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.
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.
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
I have a shelf full of Orchids in my bathroom and it is one of the small joys in life that they actually come back into bloom a couple of times a year. For most of the time they are leaves and stems and then when they bloom they make my day.
The Urban Oasis is not usually a Shrimp and Grits and Biscuits kind of place. Often our guests want to conserve their calories for all of the fine Inman Park dining later in the day. During the weekdays, there is always a pot full of strong coffee ready by 6:30 AM and we lay out a help- yourself continental breakfast with juice, hard boiled eggs, granola, Greek yogurt, fruit, breads and jam. Sometimes, I make green drinks with kale, lemon, cucumber and green apple. Yum.
But sometimes on the weekends, we roll out the works and cook a big breakfast spread. The weekend of Inman Park Festival was just such a time. On Saturday everyone wanted to eat light and get out to walk around the art booths and go hear music. But Sunday morning [click to continue…]