Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen high-rise student housing sprout across Atlanta with eye-popping skyline views (the Inspire building over Georgia Tech) and absurd amenities (hello, e-gaming theater at downtown’s Reflections tower). But in terms of refinement, The Cheetah strip club’s new neighbor could take things to another level.
Following two years of construction, Austin-based developer LV Collective declared Midtown’s latest off-campus student tower, the 25-story Whistler, open for move-ins a few weeks ago at the edge of Tech Square.
It’s one of four—yes, four—upscale student housing towers to open this summer alone in Midtown and downtown, each aiming to capture renters for the fall semester.
The others are downtown’s The Legacy and Midtown’s Hub Atlanta and the SCAD Forty Four project.
Whistler’s north-facing, glass-edge pool views over Midtown today. Whisteratl.com/LV Collective
The Whistler’s classic-leaning lobby. Niles Bolton Associates
Marketed squarely at Georgia Tech attendees, the 168-unit Whistler building brings a more sophisticated, almost classical aesthetic that its renderings had promised, all topped with a glass-edge pool that counts views for miles. As architects Niles Bolton Associates point out, the project had to make do with a tight, half-acre corner site where Spring Street meets Abercrombie Place.
Next door, The Cheetah has operated on the same block since the 1980s.
Beyond the pool, amenities include a spin studio, onsite Daydreamer coffee shop, a two-story clubhouse, bike lockers, and underground parking.
According to Whistler’s Victoria’s Secret catalogue of a website, studio and one-bedroom options have all been rented for this school year.
Which means the least expensive option for living at Whistler right now is the two-bedroom, two-bathroom Walter floorplan, starting at $1,595 per month, per person. That gets 733 square feet.
Students not opposed to sardining/buddying up under one roof can save dough on The Moss floorplan, the building’s largest at 1,460 square feet. Those five-bedroom options (each room has its own attached bathroom) are going for $1,383 per month, per person, once a $750 gift card is factored in.
All apartments come furnished, with a study desk and chair included in each room.
The glass-edge rooftop pool counts views across Midtown to the north and downtown to the south. Niles Bolton Associates
How the Whistler tower’s bottom floors meet the corner of Spring Street and Abercrombie Place. Niles Bolton Associates
Whistler’s off-campus housing joins hundreds of finely appointed student-living options developed on Midtown’s western edge in recent years, in buildings such as The Mark, The Standard, and more recently CA Ventures’ 29-story student-housing tower HERE Atlanta.
Despite the influx, developers still seem bullish the market isn’t saturated. Earlier this month, for instance, LV Collective began construction on yet another off-campus building that will bring nearly 800 more student beds near the Fox Theatre in Midtown.
In the gallery above, have a closer look at how the Whistler project came together, inside and out.
Whistler pool views over downtown. Whisteratl.com/LV Collective
The building’s frontage at 859 Spring Street. Niles Bolton Associates
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