You stand on your rooftop in the middle of downtown Birmingham. A breeze blows and delicious smells waft from the covered outdoor kitchen. Your friends and family mingle and chatter as music plays, a cacophony of voices and sounds you love. As the sun sets, the string lights twinkle brighter and city lights flicker on all around. You gather your guests in the center of your rooftop patio and raise your glasses to a lovely moment spent together in the midst of the Magic City.
This incredible private rooftop patio — and the historic building that it belongs — was renovated by award-winning Krumdieck Architecture + Interiors in 2009. The building, which was built in 1889, retains its timeworn patina in the exposed brick and beautifully aged original hardwood floors with sleek modern amenities throughout. It’s a one-of-a-kind home, and it’s currently on the market.
What’s more, its location is enviable. “This is a great area of downtown, right in the heart of all the excitement,” says H2 Real Estate Realtor Lynlee Hughes. “It’s walking distance to some of Birmingham’s most popular restaurants, bars and coffee shops; a block away from the Theatre District; and just down the street from a brand-new organic market. Plus Railroad Park, Regions Field and the Rotary Trail are right around the corner if you’re looking to get outside.”
This urban domicile has two street-level entries: one to its first-floor retail space, which is rented out by the homeowner, and the home’s entry leading up a spacious staircase to the breathtaking first floor of the home. Soaring 14-foot ceilings house an open floor plan, which flows from great room to kitchen to dining room. Original antique hardwood flooring is set on a diagonal. Enormous street-side windows flood the great room with natural light, shedding light on a textured swath of exposed brick wall. Track lighting puts the homeowners’ fabulous art in the limelight, and a modern chandelier illuminates the central seating area, which, in this open space, can be arranged to fit any gathering.
The kitchen is just steps away from the lounging area, so that folks doing the cooking can interact with guests. It also boasts a massive 18-foot kitchen island with room for six stools. Its poured concrete countertops and exposed pipes above lend an industrial edge to the warm space. Modern appliances include a Bosch dishwasher; GE Profile microwave, warming drawer, ovens and convection cooktop; as well as a brand-new GE Profile fridge. The nearby dining space is anchored by two striking oversized pendant lights and flows into a second living room with TV.
Also on this floor, you’ll find two bedrooms with a connected bath off of the den. You’ll also find the spacious master bedroom and master bath, which enjoy privacy tucked away in the back. “The building’s original freight elevator is certainly a bonus and is convenient to the laundry room, master bath and bedroom,” says Lynlee.
Walk up the next flight of stairs to discover an intriguing feature at the top of the stairs. “The original fire door on a pulley system on the third floor remains in place and adds architectural interest and history to the space,” says Lynlee. Two bedrooms overlook the street on the third floor and share a spa-like bathroom. A nearby media room is a prime viewing spot for binge-watching your favorite shows or catching a big game. But the real jaw-dropper on this floor is the massive indoor recreational room. “Previously a Flamenco dance studio, the rec room now houses a basketball goal, golf practice area and ping-pong table, plus lots of storage space,” says Lynlee. “It could be converted into the space of your choosing.”
A stairway with windows leads up to the rooftop patio, which is the feather in this home’s cap. The previous homeowners lived in this drool-worthy downtown abode for 13 years, raising their children here. “Our children attended private school, and living downtown certainly helped them learn to navigate a city and that walking to church, coffee shops, the movie theater and restaurants is pretty cool.” Imagine living the urban lifestyle in a place like this!
This downtown home is on the market for $1,850,000. Listed by Lynlee Hughes of H2 Real Estate, this exquisite home includes income from the rented retail space on the first floor. For more information and to tour the home, contact H2 Real Estate Realtor Lynlee Hughes at (205) 936-0314 or [email protected].
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The article is sponsored by Lynlee Hughes with H2 Real Estate. All images by David Warren.
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