Bessemer has a bit of the small-town charm and offers the tranquility of a village. Bessemer is just 16 miles to the southwest of Birmingham but there are projections that it will overtake the other cities in the area in economic power. You will need to be here to find out how soon that will happen. The abundance of coal, ore, and limestone made this area the center of steel making. Bessemer developed rapidly between the late 19th and early 20th century into an industrial city. The economy is still largely based on manufacturing, but the other sectors have also grown remarkably too. The restaurants in this area contribute tremendously to the economy. They also have a large and diverse menu that also has social implications. People from different cultures often meet here which is great for building harmony. Bright Star Restaurant, for example, is a historic landmark serving Greek-influenced steak and seafood in a classic setting. You can take the fun to Letson Farms Swim & Tennis. This exquisite recreation center with a subtle natural touch offer facilities for tennis and a pool where you can take a dive on a hot day. One thing that is common between a social golfer and PGA pro is that the more often you play the better you become. How would you love to have a golf course in your backyard so that you can play all evening or whenever you deem fit? There is a growing population of new golf course homes in this area with golf courses suitable for social and pro-golfers. The other benefits you will get when you buy one of the homes are low maintenance costs and energy efficiency.