ON THE NATIONAL Register of Historic Places, Avondale Estates is a mix of established and newcomers in terms of both homes and residents. Homes have been built in the city every decade since Avondale Estates began as one of the country’s earliest planned communities in 1926. The community opens its doors to celebrate this season with the 26th Annual Avondale Estates Christmas Tour of Homes. Come see these homes dressed for the holidays:
- Kendall Newman and family moved to Avondale Estates in 1960. First living on Lakeview Place for more than 50 years, Kendall swapped houses with her daughter in 2012. Newman enlarged the 1941 home through the years. Newman’s love of history is seen throughout, and she tells stories about every piece of her antique furniture, interesting art and extensive collections.
- Jen Newman moved to Avondale in 2002 and lived on Dartmouth Avenue for 14 years before moving to Exeter Road. Her 1951 home has been expanded up and out to include five bedrooms and bathrooms. Christmas decorations include her family Christmas card collection of 17 years and her locally made Christmas yard art.
- Renae Wolter and Dave Siff moved to Avondale from Decatur in 2003. They describe their home as a midcentury ranch with a low-country feel. Renae loves the city of Charleston and has created a “Charlestonian” effect to her home with her use of color, art and décor. Recent renovations include a Juliet balcony and a palm tree out back.
- Angela Burnett and Ramon Maldanaldo moved to Avondale last October to their 1960’s midcentury ranch that had been transformed into a Joseph Eichler-inspired modern California ranch. Their midcentury furnishings complete with aluminum Christmas tree complete the transformation.
- Also new to Avondale, Marjorie and Niclas Andersson bought what was once their neighbor’s garden and built a two-story Craftsman in 2016. Designed and built by Stoney River Homes, the four bedroom, four bathroom home features a sunroom off the master suite, a children’s wing, and a basement recently finished by Niclas.
- Jennifer Smith fell in love with Avondale in 2001 and bought a 1950s bungalow. After marrying George Roukas in 2014, they began a major renovation of the home. Removing walls to open the kitchen, living room and dining room area, they enlarged the home with a “Master on the Main” and a second floor with two additional bedrooms. Out back they added a covered porch and a two-car garage with an office or apartment upstairs.
TOUR DETAILS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Tour Date: Sunday, December 9
Tour of Homes: 3 to 8 p.m.
Holiday Market: Noon to 6 p.m.
Shop: The Holiday Market, features over 30 artists and vendors selling everything you need to finish your shopping list.
Eat: The Market Cafe will serve homemade soups, sandwiches and other treats.
Tickets: Purchase or pick up tickets at the Avondale Community Club, a historic structure built on Lake Avondale in the 1920s. Tickets are $15 in advance at Avondale City Hall, Finders Keepers Furniture, and Garage Door Studio or for $20 on the tour day at the Avondale Community Club.
Trolley: To ride a trolley, reserve a spot with Margaret Lunsford at email@example.com.