The small city of Springville is home to only around 2,500 residents but like many small cities in the Greater Birmingham Area it is growing and attracting new families all the time. Springville is about 30 miles north east of downtown Birmingham, and with easy access onto I-59 the journey time is around 30 minutes, depending on traffic. The quaint historic downtown of Springville has shops and services including banks, restaurants, antique stores, gas stations, grocery stores, churches and schools, so there’s everything you need right on your doorstep when you live in Springville.
Established in 1877 the city of Springville is an attractive historic Alabama community. The downtown area still has historic buildings and homes, and the settlement originally grew thanks to an underground spring that provided water for the area. The town was first known as Big Springs, after those springs, but later renamed Springville.
Being such a small city the number of homes in Springville listed for sale at one time is going to be fewer than in the neighboring larger cities, so bear this in mind when looking at real estate here. If you’re able to wait until the summer there are always more homes for sale in Springville during the summer months, giving buyers more choices. In the last five years the median list price has been progressing upward as the rural atmosphere of the city becomes a more popular alternative to the bigger urban areas. There have been peaks and troughs but on the whole the median list price has climbed from a low of $182,900 in spring 2012 to a high of $229,900 where it sits currently.
The family friendly atmosphere is highlighted by the fact that almost all homes are single family homes and there are rarely any condos or townhouses listed for sale.
According to the website AreaVibes Springville is an “exceptionally livable” city and is ranked number 25 out of all cities in Alabama. The city ranks best for a low cost of living, low crime rates and sunny weather plus it also scores highly for education with the percentage of students completing high school sitting just above the national average.
If you are buying a family home in Springville there are three public schools in the city and they come under the St. Clair County School District. Schools here cover all ages from elementary to high school so your children won’t have to travel to another town for their education.
In the heart of town, just off Main Street is a popular park. Big Springs Park has walking trails, fishing, children’s play area and a splash park. The Springville Splash Pad is very popular during the summer with kids and families looking to cool down. There are also parks in Springville where you can play baseball, soccer and softball. For more information on parks and other amenities in the city, see the City of Springville website. Just outside the city is the popular Homestead Hollow where three annual festivals always draw large crowd.
Considering the size of Springville the city has a great choice for dining out whether you like fast food or taking your time over a meal.
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