My Part of Town

flowers-and-shrubs-storefrontA Place to Call Home

Mt. Laurel

It is a quiet Sunday in Mt Laurel. Kids in the park. People riding bikes. Plants and flowers for sale on the blossoming sidewalks in the center of town. This is a town you can come home to, a special house on a manicured street with shade trees adding comfort and quiet to the streetscape.

Mt Laurel was planned by Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, the originators of the New Urbanism movement and best known for their Alys Beach and Seaside, Florida, developments. The same sense of identity that made these towns world-renowned can be found at Mt Laurel.

The town center is a classic with a firehouse, and retail shops and pizza restaurants.

Mt Laurel is built for life beyond the ordinary, a neighborhood that brings wonderful design and comfort to the living experience.

edgewood-creameryGrow Your Family


Dogs and children in the park, bakery goods glimpsed through the shop windows, an ice cream cone dripping on a warm summer day; this is Edgewood.

The heart of Edgewood runs along Oxmoor Road with major churches like Dawson Memorial and Trinity Methodist giving way to neighborhood shops and services.

A stroll down through the heart of Edgewood is really a step back into a time when communities were extraordinary capsules of life. You can find bakeries and ice cream shops, framing stores and spas, and restaurants serving the myriad cuisines of American: Mexican, barbecue, pizza.

Edgewood is one Birmingham’s greatest neighborhoods for families, and young families flock here for the amenities as well as the schools.

Heading down Broadway from Oxmoor, you can see the well-tended houses and the life of families played out on the lawns and sidewalks. At the other end of Broadway, you run right into another small commercial area with two great neighborhood restaurants, Gianmarco’s and JoJo’s on Broadway.

make-bhamF0r the Hipster


Avondale came seemingly out of nowhere, back from the dead so to speak, to surprise the city with its vibrancy and entertainment value. For years a place in decline, Avondale is now most assuredly on the rise with a host of dining and entertainment options along 41st Street (the old Spring Street running from the railroad tracks to Avondale Park). Check out Fancy’s and Melt, Avondale Brewing and Common House, as well as Satellite Coffee and Saturn music venue. Beyond the commercial area, you will find cottages and houses that have been lovingly restored.

crestline-coffeeYoung Mt. Brook


A family place right in the heart of Mountain Brook. Here is a neighborhood that is welcoming, fun, friendly and walkable. From the tot lot to Emmet O’Neal Library to Church Street Coffee and Books, Crestline covers a lot of ground in the life of a family. And families are what you will find in this part of Mountain Brook, with young kids and pets everywhere.

Along with classic retail shops that have been serving customers for generations to some of the city’s best neighborhood restaurants, Crestline is an extraordinary place.

atomic-people-twoMeet the Millenials


Downtown has emerged as one of Birmingham’s hottest neighborhoods with an incredible influx of new apartment buildings. The trend has totally revamped the area around Railroad Park and Regions Field and turned it into a true neighborhood with a number of apartment buildings already filling up and more on the way.

The same trend brought renewal to the old Pizitz Department Store on 19th Street. This classic old building is now The Pizitz, home to one and two bedroom apartments with plenty of great amenities. An amenity for the entire city was the creation of The Pizitz Food Hall, which transformed the main selling floor of the old department store into an exciting and trendy food hall, offering the city cuisine as varied as Ethiopian and Italian, Asian to chicken and waffles.

More apartments are in the works for the city, and dining and entertainment options continue to expand. The corridor of Second Avenue North has become one of the city’s premier dining and entertainment destinations with restaurants like Bamboo and El Barrio and bars like The Collins adding to the cosmopolitan mix.

Along First Avenue North, The Wine Loft offers a sophisticated night out and even has a group of downtown dwellers meet up regularly for dinner and drinks. Nearby, The Atomic Lounge has a mid-century modern vibe, creative cocktails and a full range of costumes for patrons to indulge their more creative side while enjoying the evening.

Uptown Birmingham near the BJCC is also a hot spot for dining with high-end restaurants like Cantina Laredo and Texas de Brazil bringing sophistication uptown.

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