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BIRMINGHAM THE DIVERSE CITY IS CLASSIC SOUTHERN CHARM AND HOSPITALITY. This vibrant, beautiful city is nestled in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and serves up nationally recognized,   History, dining, shopping, and entertainment, world-class attractions, events and other things to see and do.

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Founded in 1871 at the crossing of two railroads Birmingham became a major southern city. The eccentricity of Birmingham is evident from the first step into this city. With traditional southern culture drenching this young vibrant city many fall in love as soon as they move here.

Located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Birmingham Alabama offers residents a metropolitan life in a traditional southern state. Birmingham is Alabama's largest city, with its bustling growth it could be the next big southern city. Birmingham has character that is unmatched by any other city near it.

Birmingham is known for its top notch medical and financial centers. The city of Birmingham also offers major cultural institutions like Civil Rights Institute, and the Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Birmingham Alabama is a city filled with shopping, and fine dining restaurants. The best shopping centers in Birmingham are the Riverchase Galleria and the Shoppes at Eastchase. Both malls offer outstanding shopping establishments, with impressive architecture
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CLICK on HOME above for MLS Listings - once you locate the home/s you are interested in seeing, write down the MLS #/s (you may use the House Hunters Check List  print-out form above in YELLOW BOX) and call me @ 205.310.5813 to arrange home showings.   I will show and sell any Homes, Business, Land or Properties in the Birmingham, Alabama Real Estate area..... Call me today for your Dream Home! "Our Customers Deserve and Receive the Finest Service offered by any Real Estate Organization", SIMPLY the BEST!

 

 

 

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CLICK on HOME above for MLS Listings - once you locate the home/s you are interested in seeing, write down the MLS #/s (you may use the House Hunters Check List  print-out form above in YELLOW BOX) and call me @ 205.310.5813 to arrange home showings.   I will show and sell any Homes, Business, Land or Properties in the Birmingham, Alabama Real Estate area..... Call me today for your Dream Home! "Our Customers Deserve and Receive the Finest Service offered by any Real Estate Organization", SIMPLY the BEST!

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With affordable airfare and accommodations, this centrally-located southeastern city is easy to get to. Once you arrive you'll wish your time here was longer.

Things To Do

Birmingham is home to exciting attractions, fantastic, one-of-a-kind restaurants and a stock of year 'round entertainment. Golf anyone? From the world-class Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail to unique shopping and nightlife, Birmingham has it all. Come play with us!

FYI.Interest  
  •   American Idol's Birmingham world-class musical talent has put the city in the national spotlight with two winners from the mega hit TV show American Idol. Ruben Studdard won in 2003 and Taylor Hicks came home with top honors in 2006. In between, Birmingham’s Bo Bice won first runner-up in the 2005 competition.
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham's University Hospital is the world's top kidney transplant center.
    (Birmingham News, Fall 2002)
  • Birmingham has one of the "Top Ten Bars Worth Flying For," according to GQ Magazine. The article lists the top ten bars in the world, among them "The Garages" in Birmingham for its eclectic, authentic charm.
    (GQ Magazine, April 2003)
  • Birmingham's Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival was named one of the "ten fantastic film festival vacations" along with New Orleans, Austin and San Diego.
    (Film Festival Today, Spring 2003)
  • Gourmet ranked Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham among the top five restaurants in the country.
    (Gourmet Magazine, Fall 2001)
  • Birmingham's Barber Motorsports Park houses the largest collection of vintage motorcycles in the world. The park is considered the "Augusta of Motorsport," referring to the quality of the world-class course and home of the Porsche Driving Experience. "When it comes to road courses, this is going to become the spiritual home to the sport," said Roger Edmondson, president of the Grand American Road Racing Series.
    (Birmingham News, Spring 2003)
  • Bon Appetit named Birmingham's Hot & Hot Fish Club among the "Great Neighborhood Restaurants in the South."
    (Bon Appetit, Fall 2002)
  • The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), the global Catholic television giant, is headquartered and broadcasts from its studios in Birmingham to millions of viewers around the world.
    (Birmingham News, Winter 2002)
  • Birmingham is Alabama's largest city.
  • Bare Hands Gallery, which carries exclusively the work of local artists, was recently named one of two “uniquely Birmingham sites” by National Geographic Traveler magazine. The other site is the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
  • Alabama ranks #3 in the nation in most runners per capita. (Runner's World magazine, November 2001.)
  • Birmingham is ranked #1 as host city for the annual PGA Senior Golf Tour.
    (Sports Illustrated, 2001)
  • Birmingham took 10th place among U.S. cities on the annual list of Fortune 500 companies.
    (Fortune Magazine, April 2001)
  • Birmingham's Ruffner Mountain is larger than New York City's Central Park
    and a five minutes drive from downtown. It is the second largest urban nature preserve in the country.
    (Birmingham News, Spring 2003)
  • Only New York City has more of the top 50 banks headquartered in the city.
    (Fortune, 2000)
  • Begun in 1975, Birmingham's annual "Miss Apollo Pageant" is now the second oldest continuously running drag queen pageant in the country.
    (Black & White City Newspaper, September, 2002)
  • Birmingham's role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s placed it "at the center of the most significant domestic drama of the 20th century..."
    (Newsweek, Fall 2001)
  • In 1995 Mercedes Benz chose a site just east of Birmingham to build its first assembly plant outside Germany. The plant produces the popular M-Class All Activity Vehicle. A $600 million expansion is currently underway.
  • Birmingham is the only place in the world where all the ingredients for making iron are present: coal, iron ore and limestone---all within a ten-mile radius.
  • Vulcan, the mythical god of metalworking, is the largest iron figure ever cast and is second in size only to the Statue of Liberty. The statue was Birmingham's entry in the 1904 World's Fair, where it won first place.
  • The Club's multi-colored dance floor was director John Badham's inspiration for a key icon in the definitive 1970s movie Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta.
  • Southern Living, the nation's most successful regional magazine, is published in Birmingham.
  • The Birmingham Museum of Art houses the largest museum collection of Wedgwood outside England.
  • With the opening of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail throughout the state, Alabama was called "…one of America's top 10 golf destinations."
    (USA Today)
  • Birmingham is home to the nation's oldest baseball park, Rickwood Field, which opened in 1910 and hosted baseball greats such as Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.
  • Saks, Inc., the nation's fourth largest department store chain, has its headquarters in Birmingham and operates 330 stores in 24 states.
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Kirklin Clinic was designed by world-renowned architect I.M Pei.
  • Vonetta Flowers, the first African-American to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics (2002 - bobsledding) is a track coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • Birmingham was recently voted “America’s Bass Capital” by readers of BASSMASTER magazine. Anglers were challenged to submit their choice for the country’s best “big city bassin’.” Ten major cities were in the running, with specifications including a major metropolitan population, healthy bass populations, enthusiastic bass fishing communities and opportunities for big fish.
  • In a recent interview in the New York Times, NYC mega-restaurateur Danny Meyer was asked about up-and-coming food cities. His response: There are so many! Both Portlands---Maine and Oregon---are obsessed with good food. So are Seattle, Boston and Birmingham, Alabama. (Danny Meyer is the president of the Union Square Hospitality Group. More than 20 years ago, he opened his first restaurant, the legendary Union Square Café, in downtown New York, an area that has become “a foodie paradise.” Meyer now owns and operates seven successful, high cuisine restaurants in New York City.

 

Birmingham History At A Glance

Though Birmingham stands in the heart of the Deep South, it is not an Old South city.

Founded in 1871 at the crossing of two railroad lines, the city blossomed through the early 1900s as it rapidly became the South's foremost industrial center. Iron and steel production were a natural for Birmingham; underground lay abundant key ingredients---coal, iron ore and limestone. As an industry town, Birmingham suffered greatly in the Depression. After World War II the city grew moderately while retaining its strong Southern character.

At the same time a profound movement toward diversification was afoot. The huffing and puffing of Birmingham's legendary iron and steel mills was gradually replaced by a work force of medical and engineering professionals. Today, Birmingham enjoys a balance of manufacturing and service-oriented jobs in a thriving work force.

In Depth

Birmingham has been through a lot for a city so young. Unlike many older cities, Birmingham, now in its 128th year, is still in the stages of becoming.

Local historians divide the city's history into six epochs. The first, from the 1830s to the late 1860s, was a time when the area we now know as Birmingham was called Elyton and was just a small pioneer farm settlement. There was no town of any consequence---the great Alabama cities were Mobile, Selma and Montgomery. Though local residents fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War, little damage was done to the area because, as one Union general wrote in his diary, the area deserved no attack as it was just a "poor, insignificant Southern village."

The second period, from about 1870 to 1880, was a time when railroads and land barons built a town that was named Birmingham, after England's industrial giant. Formally organized in 1871, the new town became a commercial hub, with railroads crisscrossing throughout the community. The new community sprang up, thrived and grew so quickly that many observers said it happened "just like magic." Soon the nickname "The Magic City" was applied to Birmingham. It also was a time when older Alabama cities began to resent the growth and success of their neighbor to the north. The city's detractors, and there were many, started referring to the city as "Little Birmy."

Their scorn subsided somewhat when the town was nearly wiped out, first by a cholera epidemic and then by economic depression.

The natural abundance of coal, iron ore and limestone, however, assured the resurgence of the little boom town, and Birmingham moved into its third epoch with remarkable vitality.

Beginning about 1880 and continuing through the Great Depression, this city used Yankee capital and an infusion of labor from former plantations and European emigrants. The mining and metals industries were the catalyst for other enterprises, from banks to barbershops. But the controlling influences belonged not to local citizens, but to wealthy industrialists from the North.

The fourth distinct period began with the Depression and ran through the late 1950s. During this time of wartime economy and shaky post-war recovery, the city suffered greatly. The mills kept producing, but not a single major commercial building was built downtown from the 1920s until the early 1960s.

The decade of the 1960s and early '70s was the fifth epoch. It brought events that would forever change the image of the city. This was the historic era of police dogs and fire hoses turned on Civil Rights demonstrators, of the bombed-out 16th Street Baptist Church. The city's national reputation was near ruins.

The horrors of the 1960s still haunt the city today and have turned a permanent global spotlight on race relations – good and bad – in Birmingham.

But in the mid-1970s, the growing influence and reputation of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the strength of a thriving business/service economy ushered in the sixth epoch. The old magic was back as smart, affluent people associated with UAB and other businesses took the lead in the community. Commercial construction drastically changed the skyline of the city, making it broader, more spectacular. Affluence and education brought with it more cultural and recreational opportunities.

Birmingham was growing up.

The opening of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in 1993 did more to heal the city from within and in the eyes of the nation than any other single event. With the opening of the Institute, the city was able at last to tell its own story, and by telling, soothe the wounds of the past.

Recently Mercedes-Benz opened its first American production facility in nearby Vance, turning out the enormously popular M-Class All-Activity Vehicle. New major attractions, including a full blown theme park and one of the country's best science museums, have opened. And Birmingham's medical community continues to be recognized worldwide for its contributions to health care and healing.

About Our Southern Culture

Birmingham is a Southern city that is---all at once---young, traditional, vibrant, friendly, complex and, some even say, exotic. The eccentricities of the South and Southerners have been widely noted in literature and on film.

Unlike some larger Southern cities that have chosen to trade soul for growth and development, Birmingham has retained its true Southern character; it has been said that Birmingham is the last major Southern city in America. That is because it is impossible for us to become like every place else.

Birmingham is a distinctive and comfortable place to visit and to live. While we continue to grow more sophisticated, we also treasure many of the ways of the small-town South. One can enjoy asparagus salad with roasted pecan dressing at an elegant salon for lunch, and look forward to supper at a cafe serving country-fried steak and butter beans. The audience at the symphony concert will discuss college football games coming up the next day. And the highbrow patrons of the Charity Ball will be elbow-to-elbow the next morning with workers on a Habitat for Humanity home.

It is diversity that is our greatest strength and our strongest appeal. We talk about progress, but with a decidedly Southern accent. We are a spectrum of attitudes and cultures, all a part of the charm and exoticism that is the South.

 

 

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