By Laura McAlister
Whether it’s fishing at the lake or taking a stroll in the park, Liberty Park has become known for its resort-like atmosphere. But to Ben Gardner, that’s not the only thing that makes this Vestavia Hills community unique.
“Really, it’s that attention to detail,” said Ben, the estimate purchaser for Liberty Park. “These are really well-made homes.”
Liberty Park will showcase two of its newer neighborhoods in this year’s Parade of Homes — Hampden Place and Heritage Hills.
Houses in both neighborhoods come in a variety of floor plans offering lots of diversity, and of course both come with the perks of Liberty Park: parks, swimming pools, walking trails and schools within walking distance.
“Liberty Park is just really one of the most gorgeous neighborhoods in the Southeast,” said Tom Patterson, head superintendent. “I’ve been building out here for 14 years with Lifescape Builders, and it’s just really a great community if you’re a family person, and the schools are great.”
Liberty Park has fully furnished models of homes at both Hampden Place and Heritage Hills with agents on hand and open to the public.
If convenience to Liberty Park’s many amenities is what you seek, Hampden Place is the place to be.
Directly off Liberty Parkway, the neighborhood is in walking distance to the lake, as well as the pool and park.
“You’re really in walking distance to everything,” said Carolyn Barton, Liberty Park broker and sales agent. “Your right across from the pool, and then in the other direction is the park. It’s just so close to all the amenities, and everything is joined by sidewalks. It’s just so well located.”
Homes at Hampden Place start in the mid-$500s and range to about $650,000. Ben said they are a mix of slab and basements.
Development of the neighborhood started about three years ago. Ben said it’s about half full with nine homes, including three furnished models.
Although the houses in Hampden Place aren’t as large as some in Liberty Park, the yards are spacious.
“There’s a good space between the homes, and they also have a common area which divides the homes, so they aren’t so close together,” Carolyn said.
Exteriors come in a variety of plans, some of which are brick and others a brick and mortar smear.
Inside, the homes have three-piece crown molding both upstairs and down. There are hardwood floors throughout the main level with carpet in the upstairs bedrooms. The master bedroom is on the main floor; master baths have separate vanities and a separate tub and shower. All bedrooms have large walk-in closets.
Heritage Hills is the newer of the two neighborhoods, and though located a little farther out from the center of Liberty Park, it’s still convenient to all the community’s amenities as well as access to Grants Mill Road and I-459.
The homes are larger than those at Hampden Place and range in price from $689,000 to about $750,000.
“Heritage Hills is a newer area, and I think that the floor plans are just spectacular,” Carolyn said. “Again, we’ve tried to have it appeal to different people who want different things.”
Though there are a variety of home plans to choose from in Heritage Hills, all include laundry rooms on the main and upper level. All the homes have three-car garages and full basements with potential for future expansion.
The open floor plan has hardwoods throughout, with the exception of the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms.
The master is on the main level, and the bath has his-and-her vanities with granite countertops.
Unlike Hampden Place, the bathrooms both upstairs and down have granite countertops. And like the master bedroom, the ones upstairs are spacious with plenty of storage space.
“Really every bedroom upstairs is large enough to be a master,” Ben said.
The kitchens come with gourmet stainless steel appliances and a butler’s pantry. The large porches provide plenty of room for outdoor entertaining.
As with all the neighborhoods in Liberty Park, Carolyn said to expect impeccably maintained common areas and proximity so some of the area’s top schools.
“It’s quality construction, and of course the general appeal of the community and schools,” she said. “If you drive through the community, it’s just very pristine. It’s so well maintained. We didn’t build on every square inch. There are a lot of common areas, and its proximity to 459 is such a plus.”