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Old 10-29-2011, 03:24 PM
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Hi Everyone,
I will be moving to atlanta in January for 6 months and can't decide what building the live in. I have out a down payment on a studio appt at Spire on the 25th floor. However, a one bedroom has opened at Plaza which is about 200 sq feet bigger and the same price but it is on the 7th floor. Does anyone have any suggestions or insight on both complexes that can help me with my decision?? I am currently living in California do its very hard to tell which one I want. Thanks
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Old 10-29-2011, 06:07 PM
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I would say if you're only going to be here for 6 months, it really doesn't matter.

But, if you really want to know some key differences....

Spire is a bit more in the "middle of everything" with its location on Peachtree St. You're on the main drag of midtown, and pretty much everything is going to be walkable....however, I don't believe there is anything in the Spire building itself...maybe they've put some stuff in, I can't really remember.

Plaza Midtown is no slouch when it comes to location either, but it IS a couple of blocks off Peachtree. What you get in return, though, is a great complex itself. It has a full sized grocery store you don't even have to leave the building to go to and a bunch of restaurants and taverns in the building itself. So Spire may be closer to more, but you will have to exit the building for anything (I think)....Plaza Midtown, a few blocks further, but the building itself has some very cool stuff right there.

From a real estate perspective, I believe that Plaza Midtown has held onto its value slightly better than Spire has, if that says anything.

But I wouldn't rack my brain over the decision. For 6 months, either one is going to be great. Personally, I'd go for the 200 extra square feet. Another thing to consider is I believe that Plaza Midtown 1 bedrooms are true 1 bedrooms, with a full wall separating the bedroom from living room. Spire has that BS "loft" design where the wall doesn't go all the way up to the ceiling. The flip side is the view in Spire will likely be much better than the view in Plaza Midtown based on the floor (I don't think Plaza Midtown even goes up to 25), and Spire sits on higher elevation anyway.

Obviously, if you're looking at these places, you want an urban environment. I would say if you may want to have friends over or host little get togethers, Plaza Midtown is going to be a better bet. If you are the "I'm never home anyway, I just need a place to crash" kind of person, Spire is probably a slightly better building for that.
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:49 PM
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I live in Plaza Midtown and love it. I'd say go for Plaza, with 200sq ft extra for the same price. Spire is great too, but why not take the larger condo?

As ATLTJL said above, Spire is more convenient to the restaurants and bars and generally more lively atmosphere on Peachtree street. Plaza is more convenient to Publix grocery store and MARTA Midtown station.

But, if you're a sucker for a great view, you might want to take the higher floor on spire.

Really you can't go wrong with either option.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by ATLTJL View Post
.... I believe that Plaza Midtown 1 bedrooms are true 1 bedrooms, with a full wall separating the bedroom from living room. Spire has that BS "loft" design where the wall doesn't go all the way up to the ceiling. ....
BINGO!!! Plaza Midtown and 1280 were the only ones I could find with legit bedrooms..that turned me off of Spire and Metropolis

I live at 1280 west and Love it. My best friend lives in the spire, and we are the exact same difference, in opposite directions from Cescent Ave. I personally didn't want to live on Peachtree, its just too damn noisy. Being up on the north end of Midtown is much quieter, and I have a killer view of Stone Mountain and Northern Midtown, not a view of other big shiny buildings 2 lots away. I was more impressed with 1280 than the 20th floor view from the Metropolis, and the Spire.

My BIGGEST pet peeve with those two buildings is most of the condo's don't have an actual Bedroom with a door. Its this 75% tall wall that corners off a bedroom "area". I want a separate room with a door..what if I have friends over crashing on the couch? I want to shut my door and go to bed lol.

That being said, I can literally spit onto the Arts Center MARTA station, and I enjoy the 10 minute walk down to Peachtree/Crescent. If money was no option, man I'd love a spot in 1010!!

See this post for some views I get

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