Film Industry Raises Atlanta’s Demand for Short-Term Production Housing

The film industry’s growing interest in Atlanta as a hub for production has had a profound effect on the local economy in recent years — including raising Atlanta’s demand for short-term production housing.

A recent study from Film L.A. revealed that Georgia was the number-one location for feature films in 2016, outpacing even Hollywood. (California as a state came in fourth.) As the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports, Atlanta’s fiscal year 2017 saw a fiscal impact of $9.7 billion from film and TV production. Of that amount, direct spending accounted for $2.7 billion — a nearly four-fold increase in production spending compared to fiscal year 2007.

Why is Georgia’s film sector growing?

Aside from factors like mild weather and a diverse number of urban and rural backdrops, one of the biggest driving factors in this trend is the passing of generous incentives and other support legislation. The Georgia legislature and Governor Nathan Deal have expressed a strong commitment to make Georgia a production-friendly state, and the payoff is quite evident. Atlanta Business Chronicle quotes EUE/Screen Gems Studios Executive Vice President Kris Bagwell:

“Georgia is the new leader in TV and film production on the East Coast. There are jobs in the production business in almost every occupation, from cook to security guard to driver to construction. This job creates tens of thousands of well paying Georgia jobs. And it’s here to stay thanks to the pro-jobs agenda of Gov. Deal.”

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The need for Atlanta production housing

One area that is seeing a direct impact in this increased production activity is the short-term housing market. Here are some of the reasons why the demand for short-term production housing is on the rise:

An increase in project-based production personnel.

While Atlanta’s permanent film production employee sector is indeed growing, thousands of other industry workers come into Atlanta for specific film and television projects every year, sometime staying on for months at a time.

Production staff in transition.

Given the increase in available work, many film professionals are coming to Atlanta to live and work full-time. Some of these employees work at one or more of Atlanta’s growing number of soundstage complexes like Atlanta Metro Studios, Tyler Perry Studios or EUE/Screen Gems Studios. Some are hired on for specific TV series productions (e.g., Stranger Things or The Walking Dead). Many times, these people are called in last-minute and must often relocate quickly, leaving little time to figure out a permanent situation. Thus, many of these workers seek short-term production housing in the interim.

Limited budgets.

Despite all the money seemingly flowing in from major film and TV studios, many indie projects still come to Georgia to shoot. These projects may hire industry professionals, but they don’t always have the budget to house them in expensive hotels. For these film productions, short-term corporate housing provides an excellent and cost-effective alternative.

The benefits of living at home.

Some transitional industry pros choose short-term housing simply because it makes them feel more at home than in a hotel. A fully furnished luxury apartment may offer a full range of amenities, including fitness facilities, security, close proximity to restaurants, etc. These apartments also offer fully equipped kitchens and well-appointed living spaces, so they can come back at the end of a long shoot and relax, just like they would at home.

As Atlanta continues to gain prominence as a major player in the film industry, we can expect the need for short-term production housing only to continue growing for the foreseeable future.

If you are a film professional coming into Atlanta for an extended stay, you have other options besides an expensive hotel with no place to spread out and relax. As an alternative, consider renting a fully-furnished corporate apartment while you’re in town, offering a full array of benefits at a fraction of the cost. To see what we have available for your needs, give TP Corporate Lodging a call at 800.428.9997.


5 Top Furnished Corporate Housing Options in Atlanta

Old Fourth Ward BuildingWhen you come to Atlanta on business for an extended stay, the last thing you want to be worried about is how to be comfortable at the end of a long day. That’s why TP Corporate Lodging works with some of the top complexes in the best Atlanta neighborhoods to provide quality furnished corporate housing with plenty of amenities and creature comforts. Below, we’ve spotlighted just five of the top furnished corporate housing options that Atlanta has to offer.

1. Midtown: Sky House South

It’s high-rise luxury in the heart of Atlanta! Sky House South offers elegant, modern 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units in with private balconies and spectacular city views. Work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center, swim in the rooftop salt-water pool, enjoy a game of pool in the club room or grill steaks on the terrace. Park your car in the controlled-access garage and walk to the multitude of shops, restaurants and other attractions Midtown has to offer.

2. Buckhead: Phipps Place Apartments

Situated in the heart of Buckhead near the popular Phipps Plaza, Phipps Place is a resort-like complex featuring landscaped courtyards and an inviting swimming pool with outdoor grills all around. Entertain colleagues in the outdoor kitchen area with large screen LED TV, work out in the 24-hour fitness center, get some extra work done in the Executive Business Center, or step outside to enjoy some of the finest shopping and dining options Buckhead has to offer!

3. Old Fourth Ward: BOHO4W

Located in one of Atlanta’s oldest-yet-newly-revitalized neighborhoods, BOHO4W lets you take in the eclectic vibe of the area with easy access to Ponce City Market, the new Beltline trail and more! Amenities here include a steam room, Olympic-sized pool, jogging/bike trail, cabana, and a fitness center with your own personal trainer available if you want one!

4. Sandy Springs: Citizen Perimeter

Enjoy the finest of Atlanta’s suburban life at Citizen Perimeter, one of the area’s finest luxury complexes. Bright, well-appointed apartments offer plenty of space, elegant finishes and private balconies with gorgeous views. Relax at the saltwater pool, get some exercise at the fitness center, or walk 3 blocks to the shops and restaurants of Perimeter Mall. With an on-site pet walk area and pet spa, you can even bring the dog along!

5. Vinings: Walton Riverwood

Relax with resort-style amenities in one of the Atlanta metro’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Walton Riverwood is a pet-friendly community offering bright, clean luxury apartments with open floor plans, high ceilings, granite countertops and more. Amenities include a pool, 2-story fitness facility, on-site dog run and pet spa area, library and rooftop deck with views of the Atlanta skyline. Conveniently close to great shops, restaurants and a movie theater.

These are just a few of the dozens of prime locations where TP Corporate Lodging offers comfortable furnished corporate housing options in Atlanta — all for less money than you’d pay for a comparable extended stay hotel.


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Choosing the Best Corporate Housing Option in Atlanta

Here in Atlanta, the demand for extended stay and short-term corporate housing options has never been greater. Not only is Atlanta the corporate headquarters for some of the top corporations in the world, but as Adweek reports, Atlanta is now one of the world’s fastest growing destinations for TV and film production, having grown to be the nation’s third largest production hub over the past few years.

Atlanta skylineNeedless to say, the production industry alone draws thousands of people to Atlanta each year for short-term stays during film and TV shoots. It also creates a dilemma — how to choose the best corporate housing option in Atlanta. Where can these people stay for weeks or months at a time without spending all their hard-earned money on housing?

When coming to a city like Atlanta for an extended stay, people generally default to one of several options, many of which present certain drawbacks. Let’s look at a few of the most common corporate housing options, and be sure to check out our breakdown of the cost comparison between hotels and corporate lodging.

Option 1: Hotels

While standard and luxury hotels go out of their way to make their guests feel comfortable by offering plenty of amenities, there’s only so much they can do. Hotel rooms typically feel cramped, lack seating or cooking options, and can be very expensive even at discounted rates.

Option 2: Extended Stay Hotels or Suites

Some hotels specifically try to attract the corporate traveler by positioning themselves as “extended stay” hotels, either outfitting standard hotel rooms with kitchenettes or designing the rooms as small suites, studios or apartments with equipped kitchens. They often “sweeten the pot” by offering additional resort-style amenities like a pool, fitness center, free breakfast and other features. This option gives the corporate traveler more comfort, but it is still usually a high price to pay, especially if the individual is too busy to enjoy the extra amenities.

Option 3: Short-term Rentals/Vacation Rentals

Yet another option for some travelers is to seek out short-term or vacation rentals through a website like AirBnB. Through these services, owners can rent their unused furnished homes or apartments out to visitors on a nightly, weekly or monthly basis as a source of income. The difficulties with this type of service are that 1) The cost can be equivalent to that of a hotel; and 2) There are flaws in oversight and accountability, which means travelers often find housing that is different or of lower quality than advertised, or in some cases doesn’t even exist.

Option 4: Dedicated Corporate Housing

A fourth option, one that provides several key benefits, is to stay in designated short-term housing provided by a corporate housing agency like TP Corporating Lodging. This option allows the traveler to rent a fully furnished apartment where they can set up more of a home-like routine without paying for amenities they don’t need, all for significantly less money than it would cost to stay in a hotel.

Among these choices, many corporate travelers find the fourth choice to be the best corporate housing option in Atlanta. Whether you’re coming for a few weeks or planning for an eventual long-term move, TP Corporate Lodging can help bridge the gap by placing you in a comfortable 1, 2 or 3-bedroom apartment in a great Atlanta neighborhood. For details, call us at 800-428-9997.


Why Metro Atlanta relocation experts recommend corporate housing

Atlanta skylineThe TP Corporate Lodging team is thrilled to be featured in KNOWAtlanta, the premier Atlanta relocation guide for corporate executives, families, and individuals making a move to the area.

In the article, “When Hotel and Short-Term Rental Options Abound, Why Choose Corporate Housing?” Tim Miller, president and owner of TP Corporate Lodging, walks through just a few of the benefits of choosing a corporate housing provider over traditional hotel accommodations:

With the rise in popularity of short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and the range of extended-stay hotel options in a city as big as Atlanta, choosing a corporate housing provider may not be on the top of your list when considering your temporary housing options. But while you may be able to score a deal through a private rental provider, there can be drawbacks to not working with an accredited and certified housing provider. And while extended-stay accommodations may fit all your needs in the short term, the prices can quickly skyrocket.

How much do those prices skyrocket, you ask? Take a look at our cost comparison charts to see just how much money your or your corporate sponsor could save by choosing TP Corporate Lodging.

Why settle for a hotel room, when you can have a home?

Furnished temporary housing is convenient not only for relocation, but also for extended project work, medical visits, and insurance-covered displacement.

When you’re ready to start your search for furnished temporary housing in Atlanta or Jacksonville, TP Corporate Lodging can assist you in finding the perfect 1, 2 or 3-bedroom furnished apartment for your unique needs. To learn more about how we can help, call us at 800-428-9997.