Hello 2018!

IMG_9142It’s a new year folks! A year with much hope and promise to be one of the best years ever for the city of Birmingham and all its surrounding areas! Downtown is more vibrant and exciting than it’s been in many decades. 2017 saw the opening of the Thomas Jefferson tower and its signature restaurant Roots and Revelry. After many months of construction and renovation, the Pizitz Food Hall opened with its many stalls featuring an eclectic variety of cuisines from all over the world.

Several retail shops including Yellowhammer Creative, a shop featuring unique Birmingham souvenirs also opened in the Pizitz building. The Atomic Bar and Lounge, a very special place with retro décor, Birmingham related art work and specialty cocktails opened on 1st Avenue North. The Elyton Hotel opened at the heaviest corner at 1st Avenue North and 20th Street North. The hotel opened in the historical Empire Building. The first floor features The Yard, a fine dining restaurant.  The rooftop of the building features a bar called Moonshine with fantastic views of the city. Shu Shop, Birmingham’s first Japanese style izakaya opened in the theater district near the Historic Alabama and Lyric theaters on 3rd Avenue North. Downtown gained a full service grocery store when Publix opened on 20th Street and 3rd Avenue South.

These, along with many other developments too numerous to name have transformed downtown Birmingham into a bustling modern city with a hip vibe. Along with the many retail, culinary and entertainment improvements have come many real estate developments. You can now live in the middle of it all. Whether you’re looking for a downtown condo, a more traditional family home, or even a historic home in the city or the suburbs, we’re here to help. We can list and sell your current home while at the same time helping you find the perfect place to live that best fits your lifestyle.  Birmingham is on the rise! Come be a part of it! Call or text at 205-792-1963 or 205-578-8666. Email at rodwalkerbham@gmail.com


Waterfront Property on Lay Lake

In addition to providing home sellers and buyers the best in service when it comes to listing property or helping a homebuyer find their perfect place, we here at Edge Realty Group also market commercial properties. We have eight acres of prime waterfront property available on the upper reaches of Lay Lake, one of the lakes in the chain of Alabama Power created lakes along the Coosa River. This property is the closest frontage on a large body of water to many of Birmingham’s southern suburbs. If you live in Mountain Brook, Vestavia, Cahaba Heights, Inverness, Greystone, Highland Lakes or Chelsea this spot is less than a half hour away.

We’re seeking buyers who are interested in developing the property with a boutique hotel, a full service marina, a boat storage facility, a restaurant, town homes, or all of the above. Edge co-owner Patrick Lozito is also the owner of Yield Development, LLC. Yield can develop the property and build any structures needed. If you’re interested please call me at 205-578-8666.

BirmingAgent at Railroad Park

This is the first in a series of videos highlighting all the fun and interesting things that make Birmingham, Alabama and it’s metro area a great place to live. We begin with Railroad Park, a seventeen acre urban park in the middle of downtown Birmingham. This is a place for walking, jogging, skating, concerts, festivals and many other cool things that are completely free and open to the public. In the future we’ll be highlighting restaurants, museums, breweries, botanical gardens, art galleries and many other amenities that are making this area a highly attractive place to live. If you’re looking for someone to help you sell your current home, find and purchase a new home, or both, please get in touch with me, Rod Walker at 205-578-8666.

The Renaissance

I lived my childhood years in a rural community just outside of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. My Grandparents and other relatives on my father’s side of the family lived in Leeds, a small industrial town a few miles east of Birmingham. Back in the days before the interstates, a trip to Granny’s house meant driving through the middle of downtown Birmingham. I remember the smoke that used to boil from the smokestacks of the iron and steel mills. Some of it was bright red, like a brick. The heavy metallic smoke always hung low over the valley, making it difficult to breathe.IMG_7440

Much has changed since those days and in the beginning most of it wasn’t good. Years of white flight after the Civil Rights Movement left much of the central city hollowed out. The population of Birmingham proper decreased substantially over the years as much of the populace headed for the suburbs. By the early 2000’s downtown, which had once been a retail hub with department stores like Pizitz and Loveman’s, had emptied out. Once the office workers in the skyscrapers went home for the day it was like the streets were rolled up. It was a ghost town, almost no one came to downtown Birmingham after five o’ clock.

All that began to change in 2010 when Railroad Park opened. It was a beautiful new city park built in a place by the railroad tracks that had been nothing but an ugly, empty lot for many years. Almost as soon as the park opened construction began on Region’s Field. It was a brand new stadium to house the Birmingham Barons, our minor league professional baseball team. Even the Barons had fled the city for the suburb of Hoover. Getting them back downtown, actually back in Birmingham, was a big deal. Around this same time period the craft beer boom began to take hold. Good People Brewing Company was the city’s first brewery. It’s located directly across the street from Regions Field. Next came Avondale Brewing Company. This brewery not only brewed great beer but also started the transformation of the Avondale neighborhood. A neighborhood that had been long neglected was suddenly the hippest place in Birmingham with several new eateries, music venues and art galleries. Go to this neighborhood now on most any Saturday and enjoy the cool vibe and bustling activity. IMG_7234

Many other areas are also transforming. The Uptown area around the BJCC has brought several much needed restaurants to the northern part of downtown. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Avenues North have become an entertainment district in their own right. Popular new places such as The Collins Bar, The Paramount, The Pizitz Food Hall, Roots and Revelry, El Barrio, Bamboo, and Carrigan’s Pub are just a few of the exiting places found in this area. The historic Lyric Theater has been restored and together with it’s across the street neighbor, the Alabama Theater, has created a vibrant theater district in the heart of downtown. IMG_8229

Yes, Birmingham is making a great comeback and I’m very proud to be in the business of helping newcomers and native Birminghamians alike find their living space. I’m Rod Walker, a Realtor licensed with Edge Realty Group. I would be honored to help you find your place in the new and exciting Birmingham or anywhere in our Metro area.

Rod Walker

Edge Realty Group


* Excepts of this text is from my contribution to the book “The Future of Birmingham” by Wade Kwon.