Neighborhood Spotlight: Altadena Ridge
In 2016 ground broke on a new Harris Doyle community, Altadena Ridge. Just off of Acton Road in a newly annexed Vestavia suburb, it is just 15 minutes from Downtown Birmingham. The development of the neighborhood began with the annexation of the Altadena Valley Country Club in 2015. Harris Doyle Homes plans to build 66 homes in the 22-acre neighborhood. The remaining 70 acres will be developed into a city park. Harris Doyle Homes?is the builder for Cypress Point, The Waters, and Steelmont.
Homes in the neighborhood are $400,000+ and have floor plans with 3 or 4 BA and 2 and 3 BR. Homes are constructed of brick and durable fiber cement siding with between 2,100 and 3,900 square feet. Harris Doyle has added energy efficient additions including high-quality insulation, Low-E windows, and gas heater and water heater. Altadena Ridge is a gated community. The neighborhood has sidewalks throughout.
The neighborhood is still in development and lots are still available. Options include both slab homes and basement homes. Many lots have space for comfortable backyards and the size of the yard depends on the floorplans of the home.
Students in the neighborhood are zoned for Vestavia City Schools with students going to Cahaba Heights Elementary, Liberty Park Middle School, and Vestavia Hills High School. Vestavia Hills High School is ranked #4 of Alabama High Schools by niche.com. The school has a 97% graduation rate with over 1,500 students enrolled. VHHS offers AP courses and a newspaper and literary and visual arts magazine. It also has an award-winning debate team that has won multiple national awards. It is a 3 time Blue Ribbon School in 1990, 1991, and 2009.
Athletics available include football, cheerleading, basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling, golf, tennis, softball, swimming, volleyball, cross country, and track and field and VHHS competes in AHSAA.
Shopping and Entertainment
Altadena Ridge has easy access to highway 280 and I-459. The neighborhood has easy access to the great shopping and entertainment around The Riverchase Galleria and the Summit Shopping Center, both only 10 minutes away. There is also the recently built shopping center on Cahaba River Road has Publix and Lifetime Fitness.
The Riverchase Galleria and Patton Creek Shopping Center.?The Galleria?1.6 million square feet with over 200 stores. Stores include Van Maur, Belk, Macy’s, Lego, Sephora, Build-A-Bear Workshop, H&M, and more.?Across the street from the Galleria is Patton Creek with great dining and one of the best movie theaters in the area with an IMAX screen and Real D theater, local retailers.
The Summit for some of the best shopping and dining in Birmingham. Restaurants include Village Tavern, Season 52, Urban Cookhouse, and The Cheesecake Factory. Also at located at the Summit Shopping Center is Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Apple, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lush, West Elm, and a movie theater?with 16 screens.
The City of Vestavia
Vestavia was established in 1950 and has grown into more than 34,000 residents. The city was named #2 Best Places to Live in Alabama by Niche in 2017. The city's public library, The Library in the Forest, is the state's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified library. The Vestavia Hills Civic Center offers dance classes (for kids and adults), art classes, cultural schools, language class, etiquette classes, and fitness classes. The city's public parks offer athletic programs. The city plans to build a new park next to Altadena Ridge will include 4 fields for soccer, lacrosse, and football. It will also have 2 baseball fields, a playground, and a public canoe launch for the Cahaba River. The city has also focused on walkability and making the city's features more accessible to children and teens connecting the library, parks, and civic center to the schools with sidewalks.
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