Avondale Estates is a small but very safe city in DeKalb County that pays homage to Shakespeare and England. It was ranked first of 77 safest suburbs in Georgia and 13th of 373 safest places to live in Georgia by Niche.com.
Avondale Estates was founded in 1924 by George Francis Willis, a patent medicine magnate, who purchased the entire village of Ingleside to create a planned community. The city was named after Stratford-upon-Avon, England, birthplace of Shakespeare.
The city has about 3,100 residents as of 2016 with a median age of 44.3. The median household income is about $88,000 and a family median income of $128,000, almost double the national rate. The average household size is 2.35 people. 38% of people are married, with children. 16% have children, but are single.
Downtown buildings were designed in a Tudor style to reinforce this image, as were many of the houses in the city. The mostly Tudor-style downtown area of Avondale Estates, known as the commercial district, is home to a variety of businesses including antique and consignment stores. Eateries including a soda fountain/diner and a Chicago style hot dog restaurant are downtown. The city is the location of the first Waffle House, which opened its doors Labor Day weekend of 1955.
A selection of art galleries and studios are located in an area of the city known as the Rail Arts District. Little Tree Art Studios located on Franklin Street, is a warehouse that include multiple artist studios and a music rehearsal space.
Avondale Estates is served by the DeKalb County School District. Avondale Elementary School is in the city limits. Druid Hills Middle School, and Druid Hills High School serve the community.
Community amenities such as a lake, tennis courts, a clubhouse, parks, and a swimming pool were built for residents.
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