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Louis, Home Buyer in Atlanta, GA

I have heard about the number of villages spinging up in Atlanta, with a number of developments trying to

Asked by Louis, Atlanta, GA Wed Aug 6, 2008

create the European living style (with sidewalks, cafes etc). Where are the best original villages to live, i'm thinking of the zips 30316, 30315, 30314, 30212, 30311 (help).

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Louis,

What you are describing is the new urbanist movement that Lisa touched on. As gas prices, commute times and that feeling of suburban "disconnectedness" continue to rise, people have begun seeking out more organic communities that are people-oriented and not automobile oriented. Glenwood Park and others are indeed great communities (smyrna is not really urban), you had asked about original "villages".

Like many modern cities, as Atlanta has grown over the last century it has incorporated several of its smaller original "suburbs" into its limits that now create the unique blend of neighborhoods that are have been experiencing a dramtic resurgence since the 1970's. Many of these neighborhoods have thier own business districts that serve the needs of visitors and residents alike. People can now walk (tree lined streets) to shops, dining and entertainment...or hop in the car for a taste of something different a short distance away.

Some of the "originals" you may want to check out are:
Historic Kirkwood: http http://:www.historic-kirkwood.com
Little 5 Points (Candler Park/Inman Park): http://www.atlanta-midtown.com/business/l5p/
East Atlanta Village: http://www.eastatlantavillage.net/
Oakhurst (City of Decatur): http://oakhurstga.org/

For more information on these and other communities, and to see homes available in these areas, feel free to visit our website at http:///www.kennycook.net under the "nieghborhoods" button.
Web Reference: http://www.kennycook.net
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I'd say the NeoUrbanist development that most closely matches what you're talking about is Glenwood Park. ( http://glenwoodpark.com/ ) It's the only "fully-fledged" NeoUrbanist development intown that I can think of that truly combines high quality new construction housing with retail, restaurants, and amenities. There are other NeoUrbanist developments in this part of town, but they generally lack the retail component. Glenwood Park was a bold undertaking that appears to be paying off in quality of life.
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Louis: As always Sean Casey has good insight and advice on intown neighborhoods. Your question is listed as "Home Buying in East Atlanta". Of course, you have East Atlanta Village very close to Glenwood Park. In addition, the property West of Glenwood Park at Bill Kennedy Way is going through re-zoning for redevelopment. This is on the Eastern border of Grant Park, near the Beltline. I just had dinner at the The Depot on Memorial at Bill Kennedy Way - Great food near Glenwood Park / Grant Park on the edge of Reynoldstown (30316).

My point is that with all this development in close proximity, many intown neighborhoods are being "connected" by corridors and avenues - all within a healthy bike ride to each other.

Let us not forget about all the nice commercial growth in Kirkwood as well as other smaller projects like the Church on Metropolitan being converted to mixed use in Capitol View Manor.

Ramiro Garcia, REALTOR
Kenny Cook Realty Metro Atlanta
2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 7, 2008
I too agree with Lisa - that Glenwood Park is the best. There is a park with a lake, a pool you can join, events, etc. and it is in Atlanta. Smyrna does not offer the european feel, and it is not a walkable community. If you are also price driven, you can look at Hapeville's Asbury Park. This is in the beginning stages of development with condos and townhomes - eventually there will be an entire retail district with central public space. You may have also heard about the redevelopment of the Ford Plant by the same folks who did Atlantic Station. This will offer even more mixed use. Plus Hapeville is just a short drive into Atlanta (15 min) and is a walkable community with young professionals.
Web Reference: http://intownfocus.com
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Louis,

Everyone has given you some great suggestions. Another section of town you should definitely look into is on North Highland in Inman Park. Just within the last 6 months to a year the entire area has just blown up. There are great little boutiques like Jac, gyms, a cigar bar, a scooter store, probably one of the most happening coffee shops in town: Inman Perk, and top restaurants (like Parish, Sotto Sotto, Fritti, and the newly opened Zaya). If you haven't driven down this little strip between Glen Iris & Freedom Parkway in a while, you should do it today! There are rentals, + homes, condos, and lofts: all on and around and above this new hotspot. You've got the sidewalks, the trees, and everything is just fresh, and fun!

If you enjoy the area, please feel free to stop by our new location on North Highland: Located between The Grape & Zaya - ask for Sarah!

Any additional questions or advice - please don't hesitate to contact me personally!
Sarah Turner
Sanctuary Real Estate
sarah.turner@yourownsanctuary.com
404-323-9976
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Louis,

I agree with Lisa. Glenwood Park is a wonderful community! I personally live in Midtown, but spend alot of time in the Glenwood Park community. You have a choice of gorgeus single family housing that reminds me of being in Europe, especially parts of France. There are luscious townhomes and also one story condos available as well, that are centered around a lovely square. The retail developement has a variety of options with restaurants, spas, physical fitness facilities, salon, etc. The best part of this community is it's close proximity to downtown Atlanta and the airport. You are probably 5 to 10 minutes to intown and approximately 15 minutes from the airport.

Another community you may look at is West Village in Smyrna. This does not have much of the European flair, it is more Craftsman style but it is a nice live, work and play community. Although this is not in zip codes you requested.....it might be worth a look.

There are many communities throughout the metro Atlanta area that may fit some of the qualities you are looking for. You would need to be more specific with price, style, etc., to narrow your selection.

Let me know if I may be of assistance to you. Good luck with your search.

Aleta C. Saunders
Marquis Brokers
678-849-6920
aleta@marquisbrokers.com

Make sure you check out their web site http://www.glenwoodpark.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 6, 2008
This is a difficult question to answer without more parameters about what you define as "best". It depends on what is more important to you, whether that be the type of shops and restaurants in the area, the type of homes, the age of the area, the area's proximity to things and places that are important to you. Also, I would not discount some of the suburban villages, they really offer a lot, both in their choice of shops and restaurants and their choices in home types. I would figure out what is important to you and where you want to be. I would be sure to visit all of those areas and see what you like/don't like and go from there. Good Luck in your search. If you have more detailed questions, feel free to call me at 770-851-5050.
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