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Alabaster, AL

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<h2>Welcome to Alabaster</h2><p>Alabaster is a young, fast growing town in the Heart of Alabama. Just 17 miles south of downtown Birmingham, this Shelby County community has a focus on family, with lots of green space and a solid school system. Alabaster was ranked number 85 in Money Magazine&rsquo;s 100 Best Places to Live in 2009.</p><p>First things first: before hitting our apartment finder check out our Apartment Guide for some hints, tips, and tricks on finding the best place for you, be sure to visit the LocalTalk page to get an inside look at this fast-growing locale. Wondering where to find the best pizza in town? Or maybe you&rsquo;d like to know where the most kid-friendly location is? Any questions you can come up with can be asked and answered by using our &ldquo;Ask a Question&rdquo; feature. Just input your questions and a local expert will come back with an answer as soon as possible. Once you&rsquo;ve had all your questions answered, head to our apartment finder and begin your search.</p><h2>Alabaster Rental Trends</h2><p>Whether you&rsquo;re looking for something roomy for you and your Great Dane, something simple with easy access to downtown Birmingham, or a family-friendly apartment building with a pool and park area, our apartment finder will help you find the best deal on the perfect place for you. Check out the table above to get an idea of the average cost of a rental in Alabaster.&nbsp; Ready to start your search? Begin by checking out some of the more popular rentals below.</p><h2>Hubba Hubba</h2><p>Calling all skaters, buds, and dudes alike: Veterans Skate Park is the place for skating down rails, bullnoses, and hubbas (those terms may not mean much to us non-skater folks but they sure sound cool.) This awesomely radical 15,000 square foot concrete skate park opened in 2006 and has become a hit with skateboarders all across the country.</p><h2>Shopping in the Air</h2><p>The Colonial Promenade Alabaster is an open-air shopping center that opened in 2005. The huge center is the largest in Shelby County and is a constantly happening place. From Wal-Mart and Bed Bath &amp; Beyond to Old Navy, Radioshack, and Cold Stone Creamery, residents head to the promenade for all their shopping needs. There are also a variety of restaurants at the Promenade to choose from and the first-rate Amstar Movie Theater. So you can shop til you drop, fuel up on a good meal, and check out the latest flick. Your night is planned!</p><h2>Festival Fetish</h2><p>Alabaster sure knows how to throw a festival. Every year Alabaster throws one of the largest festivals in Shelby County. CityFest has not been around all that long (the festival started in 2003) but it has managed to become one of the most popular festivals in the area. Thousands of visitors head to CityFest to enjoy the main attraction: rocking live music. There are also rides, games, vendors, and special activities for kids like pony rides, special presentations, and arts and crafts. Alabaster residents look forward to this one all year round.</p><h2>Christmas in Alabaster</h2><p>One of Alabama&rsquo;s largest Christmas parades takes place in Alabaster every year. It&rsquo;s sponsored by the city&rsquo;s Beautification Board and features a parade with over 100 beautifully decorated floats, vehicles, and trailers. Dance troops, horses, and Santa Claus himself are all a part of making this parade a resident favorite.</p><h2>Birmingham, biggest city in Alabama</h2><p>Alabaster residents love to take advantage of that big city access by enjoying what Birmingham, the biggest city in Alabama, has to offer. Catch a special screening at the historic Alabama Theatre, see your favorite bands at the Verizon Wireless Music Center, soak up some culture at the Birmingham Museum of Art, or visit the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Throughout the year Birmingham is home to plenty of special events and festivals that Alabaster residents can easily catch. The Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, the Southern Heritage Festival, and the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival are just a few of the cool things going on in this happening city. There&rsquo;s the Birmingham Zoo, the Talladega Super Speedway, the Civil Rights Museum&hellip; your right next door to endless opportunities for days and nights filled with exhilarating education, art, and fun.</p>

Getting Around in Alabaster, AL

Walk Score®
"Somewhat Walkable"
Transit Score®
The average commuter time in Alabaster is:
45 to 59 minutes
Explore info about this city
  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 5.05%
  • 15.48%
  • 6.81%