Tour the town during the 27th Annual Avondale Estates Christmas Tour of Homes! Park at Avondale First Baptist Church and catch the trolley or bus for a two-hour tour of six homes on Sunday, December 15. Sponsored by the Avondale Swim and Tennis Club, afternoon and evening trolleys are available. Sign up in advance at Finders Keepers Furnishings or contact Margaret Lunsford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the greatest things about Avondale is the mix of old and new… homes built in every decade since Avondale Estates began as one of the country’s earliest planned communities and the mix of long-time residents and people who just moved to town. This year’s tour has it all…an “Avondale Original” built when the city was founded in 1926, homes built in the 40s, 50s, and 60s and one of the newest homes in town built in 2014.
After living in Avondale Estates for three years, John and Angela found an “Avondale Original” built in 1926 and renovated the bathrooms and kitchen before moving in. Later they added a master suite, a large living area, and, finally a screened porch. Beautiful fabrics and furnishings throughout the home are from Fabrics and Furnishings in Conyers; the interior was designed by Genie Purcell; and the Christmas Décor Design is by Chris McMullan.
Kristina and Daniel Limoges discovered Avondale Estates and instantly fell in love with its charm, architecture and walkability. They bought their “cottage” built in 1947 and began a three-year remodeling ‘project.’ Keeping the original footprint of the home, they removed walls, created a new kitchen, and updated bathrooms. Christmas decorations include antique decorations from Germany and Spain!
Holly and Dana Rector found their 1950s ranch and began their journey of transforming their home. Holly, a landscape architect, brought in 90 truckloads of dirt to create three terraces out back. Their next venture was building a Carriage House. Finally, they completely renovated their home this year, removing the roof and walls. Designed by Dana, an architect, they added a second floor completing their new four-bedroom home where they will spend their “first” Christmas.
Peg Wyse’s Mid-century ranch was built in 1963 by Joseph Lorenz, famous stained-glass artist, whose work is still in her home. She began various renovations - bumping out the living room and dining room on what was a deck, adding an east wing apartment and renovating her kitchen. Tyler Weaver moved in to Peg’s east-wing apartment last summer. The house and the apartment will showcase fabulous Christmas decorations including festive trees and various table scapes.
First living in Virginia-Highlands, Colleen and Steve Lynott found a larger and newer home in Avondale Estates just six months ago! With the help from friends, they got settled in their new home in just a week. Since then, they’ve added a new deck and bought furnishings for the master bedroom and family room. Now, the Lynotts are looking forward to their first Christmas in their new home!
The First Baptist Church of Avondale Estates will present their “Christmas in Avondale – A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols” at 7:00pm. Don’t miss this beautiful presentation by the chancel choir and the chamber orchestra that is open to tour participants as well as the entire community!
Purchase or pick up tickets at the Avondale Community Club, a historic structure built on Lake Avondale in the 1920s. The Holiday Market, open noon to 6, features over 30 artists and vendors selling everything you need to finish your shopping list. The Market Cafe will serve homemade soups, sandwiches and other treats. Avondale’s own Mary Kay Andrews will be selling and signing her books, too!
Tickets for the tour may be purchased for $15 in advance at Avondale City Hall, Finders Keepers Furniture, and Garage Door Studio or for $20 on the tour day at the Avondale Community Club. To ride a trolley, remember to reserve a spot with Margaret Lunsford at email@example.com. avondaletourofhomes.com