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Only a few short weeks until the World of Games makes its 2022 debut in our very own Magic City! Is it the Olympics? What
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RevelatorA shop that is close to our hearts (literally.) This Birmingham gem is located just a block from the Bham Realty office. You can catch us swinging in the doors of revelator on our lunch break or before the work day begins. The large windows allow a ton of natural lighting that adds to Revelator’s light and airy feel. Great coffee, and a lot of space to get your studying and work done.
Red CatIf you're hoping to catch a study spot at either one of Red Cat’s locations, you better get a head start. It’s very rare for the Red Cat located in Avondale or near Railroad Park to be empty. It’s truly a Birmingham hotspot. The coffee named after breeds of cats and their delicious homemade pop tarts definitely makes up for the lack of study space. Our favorite time to visit this popular establishment is on Saturdays at Avondale. Located smack in the middle of The Pepper Place Market, nothing better to cool you down than an iced coffee.
Frothy MonkeyBrand new to Birmingham, Frothy Monkey is already a fan favorite. The Nashville and Chattanooga loved shop made its Grand Birmingham appearance on June 29th. Located in the old Urban Standard building on 2nd Ave N, they have a lot to offer. Along with amazing coffee, The Frothy Monkey also serves lunch and dinner dishes. Their large menu includes shrimp & grits, pesto pasta, salmon, and coffee served at all open hours.
O’Henry’sOne of Birmingham’s oldest and most loved coffee suppliers. 7 locations in the Birmingham area, including one in Samford University’s student center. It’s rare to come across a student that hasn’t had a killer study sesh in one of the shops. Serving cups of coffee since 1993!
FilterLocated in the heart of 5 Points South, Filter is loved by many. One of the things that set Filter apart from the others is the seating. Up the stairs of the shop, there’s a room with wooden walls and furniture. The room is set apart from the rest of the shop, allowing a perfectly quiet place. If you’re someone who needs caffeine and silence to grind out some work, Filter is the place to be.
SeedsThis gas station turned coffee shop is all the buzz in Birmingham. The coffee and pastries in this local shop are amazing. The cafe offers indoor and outdoor seating. On the first Saturday of every month, Seeds collaborates with Hattie B’s Hot Chicken to make delicious chicken biscuits. Better get there early, the line is always out the door. With so many amazing coffee options in Birmingham, this list was hard to narrow down. If you happen to visit one of these mentioned let us know on our Instagram @bhamrealty. Enjoy your cup of joe!
Drone RacingTaking place at the Barber Motorsports Park, Drone Racing is definitely one of the most anticipated events of the games. In this event, pilots will drive their drones around a specially made course that tests both their speed and agility.
Sumo WrestlingOriginating from Japan, Sumo Wrestling has made a long journey to Birmingham for the Summer. The full-contact wrestling sport includes 3 classes (light, medium, and heavy) and is sure to be the main event of the 2022 World of Games. For a beginner's guide, follow the link. https://twg2022.com/sports/sumo/
Waterski/ WakeboardingYou might have participated in wakeboarding over the memorial day holiday at the lake, but we can guarantee this event is going to be one you don’t want to miss. Taking place at Oak Mountain State Park, there are multiple categories that will be completed within. Trick, jump, and freestyle are just a few of the events taking place within the unique watersports.
FistballSimilar to the American-loved sport, volleyball, Fistball consists of a 5-player team whose goal is to strike the ball to the other side of the court without the opponent being able to return the ball. This event will take place at Birmingham-Southen College.
DancesportThis event, once called ballroom dancing, is one of the most anticipated. The many dances will take place at the BJCC Legacy Arena. Here, multiple styles of dance will be performed and judged. These include but aren’t limited to Rock n’ Roll and Break Dancing. This is only a small list of the events that will take place at the 2022 World Of Games. We can’t wait to see what the competitors and Birmingham has in store! Looking for a place to stay during the world of games? iTrip Birmingham has your perfect short-term rental. Call or Click today for more information!
The Southern MapleThis online Etsy store, based in Hoover, produces some of the most unique pieces you’ll find. Handmade and carved decor that can effortlessly bring the magic of the city into your home. LINK: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSouthernMapleLLC?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=1020710365
Prints of the SouthA photography and print company based out of Kentucky effortlessly captures the magic of Birmingham. Their online shop offers framed photos of Vulcan, the Alabama Theater, and more notorious Alabama scenes. Follow the link to their Etsy page to shop! LINK: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PrintsOfTheSouth?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=639967269
Cityfolk CreativeBanners! And prints! and bandanas! Oh my! Amanda Nicholson, owner of Cityfolk Creative, graphic designs and hand-makes a multitude of products that scream “I love Birmingham.” From stuffed Vulcans to magnets, this shop has all the unique pieces. Keep an eye out for more products to go live on their Etsy page, but you can also find Cityfolk Creative at Pepper Place Market! LINK: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CityfolkCreative
Yellow Hammer CreativeHome of the “It’s Nice to Have You In Birmingham” print! Yellow Hammer creative has everything you need and more to decorate your home and add to your t-shirt collection. Yell0w Hammer retail shop is located at Pepper Place near Avondale and can also be found at the Pepper Place market (almost) every Saturday! LINK: https://yellowhammer-creative.myshopify.com/ With these shops, your love for Birmingham doesn’t have to stop at your front door! Bringing the magic of Birmingham into your home is only half the fun of being a resident of the magic city. Who better to support than other residents and lovers of Birmingham? Happy shopping!
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A recent study found that Jefferson county ranked 8 in Alabama for rising home values. Jefferson county continues to be one of Alabama’s most desirable counties to live in. Jefferson county continues to be one of the most dense counties at 674,000 people. Mobile county is a close second at 414k people.
The study by SmartAsset ranked Clarke county, in south Alabama, as the number 1 fastest-rising home value county. Followed by Baldwin county and Mashall county. SmartAsset’s most recent study was to determine which counties get the most value when you consider home value growth, Schools and property tax rate.
Jefferson county continues to rank well across important criteria for the majority of homeowners. Jefferson county has also seen a large influx of commercial and out of state investors flocking to the county. Commercial development is highly correlated with getting the most value from residential home sales.
For the last 5 years Jefferson County has seen price appreciation of 37.66%, which is about 7.5% each year. Shelby county is close behind at 32.8%, about 6.56% each year. These strong numbers are a great sign for future property values in Magic City.
A link to the article mentioned: https://smartasset.com/taxes/alabama-property-tax-calculator#alabama/homeValueGrowth-1