Blachs—once Birmingham’s most celebrated luxury store, now gorgeous condos

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One of Birmingham’s favorite department stores in the 20th century, Blachs converted into high-end condos last year. Learn more about the history of the building, how residents enjoy living in a piece of local history and how you can call these gorgeous condos home.

From clothes to condos

Founded in 1885 by German immigrants, Blach’s store was a popular place to go in the Magic City for clothes, shoes and home goods. After moving to several locations, the store found its permanent location in 1935 at the corner of 3rd Avenue N and 20th Street North in downtown Birmingham. After decades of serving customers, Blachs closed its doors in 1988.

The Art Deco-style of the building became iconic on the north side of downtown Birmingham. As time went on, the surrounding area developed into what we now know as a vibrant entertainment center. Now it is home to Blachs Condominiums, which has retained many of the historic features of the building in the current design.

Learn more about the history of Blach’s store.

The new Blachs

Today, Blachs has transformed into some of downtown’s most popular high-end condos. The luxury condos range from 818-1624 square feet and feature all new renovations with the latest appliances and cabinets, tons of storage space and plenty of light. 

The recent renovations are a huge purchasing point for many Blachs’ residents, along with the building’s lengthy history in Birmingham. 

Here’s what two current residents had to say about their experience:

“Everything is beautiful and my condo has really nice appliances. Inside my home, there are the original brick walls that are just wonderful. My many windows bring in the natural light that is gorgeous. These are some of the things that made me really fall in love with it.”

Dr. Daniel Avery, Blachs’ first resident

“I love my condo, especially the exposed brick, open kitchen, and original hardwood floors. It has so much character, it’s not your run of the mill condo, even in the hallways. Inside mine you can see metal from an original elevator.”

Lee Ann Nelson, Blachs resident

Does this sound like your next home? Schedule a tour of Blachs Condos today.

In the middle of it all

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Blachs is within walking distance of all your favorite Downtown Birmingham activities. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Located on the corner of 3rd Avenue and 20th Street, Blachs is nestled in the middle of some of Birmingham’s favorite stores, restaurants and entertainment spaces. 

Here’s just a handful within walking distance:

“One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday afternoon is walk around Birmingham’s Northside with my girlfriend. We stop in some of the shops and restaurants that are open like Neon Moon. I also enjoy taking my kids to McWane Science Center, which is only two blocks away from Blachs. We love being in the middle of downtown and so close to everything.”

Dr. Daniel Avery, Blachs resident

Get ’em while they’re hot

In total, Blachs has 24 condos, with 12 available right now. With tons of new features and amenities, they’re delightful living spaces that are perfect for anyone looking to live in the heart of downtown Birmingham.

Here are a few of the features, amenities and options at Blachs:

  • Exposed brick
  • Indoor parking with security features
  • Renovated kitchens and bathrooms
  • Available storage units
  • Stunning views of the area
  • Planned rooftop terrace

You can keep up with the condos at Blachs below:

  • Location: 300 20th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 10AM-5PM, Saturday 11AM-4PM, Sunday 1PM-4PM
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If living right in the heart of downtown sounds like your idea of awesome, reach out and schedule a tour with Blachs Condos today.

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