Castleberry Hill exists between definitions, a mosaic of its seedy industrial past and its gallery-fabulous future. Gentrified but not really, a community but one without a supermarket or park, Castleberry Hill is more than the sum of its parts.
Nestled in the southwest corner of downtown Atlanta, within walking distance of Centennial Olympic Park, Castleberry Hill is an overlap of turn-of-the-century industrialism and modern-day warehouse chic. Both stiletto-wearing artists and down-and-out homeless wander its main drag, Peters Street. Old warehouses with utilitarian names such as Swift & Company, Ty Stokes Cap and Gown, and Stable 1897 have been converted into high-priced galleries and residential lofts selling for upwards of $300,000.
“It’s one of the best finds of the New South,” boasts real estate agent Blaine Byers.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since the ’80s, Castleberry Hill has gotten a huge boost from artists interested in preserving the spacious buildings that create a continuous frontage along the downtown streets. The work has paid off. Within a few square blocks, there are now close to 20 loft developments and 10 galleries - making Castleberry Hill Atlanta’s scaled-down answer to New York’s Chelsea.