7 reasons to visit Cahaba Heights, including tasty food + 4 new developments


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I can’t quite decide which part of this meal seems the tastiest. Photo via Crestline Bagel’s Facebook page

If you’ve been waiting for the right reason to visit Cahaba Heights, wait no more. If you haven’t been there for a while, you’ll be surprised at all the ways this little area continues to grow and change. And if you’re considering refinancing or buying a new home, Caliber Home Loans, located in Cahaba Heights near the intersection of Crosshaven and Green Valley, can help. 

I lived in Cahaba Heights when the tornado ripped through in the early morning of April 27, 2011. Nearly a decade later, Cahaba Heights has come back stronger than ever. Here’s a taste of the town plus a sneak peek at things to come.

1. Cahaba Heights has a lovely small-town feel with delicious local restaurants + bigger chains

Restaurants bring big flavor to Cahaba Heights. Here are just a few that are back in business: 

Places to grocery shop

Keep an eye out for when other favorites will reopen and follow ShopCahabaHeights on Facebook for regular updates.

Caliber Home Loans was created by industry experts to make home financing easier for you. If you’re thinking of refinancing or buying a home, contact your local Caliber Home Loans today, located in Cahaba Heights.

2. Many of the Mom + Pop shops that give Cahaba Heights its character are open for business

From Cahaba Heights Hardware, which has been in the area since 1948, to more recent arrivals such as The Retreat Day Spa, you’ll find a lot of character in Cahaba Heights. 

Here are some of the shops that are now open: 

Clothing + Shoes


Gifts + Flowers

Beauty + Wellness

3. Overton Park is a great place to enjoy the outdoors + you can get great challah next door

Overton Park in Cahaba Heights
Overton Park, from “the before times,” when my kids had such little feet. Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Any child who lives in the area (and plenty who live farther afield) has played at Overton Park. It’s also a popular spot for birthday parties, dog walking and leisurely walks. 

If you’re lucky enough to be in the area on a Friday between around 11 and 3PM, you’ll want to stop by Chabad of Alabama for some of their delicious fresh-baked challah. Your French toast will never be the same.

4. Milo’s is coming to the old Rite Aid + new streetscapes

When I asked current residents and shopkeepers what they’re most excited about in the area, a lot of them said the widening of Crosshaven and the sidewalks that are coming soon. 

Also, Milo’s Hamburgers will be moving into the former Rite Aid on Crosshaven by mid-fall 2020.

5. Parkside at Dolly Ridge + new athletic fields are on the way

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I’d like to lie on a blanket and look at those clouds float by. Photo via Harbert Realty

For people who would like to do even more of their shopping in Cahaba Heights, soon they’ll be able to at Parkside at Dolly Ridge. Look for offices and retail near Cahaba Heights Elementary School, on Dolly Ridge Road. The original date for completion is in the final quarter of 2020.

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Anybody in the mood for baseball? Photo via Harbert Realty

It’ll tie in with the city’s master plan and a new athletic complex that’s being built behind the school. You’ll be able to enjoy batting cages, baseball fields, walking trails, a dog park and more These will be open to the community when they’re done. The original completion date for this project is summer of 2020. 

6. Cahaba Heights Corner is coming between Martin’s BBQ + Philadelphia Baptist Church

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Rendering of a proposed new development in Cahaba Heights. Rendering via ArchitectureWorks

On Pumphouse Road between Martin’s BBQ and Philadelphia Baptist Church will be a 1.5-acre mixed-use development. This is brought to you by Fresh Hospitality, the same people who brought Birmingham Taziki’s, Big Bad Breakfast and Martin’s BBQ. 

Look for 7,750 square feet of office space and 3,600 feet of retail space.

7. A whole new neighborhood called Helen Ridge is on the way

Cahaba Heights development
What Helen Ridge, near Blue Lake, may look like. Rendering via Helen Ridge’s Facebook page

Harris Doyle Homes is currently building a new community with 48 homes called Helen Ridge just off the intersection of Sicard Hollow and Cahaba Heights Roads. If you’re coming from 280 or The Colonnade, the entrance is just past Blue Lake on the right-hand side. 

If you’re in the market to buy or refinance a home, whether in Cahaba Heights or in the Greater Birmingham Area, contact Caliber Home Loans in Cahaba Heights.

You’ll find them at 4009 Crosshaven Drive, Vestavia, AL 35243. Call 205.533.6703 or email

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