South Eastlake Apartments for Rent(hide neighborhood information)
Parks and recreation areas surround the South Eastlake neighborhood. Most of the east section of the neighborhood is the home of Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, a 1,100-acre wildlife area with miles of trails. Just west is the namesake park and lake, East Lake. This 100-acre park has been part of the neighborhood since 1886. With a 45-acre fishing lake surrounded by hiking trails, it is a popular family spot.
The South Eastlake neighborhood is bounded by Ruffner Road, 77th Street North and 1st Avenue North. I-59 runs through the northwest corner. Home styles include English cottages, large Craftsman homes, ranches and two stories. Sidewalks make the area quite attractive for a stroll under massive shade trees. The terrain varies from mostly level to gently rolling.
A short drive down 1st Avenue North allows residents to take full advantage of the many cultural attractions and events of downtown Birmingham. The main library, park and art museum are favorites. The Civic Center brings top performers to the city. The symphony performs at the Auditorium. The beautiful Alabama Theater, recently restored to its former glory, is a fine example of the Golden Age of Theaters.
Residents also have quick access to the University of Alabama in Birmingham, serving almost 20,000 students with undergraduate and graduate degrees. Both the school and the associated medical center are nationally and internationally known.
Roebuck Municipal Golf Course is a mile north. Grayson Valley Country Club is the nearest private club.
Eastwood Festival Centre is the closest mall, offering value merchants such as Burlington Coat Factory. There are several national restaurants nearby, and one very famous one is in the south part of the neighborhood: The Irondale Café, best known as The Whistle Stop Café. They still serve fried green tomatoes!