By Lori Johnston, For the AJC
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Michael Respeto, who works in industrial process equipment sales, could have lived anywhere within his sales territory. Respeto, 31, instead chose intown Atlanta, where he has lived for 15 years and many of his friends live.
Andrea Cueny, an Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty agent, helped him successfully navigate buying a foreclosure for his first home.
Respeto chatted about his loft in The Stacks at Fulton Cotton Mill in Cabbagetown:
Q: How soon did you see The Stacks?
The Stacks was the last place I had looked. I probably looked at 20 different locations, anywhere from small houses within the city limits to condos to townhomes. I think looking at the full spectrum there enabled me to be sure of what I really wanted.
Q: What was unique about The Stacks?
A: I’m in industrial equipment sales. The fact that it’s an old factory (built in 1881) really appealed to me, the history there. And the material, the construction, the rustic look of the factory, that really appealed to me.
Q: Did you look at multiple lofts in The Stacks?
A: Just the one I ended up getting. One thing that was critical was at least two bedrooms. All the other properties in The Stacks that were two bedrooms were just outside my price range. The one and only one I looked at was a foreclosure.
Q: What do you love about the loft?
A: The location is fantastic. … Being in the Cabbagetown neighborhood, I’m right in the cross hairs of all major interstates. Within minutes, I’m on the highway. The location is great because there seems to be a resurgence or almost like a renaissance in that area. It’s transitional, from being old industrial and kind of neglected, to being revamped. A lot of the community is very tightknit. They have a community awareness group that I’m trying to get involved in now.
Q: Are you enjoying being a first-time homebuyer?
A: Each day I walk around and look at my place, it’s still kind of like, “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I am owning property and something so unique that I really enjoy.” I finally have a sense of home. I’m not thinking, “Well, I’ve got to either re-sign my lease in 12 months or decide to look somewhere else and move.” Up until this point, I’ve been very transient. I really think I found a home to stay.
Community information provided by Coldwell Banker NRT Development Advisors and Andrea Cueny, an agent with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, and compiled by Delaney Young.