Birmingham’s many neighborhoods each have something special to offer. From Mountain Brook to Vestavia Hills, you’ll find residential areas packed with character and charm. Today, we’re taking a closer look at two communities: Shoal Creek and Glen Iris Park. Shoal Creek is centered around a picture-perfect golf course and has a handful of stunning residences folks are lucky enough to call home. Fifteen miles west, Glen Iris Park offers another stunning setting for homeowners. The historic district holds many architectural treasures, dating back to the early 1900s. While you can find many differences between these two communities, one thing they have in common is their beautiful homes. Let’s take a look inside a home in each.
Set in the Shoal Creek neighborhood, this home was custom built with a nod to timeless French architectural design. Shoal Creek, which is known for world-class golf amenities and serene wooded surroundings, is the perfect backdrop for this four-bedroom home. A drive through the gated community will lead you past several small lakes, ideal for fishing, canoeing and kayaking, and outdoor trails ideal for walking, running, hiking and biking. “Shoal Creek is famous for its superlative golf course and country club. However, the magical residential neighborhood surrounding the course has been a treasure reserved for a few families (only 115 at present) who’ve made this nature-lovers’ paradise their home,” realtor Pam Ausley shares. “There is a rare, old-fashioned sense of community, which complements the total privacy enjoyed by every homeowner.”
Located on Hidden Hills, this home showcases quality construction, including mahogany French doors that lead you inside. Interior details, including high ceilings, a curved hand-forged stairway with a custom-designed iron rail, custom crown moulding and limestone and red-oak floors set the tone for the home. On the main floor, you will find a dining room, living room, family room, great room, kitchen and master suite. Homeowners gather in the dining room for meals and conversation. Large windows bring in natural light, which illuminates the intricate detail of the custom crown molding. Red oak hardwood floors with a Jacobean stain carry you from the dining room into the home’s living spaces.
The sitting room, which is located opposite the dining room, is at the front of the home. Framed by beautiful crown molding, the room’s large windows look out onto the home’s front yard. At the back of the home, you’ll find additional living space, plus the kitchen and informal dining area. An open space situated between the dining rooms, the kitchen boasts a spacious island and statement-making range. Thanks to the neutral color palette, the space is calming and comfortable.
The first-floor master suite is one of four bedrooms in the home (the other three are located on the second level). Bright and spacious, it is an ideal escape. Beautiful wood floors and custom crown molding carry over into the bedroom, while the master bath is roomy and clad in marble. A centrally placed vanity, bathtub and shower complete the space.
Outside the home, a covered patio leads to a large yard and side flower garden, all of which offer beautiful backdrops for outdoor living. The covered porch features a fireplace to keep you warm on cool nights, and the private green spaces, shaded by towering trees, enhance the beauty of the home. From an open yard to a maze-like garden, there is more than one opportunity to escape!
If you’ve fallen in love with this home, you’re in luck — it’s for sale. The home is listed by Pam Ausley and Kimbo Rutledge for $1,345,000. For more information, contact Pam by phone (205) 516-6809, email [email protected], or click here.
A historic district on Birmingham’s Southside, Glen Iris is a covetable neighborhood. Homes are centered around Glen Iris Park and each boasts historic charm. This four-bedroom, four-bath home sits in the historic district and is part of the Jefferson County Historical Commission. Built in 1903, the three-level home was designed by a world-famous Boston architect and features a colonial revival style with updated interiors. A circular driveway has notable curb appeal, while the twin porches on either side of the home perfectly frame the main entryway.
Upon entry, you’ll find a spacious living room, complete with fireplace (one of seven in the home), and front-facing windows let in natural light while beautiful hardwood floors warm the space. The living room opens to a formal dining room and office, and large doorways contribute to the home’s open feel, while privacy between spaces can still be enjoyed.
On one side, the living room opens to the home’s formal dining room.
At the back of the home, you will find an open kitchen, with tons of storage, ample counter space and an easy flow, making it an ideal space to work and entertain. Thoughtful finishes bring out the character, such as the playful tile backsplash that runs along both walls. On either side of the kitchen you’ll find a casual dining area and a butler’s pantry, and the windows overlook the home’s backyard.
An upstairs master suite, one of four bedrooms in the home, boasts two fireplaces, making it an extra cozy space to relax. The master bathroom also has a fireplace, plus a free standing tub and twin pedestal sinks.
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