Founded in 1924, Avondale Estates was built and designed specifically to
resemble Stratford-upon-Avon, England, the birthplace of William
Shakespeare. The city consists mainly of Tudor style architecture, both
the city center as well as many of the surrounding homes. George
Francis Willis, Avondale Estates founder, also built residents amenities
such as a lake, tennis courts, clubhouse, parks, and a swimming pool.
The area is known as the only documented example of a planned city in
Today, Avondale Estates is home to a variety of businesses including antique stores, restaurants, galleries, and studios. Little Tree Art Studios is located on Franklin Street, and the first Waffle House, now a museum, is in Avondale Estates as well.
Avondale Estates Fun Fact: This Old House online magazine voted Avondale Estates as one of the Best Old House Neighborhoods in 2012.