The first condo I ever purchased in Midtown was in the Ponce condominium. It was a 400 square foot unit, on 2 levels. The Ponce is a true Atlanta landmark, surrounded by and loaded with history.

Part of the Fox Theatre Historic District, the Ponce sits among other historic landmarks, such as the Georgian Terrace Hotel, The Ponce Condominiums (formerly the Ponce de Leon Apartments) and the old Cox-Carlton Hotel (now Hotel Indigo, Midtown Atlanta).

Inside the lobby of The Ponce, you’re overwhelmed by the Beaux Arts & Italianate architecture of the columns, railing, the travertine floors and the Tiffany Dome. Outside the Ponce is even more wonderful.

Diagonally across the street from the Ponce is Midtown’s famed Fox Theatre. The former movie palace actually started out as a home for the Shriners, but the building was so intricate and beautifully conceived that the Shriners leased it out to movie mogul William Fox, before it was even completed.

On Christmas Day, 1929, the Fox Theatre premiered Steamboat Willie, Disney’s first cartoon starring Mickey Mouse, to a sold-out crowd.

Atlanta’s first high-rise building actually started out as The Ponce de Leon Apartments, designed by architect William Lee Stoddart.

The Ponce de Leon Apartments first opened in 1913 and featured 18 spacious apartments, each with 14 rooms, and 22 bachelor apartments. The building was transformed to condominium in 1982 and now it features 61 residences. The Ponce, as people call it today, is on the corner of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue.

I found it to be quite exciting to live in such an historic place. The Ponce has the most amazing rooftop in Midtown, with a garden that was  designed to replace yard gardens that were common of the southern homes. When the apartments were built, the rooftop quickly became a favorite gathering spot of the local elite.

Another interesting fact about the Ponce is that it had Atlanta’s first Penthouse (known back then as “bachelor suites”), designed by Peggy Oliver in 1932.

The building had many modern amenities (for the time), including a central vacuum system, mechanical refrigerators in each housekeeping suite, central ventilation, ice making machine and laundry with steam dryer.

There was a Cafe at the east side of the ground floor, which served meals to the residents three times a day for a very small fee.

The building also had the most spectacular rooftop in town. It was originally designed to replace the famous southern yard gardens and quickly became a favorite gathering spot for the local elite.