Crestline, one of the three unique villages in Mountain Brook, is a very popular neighborhood—especially for young families. We spoke with David Tanner—a long-time resident of Crestline and an agent with LAH Sotheby’s International Realty—to see why he and his family love living in Crestline.
Meet David Tanner
After graduating from Ole Miss, David began his career in real estate there in Oxford, Mississippi. However, when his wife, Taylor was accepted to a residency program at Princeton Baptist, the Tanners made the decision to move back to The Magic City. That’s when David joined the team at LAH Sotheby’s International Realty.
“I heard that they were opening a new branch in Crestline, so I reached out to the broker, Scott Boudreaux, about joining the team. I know it sounds cliche, but everyone at LAH Real Estate goes out of their way to make others have what they need—it really is one big family.”David Tanner, Licensed Real Estate Agent, LAH Sotheby’s International Realty
Why David and Taylor love living in Crestline
Earlier this year, David and Taylor—along with their newborn, John-David—made the decision to move from Vestavia Hills to Crestline. However, David was no stranger to Crestline—in fact, he grew up in the neighborhood just down the road from the O’Neal Library.
“I grew up in Crestline and I really want my children to be able to have the same experience growing up that I did. We’re both really excited to be back in Crestline—the walkability is unbeatable and the community is so tight-knit. Although there have been some changes over the years, Crestline still has the same feel as it does when I was a kid—that’s what I really love about living here.”David Tanner, Licensed Real Estate Agent, LAH Sotheby’s International Realty
Although David and Taylor both loved living in Vestavia Hills, they decided to move to Crestline after an opportunity presented itself at the right time.
“I’ve always loved the family-friendly atmosphere here in Crestline. David introduced me to the neighborhood when we were still in college, and we’d always walk to the Village to go shopping or grab dinner with his parents, so this area has always been appealing to me.”Dr. Taylor Tanner
Why Crestline appeals to young families
1. Crestline is very walkable
Since many Birmingham-area neighborhoods are located on or around Red Mountain, a leisurely stroll can easily turn into a strenuous hike—especially in the sweltering Alabama summer heat.
“We loved Vestavia Hills, but we did live in a very hilly neighborhood, so when we had John-David we wanted to move somewhere that was a little more walkable. Plus, we see a lot of other families with kids the same age.”Dr. Taylor Tanner
In addition to being less hilly than many other neighborhoods, most residential areas of Crestline are within a short walk to the Village.
“One of the biggest draws about living in Crestline is the fact that everything is so close. Even growing up, one of my favorite parts about living in Crestline was walking to the Village after school. We’d all go get an Icee at the gas station and explore the Village with our friends. I think being able to walk to different places in the neighborhood is one of the biggest draws to living in Crestline.”David Tanner, Licensed Real Estate Agent, LAH Sotheby’s International Realty
2. Crestline is home to delicious restaurants, fun boutiques and more
One of three Villages in Mountain Brook, downtown Crestline is home to a multitude of businesses—casual restaurants and fancy dining, coffee shops and grocery stores, banks and clothing boutique, fitness centers and so much more.
“There’s a ton of great shopping options in Crestline, from long-time staples like Mobley & Sons to newer boutiques. Crestline Bagel Co. is definitely one of the Village’s staples—in fact, I worked there with friends in high school.”David Tanner, Licensed Real Estate Agent, LAH Sotheby’s International Realty
In addition to Crestline Bagel Co., there are a number of restaurant staples in Crestline, including:
- La Paz
- Otey’s Tavern
- Zoës Kitchen
- Gus’s Hot Dogs
- Dyron’s Low Country
- Bongiorno Italian Restaurant
- Church Street Coffee & Books
- Craft’s on Church Street
Plus, several new restaurants have opened in Crestline over the past couples of years. For example, Porch began offering lunch, brunch and dinner next to the LAH Sotheby’s International Realty office on Dexter Avenue just a few years ago.
3. Crestline hosts community events year-round
Countless family-friendly community events are scheduled in Crestline throughout the year and open to all. From parades to marathons, concert series to movie nights and everything in-between, there’s always a way to get involved with the community in Crestline.
“As a kid, we’d go to all the summer movie nights and fun activities that we could. O’Neal Library always has a back-to-school event on the green, and although Mountain Brook parades go through all of the villages, I think Church Street in Crestline is the best street to watch them on. Halloween is definitely best experienced in Crestline—since it’s so walkable, everyone is out trick or tricking down Dexter Avenue.”David Tanner, Licensed Real Estate Agent, LAH Sotheby’s International Realty
Learn more about living in Crestline
Interested in learning more about living in Crestline? David Tanner and his fellow agents with LAH Sotheby’s International Realty can answer any questions you might have.
“At the end of the day, I think Crestline is really about the family-friendly atmosphere. It’s got great schools and great families—you’ll never meet a stranger in Crestline! We’re looking forward to all the things John-David will get to experience while growing up in Crestline, and we plan to be here for a long time.”Dr. Taylor Tanner
What would you like most about living in Crestline? Tag @lahsothebysrealty to let them know!