Almost everywhere you look in Sandy Springs there’s a new apartment complex or restaurant in development.
Perhaps one of the most notable developments has been the construction of residential complexes on Roswell Road such as Aston at City Springs and The Cliftwood, which have garnered attention because of the price range, level of style and amenities offered in each.
With an average price point of $1,400 to $1,500 for a one bedroom, $2,000 to $2,700 for a two bedroom and about $3,000 for a three-bedroom, Aston City Springs is the latest complex to be built in Sandy Springs. The apartments offer a number of standard interior features such as quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, double vanities and frameless shower doors.
All the units have balconies, and the townhomes and three unit bedrooms come with wine fridges. Select units also come with custom closet systems from California Closets.
In its common area, ACS offers a club room with a serving kitchen, fire place with a reading lounge area, large outdoor courtyard with two grilling stations, and a swimming and lap pool. The building also has a fitness area equipped with Peleton bikes, yoga room and fitness on demand as well as a system for residents to have packages ordered online delivered to individual lockers.
But one of its largest amenities is City Springs park and the retail in the area, said Carter executive vice president Jerome Hagley.
One of the reasons Hagley says the development company choose to construct the large units is because they are finding a market for it known as renter’s choice. “There are a lot of people who can afford to buy but choose to rent because they want the flexibility of not carrying a mortgage,” he said. People want to have all the amenities in terms of the feel and finish level, which we can provide at a cheaper occupancy.”
That mentality is the reason developers were able to attract a diverse demographic, including empty nesters, young professionals and those who don’t want a large house but want to be in a pedestrian and pet friendly environment, Hagley said.
“That was the trend. We didn’t see that there are obviously more residential products brought to the market since we started, but we feel where we set ourselves apart is what we offer inside units.” Hagley said. “These are homes, they are not units, and there are custom features that you look for and expect in a custom home or condo, which we brought to Aston.”
Also built just off Roswell Road are Sandy Springs’ new residential apartments, The Cliftwood. A one-bedroom ranges from $1,575 to $2,290 and two bedrooms are $1,955 to $2,710. A three bedroom is $2800 to $3,630.
The complex offers a club room equipped with a sports, gaming and video viewing area, salt water pool, full fitness center and rooftop deck with views of Sandy Springs. “Cliftwood offers amenities that are comparable to any alternatives people might expect in Buckhead or in Midtown,” said Arris Realty Partners president Steven Cadranel.
“Developers decided to build the class A level apartment with higher-end furnishes because of the location’s demographics,” he said.
“If you look at the Sandy Springs market and the sub-market we are in one of the highest income neighborhoods in Atlanta. So we are at the convergence of what we see as major employment centers such as the Perimeter, the Galleria, the hospital district and the emerging growth of the Sandy Springs market with the new Mercedes Benz headquarters.”
Before Arris developed its project, there were complexes in Sandy Springs that were more than 20 years old, which made the timing perfect, Cadranel said. ECI groups chief executive officer Seth Greenberg agreed that the area was ripe for this kind of development. “The developers had the vision of seeing downtown Sandy Springs as a walkability area tied to the Hammond Drive location, where it becomes a city center unto itself and creates its own sense of place, which didn’t necessarily exist two to three years ago.”
But what sets Cliftwood apart, Cadranel says, is the location and standard of service that the ECI team delivers to the residents. “What we are hearing from people who shop the market and ultimately make a decision is that they prefer our layouts, amenities and our accessibility … It’s a very well-planned community and we also have the advantage of being just off Roswell Road, so we are a little bit quieter.”
Cliftwood is home to an array of different renters simply because of its location, Greenberg said. “We have access to 285, have people who have been living in Sandy Springs for a long time or are coming from Mercedes Benz headquarters, or have couples who work in Buckhead and Kennesaw and see this as a half way point,” he said. “We try to satisfy people with a lot of different wants.”