Historic Home in Hot Avondale Hits Market
There's a lot to love about this substantial Federal-style home located in an Atlanta neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
There’s a lot of buzz around the area of DeKalb County called Avondale Estates, a tiny town lined with majestic Tudor Revival and Federal-style homes. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was named for Stratford-upon-Avon, England, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, after its founder George Francis Willis and his wife vacationed there. Willis made a fortune selling patent medicines, the majority of it off a tonic called Tanlac, which was of made fortified wine, herbs and a dash of laxative.
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The 1.1-mile area was originally called Ingleside and in 1892 lots were advertised for $100 a piece or $5 down, $5 a month. Willis could easily afford that price tag and created the Southeast’s first documented planned city with a pool, tennis courts, a clubhouse and a man-made lake. The area shares its border with historic Decatur, an equally charming part of town with many shops, restaurants and nightlife. Avondale Estates is also home of the first Waffle House and there’s even a museum dedicated to the legendary eatery.
Avondale Estates' aforementioned buzz is in part thanks to the availability of several historic homes, the stellar school district and the pending opening of Pallookaville Fine Foods, which we told you about earlier.
"Avondale is on the cusp of turning into the next Decatur, while maintaining the charm of a family-friendly and diverse small town," said real estate expert and Keller Williams agent Eric Benjamin. "The redistricting to Druid Hills Middle and Druid Hills High School means families never have to move due to school district. Housing remains quite affordable when compared to the city of Decatur."
Real estate prices hold steady around the $300,000 mark for more modest homes, but the historic Tudors start at around $600K. One in particular, a handsome Federal-style home on Dartmouth Avenue, caught our eye.
Built in 1946 the solid and stately home was meticulously preserved with respect to its historic origins and surroundings. The first floor offers a formal entertaining space with an oversized living room with fireplace as well as a butler's pantry with wet bar. The huge kitchen opens to the great room, keeping room and den, providing for a more casual atmosphere. We love the solarium at the rear of the house with its view of the private and wooded back patio. The upstairs enjoys a full master suite with romantic touches such as a fireplace and private bath. There are also three additional bedrooms, an office, two more baths and a bonus living space.
Priced at just under a million, this elegant and gracious beauty is waiting for the right owner to call it home. See our gallery above and the full listing details at Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty.