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Old 09-21-2012, 05:59 PM
 
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Hi,

I need help! My husband got a job transfer to Bessemer, Al. We are moving from Mississippi. I have found the best schools are Vestavia Hills, Homewood and Hoover (Please correct me if I'm wrong!). I am looking for apts. in those areas. It's hard to tell online, my husband will be checking the ones I'm looking at next week (we are moving next weekend, so there is a time crunch). I would love to rent a house but not finding anything in our price range (not really wanting to go over $800. Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated!!
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:40 PM
 
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Welcome to the Birmingham Metro!

In terms of good schools in reasonable range of Bessemer (my old hometown) you've chosen the right cities. As you've probably found out the main routes of travel between these suburbs and Bessemer are:
1.) Alabama Highway 150 (aka Lorna Rd.)
2.) Alabama Highway 149 (aka Lakeshore Drive)
3.) Interstate 459

Anywhere near these roads should be a reasonable commute. For a "great" apartment $800 might be a stretch but I say it's good to place those kinds of restraints because it's easy to overpay.

In terms of safety the gold standard among your chosen cities is Vestavia Hills, of course it's also the most expensive and least accessible from Bessemer. Anywhere you chose in Vestavia city limits is pretty much safe with good schools but you'll be throwing that $800 goal out the window.

Homewood is a more centrally located and affordable choice with great schools but blanket assumption of safety does not apply. None of it is "unsafe" per-say except a bit of town right alongside Greeen Springs Ave. Outside of that it can range from expensive (SoHo) to solidly working class (where Greensprings meets Lakeshore). Check out apartments along Lakeshore Dr. (watch the zoning it can vary).

Hoover is also centrally located and can vary in affordability and perception of safety. As I mentioned there is a section of AL-150 there known as Lorna Rd (near the intersection with US-31). Apartments on this road are very Hit-or-Miss.

It's not a total no go, but you definitely want to get a feel for your particular complex, talk to residents, etc. Elsewhere in Hoover, so long as you have access to 150 or 459 you are free to be a little less cautious.

All three cities are great places to live, close enough the cultural attractions of Birmingham (more than you might think) while still being well provisioned with food and fun in and of themselves. For my money I'd say Homewood and Hoover are your best choices.

Enjoy the hunt as tell the husband to enjoy 'ole Bessemer. Definitely a blue-collar town with a tough side but I have many fond memories. A slice of heartland America for sure!
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Historic Bessemer Alabama
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You might try the Hueytown area or McCalla...
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