Birmingham has plenty of beautiful, exciting neighborhoods. One of the most charming ones is a thriving suburb called Homewood, where you can find some of the city’s most iconic places. If you’re moving to Birmingham but aren’t sure about Homewood apartments, here are some things that would win you over to this charming community.
Go on a Tour of Samford University
Founded in 1841 as Howard College, Samford University is one of the oldest learning institutions in the United States. It is renowned for its Georgian-Colonial architecture and its sprawling, 247-acre campus and is widely considered the best school in Alabama.
Samford hosts regular visits consisting of a 30-minute information session and a 75-minute golf cart drive through the campus. There are also options for virtual visits, as well as self-guided virtual tours.
Check Out the Hollywood District
Hollywood, a town annexed into Homewood, is part of the National Register of Historic Places. Many homes have Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. They share a family resemblance to the glamorous building style popular in Hollywood, Los Angeles, in the film industry’s early days. When visiting this historic district, make sure you visit 11 Bonita Drive. Originally designed by famed architect George P. Turner, this house was built in 1927 and is quintessentially Hollywood.
Drop By Johnny’s Restaurant
Get a taste of Birmingham when you visit Johnny’s. This restaurant is a meat-and-three run by three-time James Beard nominee for Best Chef in the South, Chef Timothy Hontzas. When you schedule your visit on a Sunday, expect an after-church crowd; Johnny’s is a favorite go-to place for people looking for comfort and tradition.
Get Some Treats at Cookie Fix
Some Homewood apartments like The Hill are near local favorites like Cookie Fix. This shop has a mind-boggling 60 flavors, so they’re sure to have something for all types of dessert lovers. Food Network’s Kiri Tannenbaum named Cookie Fix the best cookie bakery in Alabama, and with good reason. The sweet treats from this shop boast a full-bodied sweetness, with twice the amount of chocolate chips, nuts, and other toppings you would see on a typical cookie.
Get Fit at Urban Air Trampoline Park
After indulging in the offerings at Cookie Fix and Johnny’s, you can sweat out the calories at Urban Air Trampoline Park. This is the best place to go if you’re traveling with kids. SHAPE Magazine readers voted it the Best Place To Take Energetic Kids and the Best Gym In America For Kids. It’s the perfect venue to let that sugar rush run its course!
Snap a Selfie With Vulcan
Located on Valley View Drive, the statue of Vulcan is a nod to the city’s roots, which are in the steel industry. This cast-iron statue is Birmingham’s most prominent landmark; it is hard to miss, being on a 125-foot pedestal and standing 56 feet tall. Also, watch out for the (literally) cheeky angle of Vulcan mooning Homewood!
Relax in the Botanical Gardens
Birmingham is not all gray buildings and concrete. The Botanical Gardens is the best place for a picnic lunch, a relaxing stroll, or a photoshoot. Admission to this city oasis is free, and the gardens are open every day of the year, so you have all the time to visit it.
Capture the Neighborhood’s Iconic Murals
Birmingham is home to plenty of artistic murals, and Homewood claims a few. There is the Audrey Hepburn mural on 2790 B.M. Montgomery St., a picture of her in her iconic Breakfast At Tiffany’s look with the words “Homewood is Always a Good Idea.” There is also Nabeel’s Cafe and Market mural at 1706 Oxmoor Road and the mural at Farm Bowl + Juice Co., at 1920 29th Avenue.
Homewood is true to its name, a cozy, homey place for you to stop and smell the roses. Whether it’s visiting heritage buildings or taking a picnic basket to the park, there is something in this neighborhood to help you appreciate the gentler things in life.
Have a perfect blend of comfort and luxury when you get an apartment at The Hill At Eastbury. Our exquisite community has some of the most beautiful Homewood rentals and is right at the center of Downtown Homewood and SoHo Square. Contact us to schedule a property tour today!