“The Magic City” - the most recognized nickname of Birmingham, Ala. The moniker comes from its rapid growth, both in the early establishment days and again in the early 20th century. Officially established on June 1, 1871, as the anticipated intersection of both the Chattanooga and North and South Alabama Railroads.
A plethora of natural mineral deposits such as limestone, marble, iron ore, and coal gave rise to Birmingham’s booming iron and steel production industries in the early 20th century.
While no longer a major production city as in its past, Birmingham has emerged as one of the South’s best cities for millennials and families. In 2017, Birmingham was ranked number 10 in Zillow’s Best Metropolitan Cities for First-Time Homebuyers list.
Magic can be found all around Birmingham. For those looking for homes close to the modern action with history lurking nearby, Birmingham is the perfect place to put down roots.
Ready to plan your move? Whether you’re looking for a great loft, a historic home, or a modern home, Birmingham has something for everyone.
The City Federal Building is a 27-story high skyscraper and, at the time of its completion in 1913, was the tallest building in the Southeast. Originally, the Penthouse Suite was home to WSGN Radio Station, one of the top Top 40 stations in the South. Now the City Federal Building features luxury condos with modern features like stone countertops and hardwood floors.
The Avondale neighborhood has been nicknamed “the hippest haven in the ‘ham.” Great restaurants, breweries, and Avondale park are all within walking distance from some of Birmingham’s most historical homes.
If you’re looking to get out and explore Birmingham, you’ll find several great local spots adding to the charm of the city.
Birmingham’s restaurant scene has exploded over the past few years. Several Award-Winning & Nominated restaurants, chefs, and restaurateurs call Birmingham home. Try the coconut cake by James Beard Award-Winning pastry chef Dolester Miles at Bottega, the catch of the day from the 2012 Best Chef in the South, Chris Hastings, at Hot and Hot, or the warm angel biscuits from 2017 Best Chef semifinalist Rob McDaniel at Helen.
One of the crown jewels of Birmingham is the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. UAB is ranked as the best hospital in Birmingham, features several nationally-ranked programs, and has earned the number one spot on Forbes’ list of large employers.
If you like to get outdoors, Birmingham has several parks and greenspaces located among the bustling city. Railroad Park is a 19-acre park located in the heart of downtown Birmingham and features walking trails, a lake, playgrounds, and a designated skating area. The Highland Park neighborhood features three parks with restaurants, a golf course, coffee shops, churches, and more within walking distance.
If history is your cup of tea, Birmingham does not disappoint when it comes to museums. Visit Vulcan Park to learn more about Birmingham’s history in the steel and iron industries and take in great views of the city. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is the place to go to learn about the city’s history and contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. The Birmingham Museum of Art features more than 27,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, and more on display from ancient to modern times.
Birmingham truly has something for everyone. The convenience of downtown living, but without the high price tags. Come and experience Birmingham for yourself, and we’re sure you’ll fall in love too. Check out some of our “must visit” places below, check out trends in the housing market (p.s. It’s booming!), learn more about school systems, and more. If you have any questions, or you’re ready to get a real estate expert on your side, the team at RealtySouth is here to help you and your family find the perfect home in Birmingham!