This northern suburb of Birmingham claims a history that spans almost 200 years. The first farms were established by veterans of the War of 1812, and a jug factory was soon built, lending the name of "Jugtown" to the area. A petition spearheaded by schoolmarm Hettie Thomason Cargo in 1906 renamed the town Gardendale, but it wasn't until 1955 that the town was incorporated as a city. It now encompasses 57 square miles, and is home to roughly 13,000 residents.
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Close-knit community! Residents are involved in local neighborhood events and activities and also work together for citywide projects. Part of the funding for the Gardendale Veterans Memorial project came through sales of inscribed bricks for the planned site. The Arts Council also sponsors events during the year, ranging from ballroom dance instruction to a Christmas concert.
Varied housing! Gardendale boasts a multitude of tree-lined streets with a range of homes from starter to executive digs. The city has encouraged neighborhood development and supports local beautification efforts. More than 80 percent of the homes are owner occupied, and the current median price hovers around $160,000. Check out the homes along Heatherbrooke Road or in the Watkins neighborhood to find the best deals.
New housing endeavors! The city expects that more than 200 new homes will be built over the next two years, which may increase the supply of houses for rent. Rent to own property is available too, and the current supply of homes exceeds local demand, making it a strong buyers market. While house hunting you can satiate your appetite at local eateries like Habaneros or Sushi Village, both local favorites.
Opportunities to stay active! Whether it's high school football, girls' softball, soccer, tennis, swimming or cheerleading, you'll find residents of all ages involved in sports at city parks and recreational complexes. The Splash Pad at Celebration Park lets kids be kids in a watery setting, and numerous park pavilions and meeting rooms can be rented for private events.
Local foods! The Gardendale Farmers Market brings fresh produce to local tables, and residents flock to area farm stands and "pick-your-own" farms for pumpkins and seasonal fruit. The farmers market is hosted at the Gardendale Civic Center from mid-May to mid-September.
Take a stroll! Oakwood Memorial Gardens located just off of Mount Olive Road provides residents and visitors with 33 square miles of beautifully manicured landscaping perfect for a peaceful walk and reflection.
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