Avondale Estates Christmas Tour of Homes and Holiday Market

WE ARE EXCITED that our Christmas Tour will once again be in the homes. Our 30th Annual Christmas Tour will take place on Sunday, December 11, from 3 p.m until 8 p.m. with the holiday market also open from noon until 6 p.m.

Six homes representing the various styles of architecture in our city will be featured for the tour. Lindsay Forlines’ home was built in 1918 on historic Rockbridge Road before Avondale Estates was even begun! Originally a one-story house with assorted renovations through the years, the home was purchased by Forlines, who kept it from being torn down by developers. Once purchased, the house was essentially gutted and a bedroom and powder room were added! Forlines grew up in Avondale Estates and this is her third Avondale home on the tour!

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The Avondale Holiday Market is back! There will be a full in-person market for the first time in three years on December 11 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Avondale Community Club. The 2022 market will include most of the favorite artisans selling their hand-knitted scarves, pecans, jewelry, photography, bird feeders, smoked salmon, jams and ornaments. Come support our market vendors and finish off your Christmas shopping list with one-ofa-kind gifts. While you are there, enjoy soup and sandwiches at the Holiday Market Café.

You may purchase pre-sale tour tickets at Finders Keepers Consignment or Garage Door Studio for $15 or online at bigtickets.com for $20. On the day of the tour, tickets will be for sale for $20 at the Avondale Community Club. Small busses will be available for the tour from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Contact Margaret at mplcvl@aol.com to sign up for a spot on a bus. In another year filled with loss and change, let’s end 2022 in Avondale Estates with light and hope for a New Year!

Margaret Lunsford, Tour of Homes Committee avondaletourofhomes.com.

After living in Avondale for four years, the Parker Family moved around the corner to their 1931 “Dutch Colonial” on Berkeley Road that had been renovated by previous owners, and the family has been there almost three years. With three children, they love to decorate with a wide variety of themes – from modern with a sparkling white tree in the front room to their more traditional tree in the family room.

Mirrin Reagan, who grew up in Druid Hills, was “pulled into this wonderful neighborhood” by her dear friend Jen Newman in 2016.
Purchased as a 2 bedroom, 1 ½ bath modern cottage built in 1950, Mirrin expanded it to a 3 bedroom/two bath home and added a sunroom in the back. The “Children’s Tree” in the sunroom is decorated with ornaments made by her children over the years.

Bill Elek’s 1965 Dutch Colonial has undergone many changes and renovations during the 21 years Bill has lived there and features tables and other woodworks by Dick Parry and stone works by Jason Smith of Smithworks. Many of Bill’s Christmas decorations have been passed down by his parents.

The Galpins’, built on Majestic Circle in 2013, is an upscale mountain home based on a floor plan named The Amicalola Cottage. It was Mary and Dave’s dream house, and Dave did much of the building! An interesting feature is the differing ceiling shapes and heights which, allows for the 20-foot Christmas tree in the living room. Dave also built the creche that will be on display!

Kathy and Bruce Barlag moved to Avondale Estates in 2020 to be near family and found a “speck house” on Wynn Drive that they were able to “tweak” the design of to meet their needs and wishes. Their transitional farmhouse-style home is beautifully furnished and will be decorated with traditional Christmas decorations.

In addition to the featured homes, the city will be “lit up” along every street, in the Avondale Estates Business District and in the plazas around town.