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Build a Brighter Future

Our new independent living neighborhood, Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood, features charming, cottage-style homes perfectly situated in the heart of our 120-acre campus. This natural, wooded, retreat-like setting along the Cahaba River offers the finest in “modern mountain living,” with the serenity that accompanies having a plan for any future healthcare needs.

Phase One of Cedar Ridge is complete. We are now taking reservations for phase two! Select your lot location and floor plan by contacting Sandi Hall at 205-862-0305. Join us as we build a brighter future together!

Independent Living Cottages

Picture a Modern Mountain Retreat

Our first phase of Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood comprises 8 single-family residences, while phase two will add 10 additional cottages. These two-bedroom cottage-style homes feature open floor plans, natural light, a porch or patio for enjoying the wooded campus, a one-or-two-car garage, and a fireplace.

These beautifully appointed homes deliver authentic independent living. As a Life Plan Community offering the full continuum of care, Kirkwood’s independent living residents are not only free from the hassles of home maintenance, including repairs and yard work, but also free from the worry of how to plan for the future.

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Floorplan Options

Laurel 1320 SF Conditioned,
2084 SF Total
Cumberland 1595 SF Conditioned,
2247 SF Total
Richland 1627 SF Conditioned,
2340 SF Total

Cumberland Walk Through

The Cumberland cottage, part of Kirkwood’s premier Independent Living neighborhood Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood, is at two-bedroom, two-bathroom modern mountain retreat. With approximately 1600 square feet and a two-car garage, this open floor plan boasts a spacious vaulted ceiling and stone fireplace in the living room, stainless steel kitchen appliances, large bedrooms, and ample storage. Enjoy the serenity of Kirkwood’s 120 acres on the Cahaba River from your screened-in back porch.

Services & Amenities

Kirkwood’s expansion offers even more services and amenities to help our residents live an independent, fulfilling life, including:

  • Daily meals in Kirkwood’s newly-renovated dining room
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Maintenance-free living
  • All utilities, except for telephone/Wi-Fi services
  • Expanded basic cable
  • Daily activities, programs, and classes
  • Emergency call system
  • Walking trails, heated pool, fitness center, library, game room, and more.

And most importantly, the full continuum of services for your future healthcare.

Our new campus improvements include a Cafe, a fully-equipped Wellness Center, a billiards room, and upgrades and renovations to our main living area and dining room.

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Phase II

Our Next Exciting Step

We will begin construction on Phase II spring 2024. Talk to us today to learn more about this opportunity and how you can reserve the single-family residence of your choice.


Now taking priority reservations.
Call us today 205-862-0305

Contact Us

Contact Sandi Hall with questions or to talk about next steps as you learn about our community.
Please fill out the form below or call 205.862.0305 to schedule an online introduction.


The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

My time at Kirkwood was spectacular; they taught me how to walk again. The staff was outstanding, and the care was beyond reproach. When I arrived, I had a long way to go. I was very sick. The first night, they had to lift me as I could not move by myself. When I left, they were chasing me down the hallway. They taught me how to perform the activities of daily living again. It was the best care I could have prayed for, and on top of that, the food was spectacular.

Eli Gold Past Resident

I fell in love with the cottage and the view from my back porch. I am excited to have a yard for Ginger, my poodle, to play in and my own garage, all within an established retirement community!

Charlotte Hamilton Current Resident

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

We realized we were approaching an age where we might need more assistance than what just downsizing could provide. Knowing we have my sons nearby and the levels of care should we need it is comforting, and the beautiful hillside, river, and the woods makes it that much more appealing. We don’t know of any other community that has the woods, the various levels of care, and so many different amenities.

Phyllis and John Guschke Current Residents

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

When we learned that Cedar Ridge was being developed, that seemed to fit our needs very well. It is the ideal place for the next phase of our retirement.

Carol and Arthur Stephens Current Residents

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

The community's cottage living surrounded by a wooded, natural environment with access to future healthcare services is what attracted us to Kirkwood!

Rick and Jane Ricketts Current Residents