Homewood – Birmingham, AL

The fun and lively neighborhood of Homewood lies just four miles south of Birmingham. The area is perfect for those who love Southern hospitality and friendly neighbors. Residents here are proud of where they live and maintain traditions, especially on We Love Homewood Day. The community places high priority on the arts and education, so this neighborhood has a great school system.

Schools in Homewood

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Homewood houses a mixture of chain restaurants as well as locally owned places. The cuisine ranges from Mexican and barbecue to Italian and Japanese. Homewood locals enjoy a few bars but no dance clubs nearby. Because of this, night life remains calm, but residents searching for a wild night can travel a short way into the city. On Oxmoor Road, residents find Saw's BBQ, a neighborhood favorite. Here diners order ribs by the rack because the tender meat falls off the bone every time you take a bite. The chicken with white BBQ sauce stands out as another favorite. The portions at Saw's come out huge, so families tend to share sides. Make sure to save some room for creamy banana pudding for dessert. Pizza lovers go to Devinci's on 18th Street. Order the garlic cheese loaf as an appetizer to share, and savor the gooey cheese and tangy flavor. Meat lovers order the Mona Lisa pizza because it piles on pepperoni, ham, sausage, ground beef and a load of veggies. You can sit inside or on the outside patio, and the restaurant also has a bar. The W X Y Z Bar sits inside the Aloft Hotel, but it certainly doesn't feel like a hotel bar. The seating feels intimate, and the decorations create a modern and trendy vibe. The bartender serves you quickly, and you can choose to sit by the fireplace or play pool with friends.

History & Culture

The first settlers came to Homewood in the early 1800s, but significant growth did not occur until after a large cholera epidemic in Birmingham in 1873. The epidemic forced people to relocate to other areas, therefore pushing people to explore Homewood. Individuals began buying land here, and Homewood was split up into many separate communities with different names. Later, Charles Rice established a movement to merge the communities together to create Homewood. The population of the neighborhood increased dramatically between 1940 and 1950 because of the war effort. On May 3rd, the community celebrates We Love Homewood Day, and many activities can be found, including a parade with large floats and a street dance where families dance with each other and eat tasty food and drink. The day focuses on celebrating the neighborhood's success and creating a fun atmosphere for the residents.

Transportation

Homewood has great, easy access to I-65 and multiple state routes, so traveling from the neighborhood into the city or into other neighborhoods is never a problem. Residents typically prefer driving their own cars as the primary mode of transportation, and public parking can be found in most areas. The majority of streets are lined with sidewalks for bikers, runners and walkers. For those who rely on public transportation, the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority has routes that thread all over the Birmingham area, including this neighborhood. Passes that are bought weekly or monthly help cut down on the cost of travel. Although Uber does not service the Birmingham area, the Yellow Cab company can be called for a quick ride.

Cost

Compared to Birmingham, Homewood living is about 22 percent more expensive, and rent for a one-bedroom residence averages at around $689 per month. However, this does not stop residents from finding both cheaper and higher-end homes. Gas prices in the area are almost the same as the national average price, and a bus ride into the city only costs $1.25 for adults. Children, students and senior citizens all receive discounts when buying a bus pass. You can find a beer at a local restaurant or bar for about $5.

Shopping

A wide variety of stores can be found lining Reese Street as well as on 18th Street. These stores range from jewelry locations, home goods and clothing venues. Residents of this neighborhood never have to travel far to find whatever they are shopping for. Women love shopping at Festivity on 18th Street South because it carries unique items that can be monogrammed in the boutique; these items perfect the art of gift-giving and can be great for personalizing outfits and jewelry. The store also has home decor accessories and collegiate items for your favorite college student. Soca Clothing Boutique carries a variety of popular brands ranging from Rebecca Minkoff to AG Denim. The boutique can only be found in two other locations, so the items sold here will be unique to the area. The store features both classic and contemporary styles and sells clothing and accessories. Residents typically shop at Alabama Goods or Piggly Wiggly for their weekly grocery needs. At times, they stop in at the West Homewood Farmer's Market too. This market sometimes holds a night market where food trucks come as well as vendors who sell art and allow people to make crafts.

Parks

Homewood has a reputation of having both a large and intricate park system. Residents have access to outdoor as well as indoor facilities that allow people to enjoy nature and get exercise. For these parks, residents must purchase a membership that is monthly or yearlong. Senior and family discounts exist as well. One of the most popular parks in the neighborhood is Homewood Central Park on Oxmoor Road. It lies across from the Homewood Community Center and has plenty of open green spaces for pets to walk around on leashes and for kids to run and play. The six pavilions host plenty of families and friends who want to have picnics and relax while the kids play on the playground. The park also has two tennis courts and a short walking path. West Homewood Park has facilities used for sports activities such as baseball, tennis, soccer and lacrosse. Nine different fields and eight tennis courts can be found here along with a playground for kids and a community pool for the whole family. Pets can be brought to the park as long as they stay outside of the fenced areas. Residents also love the Homewood Community Center as it comes stocked with inside gyms to work out, pools for a refreshing swim or workout and concessions for when you need a snack. Kids obsess over the splash park, which can be defined as a playground with spraying water that helps them cool off on those warm summer afternoons. Each year, Homewood Patriot Park hosts a Fall Festival that costs only $5 and features games, concession stands and plenty of opportunity to connect with other residents.
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