Atlanta Agent’s top 10 local news stories of 2021

by John Yellig

No. 10: Major mixed-use development slated for Oaks Golf Course in Newton County

The 19-hole Oaks Golf Course was slated to be replaced with 142 single-family houses, 190 townhomes, 360 apartments and 143,000 square feet of retail space.

No. 9: Americans on the move: Atlanta top city for inbound migration

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated migration across the country, following moving patterns that began in prior years, according to a new report.

No. 8: Mira luxury apartment high-rise tops out in Midtown

The 355-unit building is a key element of the Midtown Union mixed-use development, which will also include a 26-story, 612,000-square-foot class A office tower, a 23-key Kimpton hotel and 32,000-square-feet of street-level retail.

No. 7: Atlanta-area real estate agents, others plead guilty to mortgage-fraud scheme

Under the scheme, the defendants helped unqualified homebuyers submit fraudulent loan applications to lenders to secure mortgages.

No. 6: Atlanta Realtors Association names top producers of 2020

The association honored member teams and individuals by the value of properties sold and the number of units sold during 2020.

No. 5: Atlanta home prices expected to jump 18% in the next year

A study by Porch suggested Atlanta homebuyers should brace themselves for double-digit growth in the coming year.

No. 4: Massive mixed-use development proposed for 52-acre Alpharetta office campus

The development, Continuum Alpharetta, would add 82 for-sale condominiums, 488 apartments, a 218-room boutique hotel, 77,600 square feet of commercial and retail space and 1,028,500 square feet of office space.

No. 3: Beazer plans 212-townhomes on 54 acres in Gwinnett County

A rezoning application to allow for the development of the community was approved by the Gwinnett County Planning Commission, with conditions.

No. 2: Arizona developer acquires 808 acres for two massive Georgia communities

The larger of two land parcels the company acquired spans 652 acres and is in Atlanta’s northwest suburb of Acworth. The future community, to be called Pinehills Trails, was slated to offer 1,302 homes

No. 1: Developer seeks Newnan annexation of 42 acres for mixed-use project

Barry Companies Inc. asked Newnan to annex 42 acres it hopes to turn into a massive mixed-use development that would bring more than 1 million square feet of residential, office and retail space to an undeveloped area east of the city’s downtown.

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