5 things to look forward to when moving to Birmingham, AL: 1. Affordable Housing – Buying a home is affordable and rent is reasonable in Birmingham. Whether you are looking to purchase a newly renovated loft downtown or a historic bungalow or estate in an over the mountain community, Birmingham has housing options that are within reach for everyone. 2. Excellent Schools – Birmingham’s “over the mountain” suburbs have some of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in the state of Alabama. Mountain Brook, Homewood, Vestavia Hills and Hoover all consistently rank in the top 5 school systems in the state. 3. Climate - Birmingham weather is wonderful because you can experience all four seasons. It can get brutally hot in the summer, but it never gets seriously cold in the winter. If the temps do dip below 30 degrees in the wintertime, they typically don’t stay there for longer than a couple of days. The summer months can feel long and are very hot and humid, but the brutal heat lasts for only four months, from June through September. It rains a lot in Birmingham, and the temperature extremes can cause dangerous weather conditions, including tornadoes. 4. Recreation – There is so much to love about the great outdoors when you live in Birmingham. People who are moving here from out of state don’t always realize that Birmingham lies in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and is surrounded by state parks, rivers and lakes. There are several preserves, lakes and parks within just a few minutes of the Birmingham Metro and some larger lakes within an hour’s drive. 5. Food is taken seriously in The Magic City – If you are familiar with The James Beard Foundation, then you are familiar with Frank Stitt and the impact he has had on the Birmingham food scene. Stitt has three fabulous restaurants, Highlands Bar & Grill, Chez Fon Fon, and Bottega Café. There are also many other restaurants in town that have influenced by Stitt, with chefs opening their own restaurants after training under Stitt. The Birmingham food scene has also been influenced by many generations of Greek inspired restaurants, The Fish Market, The Olive Branch and the newest Greek restaurant, Tasty Town.
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