Michael Collins Allen, AL REALTOR®

Michael Collins Allen became involved in real estate at his family’s property management office while attending the University of Alabama on music scholarship. After college, he grew his own sales brokerage and real estate investment company up to 77 units focusing on student houses and an additional specialized niche of historic homes. One of those historic homes that he purchased housed a little restaurant that he grew into a Fine Dining landmark that won restaurant of the year for 7 out of 10 years straight, was named one of the best kept secrets in the South by Southern Living Magazine, featured in USA Today ​and received the Wine Spectator designation of “One of the Best Restaurants in America.”
​ Michael moved to the Birmingham area in 2012. Then in 2014, he and his long time partner, Jerett New purchased the Moody Mansion, a ca.1887 Victorian in Bessemer that holds title to being Jefferson County’s largest 19th century home. They have documented the progress on Facebook and Instagram and accumulated more followers and friends for the pages than either of them had personally within just a few months. His culinary creations produced there even have their own hashtag: #mansiontestkitchen. Now, Michael shares with his clients his experience with the Moody Mansion restoration, business background and eye for the details at the restaurant, and the 100’s of real estate transactions that he has been a part of over the years, bringing the approach of a true renaissance man on their side.

Feeling equally comfortable in luxury listings, requiring an acquiescence that comes natural to him, and investor properties that require a hard hat and hammer to get through the front door, Michael has already made many lifetime friends through the opportunities of helping clients in his ventures. He has now joined Lawrence, Arendall, and Humphries (LAH Real Estate) of Mountain Brook and expanded his real estate business to include consulting with commercial and residential clients on selling strategy, design, and marketing. Learn about how Michael can help achieve your real estate goals at and his endeavors at The Moody Mansion, the #mansiontestkitchen, his books, and renaissance living at