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In August 2021 we received a call from a couple stationed in Key West looking for a home with plenty of space for their kids to grow and roam.  With the ability to work remotely their vision was an estate type home located near a city on 5+ acres of outdoor space, 4 bedrooms for the kids, a home office, with a pool and near water of some kind.  After a quick preapproval they searched the coastlines and inland Florida and Alabama high and low leaving no possibilities off the table.  From 5 to100 acres of vacant timberland, $1.3 million dollar waterfront homes, fixer uppers of many shapes and sizes, barndominiums, and new construction the search became educational journey for all that unfolded in just over 8 months.  In April 2022 with the help of two highly skilled real estate agents they closed on a gem just under $675,000 in the southernmost tip of Ridge and Valley area of The Appalachian Mountains.  The location:  Odenville, Alabama.  But why Odenville?

For thousands of years this area was home to various Cherokee and Catawba tribes and remnants of its rich history are preserved and available to enjoy for free.  Before railways and roads were created, the two mountain ridges which run parallel to each other reach as far north as New York and were a major obstacle to passage for many European immigrants in the early days of America.  The valley with its various creeks, rivers and streams automatically became nature’s highway for a few hundred years.  Today the valley his home to this small community of friendly people who enjoy a slower pace of life and all the benefits of being surrounded by wildlife, huge forests, and all kinds of natural beauty just 40 miles outside of Birmingham off US Highway 441.  It is far enough away to remain unspoiled (for now), yet close enough to access the best of everything on your terms.  

During any season scenic driving, motorcycling, RVing, camping, hiking, fly fishing, paddle sports like canoeing and kayaking, biking, birding, and photography you need to visit.  Odenville is 100% surrounded by expansive lands with roads and access to trails (including horse trails) that can take you to remote creeks, waterfalls, overlooks, caves and just about everything you imagine.  Talladega National Park is less than 40 miles east and Bankhead National Park is 80 miles northwest.  Both are unique from one another in topography, extremely remote and rarely crowded, and understated for the nature lover.

The Coosa River, Lake Guntersville and The Tennessee River are all three home to world class bass fishing and major bass tournament events as well as light tackle and fly fishing for miles in the valley streams.  Large whitetail, turkey, quail, dove, pheasant hunting as well as sporting clay shooting can be found in every direction public lands as well as exquisite plantations such as Selwood or Farm Links.  If you visit Farm Links bring your golf clubs and also be sure to check out Greystone, two of the Robert Trent Jones trail stops of Ross Bridge and Oxmoor Valley or the newer Top Golf  facility in Birmingham. 

Odenville is home to The The Ford Mustang Museum of America and in close proximity to Barber Motorsports Museum and Park and Talladega National Speedway all three of which offer a surprising number of unique events, shows, and experiences on and off the various race tracks that range from hill climbs, vintage races and displays, motorcycle races, INDY Grand Prix, Nascar, and more.  For the shoppers among you several major shopping areas and outlet style hubs are just within 30 miles.  Trussville at Pinnacle, Grand River Leeds, The Summit as well many dozen boutiques and specialty stores are scattered throughout the small villages like Homewood and Mountain Brook of Greater Birmingham.  Antique and quality thrift stores can be found scattered in and around the region and online if you want to make a day out of it.

If you stay local know there is a Publix nearby and several farmer's markets to source local, organic produce in season.  On your way into or out of town sample the local area's best at The BBQ Stop in Pinson or Carpenetti’s (pizza).  If you are a foodie and you do venture into the metro you will find a high concentration of some of the very best food and drinks original to Alabama.  Casual notables are El Barrio (modern Mex) and Good People among the 5 local breweries.  If you seek fine dining establishments such Bottega (Italian) and Chez Fonfon (Classic French) come to mind as examples.  With the revitalization there are plenty of events day or night that everyone can enjoy. 

Travel to the Odenville area by air is simple with both Birmingham and Atlanta airports just 45 and 120 minutes away.  By car the area is 90 miles south of Huntsville via I-65, 125 miles southwest of Chattanooga on I-59, or 90 miles west of Atlanta metro on I-20.   We love this and many parts of our state and we encourage you to explore and experience just some of the beauty and the people you will find like this sweet family who now calls Alabama their home.

For questions, quotes or preapprovals about real estate finance, please contact us anytime. 

Posted by Devin Murray on June 24th, 2022 3:27 PM



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