I am on the north side too bruh! I did look at a lot of real estate in Crestwood South too. Oranjello If y'all are looking in Mountain Brook, Homewood and Vestavia and can comfortably afford what would be your "forever home" there knock it out. However if y'all are looking to get your feet wet in Bham real estate while you get used to the City I'd consider the other areas mentioned. I think the best part about Birmingham is that it isn't small but it also isn't huge. That being said traffic to certain areas at certain times is awful and some areas just feel isolated. There are certain nice areas and burbs near the city that I would never live in just bc of isolation and traffic headache reasons. I would also caution I am getting the sense the Bham real estate market is probably getting close to a bubble. Stuff is sitting longer than it used to. That could and likely will change at least at the beginning of next spring but if you feel like something is way over priced I'd be wary.