9 things we love about Birmingham’s Crestline community, including Hidden Park


"Hidden Park" is right in the heart of Birmingham's Crestline neighborhood.
“Hidden Park” is right in the heart of Birmingham’s Crestline neighborhood. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

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

Eastwood Mall was one of the main features of Birmingham's Crestline community's Eastwood neighborhood, back in the day.
An old sign for Eastwood Mall. Photo from Facebook

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 another big feature of the Eastwood neighborhood of Birmingham's Crestline community. Now there are lots of Mercedes SUVs on the site.
If you look closely, you can spot the sign for Aladdin’s Castle, once a popular arcade spot.. People went there to play video games before everyone had games on their phones. Photo from Facebook

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?

Crestline Park is the hidden gem of Birmingham's Crestline community. This is the accessible entrance.
This entrance to Crestline Park is accessible, with a dedicated parking spot and a flat, paved trail. Ideal for wheelchairs, bikes, scooters, or feet. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

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.

Saw's Juke Joint is a popular spot for eating and drinking in Birmingham's Crestline community.
Saw’s Juke Joint in Birmingham’s Crestline neighborhood. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now
Basil Pizza and Bar is a popular spot in Birmingham's Crestline neighborhood for eating and drinking.
Basil Pizza and Bar is another popular place to go in Birmingham’s Crestline neighborhood. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now
Neighborhood Hops and Vine is the local wine and beer shop in the Crestline neighborhood of Birmingham.
Neighborhood Hops and Vine is in the same strip as the two restaurants. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

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?

404 Redwood Street is located in Birmingham's Crestline community.
404 Redwood Street, Birmingham, AL 35210.

Check out this sweet home and amazing yard on Brik Realty’s site. Listed at $329,900.

8. Any events coming up?

Actually, yes!

Basil Pizza and Bar will be hosting the Good Time Festival on May 11 from 2-10PM in the Crestline neighborhood of Birmingham.

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?

Saw's Juke Joint has a nice back patio that could make a decent Instagram-worthy spot.
The hidden patio at Saw’s Juke Joint. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

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.

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