SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Vestavia Hills is a diverse community in that there are many different sections of the city scattered throughout a VERY wide area. Whether it be the planned community of Liberty Park, the quaint town of Cahaba Heights, a golf course home near Vestavia Country Club, or any of the small enclaves of homes in neighborhoods surrounding Hwy 31 and Rocky Ridge Rd, there is a definitely a place for everyone in Vestavia Hills.
Vestavia, comes from the graceful and appropriate name of George Beatty Ward's home, built in 1925 on a ten acre plot atop Shades Mountain. "Vesta"- which means goddess of the hearth-fire and "Via"- which means by the roadway, were combined to create the perfect name for the classic mansion, which was a prototype of a famous ancient Roman temple. World traveler, clubman, and member of Alabama's Literati, George Beatty Ward was raised in Birmingham, but developed a passion for Greco-Roman architecture after traveling to Greece and Rome. Across the road from Mr. Ward's Vestavia estate and gardens, was an interesting little lookout or 'summer house' built of pink sandstone. It was the entrance of a bird sanctuary and was designed after the temple of Sibyl at Tivoli, and rested on a circular piece of land jutting out from the mountain and overlooking the valley. Each year during the spring, summer, and autumn, Mr Ward would generously open up the gates of Vestavia, and invite the public to enjoy his gardens and the beautiful views. The summer house structure was later used as a restaurant and part of a church before it was moved to it's current site after the main house was unfortunately, destroyed.
In 1946, Charles Byrd planned the development of the Vestavia Hills subdivision and the town of Vestavia Hills officially became a city in 1946.
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VESTAVIA COUNTRY CLUB
Vestavia Hills City Schools serves the Vestavia Hills area and includes 5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and one high school. There were approximately 465 graduating seniors in the class of 2020. Vestavia Hills does not have school bus transportation.
Private schools in and around Vestavia Hills include:
Creative Montessori School (18 mo - 8th Grade)
Alabama Waldorf School (Infant-K)
Joseph Bruno Montessori (K3-8)
Highlands School (6 weeks - 8th Grade)
St. Rose Academy(K3-8)
Prince of Peace Catholic School (K3-8)
St Francis Xavier Catholic School K3-8
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.