Decatur Firm Buys Downtown Avondale Estates

Oakhurst Realty Partners of Decatur purchased 26,000 square feet of retail space.

People have been wondering for years when something would happen to change the rundown look and feel of downtown Avondale Estates.

It may have happened, with landowner Newburger-Andes selling all of the downtown property it owns to Oakhurst Realty Partners of Decatur, according to the commercial real estate website Bisnow.

David Andes, chief investment officer and owner of Newburger/Andes, said the sale includes virtually all of the Tudor-designed downtown Avondale Estates. Many of those stores have been vacant for years.

"We thought Oakhurst had a better presence in the area," Andes said to Patch Monday afternoon. "It's time for some new blood to come in."

has offices on East Trinity Place in Decatur. It's not known what that company plans to do with the property.

Here's what Bisnow reported.

After some 30 years, Newburger-Andes has decided to sell its estate (imagine what you'll find in that yard sale).

Late last week, we chatted with David Andes who informed us his firm has sold what amounts to Downtown Avondale Estates, the 26k SF retail/office tudor style building that is the landmark to the area on the main intersection. Atlanta-based Oakhurst Realty Partners purchased the building (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) for $1.08M, according to Databank.

Avondale Estates had high hopes about two years ago, with a developer planning to build a Publix and a mixed-use area. .

Patch is seeking comment from Oakhurst Realty Partners, Avondale Estates Mayor Ed Rieker and others. We'll update the story as we receive more information.

Avon Dale July 24, 2012 at 06:18 AM
What guarantees do we have that Oakhurst Realty will keep Avondale lame? http://keep-avondale-estates-lame.org/
Mike Easterwood July 24, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I admire your wit. Keep it up! By the way if you doubt the gist of the satire, just go to a city hall meeting..........
bulldogger July 24, 2012 at 04:47 PM
You know, that is an amazing coincidence.....I just made a post on the James Joyce property and commented that maybe some Decatur people should get involved and then I clicked on this article....WOW, that's a "Twilight Zone" moment :)
Mike Easterwood July 24, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Hey you still have the entrenched Avondaleistas. You have to know the reason the city center looks as it does? I know you have heard the saying " doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome is the definition of insanity or stupidity," your choice.
po July 24, 2012 at 05:24 PM
None, but you had a lot of guarantees the old landlord would. But, keep complaining, while doing nothing. That or congratulate the new owners and rent some space.
Mike Easterwood July 24, 2012 at 06:25 PM
po, I do not really blame you for being dour. And satire may be a good tool to budge entrenched power. It could help, probably will not. The reason is that no amount of empirical evidence can convince those in charge.
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