To answer your question, Homewood is an excellent area. Great parks, neat shops, an excellent bakery that people all over Birmingham use, coffee shops, everything right there easily available. During a typical drive through Homewood you will see people walking and jogging down the sidewalks, the park will have lots of people in it. It is a GREAT area! Any commute to work or school in the downtown area would be very quick from Homewood. Homewood does have its own schools system, and it is a very desireable area. While you may not have children, the school system certainly affects resale so it is something to consider. Also Birmingham was ranked in the top 10 best performing real estate markets recently by CNN's Money (actually #3), which is excellent news when you are considering purchasing a home. FYI, the average home price in Birmingham is $150,000, and Homewood is above average. To give you some specific examples, we recently listed an 1100 sq ft home in Homewood for $189,900, and that is lower than average pricing in Homewood. Another home we listed and sold in one day was in the $220's -- this home was in need of repairs and in an excellent area of Homewood. If your price range is higher, you certainly have a lot of great options in Homewood. If your price range is lower, you may want to look at some other areas or consider a condo. Having lived and worked in the Birmingham area for over 20 years, with children heavily involved in sports, I am very familiar with other excellent schools systems in our area as well, and my office is in Homewood also. Feel free to do some research on my website where you can search Birmingham MLS listings and see what is out there for yourself if you'd like. If you need any assistance, I would welcome the opportunity to serve your real estate needs.