Cortland Vesta

Birmingham, Alabama

Shaping the Birmingham Skyline 

Located in the historic Five Points District of downtown Birmingham, Alabama, Vesta is a multifamily residential development consisting of 318 luxury rental apartment units separated into two structures.

Consisting of a mix of 244 studio, 1 bedroom and 2-bedroom units, a 17-story high-rise tower fronts along Highland Avenue to maximize the number of units offering views of the downtown Birmingham skyline in addition to locating the tower portion of the project on a more commercially oriented street. The balance of the 74 larger 1 and 2-bedroom mid-rise units are of wood frame construction that visually screen the parking deck and serve to maintain a pedestrian friendly street connection between Highland Avenue South and 14th Avenue where the block transitions to a more residential neighborhood scale. A multi-level precast concrete parking deck accommodates approximately 400 resident, guest and retail vehicular and bicycle parking spaces.

The high-rise residential tower sits on a two-story podium that consists of a terraced lobby space connecting the main entrance on Highland Avenue South to an internal motor court that serves as a vehicular arrival and garden amenity space for both residents and guests. Alongside the lobby is street level retail with an open ‘marketplace’ feel, a high-end restaurant with valet parking and supporting retail shops totaling approximately 6,500 SF.   

Amenities include a south facing rooftop pool terrace with adjacent clubroom space and fitness center that offer dramatic 360-degree views of the downtown Birmingham skyline, the Five Points District, the UAB campus and the Red Mountain ridge of the Appalachian Mountains. A portion of the club level is designed to be available for private parties with operable glass partition walls that allow residents to open the Club Lounge space to the outdoor terrace and create an indoor/outdoor atmosphere. 

"Vesta is a differentiated product from the standard market-rate apartments in the area. It will be the first Class-A high-rise in Birmingham and will appeal to those looking for luxury rental options."


Bill Leffler