Tour the town in a trolley or on your own during the 25th Annual Avondale Estates Christmas Tour of Homes. On the National Register of Historic Places, Avondale Estates is a mix of old and new… homes built in every decade since Avondale Estates began as one of the country’s earliest planned communities in 1926.
This year’s tour showcases an “Avondale Original” built in the 20s from a Leila Ross Wilburn plan. The footprint of the home remains with the back and screened porches now enclosed. Another 1931 English Cottage has recently been transformed into a five-bedroom/five bathroom showplace. Major renovations were made to a 1942 Colonial Revival including a fabulous new porch that provides a beautiful view of Lake Avondale. A 1951 Cape Cod home has undergone an extensive renovation using the original footprint of the home and is decorated with the homeowner’s original art. A 1954 ranch was converted into an amazing Prairie-style home with a large patio and infinity pool. The final home is a newly constructed Arts and Craft home built in 2015.
An additional point of interest on the tour is the Little Tree Art Studios, located in the burgeoning Rail Arts District. Over 25 established and emerging artists working in a variety of disciplines will be showing their work.
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 feature homemade soups, sandwiches and other treats.
Tickets for the tour may be purchased for $15 in advance at Avondale City Hall, Finders Keepers Furniture, REAL Salon and Garage Door Studio or for $20 on the tour day at the Avondale Community Club. To ride a trolley, reserve a spot with Margaret Lunsford at email@example.com. avondaletourofhomes.com