By Sam Prickett
Hoover’s Green Valley community is a good fit for families who prioritize recreation. It’s a highly walkable neighborhood centered by the Hoover Country Club – a private, state-of-the-art facility with a golf course, swimming pool and tennis courts — and Star Lake park. Green Valley is located along U.S. 31, which means that shopping and dining options in Homewood, Vestavia Hills or at the Riverchase Galleria are just a short drive away.
On the Market
This spacious, all-brick home, listed at $319,000 – is located just blocks away from Hoover Country Club, a Hoover elementary school and Star Lake. The house offers a large driveway, double-car garage and large backyard with some fencing. The main level features mostly hardwoods, a den, a living room with a brick fireplace and an adjoining dining room. A large master bedroom includes a bathroom with a double shower. This home also includes two guest bedrooms with a shared guest bath, and A fourth bedroom and bath on the basement. Agent: Sue Lowery, RE/MAX First Choice
Close to You …
Full Moon Bar-B-Que
This location of the Birmingham-based barbeque chain is open seven days a week and features an assortment of hickory-cooked meats, stuffed baked potatoes and veggies such as fried okra, collard greens and chow chow. You can also try its “Half Moon Cookies,” which Southern Living named one of the “100 dishes to eat in Alabama before you die.”
The Fish Market
Located near the Galleria, this location of Birmingham chef George Sarris’ Fish Market features fresh seafood seasoned with Cajun and Mediterranean spices. This location features an oyster bar and offers take-out options and catering services.
Golden Rule Bar-B-Q
Golden Rule Bar-B-Q has been an institution in the Birmingham area since it opened its first location in Irondale in 1891. The Hoover location opened in 1974 and is the city’s oldest restaurant. Come for the pit-cooked barbeque and the acclaimed baked beans, and stay for the distinctive, nostalgic atmosphere.
The 5-acre Star Lake park is located near the Hoover Country Club and, as its name might suggest, has a large lake, from which catch-and-release fishing is allowed (no swimming or boating, though). The lake is circled by a nearly half-mile walking trail; the park also features a large picnic area.
Green Valley Elementary School has been open since 1963, though it has grown considerably from its original six-room campus. Now, this K-5 school on Old Columbiana Road has an enrollment of 448 students and is ranked the 38th best elementary school in the state by Niche.com.
Formerly known as the Green Valley Country Club, Hoover Country Club is a sprawling recreation facility that features a lush golf course with a golf pro shop, a tennis training complex that includes a tennis pro shop, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a grill that serves lunch and dinner and, of course, a clubhouse.
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