The slogan “A Life Above” means so many things for the city of Vestavia Hills, AL. It is a prominent and beautiful suburban city in the Birmingham metro area known as Greater Birmingham and sits on top of Shades Mountain, putting it above surrounding cities. It is south of Downtown Birmingham and boasts multiple businesses, shopping centers, restaurants, and its own top-rated k-12 school system. Perfect for families of all sizes, Vestavia Hills, AL allows room to grow and lay down roots within the community priding itself on fine southern hospitality.
Vestavia Hills, AL, was incorporated in 1950 with just around 600 residents. Since then, it has thrived, becoming the well-known area it is today. The name “Vestavia” carries history in itself. Former Birmingham mayor Goerge Ward loved visiting Italy and Greece. In the early 1900s, he purchased 20 acres of land on top of Shades Mountain and began construction on his house, resembling the Temple of Vesta found in Rome, Italy. “Via” is Italian and translates to “by the roadway.” A gazebo was built resembling the Temple of Sibyl in Tivoli, Italy, in the garden. This gazebo was relocated in 1976 and can be found at the intersection of Shades Crest Road and Highway 31.
Vestavia Hills, AL, is filled with historic homes, modern builds, and more to fit your family’s needs and dreams. One of the most prominent and newer neighborhoods in the area is Liberty Park which boasts a laid back outdoor lifestyle with community and private pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, and walking trails. This neighborhood can be found off Interstate 459.
Vestavia Hills, AL, is full of gorgeous dogwood trees. These trees bloom with small white or pink flowers between March and April. The city holds an annual festival in honor of these blooms. The Dogwood Festival holds community events happening throughout the blooming season.
There are three entertainment districts, Cahaba Heights, Rocky Ridge, and City Center. Each features shopping, dining, family-friendly fun, and more. Head to Cahaba Heights to enjoy southern comfort food at The Fig. They take farm-to-table to a whole new level. Moe’s Original BBQ off Rocky Ridge Road is an Alabama staple featuring southern BBQ and live music. Pick up some sweet treats for the whole family at Crumbl Cookies in the City Center entertainment district.
Whether you are staying in town or commuting, Vestavia Hills, AL, offers convenient access to Downtown Birmingham with a short fifteen minute drive. Simple backroads tangle all over the city or hop on Interstate 65 or Highway 31 for a faster drive to wherever you are headed.
Live with all the comfort and conveniences that Vestavia Hills, AL has to offer and enjoy this welcoming southern community.
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