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By Jan Milstead | Agent in Birmingham, AL

Pelham - Voted The Best Place to Raise Kids in Alabama - 2013

Of all the places to live in Jefferson and Shelby County, one might be tempted to ask, “Why live in Pelham?” However, there are several factors that makes Pelham special.

Named for Confederate American Civil War officer, John Pelham, the city of Pelham was recently named The Best Place to Raise Kids in Alabama   by Bloomberg Businessweek and is one of the fastest growing cities in Alabama. Pelham is both a city and suburb of Birmingham. The population in Pelham is on the rise, haven risen approx. 49% between the 2000 US Census report (14,369) and the 2010 US Census Report (21,352).  For more information – visit:  www.PelhamOnline.com

Pelham is located in Shelby County, which ranks among the 100 highest-income counties in the United States . Shelby County School System is one of the best systems in the state of Alabama. For more information, please visit : www.shelbyed.k12.al.us

Local attractions located in Pelham include:

Oak Mountain Amphitheater – Alabamas largest outdoor concert venue – past concerts have included, Sheryl Crow, The Counting Crows, Maroon 5, Melissa Etheridge, Widespread Panic, Phish, Tim McGraw, Allan Jackson, Dave Matthews Band – and so on. Upcoming concerts for 2013 include: Keith Urban & Little Big Town, Luke Bryan & Thompson Square, Matchbox Twenty & The Goo Goo Dolls.

Pelham Racquet Club – A public tennis facility consisting of 20 clay courts and 5 hard courts. Tournaments, lessons, league play, and socials are active year round. Racquet stringing services and a complete pro shop are also available.

Pelham Civic Complex & Ice Arena –  Shelby County’s finest entertainment, conference and banquet facility.   Featuring two NHL-sized ice arenas (one that easily transforms into 30,000-square feet of exhibition space), a Skating School, Skating-Birthday Party Rooms, and 7,000 square feet of elegant banquet and conference space.

Oak Mountain State Park – over 50 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails set in a picturesque 9,940-acre park, Day-use picnic facilities include large picnic pavilions, picnic tables with grills, two fishing lakes and one recreational lake with pedal boat and canoe rentals, a sandy beach swimming area, a large open playing field, ample shoreline for bank fisherman and a boat launch for your personal boat (no gas operated motors, but electric trolling motors invited). Also – 18 hole golf course with pro shop & driving range, mountain bike trails, demonstration farm, and rental horseback riding facilities.

Ballantrae Golf Club – Ballantrae offers a fast, fun and friendly 18 hole course designed by internationally renowned architect Bob Cupp. Meandering through a scenic valley surrounded by gorgeous southern Birmingham woodlands and breathtaking views, Ballantrae Golf Club has it all.

Pelham Neighborhoods I have blogged about include:

Ballantrae – Inspired by towns built along the Scottish coastlines and home to Ballantrae Golf Club, Ballantrae features 17 Unique neighborhoods with opportunities for New Homes available.
Homes offered in these neighborhoods range from cottage style garden homes to full estate properties with prices ranging from the high $100’000′s to $1,000,000.  View photos of Ballantrae –

Weatherly – to come

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