Minutes from downtown Birmingham, tiny Forest Park boasts homes selling well into the $300,000s and $400,000s. It’s known as a neighborhood of well-educated, community-minded and, for the most part, well-off folks.
Convenience coupled with the character of an older neighborhood, and a strong sense of civic pride, has made Crestwood the darling of young urban professionals for more than a decade now.
Sometimes thought of as Mountain Brook’s little sister, Crestline Park is popular among young couples and families who love the area but aren’t ready to pay major Mountain Brook prices.
Southside is a mixed bag, and that’s the way most residents like it. Many dating back to the early 1900s, these homes have character to spare, not to mention space. However, most parts of Southside are inconsistent in terms of how well the neighbors keep up their own properties.
With historic Bush Boulevard as its centerpiece, the neighborhood of Bush Hills is near Birmingham-Southern College. The homes, built mostly in the 1920s and 1930s, have historic character. You can get a lot of house for your money in Bush Hills.
The North Birmingham neighborhood has been down on its luck for decades, but it seems on the verge of a comeback. Maybe this time rejuvenation is around the corner.
Located in Shelby County, Chelsea is about 20 miles outside of downtown Birmingham. Chelsea offers a lot in the mid-range price of around $150,000, including two-story, three-bedroom homes, and many of these are new or nearly new.
With most of the homes built in the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, Fairfield boasts a rich history as one of the area’s first planned communities.
Residents love the close-knit atmosphere of Homewood, the cottage-style charm of the homes and the easy access to the major transportation arteries of I-65, Hwy. 280 and Hwy. 31. Prices rise as you travel from west to east—so there are still deals to be found on the western side of Homewood, but once you hit Hollywood, you’re paying Mountain Brook prices.
Hoover is all over the map, both geographically and demographically. Neighborhoods like Bluff Park and Green Valley are relatively close in to downtown Birmingham, whereas Russet Woods, which bumps up against Bessemer, is considerably further out. Congestion can be a hassle. Hoover is huge and growing, with the variety of home offerings sometimes downright staggering.
Leeds boasts a true small-town feel. Straddling three counties—Jefferson, Shelby and St. Clair—Leeds maintains its own sense of identity through local preservation societies, parks and its own school district. Between the older homes dating to the 1940s and earlier and the brand-new homes in subdivisions, real estate here defies categorization.
Mountain Brook has long been known as the crème de la crème of Birmingham real estate. For its charm, central location, top-notch schools and cachet, Mountain Brook is well worth the price.
Homebuyers who compare Vestavia Hills to Homewood or Mountain Brook find they can usually get more home for the money. While some balk at the 1970s-style architecture (most homes were built between the late ‘60s and early ‘90s, excluding the newer communities of Liberty Park), others rejoice at both the reality and the potential.
Springville is growing quickly. Residents report an influx of young couples and families, and a lot of new restaurants and businesses.
Another rapidly growing community, Trussville mixes estates with starter homes. Reasonable home prices coupled with the natural beauty of the area have fueled a boom.
Founded in 2000, Clay is already larger than Springville with a starting population of about 5,000. Many of the homes were built in the 1980s and ‘90s and have the size and modern amenities to show for it. For the average home price of around $170,000, you can easily find a three- or even four-bedroom home.