10 Apartments for rent in Jasper, AL with Balconies
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The Alabama city was once one of the world's biggest producers of coal. James Cain and Steve Busby were active in mining, handling, and shipping coal back in the early 1830s. They were the first coal operators in Walker County. In the late 1800s and the early 1900s, the huge underground mines brought into the area thousands of workers from many European countries.
The town slogan of "working people, working together" still describes the salt-of-the-earth, down-home people who work hard and are there for their neighbors. Just 40 miles northwest of Birmingham, Jasper is within Alabama's coal belt. It shouldn't be surprising then that Jasper's history includes time as a mining center. Today, its economy is more diversified with timber and poultry processing also contributing to the town's growth over the years.
The area that is now present-day Jasper was settled in the early 1800s. Named after Revolutionary War hero, Sergeant William Jasper, the town was incorporated in 1886. It was around this time that the town saw a major growth spurt when railroads first started coming to the area from as far away as Memphis, Kansas City, and southern parts of Alabama. The town saw some Civil War excitement when Union troops marching towards Selma, Alabama, stopped in Jasper long enough to torch the courthouse and other buildings and "appropriate" supplies from residents. More excitement, although a subdued version of it, happened for the town when President Franklin Roosevelt came to town to attend the funeral of resident and state politician William Bankhead. See more
Balconies are a coveted amenity for many renters looking for high-rise views and opportunities for fresh air. However, you should keep in mind that balconies often come with restrictions.
Before signing a lease, ask about how many people can be on the balcony at once. Also, ask about whether you’re allowed to store a bike or other items.
You’ll also want to know about any maintenance schedules. Using your balcony as storage could result in fines and intervention from your property management.
Keep in mind that not all balconies are created equally. You may discover the views of the parking area are less than optimal or reduce your overall privacy.
Balconies can also get messy with debris, foliage, dirt, and pollen depending on your location. Renters are typically responsible for any clean-up and basic balcony upkeep.
Regardless of the issues to keep in mind, balconies are usually a big win for Jasper renters. Ask about apartments on higher floors for the best views.