The Georgia Trust will demonstrate that it is feasible to rehabilitate and revitalize neighborhoods affordably and sustainably without displacing longtime residents.

Sustainable. Historic. Affordable.

In March 2018, the Georgia Trust acquired three Beltline properties in West Atlanta to rehabilitate and sell as affordable housing.

Two of the properties are houses; the third property is an undeveloped lot, which will provide opportunity for compatible new construction.

With the rehabilitation of the two houses being completed in 2019 and early 2020, each house will be sold to low-to-moderate income families and placed in the Atlanta Land Trust to ensure permanent affordability. Preservation easements will be placed on the homes to protect them from demolition or insensitive alterations in perpetuity.

1138 Harwell Street

The rehabilitation of 1138 Harwell Street NW in the historic Washington Park neighborhood is complete and the property is available for sale for $198,000.

The Georgia Trust is offering this home through the community land trust model. Visit atlantalandtrust.org for an overview of how land trusts work and why they are important to affordable home buyers and neighborhoods with decreasing affordability.

The Georgia Trust is offering the house to a buyer who makes 80% or less of Atlanta’s median family income, or just under $64,000 a year, for a family of four. Located next to the Atlanta Beltline Westside Trail, the fully rehabilitated house will be sold through a partnership with the Atlanta Land Trust to ensure permanent affordability.

  • Four-sided brick home in the historic Washington Park neighborhood steps from Washington Park
  • Open concept floorplan with 1,479 sq. ft of finished space and full, unfinished basement
  • 3 bedrooms and 1 ½ baths
  • Earthcraft Certified Home
  • Near downtown, Mercedes Benz Stadium, and accessible to I-20 and I-285
  • Fully rehabilitated and move-in ready

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1575 Mozley Place

The rehabilitation of 1575 Mozley Place SW in the historic Mozley Park neighborhood is complete and the property is available for sale for $198,000.

The Georgia Trust is offering this home through the community land trust model. Visit atlantalandtrust.org for an overview of how land trusts work and why they are important to affordable home buyers and neighborhoods with decreasing affordability.

The Georgia Trust is offering the house to a buyer who makes 80% or less of Atlanta’s median family income, or just under $64,000 a year, for a family of four. Located next to the Atlanta Beltline Westside Trail, the fully rehabilitated house will be sold through a partnership with the Atlanta Land Trust to ensure permanent affordability.

  • Newly renovated craftsman bungalow in historic Mozley Park
  • Open concept floorplan with 1,300 of finished space
  • 3 bedrooms and 2 baths
  • Earthcraft Certified Home
  • Near downtown, Mercedes Benz stadium, and accessible to I-20 and I-285

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About the Previous Longtime Owners

The house was purchased from the family of Harriet and Edward Johnson, the home’s original owners. Mr. Johnson (1916-2019), a ground instructor in the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, moved to Atlanta after the war and became the city’s first African American licensed electrician. Mrs. Johnson (1921-2002), a graduate of Spelman College, earned a master’s degree in education and taught kindergarten in Atlanta Public Schools. They raised three daughters in the house.

About the West Atlanta Properties

The properties are located near the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail in historic Washington Park and Mozley Park. Both neighborhoods are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The two houses contribute to the historical integrity and architectural qualities of those neighborhoods.

The Washington Park house was built in 1953 for Edward Johnson, who raised his family in the home. Located adjacent to the Atlanta Beltline Westside Trail, the house contains 1,479 square feet with three bedrooms and one and half bathrooms.

The house in the Mozley Park neighborhood was originally a two-bedroom bungalow that was built in the 1920s and containing 1,300 square feet. An addition was added to the back to create a third bedroom and second bathroom.

Georgia Trust launches West Atlanta preservation initiative
February 13, 2019 – Saporta Report

102-year-old Tuskegee Airman leaving a legacy of affordable housing for Atlanta
February 13, 2019 – 11 Alive, WXIA-TV

Georgia Trust kicks off West Atlanta preservation initiative
February 13, 2019 – WSB-TV

Georgia Trust launches West Atlanta preservation initiative along Beltline
February 13, 2019 – Atlanta Business Chronicle

GA Trust partner shows how to renovate homes with lead-based paint
February 13, 2019 – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Georgia Trust kicks off West Atlanta Preservation Initiative
February 13, 2019 – Northside Neighbor

Georgia Trust kicks off Westside preservation initiative to create affordable housing
February 13, 2019 – Atlanta Intown

Westside Beltline Historic Property Will Be Rehabilitated, Preserved and Made Affordable
February 12, 2019 – Atlanta Loop

Tuskegee Airman’s Beltline-fronting house is focus of Westside preservation push
November 27, 2018 – Curbed Atlanta

Tuskeegee Airmen’s Home Anchors West Atlanta Preservation Initiative
November 2018 – Reflections

West Atlanta Preservation Initiative: Where Preservation Meets Affordability
Fall 2018 – The Rambler

Nonprofit Steps Up Where BeltLine Project Is Falling Short
March 26, 2018 – Next City

News Briefs: Eliminating blight; affordable housing; preserving Westside homes
March 16, 2018 – Atlanta INtown

Georgia Trust acquires Beltline properties for affordable housing
March 14, 2018 – AJC

Georgia Trust buys three parcels near Westside BeltLine
March 12, 2018 – Saporta Report

“We will use this project as an opportunity to educate the public that a neighborhood is more than its physical buildings—it is also the sense of community which is established by residents who have multigenerational relationships that are now being threatened by irresponsible real estate speculation.”

Mark C. McDonald, President and CEO of The Georgia Trust