ONE OF THE MOST DESIRABLE
LOCATIONS IN BIRMINGHAM
If you are considering a move to Birmingham and want to live near some of the best restaurants and retail stores, all while remaining a stones throw away from downtown Birmingham, Mountain Brook is a beautiful, desirable and convenient community to settle down in. Mountain Brook's historic architecture, which includes sprawling estates that lie amongst picturesque creeks, parks and walking trails, along with a top tier public school system makes this city a desirable location to raise a family. Called the City of Trees, you would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful setting than Mountain Brook. Mountain Brook has one of the wealthiest zip codes in all of Alabama. It is not as ethnically diverse as the city of Homewood or some of the other "Over the Mountain" communities. Real estate prices remain some of the highest in the city. Whether you are a young couple looking to purchase your first high end home, or an established homeowner in search of an upgrade, you will find plenty of homes to choose from in Mountain Brook. Mountain Brook will no doubt remain one of Birmingham's strongest housing markets.
Originally known as Watkins Branch, the name Mountain Brook came into being in the 1920's. The name arose from the name of the Mountain Brook Estates development. Mountain Brook was incorporated in 1942.
Robert Jemison Jr. is referred to as the Father of Mountain Brook. He was a real estate developer and visionary.
John Perryman operated a gristmill from 1867-1887. Located along what is now Mountain Brook Parkway, a new building was added in 1927, and became the Old Mill Tearoom. It is now a private residence.
In 1822, William Pullen received the Lane Park land which encompasses the Zoo, Botanical Gardens and the Lane Park Shopping Center. In 1889 it was sold to the City of Birmingham by Pullen's heirs. It later became a cemetery with over 4,700 graves which were later relocated to make room for a park, Lane Park, which at different times contained a baseball diamond, driving range, fishery, and stone quarry.
In May of 1910, the first Tuberculosis sanatorium opened as a small cluster of tents at the Cahaba Rd and Fairway Dr intersection, which is where the shops and restaurants of English Village are now located.
Public education in Mountain Brook is administered by Mountain Brook Public Schools. The system oversees four elementary schools, one junior high, and one senior high school. The Mountain Brook school system consistently ranks in the top 2 school systems in the Birmingham metro area. There were 343 high school graduates in the class of 2020. Mountain Brook does not provide school bus transportation.
Private schools in and around Mountain Brook include:
Spring Valley School (learning differences)
Jewish Community Center (Infant-K)
NE Miles Jewish Day School (K-8)
The Altamont School (Gades 5-12)
John Carroll Catholic High School
Briarwood Christian School
In addition to the schools listed, there are many other options available.
- The Mountain Brook Art Association hosts an annual art show, typically in April at Crestline Elementary school featuring local artists
- Lane Parke Spring Edit - Live music and pop-up shops.
- The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ popular Spring Plant Sale
- The Funky Fish Fry is held every April to celebrate Autism Awareness month
- The city hosts a holiday parade and menorah parade in early December. as well as a sip and stroll and holiday open house in each of the villages. There is also a Reindeer Dash 5K and Family Fun Run and a Birmingham Boys Choir Concert in mid December.
Additional Mountain Brook area events are listed on the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce Events Page.