Monthly Archives: February 2006

A Sleepy Little Town Wakes Up

As a resident of Shelby county since the early 1990s, I can recall when the Alabaster area was thought of as a “sleepy little town.”  There were not many businesses around (you had to drive to Pelham or Hoover for quite a few products and services), and shopping in general could only be done on a very modest scale.

Today, you can pop into the WalMart Super Center, Books-A-Million, Belk, or any of the other businesses in Alabaster’s Colonial Promenade shopping center. The center has been open less than a year, but is doing so well that a second phase is already underway (that’s
what all the land clearing along Highway 31 across from the existing mall is about). According to published reports, the new mall, set for opening in 2007, will have Target, JC Penney, Best Buy and T.J. Maxx as tenants.

Colonial Promenade Phase II

It’s pretty obvious that the Alabaster area’s  economy is inspriring a lot of confidence. New restaurants are opening, highway improvement projects are continuing, and the real estate market is very healthy, both for buying and selling.

In fact, the entire Shelby county area real estate market continues to do quite well. I’m seeing a very healthy environment, both for selling and for buying not only in Alabaster, but county-wide. Just look at all the development! The Highway 11 corridor between Pelham/Alabaster and Highway 280 is seeing tremendous growth with scores of new subdivisions.  Alabaster is experiencing very strong growth, as well, both along Highway 17 and along Highway 119 as you head south toward Montevallo. Housing availability is excellent, and there’s a good range of prices.

I’ve always felt that you get more house for your money when you buy in Shelby county, and, judging from the looks of the county’s real estate market, lots of other folks appear to be deciding the same thing.

I can only guess what it would be like for someone who last visited Alabaster just a few years ago to make a return visit to see what the area is like now. I think it’s safe to say that the sleepy little town has awakened!

Call me at 205.356.5412 if I can help you with buying or selling a house. Thanks!


New Web Site

I’m so excited about the launch of our new web site! Today’s technology is truly amazing. Several months ago, I wasn’t even sure what a blog was! I feel this will be yet another way to communicate effectively with people like you who are interested in Real Estate.


Welcome To My Blog!

Hello and welcome! I want to thank you for visiting my website and for checking out my blog. I hope this will become a useful information tool for you as you pursue buying or selling real estate in Shelby county.

I would like to extend a special thanks to Bill Levey at Cahaba Internet, the local company that designed and hosts my site. They have been absolutely outstanding to work with and are making everything you see possible. If you need help with anything website related, they’re the folks to call in Birmingham (205.970.0622,

Check back often, feel free to submit questions, and thanks again for stopping by!

Colleen Black, Realtor
Keller Williams Realty