Meet the Averitts, Leslie, Tyler, Rhodes, Henry, and Campbell
Skiing plays a big role in the Averitts’ lives. An annual ski trip with friends has been a tradition since they graduated from college and continues to this day with their three boys. Leslie and Tyler were even engaged on a ski trip, on Peak 9 at Breckenridge.
“We’ve been to Whistler and Jackson Hole and Big Sky,” says Leslie. “Now we are going back to Colorado and skiing Snowmass and Aspen. Typically, we try not to go to the same place to keep it exciting.” But after being engaged there, Leslie says the Colorado mountains are near and dear to their hearts.
The Averitts have lived in Historic Brookhaven since 2017. They moved from North Buckhead and purchased an old farmhouse on East Brookhaven Drive. The house, which dates back to 1930, had been renovated in 2000 but had sagging ceilings and floors when the Averitts purchased it. They repaired and updated the house to meet their needs. When they moved in, they had Rhodes, who is now six years old. Both four-year-old Henry and Campbell, age one-and-a-half, were born when they moved into the neighborhood.
You can often find the boys playing in the front yard with Leslie and their apricot Goldendoodle Gunner. While “Gunnie” is 11 years old, he has the spirit of a three-year-old pup and barks at neighbors and dogs walking past.
If not in the yard, you might find the Averitts driving around the neighborhood in their golf cart with Ice, Ice Baby playing. “We do that to kill the time between dinner and bedtime,” says Leslie. They love running into friends and neighbors as they cruise the streets of Historic Brookhaven.
Tyler works in real estate. He has his own private equity investment firm called 3VP. Leslie used to work in medical sales but is now focused on raising their three boys.
They are building a house on Lake Glenville near Cashiers, NC, and spend a lot of time in the area. In conjunction with building their own house, Tyler is developing 40 acres on the other side of the lake in a development called Tocami. It will have 21 lots and 20 boat slips.
Tyler and Leslie met when they were 18 years old and in college at the University of Georgia. They have been together ever since. Tyler was born in New Orleans but grew up in Gainesville, GA. He went to North Hall High School. Leslie was born in Fort Lauderdale but raised in East Cobb and attended Pope High School.
Among their favorite activities are attending the kids’ sporting events and having friends over to their house. The Averitts are members of Capital City Club, where Tyler likes to play golf and Leslie is on a tennis team. Rhodes, who attends Holy Innocents, is involved “in all things sports,” says Leslie. He plays soccer, flag football, basketball, golf, tennis, and swims. “The younger boys like anything that involves a ball or outdoors,” notes Leslie. Henry attends preschool at St. James United Methodist.
The Averitts are members of Peachtree Presbyterian Church, where Leslie is involved in the church’s Habitat for Humanity group and Women’s Community Bible Study. She also teaches Rhodes’s first-grade Sunday school class. Tyler volunteers at Central Night Shelter, a men’s homeless shelter.
A beloved holiday tradition is putting their outdoor Christmas lights up early and then leaving them up well into January. “The kids love it when we come home at night and the lights are on,” says Leslie. “I think we took them down on the 15th of January this year.”
When asked their favorite part about living in Historic Brookhaven, Leslie responds: “The new friendships we’ve made. We also love the beautiful homes and the pride that the neighbors take in caring for their properties.”
SIDEBAR – IN A SEPARATE BOX NEAR THE SPOTLIGHT
HEAD = The Averitts’ Favorite Things
Restaurants: Superica and Kaiser’s Chophouse in Sandy Springs
Vacations: Sea Island, GA, Cashiers, NC, and skiing in Colorado
Sports Teams: University of Georgia Bulldogs
Family Dinner: “currently from anywhere that delivers,” says Leslie
TV show and Movie: The White Lotus and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty