The 1,800-home community of Riverchase is situated in a prime Birmingham metro-area location – near I-65 and I-459, close to the Riverchase Galleria and Patton Creek, in the heart of Hoover.
The community bills itself as the “oldest planned community” in the state, highlighting its gorgeous landscape and family-friendly atmosphere. Riverchase is often billed as a haven from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city, but the metropolitan areas are never too far away.
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Tony’s Hot Dogs
Despite its name, Tony’s Hot Dogs maintains that its most memorable offering is its 10-ounce hand-pattied cheeseburger. But this family-owned greasy spoon restaurant in the Southgate Shopping Center also offers a variety of sandwiches, breakfast plates – and, of course, plenty of hot dogs. This place draws quite a lunch crowd, though, so come early!
This Birmingham-based catering company and restaurant chain specializes in home-style food – chicken salad and pimento cheese, for example are two staples of its café menu. But in addition to its dine-in offerings, Ashley Mac’s Riverchase location also offers a “gourmet-to-go” menu, with a wider variety of frozen entrees, salads and soups. And for families who are looking for a home-style meal but don’t have the time to cook, Ashley Mac’s can prepare ready-to-eat family dinners with just one hour of notice.
The Riverchase Galleria
Riverchase also includes the state’s largest, busiest shopping center. The Galleria complex consists of a two-story, 150-store mall; a 15-story Hyatt Regency hotel; a 14-story office building; and dozens of restaurants and eateries. The Galleria is heading for an exciting future, slated to undergo some major changes in coming years as Hoover officials hope to transition some of the complex into a multi-use, tech-focused “city center.”
Riverchase is contained within the Hoover School System and is zoned for three award-winning schools: Riverchase Elementary School, which was named in 2018 as a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School; Berry Middle School, which was named one of the Best Middle Schools in Alabama by Common Sense Media; and Spain Park High School, which was listed in the Washington Post’s 2015 list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools.
The 18-hole golf course at the Riverchase Country Club has hosted several major events – the SEC Women’s Championship and the Alabama State Amateur Championship, for example – but golf isn’t the only thing this country club has to offer. There’s a state-of-the-art fitness facility, a pool complex and tennis courts, plus dining venues and social events designed to make the club “an extension of your home,” according to its website.
Advice to the Buyer:
“Buyers’ expectations are high and so are sellers’,” RealtySouth’s Kim Rohloff said. “As a buyer, I would just be prepared to give your best offer in the beginning when you write an offer. The market’s competitive and the inventory is low, so really look at something that is going to have good resell value. Look at the location of the home, where the master bedroom is located … . Get all the information you can on a home. How old is the roof, the HVAC, the water heaters? Investigate.”