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.
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
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!
Sanctuary Real Estate
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
Make sure you check out their web site http://www.glenwoodpark.com