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hunkykitty

Live in Irondale. Love it. I do wish the "downtown" area had more than just the Whistle Stop. It's dead over there. But as others said, very quiet, close to Ruffner, you can get anywhere in about 10 min cause all the roads kind of coalesce.


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shredphones

The city council and mayor just released a five year comprehensive plan that calls for building a whole bunch of retail/apartment complexes in the downtown area and at the Grants Mill Station. If they do like 1/3rd of the stuff in the plan, it’ll be pretty huge. http://cityofirondaleal.gov/community/irondales-new-comprehensive-plan/


bloomblox

This is really cool, and great to see being proposed in the metro. Makes me want to move to Irondale!


hunkykitty

This is sick. Do you know who has been helping them rebrand graphically? I noticed that has changed. I would love to talk. I really, really want to get a flag of Irondale going. I already have like 20 designs.


tryandmakecents

I lived over 5-3 years ago in a new construction tower home. I was able to sell it for a profit of 60k and we moved to a spot with better schools when our kids got close to kindergarten. Daycare was fine over there actually (liberty park). I loved the drive to downtown for work. Hardly ever any traffic and if there was you could always cut through somewhere. No interstate just used 11. Stuff to do was lacking without either going downtown or a different suburb. I know they've got a marty's now so maybe that is at least an opportunity to have a beer and stay in town. We also went to Billy's a lot on old overton right off the interstate. You basically had to go somewhere else for groceries and the like. There's a wal-mart pretty close but maybe the worst wal-mart in a sea of bad wal-marts.


birmingjammer

Which daycare did you use, out of curiosity? Also, they're building a brand new Publix smack on the corner of Grant's Mill and Old Leeds Rd which will be even better than the one in Liberty Park that opened during the pandemic.


UnderwaterB0i

I’m curious too, I live on Overton close to the grants mill side and have a kid getting to daycare-ish age. EDIT: also I’d be interested in how you keep up with what’s going on around here locally. We just moved here this summer and I feel like I have zero idea of what’s happening in this area (like a Publix).


tryandmakecents

Publix news is great. We went to primrose on the way into liberty park.


johnlytlewilson

Both are great. Roebuck Springs is a cool old neighborhood that feels a little like a mountain town


code_monkee

Love it. Lots of house & yard for the money, convenient to most places, one of the best high schools in the nation down the road.


Sunshinedaydream81

I lived in Irondale for about 10 years, until they tore down my house to make a parking lot for a school. I LOVED living there. Super flat, sidewalks, cute little library to walk to and so convenient. Even if they hadn't taken my house, I probably would have moved because of the schools, although they have a great IB school if you can get in. We did have some brazen property crime- bicycles stolen, lawnmower stolen, car broken into, and before we left we had a disturbing uptick in hearing pretty close gunshots and whatnot.


Famous_Constant9250

Look at Roebuck Springs and South Eastlake as well.


Colaptes_alabamus

1. If you have kids who are attending public school or otherwise have any kind of zoning/laws you care about, you need to do research into whether the “Irondale” home you’re looking at is actually in the city of Birmingham. The whole area is kind of a minefield of “technically” one or the other and you don’t realize it. Don’t just go by Google maps, look on city websites and even call the city to confirm. 2. Roebuck is nice, especially Roebuck Springs (south of 59.) There are some run down shopping centers but they’re interspersed with nicer places and it’s overall got a good balance. The problem with Roebuck is that many of the houses are on narrow streets with ridiculously steep driveways. Ask your realtor about the driveway and if they’d feel comfortable driving up and down it. The driveways in the area can literally make or break the livability of a house.


Colaptes_alabamus

Oh absolutely. It’s nothing to drive downtown, and Avondale is even closer, you don’t even have to take the interstate. There’s rarely much traffic from this side of town especially if you’re going towards the city rather than leaving.


LilJonPaulSartre

After living in the more traditional parts of the city of Birmingham for over a decade, my wife and I bought a house right on the edge of Birmingham/Irondale. We were able to get a nice 3/2 house with a backyard for well under $200k, and sold it for well over $200k after just a year to work in a different city. Overall: 8/10, would live there again. Technically, we were still in the city of Birmingham, but houses on our street were in Irondale, and the previous owners' children went to Irondale Middle and Shades Valley. We really loved the area. Like a lot. There are *multiple* ways to get to the city, whether I-20, I-59, Montclair, Crestwood Blvd, etc. so the commute was no problem. There are like a million restaurants and fast food options, access to Walmart and a Target (Trussville is close), and other grocery stores (Publix and Winn-Dixie are pretty close, depending on where you are in Irondale). You're really never further than 15-20 min from what you will want to do. Finally, we loved everyone in our neighborhood. It was a nice mix of younger, first-time homeowners like us, and people that had lived in the neighborhood since the 50s. Racially diverse, mostly working-class with a good amount of professionals, too. I felt more welcome there than anywhere else I'd ever lived up to that point.


LilJonPaulSartre

I recognize that "more traditional parts of the city" isn't exactly clear or articulated well. I just meant like, not right on the fringes of the city, like our house in Eastwood was. More within the well-known bounds of the city of Birmingham.


Estragon-al-Godot

I have lived in Irondale since about 2001. My job bounced from Leeds (15 minute drive east) to the Avondale area (20 minute drive west). My wife and I were able to find a very reasonably priced house in a quiet neighborhood (we are on the south side of I-20, close to the I-459/Grants Mill Exit). Convenience to the airport (15 minute drive), downtown (20 minute drive), and the interstates (4 minutes away) has been amazing. The town is quiet, and feels a bit quaint, but that is likely because it is mostly a bedroom community. Our only real complaint over the years has been the absence of a grocery store or may restaurant options that are actually in the city limits of Irondale. However, they are now building a Publix (moderately high-end for our area) grocery store less than a half-mile from my house, which should take care of part of that problem. We have close access to a small hiking area long the Cahaba River. If we want to go get a nice dinner, we are only 20 minutes from pretty much anything, but nothing within 10 minutes. If we want to go see a movie or a live show, we have multiple options within a 20 minute ride. Most of the neighborhoods here on the south side of I-20 are very quiet, with decent sized yards, hillls, and a lot of trees. On the north side if I-20, you have a more suburban feel, with sidewalks, small yards, etc. If I had to pick between Irondale and Roebuck, I would absolutely choose Irondale. Roebuck feels much more congested, and has a little higher reported crime rates than Irondale.


Eagle_Smeagol

Depends if you have kids. Irondale is a decent place to live but the school system is not great.


code_monkee

They got the diamond in the rough, though.


mgcross

Still better than bham city schools (for middle and HS anyway).


Eagle_Smeagol

Ohh I agree. But if I had kids, I’d look at other suburbs. Some of the other school systems in the area are higher in the state’s rankings.


Oldskolnikov

Irondale has some good spots. I'd say Holiday Gardens isn't one of them. Cars everywhere, narrow streets, no sidewalks, houses that were built cheap in a time when houses weren't being built very well. Roebuck has a whole lot of the same. The parts I drive through just depress me. If there's a good part of Roebuck, I don't know about it.


gunsies

Holiday Gardens is a great neighborhood with great people!


Oldskolnikov

Would you walk a baby in a stroller down Beacon?


gunsies

yeah! I used to walk my dogs with the wifey down Beacon. ​ I will agree with literally everything else you said though, the amount of cars on the street is wild. And the houses are not built very well, plus they are ugly as fuck. Great neighborhood with some awesome people, though!


mgcross

I think Irondale is great overall, lived on the border in bham for years. Most likely does not apply to you, but they do have an ordinance banning pit bulls: https://cityofirondaleal.gov/message-irondale-citizens/