How to find the perfect lakeside property in Birmingham


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Would you like to live in a house like this right on the lake? Photo via LAH Real Estate

Summer weather got you missing the lake? If you’re looking for a stunning home on the water, or land to build your dream home, there are many options in the Birmingham area. We spoke with two local experts from LAH Real Estate to learn more.

Why Land or Lake Property?

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The view from Eagle Pointe Lane #22, one of Dana Ellison’s listings in Pell City. Photo via LAH Real Estate

Whether you’re looking to find a home on the lake, have a place for the kids to ride four-wheelers or just want somewhere to get away from the hustle & bustle of city life, its hard to go wrong with acres of private land or a lakefront home. With more space to spread out, these kinds of properties are becoming increasingly popular as summer draws nearer.

So what kind of lakefront properties are in the Birmingham market? We spoke with Bill Warren and Dana Ellison, two local experts with LAH Real Estate, to find out.

Bill Warren

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Bill Warren on the hunt for new commercial property in Birmingham. Photo via LAH Real Estate

With over 22 years of experience in local real estate, Bill Warren is one of the foremost experts on large commercial properties in the Birmingham area. Although he sells buildings and other commercial properties in the city, Bill specializes in finding recreational land properties for his clients in the Birmingham area. In fact, Bill spends his afternoons prospecting in areas of town where he’d like to find more listings.

Why are people looking for land in Birmingham?

Bill: “Right now, it seems like everybody is looking for land. Interest rates are low, people want space due to the pandemic, there are a lot of factors—but my phone won’t stop ringing!”

What are your clients typically looking for when they buy land in Birmingham?

Bill: “I’ve had clients that are hoping to build a home, and some that just want the land. People love water features—creeks, ponds, rivers, lakes and more. They aren’t making any new land, so I have a lot of clients who are trying to buy before the prices increase.”

What do you enjoy about selling land?

Bill: “My favorite part about selling land is the stories. I love finding out the history of these properties I sell—to quote somebody else, ‘onions are jealous of the layers of information on a piece of property.'”

Want to check out Bill Warren’s listings? Click here for the full list.

Dana Ellison

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Dana Ellison of LAH Real Estate. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Since she first started working in real estate in 2010, Dana Ellison has grown her business to become one of LAH Real Estate’s strongest agents. Based out of Pell City, Dana is the expert on lakefront property at Logan Martin, one of the hottest markets in the area.

Why are people looking at lakefront property near Birmingham?

Dana: “A ton of people want to go green and be more self-sufficient by planting their own organic gardens, raising chickens for eggs and just working the land. Since the pandemic essentially made vacations obsolete, I’ve seen a big uptick in clients who just want a place to enjoy the great outdoors.”

Aside from the lake, what are some of the benefits of living at Logan Martin?

Dana: “There is so much to do at Logan Martin. We have a fantastic marina, with great restaurants that you can dock at to grab a bite. Plus, Pell City has a lakeside park with covered pavilions and public boat launches. We’ve had so many outdoor events at the park—in fact, Black Jacket Symphony played here recently.”

Click here to view some of Dana Ellison’s stunning listings along Logan Martin.

Learn More About Lakeside Living with LAH Real Estate

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Bill Warren and Dana Ellison of LAH Real Estate. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

If you’re looking for that perfect lakefront property or hoping to find an ideal plot of land, you can’t go wrong with the expertise of Bill Warren and Dana Ellison. Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have!

Are you on the lookout for your dream home in Birmingham? Tag us @bhamnow to let us know!

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