort-style pool with in-pool seating and cabanas; an outdoor living area with fire pit; gazebo and water fountain. Another bonus: a concierge who will deliver and accept your packages and make your dinner reservations and dental appointments.


Luxury renting such as that at Axis attracts families, couples and singles alike.


“Many have lost their homes and are trying to rebuild their lives; some are able to buy a home but want to wait to see what the market does in the next couple of years,” said K.K. Lopez, manager of Axis, a Lane Company property. “Many people are moving from single-family homes and want to live in a home-like apartment without the hefty mortgage or pricey upkeep.


“They want things done for them, which is what luxury apartment communities offer in many ways. Luxury renting gives all the comforts of a home without all of the costs.”

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.