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Old 12-05-2016, 01:23 PM
 
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OK so we have been renting for two years and getting ready to purchase a home in the next six months. Looking for a neighborhood that has sidewalks and possibly a nearby park. Safe and friendly. We can afford up to 500K but we are looking for quality more than quantity on the size of the home as we will give up space if needed to live a walkable neighborhood near a park. We are also not looking to spend the highest amount we can afford because it's nice to not have to do that! Looking for a 3 bedroom. Please do not send me houses -- I am looking at the neighborhood first... thanks!

Shelby County.
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Old 12-05-2016, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Birmingham
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Mt. Laurel jumps out.

But I think the Preserve in Hoover ticks all those boxes but it is in Jefferson co.

Appleford - Hillsboro in Helena.

Thats just the start. Theres plenty of neighborhoods like that all over Shelby.
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Old 12-05-2016, 02:54 PM
 
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Thanks Tourian - you are always helpful. I live right next to Mt Laurel and I didn't want to mention it because I wanted to see if anyone else would -- I love it there! I will check out the Preserve and Appleford as I haven't seen those yet.
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Old 12-05-2016, 03:12 PM
 
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It sounds like when you say walkable, you are looking more for... well, able to take walks rather than being able to walk to do your errands like go to the post office, bank, grocery store, etc.

If that is the case, quite a few neighborhoods will fit your needs. Ballantrae and Chelsea Park would also fit that criteria. Ross Bridge and The Preserve are both in the Jefferson County part of Hoover and would also meet your needs.

If, however, you are looking for a neighborhood where you can walk to do your errands and numerous restaurants/bars/entertainment options... then the main core of Birmingham or maybe the areas within walking distance of SoHo in Homewood or the villages in Mountain Brook (Mountain Brook Village, Crestline Village, English Village) are basically your only options. All of those are in Jefferson County.
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Old 12-05-2016, 03:25 PM
 
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That is more of what I am looking for being able to ride or walk to local businesses. I just didn't know if I would be forgoing safety moving closer to the city? We do have one son who will be going into high school next year.

I just love riding bikes and walking when the weather allows and didn't know if I was missing an area to do that. Thank you!!
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Old 12-05-2016, 03:39 PM
 
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That is more of what I am looking for being able to ride or walk to local businesses. I just didn't know if I would be forgoing safety moving closer to the city? We do have one son who will be going into high school next year.

I just love riding bikes and walking when the weather allows and didn't know if I was missing an area to do that. Thank you!!
I would look in the Edgewood portion of Homewood, and then east towards Homewood Central Park, and also SoHo. You can get into these areas for under $500k, and they are zoned to some of the best schools in the state, have more bikers and walkers per capita than other parts of the metro area and are reasonably walkable to businesses.
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Old 12-05-2016, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Birmingham
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To have the whole self contained town feel and ride to businesses...then SoHo and living close to Lane Park in MB would be best. Just expensive and in Jefferson Co.
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Old 12-06-2016, 10:40 AM
 
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Liberty Park?

I don't know much about Liberty Park, but I drove through there one day and I was amazed at how sidewalk friendly this community seemed to be.
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Old 12-06-2016, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Birmingham, AL
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Why Shelby county? Are you scared by the myth of Jeff Co sewer rates? FYI, you will pay just as much for sewer in Shelby County...
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Old 12-06-2016, 01:11 PM
 
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Liberty Park is very sidewalk-friendly but there is nothing to walk to... except the homes of other people.
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