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Avondale Estates

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Another great town in Dekalb County is Avondale Estates. On the southern end of the county near Decatur and Oakhurst, Avondale is a small community of less than 3000 people. The city is known for its close-knit community, beautiful setting and diverse architectural styles. It’s also the city of firsts, being home to the longest running professional theatre company in the state of Georgia and the home to the very first Waffle House!

Avondale Estates was originally known as Ingleside. George Willis, a patent medicine magnate, purchased all of the land to develop as a planned community. Willis had recently visited Stratford-upon-Avon, home to William Shakespeare, and was inspired to build a community based upon it. He renamed the town Avondale Estates, and subsequently many of the business and residential buildings were built in Tudor style to reinforce the image. To the city’s credit, Avondale to this day still retains the look of a small English village.
What’s Unique About the Area
Besides it’s Tudor beauty, Avondale Estates is home to Lake Avondale which has tennis courts and a club house built around it. It is also home to the very first Waffle House, which the city has turned into a museum. For a city so close to the bustling metropolis of Atlanta, Avondale manages to retain the charm of a small town.
Because the city was modeled after Stratford-upon-Avon, much of the city’s architecture is built in the Tudor style in order to give the town the old English feel. Along with those houses, the 1920’s saw many English Cottage, Dutch Colonial, Colonial Revival, and Craftsman homes being built. Later, in the 1950’s a few ranch style homes were built as well.
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Elementary: Avondale, Fernbank

Middle: Druid Hills

High: Druid Hills

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Nearby neighborhoods: Decatur

Neighborhood association: City of Avondale Estates

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