Birmingham’s Crestline community is made up of two of the city’s 99 neighborhoods. If you don’t know someone who lives here, you might have been for the area’s “hidden park” or a couple of tasty restaurants in a little shopping strip off Hagood.
We took a look around to see what you might like to know about this tucked-away corner of the city.
1. Where is Birmingham’s Crestline community?
Crestline—not to be confused with the Crestline that is part of Mountain Brook—is across the street from the Jewish Community Center, along Montclair, Oporto Madrid next to what used to be Century Plaza, along Shades Creek behind Mountaindale Drive
Eastwood is tucked between Crestline, Irondale, Gate City, Ruffner, Crestwood South. There’s a hidden little park off of Elder Street called Flora Johnston Nature Park that’s worth checking out.
2. A little history of the Crestline community’s Eastwood neighborhood
Back in 1960, Eastwood Mall (where the Walmart Supercenter currently sits) opened. At the time, it was only the second enclosed shopping mall in the country. Imagine that.
Century Plaza was a relative newcomer on the scene back in 1975, and was a busy shopping center for a long time. Now, it’s home to about a million Mercedes SUVs, held under tight security as they await shipment to locations across the country.
3. What’s special about the Crestline community?
Birmingham’s Crestline neighborhood is a popular place for young people just out of college and families with small kids.
“Hidden Park,” officially known as Crestline Park, is a nice draw for folks in the neighborhood, who can enjoy a quiet, secluded place for a walk or ride while the kids play. There are plenty of shops nearby.
4. Where do locals go to eat or hang out?
There are a couple of nice spots to eat in Birmingham’s Crestline neighborhood and one wine and beer shop.
5. What’s my home worth?
If the idea of moving to a cute little neighborhood a short distance away from a lovely park and some fun places to go out intrigues you, why not find out what your house is worth?
6. What is one thing everyone who visits Birmingham’s Crestline community has to see?
It’s a toss-up, and depends on your age and stage in life. Those with kiddos or dogs, the park’ll win hands down. Those who love the idea of meeting up with friends for a beer or a meal, take your pick of the two restaurants.
7. Any listings in the area?
Check out this sweet home and amazing yard on Brik Realty’s site. Listed at $329,900.
8. Any events coming up?
When you’ve had your fill of doggie massage and fitness, why not head over to Basil on May 11 from 2-10PM for The Good Time Festival. There’ll be beer, bands, and more.
Also, Saw’s Juke Joint runs beer specials every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, often with live music. What’s not to love?
9. Best Instagram spot in Birmingham’s Crestline community?
Besides the park, Saw’s definitely wins for the most photogenic spot. You could take your pick of interesting backgrounds. This little hidden outdoor patio is kind of awesome.
Bonus of Saw’s Juke Joint: potential celebrity sighting of former American Idol, Taylor Hicks, part owner of the restaurant.
Next time you’re driving down Montclair Road from Mountain Brook or Redmont toward Irondale, why not swing a right at Hagood and check out this little corner of Birmingham? If you’re lucky, you’ll find one of the three entrances to Crestline Park, and if you’re not, you can stop at one of these neighborhood hot spots to get refreshments from all that looking. Either way, we know you’ll enjoy the cute houses and cozy feel of the area.