In 1974, John Harbert with Harbert-Equitable began work on Riverchase, his planned self-contained community on two tracts of land. This plan included a community that works with the natural landscape and beauty. Though this vision never came to be, Riverchase became an early annex into the city of Hoover in 1979. The neighborhood has since become one of the most established and popular neighborhoods in Hoover. Riverchase is still known for its natural beauty filled with old growth trees and intersects of the Cahaba River.
The neighborhood is a strong selling market with average days on the market of 53 days. Currently, there are 40 houses on the market as of July 2017. In the past six months, there have been 58 homes sold in the neighborhood. The average sales price is $354,644 with a range between $875,000 and $150,000. There are many basement homes in Riverchase and the average cost per square foot for total finished space is $107, averaging all sales in the neighborhood. The cost for finished square feet has its highs ($167) and lows ($83), but the average is $121 for living space not including the basement space.
Sold in 2017, 1163 Riverchase Pkwy. W. is the perfect example of classic architecture with updates which bring it to the current decade but with the quality build, you come to expect from a well built older home. This 5 BR, 3 BA home has an updated kitchen with high-end appliances. Wolf stove, Thermador hood, convection microwave and separate stove, granite countertops, and walk-in pantry. Private deck and finished basement (1,596 sq ft) with a wet bar, bedroom, full bathroom, and large den area.
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The architecture is varied from decade to decade and with construction material, but the homes are largely built in a classic American style that remains timeless. Many homes in the neighborhood are brick homes, but there are homes with wood siding. stone, and stucco. There are also stand out homes that were custom built by their owners to be distinct. The home sizes offer options for every family size between 2 and 5 bedrooms and two and seven bathrooms.
Wild Flower Park
Wild Flower Park is surrounded by shady trees that help keep the track around the sports field cool. The park is 14 acres and also includes an outdoor basketball court, two playgrounds, public parking, and restrooms right off Riverchase Parkway and Old Montgomery Hwy.
Riverchase Country Club
In the heart of the neighborhood is Riverchase Country Club. The historic club was founded in 1976 and has hosted President Gerald Ford, Michael Jordan, and Bob Hope. The club has a 6,842-yard golf course with Bermuda fairways, 12 tennis courts, and a full-service banquet hall. The club hosts national and local events including the "Charlie Boswell Celebrity Classic, US Open qualifying, Alabama State Amateur Championship, Alabama State Four-Ball Championship, US Mid-Am Qualifying Tournament, Alabama Senior Amateur, the Women’s Southern Golf Association Championship, SEC Women’s Championship, and Women’s Alabama State Amateur Championship."
Award Winning Hoover Schools
The neighborhood is zoned for the Hoover School system. Students attend Riverchase Elementary School. Hoover is a top-rated school system with both high schools ranking in the top 20 high schools in Alabama according to the US News. The school competes in Class 7A in the AHSAA with many sports for students to choose from including football, baseball, softball, basketball, track & field, lacrosse, swimming, soccer, and volleyball. The school also has academic programs including IB, AP, clubs, and academic teams.
Hoover Shopping District
The neighborhood is one of the most conveniently located in the city of Hoover located closely to shopping, dining, and entertainment. The Riverchase 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 Riverchase Business District is the home of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama's corporate office and the offices of many businesses and practices. UAB University and UAB Hospital is only a 20-minute commute from the neighborhood.
There are many public parks a short drive from Riverchase. Veterans Park has a 5K cross country trail, playgrounds, beach volleyball courts, pavilions, a pond for fishing, and veteran’s memorial. The park’s cross country trail is frequently used for competitive cross country races. Located minutes down the road, Aldridge Gardens was the former home of a local horticulturist and his wife. It's a popular venue for events and school trips. Oak Mountain Park is a 20-minute drive and one of the most popular destinations in the Birmingham Metro area for outdoor activities featuring a public beach, fishing, nature walks, bike trails, BMX course, watersports, boating, and more.
Hoover is the sixth largest city in the state. 24/7 Wall St.’s top 30 places to live in the U.S. (2014). Neiche.com’s “Best Town to Raise a Family in Alabama (2015).” Safe Choice Security New’s #4 on the top 20 safest cities in Alabama (2016). 24/7 Wall St. 28th of America’s 50 Best Cities to Live (2014). Youth1.com “The 15 best travel destination for youth sports (2017).”
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