Crestwood North is a lovely area of Birmingham. Homes vary from grand old estates to Craftsman bungalows and ranch homes. In true southern tradition many are brick with wide front porches and beautifully landscaped yards. The neighborhood lies north of Crestwood Boulevard and east of 5th Avenue South. It is a very walkable area, with sidewalks along quiet streets.
The area is conveniently located to the massive University of Alabama Birmingham complex, which is both medical center and university. Both have received national acclaim. Private Samford University is a few miles away, noted for its law school. A Birmingham Public Library Branch is just south of Montclair Road.
Several golf courses are nearby, both public and private. Highland Park Golf is a beautiful public course in a historic part of town. Two of Birmingham’s most exclusive private clubs are near Crestwood North: Birmingham Country Club and Mountain Brook Country Club are favorites of the wealthy.
Only a mile or so from the neighborhood is 1,100-acre Ruffner Mountain Nature Center with miles of trails. Lane Park, a few miles south, is home to the Birmingham Zoo. The Botanical Gardens and famous Japanese Gardens are just across the street from the zoo.
There are a number of national franchise restaurants about a mile east, mostly clustered around Eastwood Festival Center, which is also the nearest shopping center. Famous and historic, nearby Irondale Café still serves fried green tomatoes at the whistle stop, inspiration for the book and movie, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café.
While Eastwood Festival Center offers convenient, value shopping, a number of other malls are nearby. Brookwood is an old favorite with a new, European look. The Summit features very upscale national retailers in an outdoor setting.