Green space abounds in Birmingham, and there’s no better way to enjoy our abundant natural resources than living within walking distance of a park. Spring and summer are the perfect seasons for taking up residence near some of the best Birmingham parks.

1. The Avondale

Bhamwiki/View of the renovated amphitheater in Avondale Park

When touring Birmingham’s hottest neighborhood, it’s easy to take in the popular restaurants and nightlife hotspots like Fancys on Fifth, Avondale Brewing Company and The Wooden Goat, among so many others. But, while this neighborhood is known for its urban attractions, let’s not neglect the beautiful Avondale Park. With plenty of greenery, ball fields, an amphitheatre and duck pond, Avondale Park is a great spot for nature-lovers in addition to hosting events throughout the year like an art fair, car show and movies in the park. Choose a new one-bedroom unit within proximity to it all.

2. LIV Parkside

Tom Leader Studio/Railroad Park

As Birmingham’s newest and often most-talked-about park, Railroad Park is a clear crowd-favorite. With fitness opportunities from bootcamp to yoga and year-round events that include summer symphony performances, there’s always something to see, do and enjoy at this expansive green space. Residents of LIV Parkside overlook the park and are never left out of the action.

3. Ashby at Ross Bridge

Red Mountain Park/skylight through trees

With 14 miles of hiking trails, a zip line adventure and a herd of 150 goats maintaining the grounds,Red Mountain Park has a little bit of something for everyone. (In our humble opinion, there are two kinds of people: those that love baby goats and liars.) Combine the luxury living at the Ashby at Ross Bridge with the breathtaking natural terrain of nearby Red Mountain Park, and you’ve got yourself a winner.

4. Station 121

Alabama News Center/Work is nearing completion on the western gateway sign to the Rotary Trail. The sign is a collaboration between BL Harbert International, O’Neal Steel, Daniel Iron and Fravert Services. (BL Harbert International)

Speaking of Railroad Park, the much-anticipated and long-awaited park extension, Rotary Trail, opens April 6. The four-block-long walking space is a dream come true for many residents of the Magic City. Residents of Station 121 will have the best view of and easiest access to Rotary Trail.

5. Pawnee Square

Highland Park/view of Downtown, Birmingham, Alabama

Do Dah Day is just one of the legendary Birmingham events that happens at Highland Park every year. Dog-lovers can be found at this downtown park year-round in addition to young professionals that just love the vibe that comes with this historic Birmingham area. When you live at Pawnee Square, it’s a short walk to Highland Park and the many other attractions — like the Virginia Samford Theatre and Bottega Restaurant — that make this neighborhood a stand-out.