For the month of February 2019 in the Oak Mountain High School district in Alabama; the real estate market was a sellers market. There were 148 active single family listings averaging $589,276 and 28 listings sold averaging $335,875. Sold listings averaged 82 days on the market and sold for 98.07% of asking price. The market’s absorption rate represents 5.33 months supply of inventory.
The greater Birmingham
2017 Fall Parade of Homes
November 4-5 and 11-12
from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Our engineers and architects have developed incredible floor plans as well as home sites that accentuate the natural settings of the breathtaking 13-acre lake. Our design concepts and unique streetscapes will leave you speechless with every turn. Come see our new take on style and community!!
Directions:Take I-459 South to exit 19 for Highway 280 East. Go 4 miles and take a left onto Hugh Daniel Drive. 3 miles down take another left onto Dunnavant Valley Road. Brock Point will be one mile down on your left.
Chelsea Park is one of the fastest growing communities on the 280 Corridor! In the heart of Chelsea, just past Dunnavant Valley, the rapid commercial growth of the area has people of all ages from all places coming to Chelsea Park! No longer are amenities like lakes, parks, walking trails and manicured landscaping exclusive to more expensive neighborhoods. Other amenities include a landscaped entrance with 100-foot tall clock tower, a park system, playing fields, lakes and an elementary school! When completed, Chelsea Park will have 3,000 homes in a variety of distinctive neighborhoods!
Directions:Turn into Chelsea Park. After you cross the bridge, turn left on Springfield Drive. Turn right on Grayson Way. Right on Grayson Place. Left on Crossbridge Road. Lot on left.
Nestled in the foothills of Oak Mountain, the residents of the Grey Oaks community have the best of both worlds – they are only five minutes from I-65 at the County Road 52 interchange, and about the same distance to all of the shopping and dining opportunities located on the Highway 280 corridor. Added features include a pool and a picnic pavilion, close proximity to the new Pelham Ridge Elementary and Pelham Park Middle schools, easy access to Oak Mountain State Park – the state’s largest State Park – and other local amenities – like the award-winning Pelham Racquet Club and nearby golf courses. You have the perfect place in Shelby County to call home.
Directions:I-65 South to Exit 242 (Pelham Tank Farm exit), turn left on Highway 52 to Highway 11. Turn left on Highway 11 and go 4.3 miles and Grey Oaks entrance will be on your left. OR East on Highway 280 to right on Highway 43 to left on Old 280 & right on Highway 11. Grey Oaks is 4 miles on your left.
Highland Lakes is a truly unique community of homes, quiet tree-lined sidewalks, streets and parks. It’s a neighborhood in touch with today’s world, but somehow slightly removed from it. The community’s over 1,700 acres spread out and down from the Appalachian ridges of Oak Mountain. Streets flow through the woods and around the four beautiful lakes designed and stocked with fish. No matter where you choose to build in Highland Lakes, you can be assured of gated, retreat – like privacy with executive convenience. Highland Lakes builders offer you quality construction and a wide variety of home designs.
Directions:Highway 280 to Hugh Daniel. Hugh Daniel Highway 41. Right on Highway 41 to Highland Lakes Gate. Through Gate take first right onto Regency Place. Regency Place to Regency Way. Right to Columbia Circle.
The Lime Creek community is located in one of the fastest growing cities in Alabama, Chelsea! Less than 6 miles off of Highway 280, Lime Creek is close to all of the shopping, restaurants and amenities that the Highway 280 corridor has to offer. Conveniently located near the award winning Forest Oaks Elementary School. Large wooded lot. This builder offers quality construction and a wide variety of home designs.
Directions:I-65 South to Exit 242 (Tank Farm exit), turn left onto Highway 52 to Highway 11. Turn left on Highway 11 and go approximately 2 miles to CR 36 and turn right. Go about 4 miles to CR 69 and cross Highway 39 and Lime Creek will be about 1 mile on your right, 2nd entrance. OR 280 East, turn on Highway 47 in Chelsea across from McDonalds and at Winn Dixie shopping center, turn right on 39 and go approximately 5 miles, turn left on 69. 2nd entrance to Lime Creek, turn right.
Mt Laurel was recently named Birmingham’s only Southern Living Inspired Community. Hand picked by the magazine’s editors, Southern Living Inspired Communities are neighborhoods marked by charm, taste, and Southern spirit that embody a distinctive pride of place. As a traditional community that is master planned in concert with nature, Mt Laurel is a natural fit for this designation. With its tree-lined streets, broad sidewalks, and plentiful green spaces, Mt Laurel is a sustainable walkable neighborhood that offers residents a relaxed pace of life. Stroll to dinner at the Town Center; take the kids to play in one of our many parks and green spaces; meet a neighbor for a run along a trail; walk your child to school; or fish in our fully stocked lake. At Mt Laurel, you can live more fully. To celebrate this partnership with Southern Living, Mt Laurel will debut Birmingham’s first Southern Living Inspired Home, which will be open for tours during the Fall Parade of Homes. Town Builder, Inc. has partnered with Kay Green Design Inc. to construct the Magnolia, reflecting the best of current design and contemporary craftsman architecture. All proceeds from tours of the Southern Living Inspired Home benefit the Mt Laurel Public Library. It’s an exciting time to be in Mt Laurel as the community showcases beautiful new floor plans with luxurious features not found anywhere else. We believe in building quality, timeless homes with the latest technology infrastructure, creating inheritable homes for the future. Discover or build the luxury home of your dreams here, and you’ll have more than a place to stay. You’ll have something that truly takes hold of you.
Directions:From Birmingham, head East on Highway 280 and turn left on Hugh Daniel Drive. Turn right on Highway 41. Go 1.3 miles and turn left onto Mt Laurel Avenue. Turn left onto Olmstead Street then the Parade home will be on your right at 316 Olmstead Street.
New homes in Margaret, Alabama! Sterling Place provides quality construction and comfortable living at affordable prices in St. Clair County, Alabama. This charming residential community combines all the tranquility of a natural setting with city conveniences. There are several spacious floor plans available to choose from.
Directions:From 459 South, teak exit 10 towards Highway 150. Turn right onto Highway 150. Go about a mile and then turn right onto Ross Bridge Parkway. Follow Ross Bridge Parkway for about 3 miles. Turn right onto Sawyer Trail, it will be the community immediately after James Hill. From Lakeshore, continue past West Oxmoor Road. Turn left onto Ross Bridge Parkway. Follow this road for a mile or two. Take a left onto Sawyer Drive onto Sawyer Trail.
High atop Double Oak ridge or nestled in the valley, The Highlands Community offers a private wooded setting. This secure estate community is designed to be a haven of relaxation with the conveniences of the city nearby. A 250-acre land conservancy protecting the natural, untouched environment serves as the center of the community inviting you to connect with nature. Miles of natural walking trails, two stocked lakes, a pavilion and open recreational lawns are waiting for you.
Directions:Follow Highway 280 East until Bear Creek Road and turn right. Follow Bear Creek Road until Old Highway 280 and turn left. Follow Old Highway 280 until Highway 11 and turn right. Follow Highway 11 until Chelsea High School. Turn left just past the entrance to the high school.
Music festivals and art shows, wide porches with rocking chairs and picnics in the park…it’s all here at The Preserve, conveniently located in the heart of Hoover. From early Colonial and Federal to elegant Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian styles, homes in The Preserve are based on classic American home architecture. The most important characteristic of our community is not what’s built here – it’s what’s not built here. Our 300-acre neighborhood adjoins the 350-acre Moss Rock Preserve, with miles of hiking trails through unspoiled forests. With acres of green space, this USS Real Estate development (a division of US Steel) was designed with that same respect for nature. Our eight-acre Village Green serves as a gathering spot, as well as home to our Town Hall and Community pool. Founder’s Park includes a walking trail, playground, picnic pavilion and fishing pond. Memorial Park includes a walking trail, playground, picnic pavilion, grilling area and an outdoor fireplace. Renaissance Park, our newest addition, includes a playground, picnic pavilion and grilling area. As our name implies, nature is preserved here. We believe it sparks the imagination of our residents.
What is Front Porch Living? Packed full of amenities, The Preserve at Stockton celebrates this leisurely, recreational way of life. Lay poolside with your favorite book, enjoy a game of wiffle ball with your family, entertain in the clubhouse or roast marshmallows while you relax by the firepit. If that’s not your style, throw a blanket down and picnic on any of the lush green spaces while the kids play at the playground. And let’s not forget the homes, which showcase stunning designs, meticulously crafted to Signature Homes’ highest standards.
Directions:Take I-59 North to exit 143. Take a left onto Deerfoot Parkway then take a left onto Highway 11/Gadsden Highway. Go about 2 miles down and Stockton will be on your right.
The Village is a unique community of up-scale, custom built homes with an entrance directly across from the main street of Mt Laurel, a pedestrian friendly community. The Village is surrounded by nature trails, parks, a pool, cabana and sidewalks that connect the entire Village neighborhood and also guide you to the center of Mt Laurel. Residents can ride their bikes, shop or get dinner and ice cream, all without getting in the car. Mt Laurel Elementary School is directly across Highway 41 from The Village, making everyday family life easy and convenient! No matter where you choose to build in The Village, you can be assured of a small town feel and easy living. The Village builders offer you quality construction with a wide variety of home designs and prices.
Directions:Highway 280 to Highway 41. Highway 41 to Highland Village Drive.
Willow Branch is one of the newest, Chelsea School Zoned, Master Planned 200 +/- lot community featuring large, private wooded lots, a future pool and clubhouse, new sectors opening in 2017, nature areas, sidewalks, and street lights. Willow Branch boasts homes ranging from one level homes starting in the $200k’s all the way up to 5 bedroom basement homes with 3 car garages starting in the $300k’s. All homes in Willow Branch are Smart Homes with open concept floor plans, and the majority of the homes have 2 bedrooms on the main level. Willow Branch homes also feature covered porches, irrigation, hardwood flooring, stainless steel gas appliances, granite, tile showers and much more. Minutes away from I-65 and Highway 280.
Directions:From Highway 280 toward Chelsea. Turn right at red light onto Highway 43. Turn left onto Old Highway 280. Turn right onto Highway 11. Turn left at Shell Station onto Highway 36. Willow Branch is 2.5 miles on the left. OR From I-65 South, take exit 242 turn right onto Highway 52 toward Highway 11. Turn left at T on Highway 11. Turn right at Shell Station onto Highway 36. Willow Branch is 2.5 miles on the left.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Alabama Power is partnering with Signature Homes, Southern Company, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and technology vendors to introduce Smart Neighborhood™ by Alabama Power.
Smart Neighborhood – to be located at Signature Homes’ new Reynold’s Landing community at Ross Bridge in Hoover – is a research and demonstration project where energy usage and performance data are collected from the homes’ innovative features. The information will be analyzed to understand how the features can improve the ways homes are built and function to make people’s lives easier.
Information from the HVAC systems, heat pump water heaters and other technologies will help Alabama Power determine which programs and services can provide new, creative energy solutions for customers.
“Customers today expect energy solutions that fit their lifestyles, and that is the idea behind Smart Neighborhood by Alabama Power,” said John Hudson, senior vice president of Marketing and Business Development. “Our goal is to continue to enhance our customers’ experiences and to ensure they have more control over their energy use.”
The energy for Smart Neighborhood will be provided by the existing electric grid, as well as a community-scale power system called a “microgrid,” which is composed of solar panels, battery storage and backup generation. The microgrid will have the capability to generate more than 586,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually, the amount needed for a neighborhood the size of Reynold’s Landing.
Information and data collected from the microgrid will provide Alabama Power with valuable operational experience as the company evaluates microgrid technology. Data from Smart Neighborhood will be collected for two years.
“This project is another example of how Alabama Power continues to be at the forefront of energy research and development so it can continue to provide safe, affordable and reliable energy to its customers well into the future,” Hudson said.
Each technology-enhanced home in the Smart Neighborhood will be equipped with:
- A high-efficiency Carrier Infinity® heat pump and Rheem hybrid electric water heater
- Tech-connected automation: Carrier Infinity Greenspeed® intelligence home comfort system with an Infinity Touch thermostat, Rheem EcoNet mobile app and Vivint smart home system including voice-activated security, smart locks, lights, cameras and garage door control
- Interconnected Samsung appliances from the Alabama Power Appliance Center: smart hub refrigerator, dishwasher, washer and dryer, and an induction range
- Enhanced energy-efficient building features: improved insulation, triple-pane windows and LED lighting.
Southern Company, the parent company of Alabama Power, is supporting research for the project to better understand Smart Neighborhood-type homes and the interactions between a microgrid and the existing electric grid.
Signature Homes is the community developer and will oversee the construction and sale of the homes.
“At Signature Homes, we are constantly looking for ways to enhance the lives of our customers through innovation and design,” said Chief Executive Officer Dwight Sandlin. “We could not be more proud to participate in such an exciting endeavor with top industry leaders Alabama Power, Southern Company and numerous technology vendors to deliver one of the first ever smart neighborhoods. Reynold’s Landing homes of the future will provide buyers the latest in technology, connectivity and energy saving features, and is the perfect addition to the award-winning Ross Bridge community in Hoover.”
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a research partner, providing expertise to develop practical solutions that could be integrated into homes and power grids across the nation.
Construction on the community is set to begin this summer and be completed by spring 2018. The microgrid will break ground this summer.
“Hoover has always been a strong community that leads in so many ways, and I am thrilled Hoover residents will have the chance to experience the technology and state-of-the-art benefits of Smart Neighborhood,” said Mayor Frank Brocato.
To find out more information, visit the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders’ Parade of Homes, April 21-23 and continuing April 28-30. Representatives will be onsite at the Sawyer Trail community in Ross Bridge to discuss Reynold’s Landing and Smart Neighborhood.
Alabama’s Largest House
The 62,000-square-foot, 15-bedroom mansion in Shoal Creek now holds the title of the largest home on the market in the U.S.
The “Versailles-style” Shoal Creek mansion, built in 1997, includes 16 full bathrooms, six half bathrooms, 12 fireplaces, nine garage doors with room for 12 cars, a “recently upgraded” 25-seat theater, an equestrian lounge and guitar-shaped landscaping from aerial views.
Labor Day: What it Means
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Labor Day Legislation
Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
Founder of Labor Day
More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.
Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”
But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.
The First Labor Day
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.
A Nationwide Holiday
The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.
The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.
The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker. Read more…
Birmingham, AL – “Thunder on the Mountain 2016”
Fired from Vulcan Park (which will be closed to the public during the display).
Visible throughout the Birmingham Metro Area
July 4, 2016
9:00 p.m. Fireworks
Radio: 95.7, 97.3, 98.7, 102.1, 104.7, 106.9 FM & 610 AM.
Television: WBRC-TV, FOX 6
New home sales in Alabama were up 19 percent to start the year compared to 2015
Demand: New home sales totaling 259 units in January increased 19.4 percent from the same period last year. January new homes sales were 33 percent below the prior month. Average days on market in January of 120 represent a 30.3 percent decrease from last January which is encouraging news.
Supply: Months of new home supply in January was 7.3 months. Statewide new construction inventory is approximately 4.7 percent above last January and up 5.4 percent from last month.
Pricing: Alabama metro markets’ median new home sales price during January was $233,335, an decrease of 5.2 percent from last January and a decrease of 11 percent from December.
New Home Pipeline: Janaury statewide housing starts were down 7 percent from 2015 and were down 4 percent from the prior month. Statewide building permits in January were down 4 percent from January 2015 but were up 12 percent from the prior month.
Residential Construction Employment: According to the Alabama Dept. of Industrial Relations, statewide related residential construction employment in January increased 4 percent (+4,000 jobs) to 84,000 from the same period last year and remaned unchanged from the previous month. This represents the 17th consecutive months of positive year-over-year comparisons associated with construction employment.
Local Results :Eleven out of the 27 associations (40 percent) reported building permit gains from January 2015, while 11 associations (40 percent) experienced gains in housing starts. Eight associations experienced an increase from their December 2015 monthly housing starts.
Industry Perspective: From David Crowe, NAHB chief economist “There are a number of positive indicators that provide solid evidence this will be a good year for housing and the economy. Private sector job growth has been averaging 240,000 per month over the past two years. GDP growth is expected to climb slightly above last year’s level and consumer confidence is nearly back to its pre-recession peak. Builders report their top concerns in 2016 include the cost and availability of developed lots and labor, federal environmental regulations and policies that are making it more expensive and difficult to build homes, and building materials prices.” Read more…
Alabama has nation’s second lowest property taxes
Alabama’s property taxes are the second lowest in the nation, according to a new study.
Only Hawaii has a lower effective tax rate on real estate than Alabama’s 0.43 percent, according to the study by WalletHub.
Alabamians would pay just about $764 in real estate taxes on a home worth $176,000, which is the median home price in the U.S.
When taking into account Alabama’s relatively low home prices, the state comes out even better. Alabamians would pay just $538 on a home worth the state’s median value of $123,000. That’s the lowest tax for a state’s median value home in the nation.
Alabama’s low property taxes have long been cited as a big advantage in the economic development world, although some have said the state’s heavy dependence on other taxes has contributed heavily to Alabama’s budget challenges.
Among neighboring states, Tennessee ranked 12th, Mississippi ranked 15th, Georgia ranked 25th and Florida ranked 30th. New Jersey, Illinois and New Hampshire had the highest real estate taxes. Read more…
Lighting of iconic ‘Magic City’ sign will herald
opening of Birmingham’s Rotary Trail
The opening of the much-anticipated greenway through downtown Birmingham will be welcomed with a ribbon-cutting and the lighting of a replica of the iconic “Birmingham the Magic City” sign.
The Rotary Trail will officially open to the public on April 6, said Sherri Nielson, an administrative assistant to the mayor who handles capital and special project.
The trail had been discussed and dreamed about for more than two decades when, in 2014, the Rotary Club of Birmingham announced plans to make the dream a reality. The decision came as a result of a search for the best way to mark the group’s centennial.
“They wanted to do something big and something meaningful and long-lasting, and I think they have accomplished that,” Nielson said.
The Rotary Trail is considered an extension of Railroad Park, from 20th Street to 24th Street along First Avenue South. The trail follows a “railroad cut” through downtown Birmingham and includes walking paths, benches, landscaping, lighting, boardwalks, an amphitheater and more amenities.
The opening day will feature a 46-foot sign modeled after the historic “Birmingham the Magic City” sign, instead reading “Rotary Trail in the Magic City.” The sign will be lighted for the public for the first time that day.
The city of Birmingham used grant money to fund drainage work, the initial preparation needed for development of the greenway. Rotary then provided $3.5 million for the capital improvements: landscaping, furnishings, ramps, stairwells railings and more.
The design was done by Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood.
The trail is just one segment of a greenway that will ultimately connect the CrossPlex venue in Five Points West to Sloss Furnaces near the city center.
Projects like the Rotary Trail correspond with the goal of maintaining Birmingham’s reputation as a green city. Greenspace combines with sustainability projects and lower energy consumption to achieve that, Nielson said.
“We want our people to be healthier, and also to have attractive areas to walk and cycle and just enjoy with their families,” she said. “Downtown has plenty of things to attract people and keep them busy, and the Rotary Trail will add to that. These projects are incredibly important to mayor.” more…
First Time Home Buyer – Help with Down Payment
First time home buyers (defined as those who have not owned a home in the past three years)
can now get up to 3% of closing cost waived through Fannie Mae’s HomePath Ready Buyer
Program as announced on Wednesday January 13, 2016.
- The closing cost credit applies only to properties in Fannie Mae’s own inventory
- Applicants must take an online course in order to become certified
Depending on the details of the terms, closing costs can also help with the down payment.
In other words, it reduces the amount of money that you have to bring to the table.
To find out if this program is the right fit for you or to receive a current list of qualifying properties,