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1617 28th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35209

2 beds 2 baths 1,080 sqft

This 2 bed 2 bath home is the perfect starter home to show your parents and friends that you have it together.

The front porch leads you into a nice living room that has plenty of sunlight and a fireplace. To really impress your friends, put your coffee table there and put a bowl of lemons on top of a book or put a flower from the front yard in a vase. Bask in the sunshine beaming through the windows. Avoid your guests in the master bedroom.

The master bath has a stand-up shower. Would you rather take a bath? The second bathroom has a tub/shower combo. Start a bath and switch to a shower if you are indecisive.

The kitchen has granite countertops, an eat-in area, and tile floors. There is also a large pantry which is perfect for storing your gluten-free Bisquick. On one of Birmingham's 3 spring days, eat on the porch. The back porch overlooks a large backyard which is enclosed by a privacy fence. Live your dreams through your kids by playing sports in the yard. Wake up in the morning and let the dog outside while you stay inside. Beat the birds to pick blueberries from the bush, or pick rosemary. Find a creative recipe that uses blueberries and rosemary. The point is that they are there and have somehow survived.

From the kitchen you can access the dry basement or the back porch. The basement has plenty of storage for all the stuff that you pack up and move and are planning on going through one day. Tell your mom the home has a basement "in case of storms" and she will almost certainly nod in approval. Text your friends that "they are welcome to come use your basement" when James Spann interrupts your regularly scheduled tv programming to tell you about weather and respect the polygon from the comfort of the basement. It's unfinished, but you will be dry. Also, there is a one-year old heat pump. You will likely be the envy of your peer group because of your reasonably priced utility bills. If you need to leave just set the alarm and go. (It is wired for an alarm system, but you have to get your own account).

The location of this home is excellent. You will have no problem getting your fitbit steps in each day. Walk your dog to Homewood Park. Carry your kettlebells to Iron Tribe fitness. Ride your unicycle to Octane Coffee or O'Henry's.

Take your child to the Creative Montessori School or just toss them over the fence in the backyard to get them there quicker because you are running behind because getting a kid ready in a timely fashion is difficult. (Disclaimer: Don't throw kids). Plan dinner with a friend for Little Donkey or Dave's Pizza, sushi, Zoe's, or Urban Cookhouse, but walk over by yourself early and eat a Steel City Pop pre-dinner. After dinner, suggest that you and your friend get a SC Pop as if it is your first. Or Walk to Dreamcakes or the Edgewood Creamery. It won't matter because you can throw on your Lululemon and work it off at pure barre, iFit, Sweat and Gears, or the Homewood Community Center/gym.

Better yet, walk to the farmer's market at Soho in that apparel to demonstrate your affinity for an active lifestyle. If you hate working out, just buy bigger clothes at one of the many shops in downtown Homewood. Worried about your soul? Walk to church at Dawson Baptist or Trinity Methodist depending on the age you were baptized. If that isn't your style, the home is convenient to 280, downtown Birmingham, and the interstate so you can go to the faith of your choosing. I don't care. If you would rather sleep in on Sunday, the street is very quiet.

If you work downtown you can choose I-65 north, 280, or you could bypass them altogether and head up 20th street to drop into the back of Southside/UAB.




When buying a home, most people probably first think of the financial responsibility. Don't let yourself forget, however, about the time and labor that home ownership also requires. Just like regular oil changes for your car keep your engine happy and healthy, keeping up with regular home maintenance tasks will keep you from future headaches and wasted money. It can be intimidating to think about these various tasks, especially if you're a new homeowner. It's a long list - there's no denying that. The good news is that you can do the majority of it on your own without much experience. Google is your best friend, and if you really get stuck, call up your local handyman to help you out. Read all of KEEP YOUR HOUSE IN TIP-TOP SHAPE: AN INCREDIBLY-HANDY HOME MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST



From relaxing in the hammock to barbecuing or gardening, your yard becomes a sanctuary in summer. Whether you work or play outdoors, your surroundings can help foster your well-being beyond the benefits of fresh air. This summer, turn your outdoor space into an oasis of health for you and your family. The key is to balance the five elements - air, water, fire, earth, and space - within your sanctuary. Read all of CREATE AN OUTDOOR SANCTUARY IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD



·       *Plant a lavender hedge around an onion patch to protect them from onion maggot, and lavender bushes around fruit trees to deter codling moth.

·        *Rosemary planted near carrots deters carrot fly and bean beetle. Sprigs of rosemary placed with clothes will repel moths and silverfish.

·        *Put sage bushes near doorways to keep ants away. Planted in the vegetable garden, sage is believed to keep mice away.

·        *Plant fennel near doorways and windows to repel flies and mosquitos. Place fresh leaves in your pet’s bedding and rub through its coat to ward off fleas.

·        *Use both annual and perennial chamomile flowers to make an anti-fungal spray by pouring one liter of boiling water over two firmly-packed cupfuls of fresh flowers. Steep, then strain.

·        *Protect cabbage, beans, and tomatoes by planting basil nearby.

·        *Citronella oil is a general insect repellant, and can be used as bait to trap and drown codling moth and male fruit flies.

*Garlic spray can be used to kill or repel a range of pests such as: aphids, woolly aphid, bean fly, stink and horned bugs, crickets, and grasshoppers.

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