The Urban Oasis at 130 A Krog Street is a 5,400 sq foot loft located in the Inman Park neighborhood, just one mile from Downtown Atlanta. We provide our guests at the Urban Oasis Bed and Breakfast with a different way to experience modern southern living in a loft right in the middle of this hip, vibrant city.
This 4 bedroom 4 bath loft has been featured in magazines and on television and has been the site of many photo shoots for print and TV. The proprietors Judi Knight and Duane Solem love to entertain and you will feel like a guest in their home. It is a perfect way to experience the city and to feel like you are visiting friends in town.
Back in the day, Edgewood Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward was well, rather edgy. Now it is the place to go out.
My friend, Grant Henry’s bar, Sister Loiusa’s “Church” of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium is the Soul of the street. Grant has his irreverent religious art everywhere. You could stay three weeks and still see something new. The Spiritual Sangria is divine unless you are in the mood for a PBR and some goldfish. It is a great place to go early and hang out with neighborhood friends and then the suburb hipsters and movie stars some on in later in the evening but the thing is you can’t move.
When you get a little hungry and goldfish won’t take the edge off, you can go next door to the Corner Tavern for your regular bar food, or you can go down the street to have some napolotana wood fired pizza at Ammazza.Past Amazza at the end of Edgewood that is blocked off for the bridge repair, there is a create Japanese restaurant, Miso Izakaya
The Game Room can be a lot of fun but if you want to listen to music and do some dancing, you could try the Sound Table, located catercorner to “Church”.
One of my favorite places on Edgewood is Noni’s an Italian Bar and Deli. It has a great vibe and good eats. After ten they have great DJs spinning tunes and some dancing going on.
Stroll on down the street towards town to Pizza Versuvius great pizza. Stroll towards the bathroom and push the bookshelf to gain entrance to The Speakeasy for a cozy atmosphere and excellent drinks.
If you stay out really late you can catch one of the best breakfasts at Thumbs Up. From Catfish to Waffles, Thumbs Up has what you need. One of my favorites is called the heap. I like it with vegis, fried potatoes and you can get eggs and meat on it to. It is true comfort food.
People always want to know the history of the Urban Oasis. It was a cotton sorting warehouse built in 1950. The railroad tracks ran behind the building and there was a spur line coming down from the tracks for the trains to unload the cotton on the cement loading dock which now after dumping 40 truck loads full of soil as become our backyard and back deck. I bought the entire building in 1998 because I had a software company that needed a bigger space. I converted the front office into our company office and my family lived above the office for a year, in an apartment that I renovated, while I built out the back space to be our home.
So, here are the before and after photos.
130 Krog Street Before in 1998
top image 1998, bottom image 1999
- Original parking lot 1998
Before 130 A Interior
130 A in progress-400
- 130 Krog After 2011
Inside 130 A 2013
130 A Krog Stree Garden 2010 before Beltline
Someone just asked me if I had photos of our bathrooms and I scratched my head and said, “I guess not online”. One of the reasons is that I never took any with the intent of putting them out there so they are not all spruced and fluffed the way I usually keep them for guests. But, even not at their best, they are pretty cool. Take a peek.
The first two weeks of May are the most beautiful in the Urban Oasis Garden. The pink New Dawn roses, fragrant Confederate Jasmine, climbing, orange Joseph’s Coat roses, Wisteria, Peonies, Euphorbia, orange Canna Lilies and the dark purple leaves of the weeping Redbud Tree all work together to make a crazy collage of color and texture.