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 that we plan to rehabilitate and sell as affordable housing.

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

After construction is completed, the two houses 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

First property complete and available for sale!

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

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.

We are offering this home through the community land trust model. Visit for an overview of how land trusts work and why they are important to affordable home buyers and neighborhoods with decreasing 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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About the Previous Longtime Owner

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 is a two-bedroom bungalow that was built in the 1920s and contains 1,300 square feet. An addition will be added to the back to create a third bedroom and second bathroom.


Georgia Trust donates land to Habitat for West Atlanta Preservation Initiative
October 3, 2019 – Saporta Report

Tuskegee Airman’s old home ready to be sold as affordable housing on Atlanta’s westside
September 13, 2019 – 11 Alive, WXIA-TV

After preservation, Tuskegee Airman’s Beltline home locked in affordability at $198K
September 12, 2019 – Curbed Atlanta

Atlanta’s home prices are soaring. Can a new model keep some affordable forever?
March 25, 2019 – Saporta Report

Closer Look with Rose Scott: GA Trust West Atlanta Preservation Initiative
April 18, 2019 – 90.1 FM WABE, Atlanta

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

“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