I’m back today with a fun tour of Lake Martin, AL from the vantage point of a boat ride. We had such a nice weekend getaway with Mark’s sister and brother-in-law as well as his parents. The time away definitely made me forget about the pandemic for a few days and the weather was perfect. Lake Martin is a 44,000-acre reservoir with over 750 miles of wooded shoreline. It’s a big lake that’s very spread out and a gorgeous hidden gem in AL. It’s very popular with AL natives for 2nd homes as well as Georgia people.
Come along for a boat tour of homes on Lake Martin. I visited Lake Martin for the first time when I was living in Birmingham and it’s been at least 11 or 12 years since I’ve been there. It’s still the pretties lake I’ve ever seen. Our GA lakes don’t even come close to the beauty of Lake Martin in my opinion.
Kim and David are in a secluded slough (pronounced sloo) on Lake Martin in The Harbor neighborhood. It’s quiet and peaceful and it was fun to watch everyone on their docks, floating in the water and enjoying the weekend weather. This is a neighboring house.
And this one is too. Notice the waterfalls that many people build on the sloped properties. There is a lot of beautiful landscaping and rocks brought in for rustic beauty.
I won’t talk about every picture, but enjoy the views. I love that Lake Martin has a variety of homes, all unique. Some are big and some are small cottages and it was nice to see both.
I loved this little lake cottage with the screened porch across the back.
Mark and I on the boat.
Someone told me this little island has a name, but I can’t remember it now. It’s a house on it’s own little island near some other houses.
Chimney Rock is a famous vantage point on Lake Martin. Note the graffiti and it has two spots for rock jumping that people use, a lower one and upper one. That upper one looks pretty harrowing to me! The first day we were out, there were only jumpers on the lower rock.
But the next day, the top rock had jumpers. We heard a man jumped off while we were there from the top rock and had to be air lifted to the hospital, so accidents do happen here. Kim said it happens quite often that people get hurt jumping. Definitely not something I would do even from the lower one.
You can see a jumper here on the lower rock.
And one on the upper rock jumping here.
So many beautiful homes on Lake Martin.
Lots of rock brought in on this lot and such a pretty look from the water.
Another neighboring house to their house. I loved this one and it just sold.
Another view of the house I called Tara, it was stunning and all decked out for Memorial Day.
Mark was relaxed and enjoying the ride.
I remember seeing this house the last time I was at Lake Martin, but this one is famous for being the former home of convicted felon and businessman Richard Scrushy from Birmingham. He built this house, I think and it’s something else! This is the side view with the boat house and docks.
And this is the front of the house. It sits on a beautiful point. I have no idea who owns it now, but it will forever be known as the Scrushy house I imagine. We just watched a documentary about him on Netflix, part of the Trial by Media series and it was so interesting. I heard that story when I was living in Birmingham, but it was interesting to see the whole thing.
This house was one of my favorite. Reminds me of Cape Cod and Nantucket.
Another shot of it.
Loved this little cottage on a beautiful grassy point.
They took us to see this home of lawyer Jim Scott, who is famous around Lake Martin for his gardens. It was gorgeous but my pics really don’t do it justice. There were plants and garden art all over and the house was so pretty tucked into the woods. I found out the house was a Bobby McAlpine designed house.
This article from Birmingham Home and Garden, A Not So Secret Garden tells the story of Jim’s garden and how it came to be as well as lots of gorgeous pictures. We only saw it from the boat, so I can imagine what a treat it is to see and go to a party there. Definitely do yourself a favor, click that link and go read it!
If you want to see more pics of Jim’s garden, here’s a Style Blueprint article with yet even more pics. I loved his quote in that article, “I’ve killed about a million unhappy Yankee plants, and everybody says you can’t grow them in the South, and, by God, I prove that they are absolutely right.”
And that’s a wrap from Lake Martin, AL! Hope you enjoyed this tour. We sure enjoyed being there!