Avondale Homes & Real Estate
If you've been wondering what it would be like to live in the Avondale community of Birmingham, Alabama... you're in the right place. Avondale is a community rich in history that has recently undergone its own renaissance. From craft breweries and hidden speakeasies to beautiful outdoor parks and iconic restaurants, this neighborhood is buzzing with activity. Watch as Gusty Gulas gives you a quick tour and rundown on the history of Avondale, the lifestyle scene, and the type of homes you can find for sale in Avondale.
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Once coined “the Ham’s Hippest Haven by StyleBlueprint, Avondale is a young, buzzing area known for its trendy shops, craft breweries, live music venues, and an eclectic mix of restaurants, from gourmet comfort food to traditional BBQ joints. Avondale Park features a century-old rose garden, a duck pond, and an outdoor amphitheater used for concerts and festivals.
Avondale was a company town built just before the turn of the century. Its first residents were spread out around what was known as “King’s Spring” on the slopes of Red Mountain, which is now Avondale Park. The park was well-known for its spring-fed grotto pool, rose garden, athletic fields, the amphitheater, and a pavilion called “The Villa”. The park was also the home of Birmingham’s first zoo, which was mainly home to non-exotic animals with the exception of its most famous resident, Miss Fancy, the circus elephant. The zoo was in operation from 1913 until it was relocated to its current location in 1934.
In 1889, Avondale was incorporated as an independent suburb east of Birmingham with both industrial and residential areas. In 1910, Avondale was annexed into Birmingham, and is currently divided into three separate neighborhoods; North Avondale, East Avondale, and South Avondale.
Stand under the Avondale Park entrance, and you’ll be staring straight down the main artery of Avondale — 41st Street. It was formerly known as Spring Street because a spring of water runs forth from the underground river in Avondale Cave. The cool, clean, spring water and underground caverns have drawn people to the area for centuries — from Native Americans to pioneer families, followed by throngs of working families during the industrial boom and railroad construction. In its heyday, the city boasted a library built with Carnegie funds and the nearby site of the first Iron Bowl in 1893. At a hopping hangout in the ’50s and ’60s called the Sky Castle, Avondale teenagers would go “cruising” and park in front of a glassed-in booth where the legendary local disc jockey of WSGN radio piped out the rock ‘n’ roll tunes of the era.
After the ’60s, neglect, crime and kudzu swept over Avondale’s former beauty, and it became a desolate steel town with a forgotten past. However, the Friends of Avondale Park came together to restore the historic park to its former beauty, and in the past 10 years, Avondale has exploded with a youthful, entrepreneurial spirit that has brought the neighborhood back to life. It now embodies the New South, a place where local cuisine, art, music, and, most importantly, entrepreneurial camaraderie are king.
While in Avondale the common architectural styles you’ll see include, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Craftsman, and Bungalow. Some of the homes and the work you’ll see are from Birmingham Architects, Burnhum & Greer, some dating back to the mid-1880s.
While exploring Avondale you’ll find creative hubs such as Saturn & Satellite, a popular spot that’s known for its wildly fun Nasa inspired aesthetic. MAKEbhm, a space for artists and makers alike, MAKEbhm provides workspaces for the talented and creative. Sozo Trading, an 18,000 sq ft upscale thrift store that offers everything from brand new boutique-style clothing to global handmade items.