The Retreat at Mountain Brook

Interview with a New Resident

April 29, 2016 | View it on Facebook

386a0219-1-386a0223-1Pulling into the gates of The Retreat at Mountain Brook property you get a beautiful view of the tennis courts, salt water pools, and not mention the newly renovated and landscaped luxury apartment homes. The friendly staff welcomes you with complimentary coffee and happily escort you on a tour of the model apartment homes. Fully decorated, the apartments homes showcase the lifestyle you can embody while living at The Retreat.

After four years of living in Birmingham, resident Ashley Sherer was looking for a fresh, new location he could call “home”. “The apartment is amazing, and the location is central to anywhere I need to go,” says Ashley. “I’m excited to use the salt water pools!”

When it comes to spaciousness The Retreat apartments homes are bar none! Each unit has an unbelievable amount of square footage and storage space. “My apartment is huge,” says Ashley. “There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom is very spacious. Even after moving in my furniture. I was amazed at how much space I had left.”

Every complex has been completely renovated and well thought out. “We literally stripped them to the bare bones. New paint, new carpet, fireplace conversions, new kitchen cabinetry with stainless steel appliances, new energy efficient hot water heaters,” says manager, Amy Hodges. Residents are getting a top of the line living situation without the hassle of maintenance and upkeep!

“The kitchen is completely updated with lots of storage. And the living and dining room are beautiful, big and great for entertaining friends and family,” says Ashley. “They did a tremendous job designing it.”

The Retreat at Mountain Brook is perfect for any size family. For more information on the luxury apartment homes, visit

Apartment Remodel + Community

April 14, 2016 | View it on Facebook

386a0754-1-386a0760-1The Retreat at Mountain Brook underwent a complete face lift and visitors and the Mountain Brook community are being wowed with the end results! After speaking with the management team about the renovations, we got a better understanding of just how much hard work went into enhancing the deluxe complex.

“We literally stripped each unit down to the bare bones,” says manager, Amy Hodges. “We have the best of both worlds, spacious and well-built with amazing layouts and a neutral color pallet easy for decorating.”

You will become enchanted from the moment you see the freshly painted exterior brick, modern awnings and lush landscaping. Upon entry of the apartment homes, your jaw will drop with how much living space is actually available! “There is unbelievable square footage. From a one bedroom with 1100 square feet to our three bedroom apartments at 1900 square feet,” says Amy. “You feel like you are in a luxurious home, not a cramped apartment.” And the best part? No upkeep of a big home!

Every home unit offers unique features; electric fireplaces, 1 or 2 walk-in closets in the master bedroom, washer dryer unit and espresso cabinetry. “My personal favorite is the walk in closets. The master bedrooms are huge, each with a full bath and double vanity, linen closet and 1 or 2 walk in closets,” says Amy. These closets would make Carrie Bradshaw gush!

The Mountain Brook community has welcomed the renovations and revitalization of The Retreat with open arms. “They love what we are doing here. The Retreat at Mountain Brook is becoming a valuable community asset once again,” says Amy. “We’re constantly having people stop and ask to see what is going on and they are inevitably blown away by what they see.”

The Retreat at Mountain Brook is throwing their first “April Showers Bring May Flowers” Garden Party this weekend as a thank you to all of the local support. “We’ve invited neighbors, friends and 45 area garden clubs to lend hand in planting our community garden,” says Amy.

The event is this Saturday, April 16 from 9am-12pm and anyone, especially those with a green thumb, are welcome to join in the fun!

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Tour of Model Apartment

March 31, 2016 | View it on Facebook

386a0705-1-386a0711-1Spring is here! And that means entertainment season is upon us. The Retreat at Mountain Brook, with its spacious floor plans, modern kitchens, and open air sun porches, offers the perfect recipe for a relaxing gathering with friends.

“Prospective tenants are always amazed at the spaciousness of the entire living space,” says Apartment Manager Amy Hodges.

Beautifully planked floors and natural warm tones welcome you immediately upon arrival as the aroma of a casserole or a fresh pot of coffee engulf you from the kitchen.

“All of the kitchens at The Retreat at Mountain Brook are well appointed with stainless steel and black appliances, espresso cabinetry, and a breakfast bar,” says Hodges. “Contemporary light fixtures, open dining areas, and airy sun porches make for impeccable entertainment stations.”

For an added convenience, washers and dryers are included in all apartments, and each unit is wired for AT&T U-verse. Location is another key factor to hosting a great party. With The Retreat being so close to Avondale, Downtown, and Crestline Village, it’s the perfect location for a central meeting point.

Adding to the beauty of the facility are naturally wooded grounds, a community garden, and a dog park, all of which make you feel like you’re living in a private community.

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Enjoy The Outdoors at The Retreat


March 17, 2016 | View it on Facebook

Whether you’re hosting a large party or intimate gathering, The Retreat at Mountain Brook’s outdoor amenities offer something for everyone.

“Our clubhouses feature large, beautifully decorated lounges and coffee bars and overlook tile-decked saltwater pools with outdoor kitchens and cabanas,” says manager Amy Hodges. “For small gatherings, guests can congregate in the covered outdoor kitchen area. Larger groups can spread out at multiple tables across the pool deck, creating a café-style setting that is becoming a popular outdoor-entertaining trend.”

Residents who enjoy tennis can invite guests to play at two championship-modeled courts right in their own backyard. Oversized balconies, sunrooms, and patios provide even more options for entertaining guests and extending the generous personal living space The Retreat affords. Ground-level flats even offer fenced-in yards.

“With peaceful, tree-studded surroundings, the spaces also are great for curling up with a cup of coffee, glass of wine or book, and enjoying the sights and sounds of nature,” says Hodges. “Both sunrooms and balconies/patios offer residents the opportunity to cultivate container gardens of flowers, herbs, or vegetables, and sunrooms can double as home offices.”

The Retreat is located adjacent to the Flora Johnston Nature Trail, giving residents even more possibilities for recharging in the rolling, forested hills, adjacent to the Mountain Brook community.

“To top things off, this quiet, secluded getaway is only minutes from the city’s downtown, international airport, restaurants, shopping and entertainment,” says Hodges. “This combination of being close to urban conveniences while surrounded by natural treasures is what sets The Retreat apart.”

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Enjoy a Community Garden and Pet Park at The Retreat

12829386_10150917343439945_5549847807042209888_oMarch 10, 2016 | View on Facebook

When The Retreat at Mountain Brook‘s team was looking at unique amenities to offer their residents, two ideas sprung up: a dog park and community garden.

“So many residents have pets and when you work all day it’s important to spend quality time playing and enjoying your four-legged friends,” says Amy Hodges, manager of The Retreat. “It’s really all about providing a sense of community and a place for people to come together and love where they live!”

When residents arrive at The Retreat, they will immediately find this luxury community revolves around the enjoyment of the outdoors with its walking trails, outdoor kitchens, and saltwater swimming pools. The community garden is a central part of this outdoor oasis.

“We plan to have a large herb garden, seasonal flowers for cutting, and other things,” says Hodges. “If residents have gardening ideas, we want them bring them to the table.”

In addition to the garden and park, The Retreat team wanted a cheerful mural to welcome residents and visitors as they drive up to the apartments. They sought out the right artist for the job and ultimately chose Lydia Randolph from Mentone, Alabama.

“The mural is an expression of the good times to be had by all at The Retreat. It provides a whimsical backdrop of all the things you’d expect to see in a garden-sunflowers and daises, puppies, frogs, tomatoes, and herbs,” says Hodges. “People from the neighborhood are actually stopping to see what we are doing and thanking us for improving the view.”

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March 3, 2016 | View on Facebook

“’Community’ is a central theme you’ll hear us talking a lot about,” said Amy Hodges, manager of The Retreat at Mountain Brook, the revitalized luxury apartment community located just off Montevallo Road on Sharpsburg Drive. “Our goal is to be involved in the community, supporting causes and organizations that are important to our residents.”

One of these initiatives includes sponsoring the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon in April at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, another organization The Retreat looks forward to working with.

“We will have a community garden on site where residents can enjoy cutting fresh herbs and flowers,” says Hodges. “We also realize how important pets are, so we are in the process of creating a fenced in dog park on premises for our resident’s use.”

12783666_10150914041959945_7802284084612537059_oLocation is another reason The Retreat’s residents choose to live there. Residents at the Retreat are surrounded by Birmingham’s best restaurants, shopping, and entertainment opportunities. The nearby Avondale community offers unique restaurants such as Melt and Post Office Pies as well as Avondale Brewery for those looking for exciting nightlife with local brews.

Its an easy drive from The Retreat to Crestline Village, about three miles away. There, you can be pampered at Smart Skin Spa, shop at a variety of boutiques, grab a bagel at Crestline Bagel, or lunch at Urban Cookhouse, and of course enjoy an afternoon of Margarita’s at La Paz—all just a short distance from home.

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Meet The RetreatLiving room 2

February 24, 2016 | View on Facebook

For many, Birmingham’s revitalization brings a desire to take root in one of our city’s up-and-coming neighborhoods. One of those promising residences is The Retreat at Mountain Brook, a property undergoing fresh renovation to make it one of the most desired places to live in Birmingham.

With just a 10-minute drive to hip Avondale, Crestwood, and Crestline—and only a 5-minute drive to creature comforts Publix and Starbucks—The Retreat celebrates modern, easy living  in Birmingham.

“The Retreat was designed to bring back the notions of community, neighborhood, and convenience,” says Amy Hodges, the property manager at The Retreat at Mountain Brook. “It’s a community where every detail makes luxury seem simple.”

The Retreat offers one, two, and three-bedroom apartments, as well as townhouses. The spacious indoor and outdoor spaces deliver warm, welcoming, and enduring sentiments—so they feel just like home.

From fully renovated kitchens, to separate dining rooms that seat eight, to outdoor living options like a balcony, sunroom, or patio with a fenced-in yard, The Retreat is quickly gaining a reputation for providing open, expansive residences that feel charming, yet modern.

Patio 1“Our spacious floor plans are equipped to accommodate a variety of lifestyles,” explains Hodges. “For example, each apartment is furnished with a washer and dryer, and each living room is furnished with an electric fireplace that adds to the ambience.”

Now open and signing leases, The Retreat at Mountain Brook gives Birmingham dwellers the opportunity to take part in our city’s resurgence and engage in the cool, modern southern lifestyle.

Says Hodges, “We have taken a remarkable vision and created a special place to live, play, and relax.”

Follow along as we share more about this emerging residence in the next few weeks, and learn more about The Retreat at Mountain Brook now at

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