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Why Ross Bridge?

September 30, 2015

Why do so many prospective home buyers choose Ross Bridge? What makes our community truly unique? Read on to learn about a few of the many aspects of our community that have made Ross Bridge Birmingham’s hottest-selling new home community:

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The Ideal Location: It’s no secret that Ross Bridge’s prime location at the very the heart of Birmingham, AL is one of the many reasons homeowners fall in love with our community! The ideal, central location of our community offers true exclusivity and unmatched convenience to the entire Birmingham Metro.

Neighborhoods

The Distinctive Neighborhoods: Every neighborhood in Ross Bridge has a distinct feel with a truly classic setting—each with beautiful, tree-lined streets and a lush, landscaped park. There’s no question that the vibrant neighborhoods of Ross Bridge set our community apart from the rest, with their distinctive style and unmatched sophistication—ideal for raising a family!

Home Designs

The Stunning Home Designs: Ross Bridge offers a truly stunning selection of single family homes by Alabama’s finest new home builders. The homes at Ross Bridge feature the latest and greatest trends in new home design, with enchanting features and luxe details.

Pool

The Amazing Amenities: After one visit you’ll surely agree that Ross Bridge truly defines the resort lifestyle, with our stunning array of world-class resort style amenities, effortlessly nestled into the setting of the distinct neighborhoods of Ross Bridge. Nonetheless, we think that both local golfer-enthusiasts and Ross Bridge homeowners would agree that Ross Bridge offers so much more than your average golf resort community! Ross Bridge truly offers an ideal array of award-winning amenities you simply cannot pass up—from the community’s resort-style pools and 200+ acres of meticulously landscaped parks, to the community playgrounds, winding miles of jogging trails and beyond. There are just so many ways to explore the natural beauty of Ross Bridge!

Golf

An Unparalleled Golfing Experience: Ross Bridge offers new homeowners one amenity in particular that is truly unlike any in the world—the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail! This world-class 18-hole golf course offers one of the longest and most challenging courses in the nation—stretching 8,191 yards from tip to tip.

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A Golf Resort Community Like No Other: There’s no question that Ross Bridge is any golfer’s dream, after all, Ross Bridge is best-known as the Best Golf Resort Community in America. Just one visit you’re sure to see that there are just so many things to love about living in golf resort community!

Simply put—Ross Bridge is a community like no other. Ross Bridge offers home buyers an opportunity to live in a community with countless award-winning amenities and a world-class golf course, which we believe you’ll agree, creates a community truly like no other! For more on our one-of-a-kind community, be sure to check out our remarkable collection of new homes today!

Birmingham: The Hottest Housing Market in Alabama

September 25, 2015

Birmingham was recently named as one of Realtor.com’s Top 10 Easiest Places to Buy a Home, which should come as no surprise—Birmingham has held the coveted title as Alabama’s hottest housing market for years! Over the past few years we’ve seen a real boom in the Birmingham housing market, with Birmingham’s home sales accounting for a large portion of all home sales in the state of Alabama year after year.

But what has spurred the Birmingham housing market’s dramatic sales increase in recent years? Read on to learn all about the Birmingham housing market, and why now is the opportune time to invest in a new home in Alabama’s hottest Housing Market!

It’s Practical & Affordable: According to Fortune Builders, the Birmingham Housing Market is more affordable than most housing markets in the United States, with Birmingham residents spending approximately 12% of their income on mortgage payments, compared to the national average of 16%.

High Demand, Low Supply: Continued decreases in the median number of days a home is on the market is a signal of an increase in consumer demand, because, as the name would suggest, the average or “median” number of days between homes being listed and sold on the Birmingham housing market has continued to shrink. In September 2015 for example, according to Movoto, the median days a single family home in Birmingham was on the market was 97 days—compared to August 2015’s 103 days.

Home Values Continue to Appreciate: Continued increase in demand is also due in part to the continued increase in home values where, according to Neighborhood Scout, the Birmingham housing market’s total appreciation was double that of the national average over the past two years. Home values have appreciated 1.3% over last quarter, 5.92% over the past year, and 10.14% over the past two years.

With this continued growth in home values and subsequent demand, it should come as no surprise that new home builders in the Birmingham area are hopping on board to increase the market’s hottest commodity—single family homes! Over the course of the past year alone, single family housing permits have increased over 17%, compared to the increase in the national average of 2.3%.

The Birmingham Business Journal recently released their list of the top homebuilders in Birmingham, which were ranked by number of housing permits and average home value of existing homes, and named one of our beloved homebuilders here at Ross Bridge,Signature Homes, as the top homebuilder in Birmingham!

According to the Birmingham Business Journal, Signature Homes obtained 338 housing permits last year—nearly double that of the second-place homebuilder, D.R. Horton. In addition, Signature Homes also holds the highest average home value of all homebuilders on the BBJ’s list!

Be sure to check out Signature Homes’ stunning collection of new homes at Ross Bridge today, and start planning your move to Birmingham Alabama’s Hottest-Selling New Home Community!

Sourcesneighborhood scout.comMovoto.comfortunebuilders.comrealtor.combizjournals.com

The History of Ross Bridge

September 21, 2015

Though Ross Bridge has been a beloved neighborhood at the heart of Birmingham for decades—the rich heritage of our enchanting community is in fact rooted in the storied past of the historic stone bridge spanning Ross Creek. Read on and you’ll discover the compelling story behind the iconic bridge at Ross Creek:

Set at a true intersection of history, merely a few years prior to the Civil War, the story of the bridge at Ross Creek began when farmer and entrepreneur James Taylor Ross fell in love with the remarkable beauty of the rolling hills of Alabama’s Shannon Valley in the year 1858. He decided to purchase 140+ acres of land in the area that would one day be called “Birmingham” in the hopes of farming cotton—a rather common crop in the state of Alabama.

A few years after James Taylor Ross and his family had settled into their new home of Alabama, near the end of the Civil War, James Taylor Ross was approached by the Confederacy with a request to build a railroad through his land. James Taylor Ross permitted the Confederacy access to his land in order to build the aforementioned railroad, as the Confederate Army needed a quick means of transporting both men and supplies to Selma, AL.

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The Confederacy’s new railroad line included the construction of a stone bridge to span Ross Creek, in order to transport supplies through Brock’s Gap to the nearby railroad at Shades Mountain. Though the war has long since come to a close, the historic bridge at Ross Creek continues to stand as a a testament of good will and a symbol of perseverance to this very day.

Beyond its uncontested role as one of Birmingham’s beloved historic landmarks, the impact of the bridge at Ross Creek is quite clear—as it was the inspiration behind our distinct community here at Ross Bridge! We think you’ll agree—there’s no question that Ross Bridge offers home buyers an opportunity to live in a remarkable community truly like no other. From the distinctive neighborhoods and infamous Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail found within our resort-style community here at Ross Bridge, to our ideal location in Hoover, AL—it is no wonder Ross Bridge is Birmingham Alabama’s hottest selling new home community! Be sure to take a moment and browse our distinguished collection of new homes for sale to start planning your move to one of Birmingham’s quintessential neighborhoods today.

SourceRoss Bridge: Developing the Character of the Area

6 Local Food & Wine Festivals to Check Out This Fall

September 8, 2015

With autumn quickly approaching, be sure to add a few of these fabulous local food & wine festivals to your fall family calendar!

Western Supermarket’s Fall Wine and Food Festival

Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham, AL

September 25, 2015

This annual fall event is the ultimate showcase of some the best local food, and wine Birmingham has to offer, with hundreds of wines to taste and countless dishes to sample. In addition to the delicious food and drink options, there will also be a raffle, carousel rides, and numerous animals showcased throughout the event. For more information, check out Western Supermarket’s website.

Birmingham Originals Breakin’ Bread

Railroad Park, Birmingham, AL

September 27, 2015

The Original Breakin’ Bread is one of Birmingham’s premier food and wine festivals— sure to keep the entire family entertained! Breakin’ Bread features local brews, imported and domestic beers, an extensive wine list and soft drinks as well—with a wide range of signature dish samples from a variety of Birmingham’s best local, independently owned restaurants. Local farmers will be showcased , offering a wide variety of seasonal produce and homemade goods as well! For additional information on this local flavor festival, visit the Birmingham Originals’ website.

The Birmingham Greek Festival

307 19th Street S, Birmingham, AL

October 1-3, 2015

The 43rd Annual Birmingham Greek Festival, held at the Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Birmingham, offers a variety of Greek specialties and delicious dishes, including lamb kabobs, pistachios and baklava. For more information, visit the Birmingham Greek Festival’s website.

Eat Drink Read Write Festival 

Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham, AL

October 3-9, 2015

The Eat Drink Read Write Festival’s name says it all—this week-long event is a celebration of food, beverages and books! For additional information, visit the Birmingham Public Library’s website.

24th Annual Halloween Fairyland Festival

12632 Confederate Parkway, McCalla, AL

October 31, 2015

The 24th Annual Halloween Fairyland Festival, held in Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, focuses less on “trick” and more on “treat”—with a not-so-scary festival the whole family is sure to enjoy! This annual event attracts over 6,000 visitors every year, with over 200 campsites for kids to stop to trick-or-treat, face painting, moonwalks, a train ride and more! For more, check out Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park’s website.

Pepper Place Saturday Market 

2829 2nd Avenue S, Birmingham, AL

Every Saturday, April 11-December 12, 2015

Discover the best farm-fresh fruits and vegetables of the Birmingham region at the Pepper Place Saturday Market, and take advantage of the cooking demonstrations by some of Birmingham’s finest chefs!

Sourcewww.al.com

10 Fun Facts About Birmingham

August 17, 2015

Living in Birmingham, AL’s hottest selling new home community, Ross Bridge homeowners are easily able to take advantage of all that Birmingham has to offer. From Birmingham’s rich culture and colorful art scene to the abundance of breweriesfarmers markets and family-friendly activities—there is truly never a dull moment in this thriving city. After all, Birmingham was recently named Alabama’s Most Exciting Place! To learn more about our beloved city, check out a few of these fun facts:

1. The Birmingham Metropolitan Area (Cullman and Hoover included), is home to approximately 1.1 million people.

2. Birmingham was the first city in the country to celebrate Veteran’s Day.

4. Our city is home to a vast selection of vibrant local breweries, each with a unique flavor of their own. With our ever-growing list of Birmingham brews, you’re sure to find the perfect pint close to home!

3. Birmingham’s infamous Vulcan statue is the largest cast iron statue in the world—second only to the Statue of Liberty.

5. Birmingham is truly an angler’s paradise, which is why it came as no surprise to locals when Birmingham was voted “America’s Bass Capital” by the readers of BassMaster Magazine.

6. Birmingham’s nickname the “Magic City” refers to a period of great growth in 1870’s and 1880’s, when the city seemed to grow so quickly, it appeared to have happened “like magic” over night.

7. The nation’s most successful regional magazine, Southern Living is published in Birmingham.

8. The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame calls our city home as well—which should come as no surprise, with the Jazz Industry’s deep roots and celebrated history in Birmingham!

9. With Birmingham’s world-class musical talent, it should come as no surprise that Birmingham is home to three stars from the infamous American Idol TV show: Ruben Studdard,Taylor Hicks and Bo Bice.

10. In addition to the vast selection of local breweries, many are surprised by the number of vineyards and wineries in the greater Birmingham area. We even have a Wine Trail for Birmingham’s wine enthusiasts!

Sourcesbirminghamal.orgsouthernliving.com

Ross Bridge Ranked in GolfLink’s List of the Best Golf Courses in Alabama!

July 24, 2015

GolfLink’s list of the Best Alabama Golf Courses highlights the top private and public golf courses in the state each year, and this year The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge ranked second on GolfLink’s List of the Best Alabama Golf Courses! We are thrilled to add yet another top ranking to the Robert Trent Jones Trail’s growing list of awards and accolades—read on to learn more about GolfLink’s Best in State rankings:

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A Closer Look at GolfLink & Their Rankings

GolfLink has been the most complete resource for the golfing industry and the foremost authority on golf course rankings around the globe for over 20 years. GolfLink is the ultimate one-stop shop for every golf lover—with an abundance of valuable information and useful tips for every level of golfer, from beginner to professional.

GolfLink took a number of both public and private golf courses into consideration while determining their list of the Best Alabama Golf Courses for 2015, taking a number of objective factors into account. Now let’s take a closer look at the infamous Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge:

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The Ross Bridge Golf Course

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge is one of the longest in the nation, stretching over 8,190 yards! Located in the beautiful foothills and rolling terrain of the Shannon Valley, this iconic Alabama golf course offers golfers an unmatched golfing experience on a course with a classic, old parkland-style design.

This immaculate 18 hole golf course offers multiple tees, making our course perfect for golfers of all skill levels. Our Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail here at Ross Bridge is sure to challenge even the most skilled golfers—with a par of 72!

GolfLink is truly the definitive online guide to the best golf courses all around the country, and we think you’ll agree—a truly spectacular course like the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge is a clear choice for GolfLink’s list of the Best Alabama Golf Courses! Stop by and check out our beautiful Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, along with our stunning selection of distinctive new homes today!

SourcesGolfLink.comRJTGolf.com

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

July 20, 2015

Ross Bridge homeowners have the advantage of living in Birmingham, the largest city in Alabama. There are so many different activities to take part in that you’re sure to discover some newfound interests! One must do activity is to visit Birmingham Botanical Gardens if you’re looking to expand your knowledge of plants and nature.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is named as Alabama’s largest living museums. It is 67.5 acres of 12,000 different plants, over 25 gardens, more than 30 outdoor sculptures and miles of peaceful paths. Birmingham Botanical Gardens also has the largest public horticulture library in the United States. Their gardens include Japanese gardens with a traditional teahouse, a Southern Living garden, two rose gardens and a wild flower garden.

There are many events that take place here annually so there is always fun to be had. Everything from Earth Day at The Gardens to The Fall Plant Sale is held at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. An event called Gross Out Camp is held throughout the summer and shows campers the not so pretty parts of nature. Kids get to see reptiles, bugs and much more. These are just a few examples of what the gardens has to offer for people of all ages!

What’s the best part about Birmingham Botanical Gardens? It’s free! It’s the most visited free attraction in Alabama. The gardens are open daily and have more than 350,000 visitors a year. Over 23,000 volunteer hours are clocked annually to create a community resource and promote knowledge and appreciation of plants and the environment. Birmingham Botanical Gardens also has many educational programs that are held throughout the year. 10,000 children revel in science-based field trips all year round.

While living in Birmingham in a Ross Bridge home, it would be crazy not to take advantage of the summer weather and spend some time at Birmingham Botanical Gardens!

Source: http://www.bbgardens.org/index2.php

Free Activities in Birmingham, Alabama

July 14, 2015

Birmingham is the largest and one of the most vibrant cities in Alabama. There is a wide variety of activities for people to do there including a diverse music scene, restaurants, bars and fun for everyone’s tastes. While many of these things can cost you money, there are also many free ways to spend some quality time in the amazing city of Birmingham. Here are some of the highlights along with links for visiting them.

The Birmingham Civil Rights District, located in downtown Birmingham, features several historically significant sites from the Civil Rights Movement in the 50s and 60s. These landmarks include the 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, a museum that chronicles the events and artifacts of the movement.

If you’re looking for more history, the Birmingham Museum of Art might be a good place to visit. It features over 24,000 paintings and pieces of art from all over the world. Some even date back to the 13th century.

If you’re looking for more of an outdoorsy experience, Birmingham has something to offer you. You could also hike through Moss Rock Preserve in Hoover. It’s a 349-acre nature preserve full of natural wildlife, streams, waterfalls and rock formations for you to enjoy over its 12 miles of hiking trails.

Finally, if you want some family-oriented activities, there’s a lot to find in the Birmingham area. Railroad Park is a 19 acre park in downtown Birmingham that offers free exercise, family activities, concerts and more throughout the year. You can also visit the Splash Pad in Greendale. Open during the spring and summer, you’ll find water guns, fountains, pools and more that your kids can use to cool off!

The Birmingham area has a lot to offer for your entire family. This is just a sampling of the free things to do in Birmingham. Get out there and start exploring!

Easy DIY Projects For Your Bedroom

July 8, 2015

Everyone loves to save money while feeling crafty at the same time. There are many “Do It Yourself” projects that are easy to make and will give your bedroom unique and interesting touches that are also inexpensive! Here are seven DIY tips for the bedroom in your Ross Bridge home.

  1. Wooden Tray

When you want to have a lazy morning with breakfast in bed, your very own wooden tray can hold snacks, your cup of coffee and a book. You’ll need to make a trip to Lowes or Home Depot first where you’ll be able to find all of the supplies. Wood, hardware and stain are the only things you have to purchase in order to make this easy project!

  1. Patterned Canvas Baskets

These baskets are really practical and can hold so many different things. They are also foldable so when you’re not using them, you can easily put them in storage so you don’t create clutter in your bedroom. All you’ll need to make these are canvas baskets (usually found at dollar stores), stencils in any design you’d like and fabric paint. This is an easy, therapeutic project with a spectacular outcome!

  1. Dotted Vanity Trays

Making a couple of these to leave around your house will keep you organized in a stylish, simple way. All you’ll need is some craft paper, a small tray in a shape you like and gold paint. These are great bedroom accessories to hold all of your jewelry, make up and nail polish.

  1. Yarn Initials

Big initials are very in right now as a decoration to place on your desk, bedside table, your bookshelf or even hang on the wall. All you need for this DIY project is yarn in a color of your choice and cardboard.

  1. No-Sew Pillowcases

Instead of buying a new throw pillow for your bed, try making an easy no-sew pillowcase in your favorite fabrics. You’ll need a pillow or pillow insert, 3 safety pins and fabric cut accordingly. This is a great way to spruce up your bed whenever you feel like it without spending a fortune!

  1. PVC Shoe Rack

Can’t find the perfect shoe rack to hold your ever-growing collection? All you’ll need to make your own is pipe glue and the right size PVC pipes that fit your shoes. What’s great about this shoe rack is that it is endlessly customizable- you can always add to it! Now you have the perfect excuse to go buy that pair you’ve had your eye on.

  1. Rolling Storage Bins

These are great to put underneath your bed for a stylish looking way to store things. All you’ll need to make these crates are trunk handles or cabinet pulls, wood stain, casters and wood. Depending on how you want to decorate them you may need other supplies as well. Now your storage will be easy to access and look cute all at the same time!

There are many other DIY projects for all of the other rooms in your new home at Ross Bridge. They are fun, creative and inexpensive- what’s better than that? Summer is the perfect time to start getting crafty and redecorate your home with your own personal touches!

Top 3 Breweries in Birmingham

June 24, 2015

What better way to celebrate the start of summer than relaxing with friends and family with an ice-cold beer in your hand? Luckily, Ross Bridge homeowners have their fair share of local breweries to enjoy while residing in Birmingham. There are many different activities you have to check out in Birmingham, but these three breweries should be at the top of your to-do list this summer!

Cahaba Brewing Company

2616 3rd Ave South   Birmingham, Al 

The Cahaba Brewing Company was founded in 2011 by a group of friends that all enjoyed home brewing and craft beer. Joined by their common fascinations, they set out to build a brewery in Birmingham, Alabama. In the perfect location and the appeal of the layout, the building houses the brewery and tasting room. They started brewing their beer in spring of 2012 and officially opened to the public that September. They offer many kinds of beers within their different categories that include core beers, seasonal beers, single-hop series, jump-in series and specialty beers.

Avondale Brewing Company

201 41st Street South, Birmingham, AL 

Locally owned and operated in the heart of the Deep South, the Avondale Brewing Company is helping to give back and build up the community of Birmingham. They have named all of their beers after the folklore of Avondale, Alabama. Not only will you taste some awesome brews, you’ll be getting an interesting history lesson as well. It doesn’t get much better than great stories told while drinking even greater beer. They have four flagship brews and seven seasonal brews which is more than enough reason to check it out!

Good People Brewing Company

114 14th St S, Birmingham, AL

What started out as making beer to share with friends ended up becoming a business- and we sure are glad it did! Good People Brewing Company sold their first keg on July 4th, 2008 and since has been a successful brewery in their hometown of Birmingham. They have 5 year-round brews, four seasonal and the occasional one-off. If you want to try the four highest rated beers in the south, they come from Good People!

There are many more local breweries in Birmingham. Heading over to one of them is a great excuse to get out of the heat and cool down with a one-of-a-kind brew!