Where is it?

Just past Decatur, you can get to Avondale Estates by car in about 22 minutes or hop on MARTA and take the Blue line east to Avondale Station.

What’s with the Tudor-style buildings?

Originally called Ingleside in the 1890s, pharmaceutical magnate and Anglophile George Francis Willis bought the entire town in 1924, renamed it Avondale Estates after Stratford-upon-Avon (the birthplace of Shakespeare), and created the downtown to resemble an English village.

What’s the Waffle House connection?

The original scattered, smothered, and covered restaurant opened at 2719 East College Avenue in 1955. The building remains and is now the Waffle House Museum. Other popular eateries include breakfast joint Rising Son, Venezuelan food at Arepa Mia, and pub grub at The Stratford.

Is that a park being built in downtown?

That’s the new Town Green, which broke ground over the summer. The two-acre space at North Avondale Road and will have an event lawn, performance stage, playground, dog park and more.

How much are homes?

You can get a condo for around $160,000 but be prepared to pay $500,000 to more than $1 million for a single-family home in this sought-after community.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.