Tower with a pool

Lofts usually have more of everything than a regular home has, however not a lot of lofts come with a pool. This one is an exception then – Stacks Tower lofts are located in an old textile mill in Atlanta, Georgia and yes, it has its own pool.

In 1881, European immigrant Jacob Elsas built one of Georgia’s most successful late 19th century textile mills. Today it remains a proud and significant part of Atlanta’s industrial history. The Stacks continues the legacy of its founding visionary, evolving from cotton mill to a community of one-of-a-kind loft homes.

After years of declining operations, Fulton Cotton Mill finally closed its doors in 1978. The property languished for years and demolition loomed until the Cabbagetown community banded together and saved the mill from the wrecking ball. In 1997, Aderhold Properties began the renovation and redevelopment of the historic Fulton Cotton Mill into a community of 505 loft-style homes. It is now known as The Stacks at Fulton Cotton Mill, named for the mill’s still-standing smokestacks.

Passing through the foyer brings you into the kitchen, which has 16-foot ceilings and is one of the main focal points of the unit. It is a galley-style layout with gorgeous travertine countertops and custom built-in maple cabinetry, which provides outstanding storage capability for even the most well equipped chef. Miele cooking appliances provide an exceptional cooking experience, including a 5-burner gas cooktop, built in oven and warming drawer to keep additional dishes table-ready.

Open shelving runs the length of the countertop creating a minimal look while also being extremely functional for day-to-day cooking and entertaining. Oversized drawers reveal a range of storage options for cookware and other essentials, all of which have automatic soft-close hardware. Around the corner, a huge 9’ pantry provides additional dry storage and a recycling area.

Around the corner from the kitchen is the Master Suite. The bedroom itself has original brick on all 4 walls 16-foot ceilings. There are two window passages that open onto the main living area, which provides natural light, but not direct sunlight to the sleeping area itself. This effect makes for a wonderful setting to enjoy sleeping in on holidays and weekends without having to draw shades or curtains to achieve the right mood.

Perhaps the most sanctuary-like feature of the space is the bathroom itself. Upon entering, the soft, warm tones along with perfectly controlled lighting invite the visitor to stay and treat themselves to a spa-like experience. Architectural lighting highlights exposed brick features above the soffit and provides a nice juxtaposition between the sleek, modern finishes and the history of the building itself.

The shower enclosure is made up of beautiful travertine tiles and frameless glass, with a deep soaking tub fitted under dual showerheads, including a central rain head that provides incredible coverage for a residential shower. Soaking in a hot bath is a treat in this space, and is even better for 2!

Through the broad sweeping archway out of the kitchen lies the Tower, which is currently configured for living, dining, and office areas. The structure itself is original brick on all 4 sides with dimensions of 25’ x 25’ with staggering 65 foot ceilings. Words and pictures do not do the space justice, as it is impossible to comprehend until you are standing in the space absorbing the magnitude of the structure.

Before the conversion to lofts in 1999, this room housed 2 massive water tanks that were supported by a series of heavy timber beams. The Tower’s brick walls survived the fire of 1999 and the tornado of 2008 and the structure still remains largely as it appeared over 100 years ago.

The Tower faces East but receives natural light throughout the day. On the main level are windows facing North, South, and East, all of which can be opened. At the top level of the Tower (approximately 40 feet above the existing main living area) are massive arched windows on each of the four walls, creating an unparalleled panoramic view of Downtown Atlanta and the surrounding area.

The pool is centrally located in the ruins of the oldest standing exterior structure on the property. Mill building 1, originally built in 1881, was beyond repair at the time of conversion to lofts, but much of the exterior of the structure remained intact, which, along with the original boiler house, provides the backdrop for a unique experience of bathing in a community pool. There is ample furniture for large groups, WiFi access, and a restroom facility onsite, but the perfect placement of the pool itself is certainly one of the property’s greatest amenities.

The complex have its own common grounds – perhaps the most intriguing amenity of them all. Every area of the 10 acres has its own story, and it is easy to get lost in the various passageways, stairwells, and other unique components that make the Cotton Mill the unique property that it is. Relics of its former role as a bustling business and source of livelihood for the Cabbagetown community can be found throughout the property. The developers took great care to preserve the history of the facility, thus photos, blueprints, and other artifacts are on display throughout the common grounds. Grills and other patio furniture provide additional gathering spaces for the community and invited guests throughout the year, and it is not uncommon for a group of neighbors to host an impromptu cookout in one of the courtyard during the warmer months.

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