Grant Park is Atlanta’s Hottest Neighborhood – Melissa Wakamo on WSBTV Channel 2 News

As reported by Channel 2 News Reporter, Diana Davis

We wrote an article a few weeks ago about the development at 760 Confederate Avenue and then we posted an exclusive interview with the owner of the Grant Park Coffee shop.. This week Channel 2 news reporter Diana Davis stopped by our office for an interview with Melissa Wakamo for an expert real estate opinion on the hot neighborhood of Grant Park!


Local realtors say Grant Park is becoming one of Atlanta’s hottest neighborhoods.

The renovation of a nearly 100-year-old crumbling building is just one symbol of the changes happening to Intown’s Grant Park. The building first served as a grocery store in 1926. For years, it sat empty with trees growing through the roof and foundation.  Now the building that just about everyone thought would be torn down is getting a new life thanks to owner and developer Philippe Pellerin.

“So when we bought it, most of the building was collapsing. We’ve since stabilized it using iron and straps and a lot of new wood. And today we’re actually re-pouring the foundation,” said Pellerin.

Surrounded by 1920s bungalows, the Atlanta Zoo, Atlanta Cyclorama and Grant Park, neighbors wanted more places to shop and relax.

Jody Hill Joiner, who lives just blocks away, will be opening a nail salon and spa in the new building.

“I’ve admired this building for a long time, and I’ve lived in this neighborhood for about 15 years and I’ve always dreamed of putting a business in,” said Joiner.

Soon there will also be a coffee shop, a new branch of the one now across from Zoo Atlanta.

Realtors tout Grant Park and nearby Homewood Park as hot, new and still one of the relatively undiscovered Intown neighborhoods on the way back up.  The BeltLine is nearby and will be even closer after it is completed. The local high school, Maynard Jackson, has just been renovated, restoring interest and involvement from parents.  Realtors said property values are growing at a faster pace than in many metro neighborhoods. 

“Being a historic district, the property values have really increased. Part of it is due to its location on the BeltLine and one of its biggest historic districts,” said Melissa Wakamo of Red Robin Group Realtors. 

Read our previous blog posts about this development!

Exclusive – Rahel Belfield – Of Grant Park Coffeehouse’s second location!     Posted on Sept. 2nd 2014

Look what is happening in Grant Park!   Posted Aug. 27th 2014


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Posted by:  Melissa Wakamo

When Melissa Wakamo began her real estate career in 2004, her goal was to focus on her immediate area and get to know her neighbors. "I've had a lot of fun over the years helping my neighbors sell their homes and helping newcomers become a part of our community."

Melissa quickly became one of metro Atlanta's top producing agents and consistently performed in the top 1% of all Atlanta agents. By 2009, Melissa's real estate team had grown to include several agents and support staff, dedicated to providing exceptional service to buyers and sellers in Atlanta's intown neighborhoods.

In 2010, Melissa transitioned Red Robin REALTORS® into an independently owned boutique brokerage. Even in the tough real estate market during that time, Red Robin REALTORS® continued to outperform other small brokerages and was able to help buyers and sellers adapt to the rapid changes in the market.

In 2017, Melissa had the opportunity to merge the Red Robin REALTORS team with another like-minded boutique brokerage, Keller Knapp Realty. The two community-focused organizations bring together more than 100 agents, including 3 of the top 10 agents in metro Atlanta. With offices in Oakhurst, Ormewood Park and Midtown, Keller Knapp Realty and Red Robin REALTORS team are the top boutique real estate firm in Atlanta.

In her role as Managing Broker, Melissa provides agent training, marketing and strategic oversight for the Brokerage, ensuring that the brokerage maintains its focus and commitment to the intown market.

Melissa's active participation in various neighborhood organizations and charitable efforts, as well as her passion for antiques, cooking, and gardening, keep her busy and in touch with the community.

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