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Heave Ho, Industrial – Here Come the Hipsters

By Mary Anne Walser, Realtor & Attorney, 404-277-3527, maryannesellshomes@gmail.com


Industrial is IN!!! If you haven’t noticed, industrial areas are hot right now, particularly if close in town. Case in point is the Armour Ottley area, where you can find Sweetwater Brewery, Mason Art Gallery, and the new ARMOUR YARDS which bills itself as “Atlanta’s newest restaurant district.” It’s in an area under I-85 near Monroe and Morningside that was, until very recently, ALL INDUSTRIAL. Now it is the cool “in” place to play and will soon be “the” place to live as well.  But note this – the industrial areas are “in” for other uses, meaning they are no longer all industrial.


Hipster interests, then, are giving the old heave ho to industrial uses.  But of course the areas in question retain a certain industrial vibe; that’s part of the appeal. Consider Castleberry Hill, near the Falcons Stadium: still lots of warehouse space, but more and more condos, art galleries, and restaurants (like No Mas, an awesome Mexican restaurant and shop/museum – if you haven’t been there, go!)  There’s even a regular “Art Stroll.”

But let’s talk about that misplaced industrial – where is it going? There’s more and more demand for e-commerce space. After all, when you order online and want your goods delivered fast, they’ve got to be warehoused somewhere close. The worse Atlanta traffic gets, the closer those goods must be to the end user. This greater demand for industrial space, with more of former industrial space being used for “something else,” means that industrial space in Atlanta is getting more and more pricey. It’s a landlord’s market for industrial, for sure.

At a recent panel discussion before the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, the panel of experts indicated that the biggest demand and most activity in the industrial sphere is in the NE Quadrant (Doraville, Buford Highway, up to Norcross), I-20 west (but inside the Perimeter), and I-85 south (airport area and south). While you might think the movie industry coming to Atlanta is driving a lot of this, it’s not. The experts indicated that the movie folks can move and store their stuff even farther out. It’s the e-commerce that is driving most of the activity.  Amazon advertises “AMAZON PRIME NOW” not “Amazon Prime whenever we can get it to you.”  Amazon and other e-commerce retailers know where development is likely to happen. It behooves us to watch where the industrial sector is hot and consider investment nearby (or investing in some industrial space).

If you are looking for industrial space for your use or for investment, give us a call. We are always happy to help!


Mary Anne Walser is a licensed attorney and full-time REALTOR, serving buyers and sellers in all areas of Metro Atlanta. Her knowledge of residential & commercial real estate and her legal expertise allow her to offer great value to her clients. Mary Anne is a member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors, the Georgia Association of Realtors, the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers. Contact Mary Anne at 404-277-3527, or via email: maryannesellshomes@gmail.com.