Avondale Estates, Georgia

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Avondale Estates, Georgia
Tudor Revival architecture strip mall 120 Avondale Road, Avondale Estates
Tudor Revival architecture strip mall
120 Avondale Road, Avondale Estates
Location in DeKalb County and the state of Georgia
Location in DeKalb County and the state of Georgia
Avondale Estates is located in Metro Atlanta
Avondale Estates
Avondale Estates
Location of Avondale Estates in Metro Atlanta
Coordinates: 33°46′15″N 84°15′54″W / 33.77083°N 84.26500°W / 33.77083; -84.26500Coordinates: 33°46′15″N 84°15′54″W / 33.77083°N 84.26500°W / 33.77083; -84.26500
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)
 • Land1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
1,027 ft (313 m)
 • Total2,960
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,700/sq mi (1,000/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)404
FIPS code13-04644[2]
GNIS feature ID0331075[3]
Lake Avondale at Avondale Estates, 2006

Avondale Estates is a city in DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. The population was 2,960 at the 2010 census.[4] It is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area and is near Decatur.


1892 advertorial promoting lot sales in Ingleside

In the 1890s, lots were sold in the area, which was known as Ingleside.

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. Downtown buildings were designed in a Tudor style to reinforce this image, as were many of the houses in the city.[5] The city incorporated in 1927.[6]


Avondale Estates is located at 33°46′15″N 84°15′54″W / 33.77083°N 84.26500°W / 33.77083; -84.26500 (33.770905, -84.264894).[7] The city is entirely underlain by granite, and clay-rich soil developed on it. Some of this granite can be seen outcropped along the shore of Lake Avondale.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), of which 0.88% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20163,150[1]6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the 2010 census, Avondale Estates had a population of 2,960. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 80.9% white, 14.5% black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.5% reporting some other race and 2.0% reporting two or more races. 2.2% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.[9]

Business and entertainment[edit]

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. Pizza, Mexican fare, southern comfort food, a soda fountain/diner and Chicago style hot dogs are some of the restaurant fare options within the city limits. The city is the location of the first Waffle House, which opened its doors Labor Day weekend of 1955. Waffle House operates a museum at the original location today, and a separate restaurant elsewhere in the city.[10]

A selection of art galleries and studios are located in an area of the city known as the Rail Arts District.[11] Little Tree Art Studios[12] located on Franklin Street, is a warehouse that include multiple artist studios and a music rehearsal space.

The movie, “Instant Family” (2018), starring Mark Wahlberg and produced by Wahlberg, was filmed in Avondale.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The city is governed by a mayor and a board of commissioners.[13] Avondale Estates also has a city manager and other administrative positions.[14] The city uses the DeKalb County Fire Service for fire and EMS calls, but provides its own police service.

The Avondale Estates Police Department (AEPD) has approximately 15 members providing around the clock coverage. Officers drive Dodge Chargers equipped with PIT bumpers, LED lights, in-car computers with e-tickets, and digital video cameras. City Court is held multiple times a month.

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice has its headquarters in Avondale Estates.[15][16]

The United States Postal Service operates the Avondale Estates Post Office.[17]


Avondale Estates is served by the DeKalb County School System.[18]

Avondale Elementary School[19] is in the city limits.[20] Druid Hills Middle School,[21] and Druid Hills High School serve the community.[22]

Avondale Middle School and Avondale High School, formerly adjacent to the city limits and serving the city, closed at the end of May 2011, and the students were distributed to neighboring schools.[23] The campus is now used exclusively by the magnet school DeKalb School of the Arts.

In 2008, local parents began organizing formal efforts through the Avondale Education Association,[24] a local grass-roots non-profit organization that was founded in October 2003, to create a charter school that would achieve the standards required by law, while establishing an elementary school that reflected the values of the community. Their proposal was initially rejected by the Dekalb County School Board, but it was subsequently selected by the Georgia Charter Schools Commission[25] as one of a small number of schools to be chartered directly by the State of Georgia. The school, Museum School of Avondale Estates,[26] opened in 2010, and Avondale Estates therefore lies within its attendance zone.[27][28]


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ Bureau, U.S. Census. "American FactFinder - Results". factfinder2.census.gov.
  5. ^ "City of Avondale Estates - Fast Facts". Archived from the original on 2011-11-30. Retrieved 2011-11-16.
  6. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 11. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ DP-1 - Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010, US Census, retrieve for Avondale Estates, GA at http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_DP_DPDP1
  10. ^ "Waffle House Museum - Waffle House". www.wafflehouse.com.
  11. ^ "RAD - Rail Arts District". RAD - Rail Arts District.
  12. ^ "Home - Little Tree Art Studios". Little Tree Art Studios.
  13. ^ "City of Avondale Estates - Board of Mayor and Commissioners". Archived from the original on 2011-11-18. Retrieved 2011-11-16.
  14. ^ "City of Avondale Estates - City Hall Administration". Archived from the original on 2011-11-18. Retrieved 2011-11-16.
  15. ^ "Contact." Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. Retrieved on August 8, 2010.
  16. ^ "Official Zoning Map[permanent dead link]." City of Avondale Estates. Retrieved on August 8, 2010.
  17. ^ "Post Office Location - AVONDALE ESTATES Archived July 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on August 8, 2010.
  18. ^ "Zoning Map." City of Avondale Estates. Retrieved on May 31, 2017.
  19. ^ "Avondale Elementary". www.dekalb.k12.ga.us.
  20. ^ "Elementary School Attendance Areas 2016 - 2017 School Year." DeKalb County School System. Retrieved on June 1, 2017.
  21. ^ "Middle School Attendance Areas 2016 - 2017 School Year." DeKalb County School System. Retrieved on June 1, 2017.
  22. ^ "High School Attendance Areas 2016 - 2017 School Year." DeKalb County School System. Retrieved on June 1, 2017.
  23. ^ "End of an Era Nears at Avondale High School". 12 May 2011.
  24. ^ "Avondale Education Association". Archived from the original on 2011-06-22.
  25. ^ "Georgia Charter Schools Commission". Archived from the original on 2010-07-19.
  26. ^ "The Museum School of Avondale Estates". The Museum School of Avondale Estates.
  27. ^ Downey, Maureen (October 10, 2011). "Museum School of Avondale: New lease on life and on empty Forrest Hills Elementary". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on 2014-07-18. Retrieved 2011-11-16.
  28. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-13. Retrieved 2011-11-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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