6 things you need to know about Cahaba Heights, including the brand new Overton Village

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If you haven’t ventured into Cahaba Heights recently, you’re in for a treat!  The once sleepy community nestled behind the Summit off 280 is buzzing with change. Find out what’s going on.

Murphree’s Market and Garden Center off of Dolly Ridge Road is one of the city’s oldest farmers markets. Photo submitted

So, What’s New in Cahaba Heights?

The creation of a new Cahaba Heights entertainment district, as well as ongoing efforts to make the area more pedestrian friendly have catapulted the community to new heights. And, it’s only just beginning — the recent boom in activity is expected to continue into 2019 and beyond.

Cahaba Heights will one day be entirely pedestrian friendly, creating more of a village feel to the area. Photo submitted

1. Lace up your kicks

Several plans are either in the works or underway to make the Cahaba Heights area entirely pedestrian friendly in the coming years. According to City of Vestavia City Planner Jeff Downes, the city is working with local developers to improve infrastructure and install sidewalks.

“The residents, developers and city of Vestavia are all working towards the common goal of making Cahaba Heights completely walkable,” said Downes. “There’s strong desire across the board to push across the finish line with this project.”

Currently, areas of focus to add sidewalks include Crosshaven Drive as well as Pump House, Cahaba Heights, Green Valley, Dolly Ridge and Overton Roads.

So, why should you care about sidewalks in Cahaba Heights? As the Washington Post points out, it’s an incredibly effective way to boost the local economy, as well as raise real estate property values.  

It also creates a great opportunity to rollerblade to work. So, there’s that also.

Design renderings for the exterior of Overton Village. Photo submitted

2. Overton Village – a rare luxury residential opportunity

Design renderings for the new condos and townhomes of Overton Village. Photo submitted

Overton Road will soon become the home of Cahaba Heights’ first luxury condos – Overton Village. Sandwiched between Cahaba Heights and Mountain Brook, the development is sure to attract those looking for a luxury home without the hassle of home maintenance. Perfect for those looking to downsize, the condos boast contemporary finishes and plenty of amenities designed to make life a little easier.

Overton Village will be located across from the Overton Road Publix and walkable to many businesses such as local favorite Magic Muffins.

ARC Realty, in partnership with Durham Development, recently put the 23 condos and 7 townhomes up for sale. Interested potential buyers should act quickly if they want to stake a claim to one of the condos set to break ground late spring.

You can get a sneak peek of the village at ARC Realty’s public open house this Tuesday, January 15 from 4PM to 7 PM. The event will take place at ARC Realty offices at 4274 Cahaba Heights Court, Suite 200.

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Whole Hog BBQ Sandwich topped with cole slaw – can’t go wrong! Photo submitted

3. Martin’s Bar-B-Que

People are going absolutely HOG WILD over Martin’s Bar-B-Que, the newest dining establishment in Cahaba Heights. Joining other local standout restaurants like Miss Myras, Sextons, Satterfields in Cahaba Heights, the Tennessee based whole-hog BBQ joint has been packed every night since opening their doors in November.  If you find yourself unable to choose which entree to order first, the Whole Hog BBQ sandwich topped with house made coleslaw can’t be beat! The pretty courtyard dining area is large and well lit – a definite plus for when the weather warms up.

Martin’s is located on the corner of Pump House and Cahaba Heights Road with parking behind the restaurant and above it on the hill.

Wings – another dish you can’t go wrong with at Martin’s! Photo submitted

4. Moving in the right direction

As economic development continues in Cahaba Heights, the city is working with local developers to execute the Cahaba Heights Master Plan.  From its inception in 2008, the plan has called for infrastructure improvements to allow for future development and better traffic flow. Once completed, the end result will be a flawlessly planned community with a village-like feel.

Businesses are liking what they see – there has been an uptick in companies migrating to the area. The relocation of Encompass Health (formerly HealthSouth) and Southern Company headquarters to the Cahaba Heights area, as well as the addition of commercial developments like Patchwork Farms, are all signs that Cahaba Heights market is hot hot hot!

Hummingbird Margarita. Photo by Hilary Meares of Bham Now

5. Local favorite, international flavor

El ZunZún, Cahaba Height’s new buzzworthy Latin American concept restaurant, is owned by Becky Satterfield. You might recognize her last name, as she is also the owner and Executive Pastry Chef of local favorite Satterfield’s Restaurant in Cahaba Heights.

Open since August 2018, El ZunZún has been attracting diners with authentic Latin American cuisine and libations. Try the Hummingbird margarita; you won’t be sorry! El ZunZún is located at  4105 Crosshaven Drive.

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Andrea Lowery serving delicious macarons at Lette. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

6. Macaron, anyone?

Cahaba Heights is home to Lette, Birmingham’s first and only Macaron shop. Opened in August of 2018, Lette boasts a variety of the French inspired treats served up daily. A perfect place to top off your meal after dining next door at recently opened Wintzell’s Oyster House or local favorite Foodbar. You’ll need to get your macarons first, though, as Lette closes most days at 6 PM. Check them out in the Heights Village shopping center.

Remember to mark your calendar for the Overton Village sneak peek Tuesday, January 15 from 4PM to 7 PM at ARC Realty office 4274 Cahaba Heights Court, Suite 200.

What’s your favorite thing about Cahaba Heights?   Let us hear from you.

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