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527 Baronne Street
527 Baronne Street
Helena, AL
3 Bedrooms
$1,600
1388 sqft
Last updated December 4 at 03:46 AM
Your security matters to us, avoid a rental scam. Conrex does not advertise on Craigslist, Social Serve or Let Go.
1 Unit Available
4717 Hollow Lane
4717 Hollow Lane
Helena, AL
3 Bedrooms
$1,458
1298 sqft
Last updated December 4 at 03:46 AM
Your security matters to us, avoid a rental scam. Conrex does not advertise on Craigslist, Social Serve or Let Go. Conrex would never ask you to wire money or take the key after your showing to move-in.
1 Unit Available
184 Cedar Bend Drive
184 Cedar Bend Drive
Helena, AL
3 Bedrooms
$1,460
1420 sqft
Last updated December 4 at 03:46 AM
Lease and Move-in before December 24th and receive first FULL MONTH of RENT FREE! Must be a 12-month Lease or Longer. This home is professionally managed by Conrex Property Management.
1 Unit Available
9506 Brook Forest Circle
9506 Brook Forest Circle
Helena, AL
3 Bedrooms
$1,250
1600 sqft
Last updated December 4 at 02:12 AM
Unit type: Single Family Home; Number of bedrooms: 3; Number of bathrooms: 2; Square footage: 1600; Parking: 2 Car Outdoor Parking; Monthly rent: $1250.00; IMRID25164
1 Unit Available
624 PARKSIDE CIR
624 Parkside Circle
Helena, AL
3 Bedrooms
$1,450
Last updated December 4 at 01:44 AM
This house get Helena schools, two less-than-5-year old HVAC systems, huge backyard with new build deck. Steps to the neighborhood's cul-de-sac entrance to Helena's beautiful Joe Tucker Park.
1 Unit Available
404 BENTMOOR WAY
404 Bentmoor Way
Helena, AL
3 Bedrooms
$1,600
Last updated December 4 at 01:44 AM
Check out this lovely Old Cahaba home in the cul de sac with a HUGE fenced in backyard. This beauty feels so open with soaring ceilings in living room and the dining room! The home has an eat-in kitchen, laundry room, and a two car garage.
1 Unit Available
1068 Wyndham Ln
1068 Wyndham Lane
Helena, AL
2 Bedrooms
$1,150
1174 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
1068 Wyndham Ln Available 12/09/20 1068 Wyndham Ln (Helena) - Just updated with new flooring, new fixtures and painting through out. Spacious 2 bedroom 2 bath home in the heart of Helena. Open floor plan with kitchen opening up to family room.
1 Unit Available
1918 Highway 58
1918 County Road 58
Helena, AL
2 Bedrooms
$1,100
1140 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
2 bed, 1 1/2 bath townhome in Helena - Wonderful townhome in Helena! Gorgeous hardwoods in the den and both bedrooms. Large eat in kitchen and fenced backyard. Two bedrooms and full bath upstairs. Dedicated parking.
1 Unit Available
165 Hickory Point Drive
165 Hickory Point Drive
Helena, AL
3 Bedrooms
$1,395
1837 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
OCCUPIED: No Showings Allowed - Welcome Home to 165 Hickory Point Drive! This is a great 3 bedroom 2 bath home its located in Helena on a quiet cul-de-sac in a great location.
1 Unit Available
101 Hillsboro Lane
101 Hillsboro Lane
Helena, AL
2 Bedrooms
$895
1000 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
2 bed, 1 1/12 bath in Helena! - Be a part of the award winning, Helena School System! A 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath home is waiting for you! Enjoy the small town feel while being minutes away from shopping and restaurants.
1 Unit Available
102 Augusta Way
102 Augusta Way
Helena, AL
3 Bedrooms
$1,610
1800 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:35 AM
Home in Helena...Available to View Now!! - Great home in Helena! 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Home in Helena's Augusta Pointe. The kitchen is a must! Walking distance to Gobblers Knob Swim & Tennis Club.
1 Unit Available
1974 Riva Ridge Road
1974 Riva Ridge Road
Helena, AL
3 Bedrooms
$1,550
1393 sqft
Last updated May 14 at 09:37 AM
1974 Riva Ridge Road Available 06/05/20 Beautiful 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Home in Helena! 1/2 THE FIRST MONTHS RENT!!! - Welcome to 1974 Riva Ridge Road. Award winning Helena Schools.
1 Unit Available
116 Squire Drive
116 Squire Drive
Helena, AL
3 Bedrooms
$1,495
Last updated May 2 at 11:49 AM
116 Squire Drive Available 05/07/19 Beautiful Home In Helena!! HAS BEEN RENTED!!! 1/2 SECURITY DEPOSIT AND...
1 Unit Available
349 Old Cahaba Trail
349 Old Cahaba Trail
Helena, AL
3 Bedrooms
$1,395
Last updated May 2 at 11:49 AM
Beautiful Home in Helena!! HAS BEEN RENTED!!! - 3 bedroom, 2 bath home available in Old Cahaba Subdivision! Beautiful laminate floors in living room, formal dining room, kitchen and eat in kitchen area.
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1 Unit Available
140 Cedar Grove Parkway
140 Cedar Grove Parkway
Alabaster, AL
3 Bedrooms
$1,495
1454 sqft
Last updated December 4 at 03:46 AM
We provide our residents with an easy leasing experience starting with the flexibility to tour at any time (8am-8pm), applying for a home online, and our dedicated teams ready to assist with any needs.
1 Unit Available
549 Overhill Road
549 Overhill Road
Pelham, AL
5 Bedrooms
$1,700
2420 sqft
Last updated December 4 at 03:46 AM
Lease and Move-in before December 24th and receive first FULL MONTH of RENT FREE! Must be a 12-month Lease or Longer. Come see this perfect split level 5 bedroom 2 bathroom home.
1 Unit Available
384 WALKER WAY
384 Walker Way
Pelham, AL
3 Bedrooms
$1,400
Last updated December 4 at 01:44 AM
3BR/2BA home w/ 2-car air conditioned garage in the heart of Pelham! Eat-in kitchen with stainless appliances and lovely screened porch! Great room w/ vaulted ceiling & gas fireplace.
1 Unit Available
6340 Rice Creek Rd
6340 Rice Creek Road Southeast
Bessemer, AL
3 Bedrooms
$1,575
1400 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
Newly renovated three bedroom two bath house waiting to become a home! - Newly renovated three bedroom two bath. Fresh gray paint throughout. Beautiful vaulted ceilings! Two car large garage.
1 Unit Available
132 Hayesbury Ct
132 Hayesbury Court
Pelham, AL
2 Bedrooms
$1,250
976 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
132 Hayesbury Ct. (Pelham) - Super nice town home in Hayesbury subdivision conveniently located off Hwy 261 just minutes to Hwy 31 in Hoover. Updated Luxury Vinyl Plank in main living areas including master bedroom. New carpet in 2nd bedroom.
1 Unit Available
137 Chase Creek Circle
137 Chase Creek Cir
Pelham, AL
2 Bedrooms
$1,090
Last updated December 3 at 11:36 AM
137 Chase Creek Circle Available 12/14/20 Townhouse in Pelham, AL for Rent!!!! Coming Soon!!!! DEPOSIT PENDING!!! - Just Listed!! This townhouse is conveniently located right off Highway 31 in Pelham, AL and is just a couple of minutes from Pelham
1 Unit Available
508 Walker Road
508 Walker Road
Pelham, AL
3 Bedrooms
$1,250
Last updated December 3 at 11:35 AM
3 Bedroom 2 Bath Home - This 3 Bedroom 2 Bath newly painted property won’t be available for long as it is located in Stonehaven, one of Pelham’s most convenient neighborhoods.
1 Unit Available
276 Creekside Lane
276 Creekside Lane
Pelham, AL
3 Bedrooms
$1,400
Last updated April 9 at 11:23 AM
276 Creekside Lane Available 05/01/20 Great Home Located in Holland Lakes of Pelham - Large Backyard, 2 Car Attached Garage on the Side. Nice updated Kitchen & spacious rooms. No Pets Allowed (RLNE5644465)
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19 Units Available
Abbey at Riverchase
3708 Lodge Dr
Hoover, AL
1 Bedroom
$840
768 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$980
1033 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,185
1320 sqft
Last updated December 4 at 03:34 AM
Excellent location for commuters, just off I-65 and Highway 31. Residents enjoy patios or balconies, hardwood floors and black appliances. Community offers fitness center, pools and game room.
Verified
7 Units Available
Summerchase at Riverchase
100 Summerchase Dr
Hoover, AL
1 Bedroom
$825
806 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$940
1059 sqft
Last updated December 4 at 01:48 AM
Minutes away from shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Sun-drenched apartments with eight-foot windows and views of city lights. Recently renovated units include hardwood floors and fireplace. Community features pool and dog park.
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City Guide

Helena
Today, Helena is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the state, and has far outgrown even the wildest dreams of its most ardent promoters in the heady days of the 1880s and 1890s. -- From "Helena, Alabama" by Ken Penhale, Martin Everse
Today, Helena is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the state, and has far outgrown even the wildest dreams of its most ardent promoters in the heady days of the 1880s and 1890s. -- From "Helena, Alabama" by Ken Penhale, Martin Everse

Helena, Alabama was born out of Birmingham's metropolitan sprawl that headed south to Hoover and kept on going. With almost 17,000 residents (as of the 2010 U.S. Census), this small city loves itself for a lot of reasons. It brags about being one of the best places to live in Alabama because it has the lowest state crime rate per capita, beautiful scenery, and lots of nice housing options. It just goes to show that a city can be a mere 17.1 square miles in total size and still boast like the big guys. All the statisticians think this city's population will continue growing over the coming decades, so anytime is a good time to move here and become a statistic.

Searching for Tranquility in a Moving Van

When you're ready to move, just head straight south out of Birmingham on I-65 for 14 miles. Get off on County Highway 17 and drive another six miles and, voila! You're there. It should be easy to arrange for professional movers to drop off your stuff (hopefully not in the road) because there is nothing unusual about the trip to Helena. The scenery will change when you leave the interstate because the city is nestled (note that it nestles!) in some gentle, wooded hills, and much of the area is purposefully left undeveloped.

It has one oddity that might affect some moving rates. Helena is situated in two counties - Jefferson and Shelby - and they have different tax rates. Whatever you do, be sure to use a mover that meets Alabama state laws, meaning the company has an Alabama State license and the driver has a USDOT license. Otherwise, if your stuff falls out the back of the truck, you're on your own!

Here is the catch to this bundle of joy called Helena. It is mostly houses, so you need to use an apartment locator if your heart is set on renting a condo, studio or apartment. Sorry, but you might have to look in Alabaster, which is luckily only five miles from the heart of Helena. There is everything imaginable in Pelham, Alabama, too, which is only three miles east of Helena. You can save yourself a lot of headaches by getting professional rental assistance, or you can spend hours and hours trying to find something that is kind of scarce in Helena. Now, if you want to rent a house - no problem.

The Helena area rental rules are pretty standard. Landlords want to know you're not a deadbeat so be prepared to reveal all on a credit report. Don't forget to have a valid driver's license, some references besides your mother (we all know she will lie for you), steady income, and a willingness to part with your money. Normally, you're required to pay the equivalent of one month's rent, an application fee, and a security deposit.

Searching for Tranquility in a Moving Van
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When you're ready to move, just head straight south out of Birmingham on I-65 for 14 miles. Get off on County Highway 17 and drive another six miles and, voila! You're there. It should be easy to arrange for professional movers to drop off your stuff (hopefully not in the road) because there is nothing unusual about the trip to Helena. The scenery will change when you leave the interstate because the city is nestled (note that it nestles!) in some gentle, wooded hills, and much of the area is purposefully left undeveloped.

It has one oddity that might affect some moving rates. Helena is situated in two counties - Jefferson and Shelby - and they have different tax rates. Whatever you do, be sure to use a mover that meets Alabama state laws, meaning the company has an Alabama State license and the driver has a USDOT license. Otherwise, if your stuff falls out the back of the truck, you're on your own!

Here is the catch to this bundle of joy called Helena. It is mostly houses, so you need to use an apartment locator if your heart is set on renting a condo, studio or apartment. Sorry, but you might have to look in Alabaster, which is luckily only five miles from the heart of Helena. There is everything imaginable in Pelham, Alabama, too, which is only three miles east of Helena. You can save yourself a lot of headaches by getting professional rental assistance, or you can spend hours and hours trying to find something that is kind of scarce in Helena. Now, if you want to rent a house - no problem.

The Helena area rental rules are pretty standard. Landlords want to know you're not a deadbeat so be prepared to reveal all on a credit report. Don't forget to have a valid driver's license, some references besides your mother (we all know she will lie for you), steady income, and a willingness to part with your money. Normally, you're required to pay the equivalent of one month's rent, an application fee, and a security deposit.

Nestled Neighborhoods

Helena is located (rather, nestled) between I-65 to the east and I-459 to the west. Technically, there are really only two neighborhoods. One is the city center and the other is the rest of Helena. Busy Pelham Parkway is close to the eastern edge of Helena and is lined with a variety of apartment buildings. However, you do have plenty of choices in terms of subdivisions in Helena like the following:

North Helena Road: To get as close as possible to the Cahaba River, you need to rent one of the townhomes or studio apartments on Helena Road while heading north. It is one of the furthest points in the city, but a quick jaunt down Pelham Parkway to the east gets you to the Shelby Medical Center, the Helena Industrial Park, and Alabaster. This is the area closest to Pelham, one that has plenty of housing options, including condominiums for rent and hi rise apartments.

Silver Lakes: It's a community master planned around a few small lakes, and has walking trails, common areas, pavilions and over 400 houses. Finding a house rental should be no problem. If you tend to litter, stay away. The Home Owners Association has a real live compliance officer.

Fieldstone Park: This neighborhood is close to the center of Helena and is one of the older subdivisions. It's right off Highway 17 and south of Coalmont Road. If you like green space and like being close to the action, like the Publix Super Market at Crow's Corner and the local McDonald's, then this is the place for you. Just don't get too wild.

St. Charles Place and Jackson Square: Okay, this is yet another nice neighborhood with a park and real gazebo and yards that have to be maintained or the yard police will come after you. There are several areas built at different times so you can find hopefully find small apartment complexes and houses for rent in the vicinity.

Timberlake: Rent one of the places to live in Helena in this subdivision and find exactly what the name implies - woodlands and a lake. Did you see that coming?

Nestled Neighborhoods
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Helena is located (rather, nestled) between I-65 to the east and I-459 to the west. Technically, there are really only two neighborhoods. One is the city center and the other is the rest of Helena. Busy Pelham Parkway is close to the eastern edge of Helena and is lined with a variety of apartment buildings. However, you do have plenty of choices in terms of subdivisions in Helena like the following:

North Helena Road: To get as close as possible to the Cahaba River, you need to rent one of the townhomes or studio apartments on Helena Road while heading north. It is one of the furthest points in the city, but a quick jaunt down Pelham Parkway to the east gets you to the Shelby Medical Center, the Helena Industrial Park, and Alabaster. This is the area closest to Pelham, one that has plenty of housing options, including condominiums for rent and hi rise apartments.

Silver Lakes: It's a community master planned around a few small lakes, and has walking trails, common areas, pavilions and over 400 houses. Finding a house rental should be no problem. If you tend to litter, stay away. The Home Owners Association has a real live compliance officer.

Fieldstone Park: This neighborhood is close to the center of Helena and is one of the older subdivisions. It's right off Highway 17 and south of Coalmont Road. If you like green space and like being close to the action, like the Publix Super Market at Crow's Corner and the local McDonald's, then this is the place for you. Just don't get too wild.

St. Charles Place and Jackson Square: Okay, this is yet another nice neighborhood with a park and real gazebo and yards that have to be maintained or the yard police will come after you. There are several areas built at different times so you can find hopefully find small apartment complexes and houses for rent in the vicinity.

Timberlake: Rent one of the places to live in Helena in this subdivision and find exactly what the name implies - woodlands and a lake. Did you see that coming?

Geography Lesson

Forget the baby! The Cahaba River and its tributary Buck Creek are the pride and joy of Helena. Both are located in the north end of the city. Humans can't leave anything alone, so Buck Creek was dammed upstream, forming fish stocked Lake Davidson. Nearby Old Town Helena was restored as a specialty shopping district. The Old Town area was once home to a rugged steel mill, an active railroad yard, and coal mines. Now it's filled with dainty specialty shops surrounded by a park with walking trails. Geographically speaking, this is the very end of the Appalachian foothills, which give way to the start of the coastal plain swooping down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Geography Lesson
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Forget the baby! The Cahaba River and its tributary Buck Creek are the pride and joy of Helena. Both are located in the north end of the city. Humans can't leave anything alone, so Buck Creek was dammed upstream, forming fish stocked Lake Davidson. Nearby Old Town Helena was restored as a specialty shopping district. The Old Town area was once home to a rugged steel mill, an active railroad yard, and coal mines. Now it's filled with dainty specialty shops surrounded by a park with walking trails. Geographically speaking, this is the very end of the Appalachian foothills, which give way to the start of the coastal plain swooping down to the Gulf of Mexico.

A Little Music, a Little Festivity, and a Lot of Outdoors

There's a scenic bridge that crosses Buck Creek, leading into Old Town Helena. Annually, the residents hoot and holler at the Buck Creek Festival. All year long they enjoy activities at the Old Town Amphitheater. There's just something about sitting outside and watching a movie with the stars blinking overhead or taking in a concert with the sun shining down on you. Helenians also spend a lot of time in places like the Joe Tucker Park, with its walking track and lighted tennis courts, and the Helena Sports Complex, which has football, softball and soccer fields.

When it's time to break loose from Helena for a day, it's a very short drive to Oak Mountain State Park or Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. A meal at The Depot by Buck Creek or at Fox Valley Restaurant can complete a perfectly fine day.

Really, Helena residents kind of deceive themselves. They brag about their tranquil small city living, all the while knowing bustling Hoover, with the giant Galleria mall and traffic-jammed streets, is a mere nine miles north and big city Birmingham is up the road about 20 miles. Okay, let little Helena enjoy the deception! What's the harm?

A Little Music, a Little Festivity, and a Lot of Outdoors
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There's a scenic bridge that crosses Buck Creek, leading into Old Town Helena. Annually, the residents hoot and holler at the Buck Creek Festival. All year long they enjoy activities at the Old Town Amphitheater. There's just something about sitting outside and watching a movie with the stars blinking overhead or taking in a concert with the sun shining down on you. Helenians also spend a lot of time in places like the Joe Tucker Park, with its walking track and lighted tennis courts, and the Helena Sports Complex, which has football, softball and soccer fields.

When it's time to break loose from Helena for a day, it's a very short drive to Oak Mountain State Park or Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. A meal at The Depot by Buck Creek or at Fox Valley Restaurant can complete a perfectly fine day.

Really, Helena residents kind of deceive themselves. They brag about their tranquil small city living, all the while knowing bustling Hoover, with the giant Galleria mall and traffic-jammed streets, is a mere nine miles north and big city Birmingham is up the road about 20 miles. Okay, let little Helena enjoy the deception! What's the harm?

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Helena
Today, Helena is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the state, and has far outgrown even the wildest dreams of its most ardent promoters in the heady days of the 1880s and 1890s. -- From "Helena, Alabama" by Ken Penhale, Martin Everse
Today, Helena is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the state, and has far outgrown even the wildest dreams of its most ardent promoters in the heady days of the 1880s and 1890s. -- From "Helena, Alabama" by Ken Penhale, Martin Everse

Helena, Alabama was born out of Birmingham's metropolitan sprawl that headed south to Hoover and kept on going. With almost 17,000 residents (as of the 2010 U.S. Census), this small city loves itself for a lot of reasons. It brags about being one of the best places to live in Alabama because it has the lowest state crime rate per capita, beautiful scenery, and lots of nice housing options. It just goes to show that a city can be a mere 17.1 square miles in total size and still boast like the big guys. All the statisticians think this city's population will continue growing over the coming decades, so anytime is a good time to move here and become a statistic.

Searching for Tranquility in a Moving Van

When you're ready to move, just head straight south out of Birmingham on I-65 for 14 miles. Get off on County Highway 17 and drive another six miles and, voila! You're there. It should be easy to arrange for professional movers to drop off your stuff (hopefully not in the road) because there is nothing unusual about the trip to Helena. The scenery will change when you leave the interstate because the city is nestled (note that it nestles!) in some gentle, wooded hills, and much of the area is purposefully left undeveloped.

It has one oddity that might affect some moving rates. Helena is situated in two counties - Jefferson and Shelby - and they have different tax rates. Whatever you do, be sure to use a mover that meets Alabama state laws, meaning the company has an Alabama State license and the driver has a USDOT license. Otherwise, if your stuff falls out the back of the truck, you're on your own!

Here is the catch to this bundle of joy called Helena. It is mostly houses, so you need to use an apartment locator if your heart is set on renting a condo, studio or apartment. Sorry, but you might have to look in Alabaster, which is luckily only five miles from the heart of Helena. There is everything imaginable in Pelham, Alabama, too, which is only three miles east of Helena. You can save yourself a lot of headaches by getting professional rental assistance, or you can spend hours and hours trying to find something that is kind of scarce in Helena. Now, if you want to rent a house - no problem.

The Helena area rental rules are pretty standard. Landlords want to know you're not a deadbeat so be prepared to reveal all on a credit report. Don't forget to have a valid driver's license, some references besides your mother (we all know she will lie for you), steady income, and a willingness to part with your money. Normally, you're required to pay the equivalent of one month's rent, an application fee, and a security deposit.

Searching for Tranquility in a Moving Van
+

When you're ready to move, just head straight south out of Birmingham on I-65 for 14 miles. Get off on County Highway 17 and drive another six miles and, voila! You're there. It should be easy to arrange for professional movers to drop off your stuff (hopefully not in the road) because there is nothing unusual about the trip to Helena. The scenery will change when you leave the interstate because the city is nestled (note that it nestles!) in some gentle, wooded hills, and much of the area is purposefully left undeveloped.

It has one oddity that might affect some moving rates. Helena is situated in two counties - Jefferson and Shelby - and they have different tax rates. Whatever you do, be sure to use a mover that meets Alabama state laws, meaning the company has an Alabama State license and the driver has a USDOT license. Otherwise, if your stuff falls out the back of the truck, you're on your own!

Here is the catch to this bundle of joy called Helena. It is mostly houses, so you need to use an apartment locator if your heart is set on renting a condo, studio or apartment. Sorry, but you might have to look in Alabaster, which is luckily only five miles from the heart of Helena. There is everything imaginable in Pelham, Alabama, too, which is only three miles east of Helena. You can save yourself a lot of headaches by getting professional rental assistance, or you can spend hours and hours trying to find something that is kind of scarce in Helena. Now, if you want to rent a house - no problem.

The Helena area rental rules are pretty standard. Landlords want to know you're not a deadbeat so be prepared to reveal all on a credit report. Don't forget to have a valid driver's license, some references besides your mother (we all know she will lie for you), steady income, and a willingness to part with your money. Normally, you're required to pay the equivalent of one month's rent, an application fee, and a security deposit.

Nestled Neighborhoods

Helena is located (rather, nestled) between I-65 to the east and I-459 to the west. Technically, there are really only two neighborhoods. One is the city center and the other is the rest of Helena. Busy Pelham Parkway is close to the eastern edge of Helena and is lined with a variety of apartment buildings. However, you do have plenty of choices in terms of subdivisions in Helena like the following:

North Helena Road: To get as close as possible to the Cahaba River, you need to rent one of the townhomes or studio apartments on Helena Road while heading north. It is one of the furthest points in the city, but a quick jaunt down Pelham Parkway to the east gets you to the Shelby Medical Center, the Helena Industrial Park, and Alabaster. This is the area closest to Pelham, one that has plenty of housing options, including condominiums for rent and hi rise apartments.

Silver Lakes: It's a community master planned around a few small lakes, and has walking trails, common areas, pavilions and over 400 houses. Finding a house rental should be no problem. If you tend to litter, stay away. The Home Owners Association has a real live compliance officer.

Fieldstone Park: This neighborhood is close to the center of Helena and is one of the older subdivisions. It's right off Highway 17 and south of Coalmont Road. If you like green space and like being close to the action, like the Publix Super Market at Crow's Corner and the local McDonald's, then this is the place for you. Just don't get too wild.

St. Charles Place and Jackson Square: Okay, this is yet another nice neighborhood with a park and real gazebo and yards that have to be maintained or the yard police will come after you. There are several areas built at different times so you can find hopefully find small apartment complexes and houses for rent in the vicinity.

Timberlake: Rent one of the places to live in Helena in this subdivision and find exactly what the name implies - woodlands and a lake. Did you see that coming?

Nestled Neighborhoods
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Helena is located (rather, nestled) between I-65 to the east and I-459 to the west. Technically, there are really only two neighborhoods. One is the city center and the other is the rest of Helena. Busy Pelham Parkway is close to the eastern edge of Helena and is lined with a variety of apartment buildings. However, you do have plenty of choices in terms of subdivisions in Helena like the following:

North Helena Road: To get as close as possible to the Cahaba River, you need to rent one of the townhomes or studio apartments on Helena Road while heading north. It is one of the furthest points in the city, but a quick jaunt down Pelham Parkway to the east gets you to the Shelby Medical Center, the Helena Industrial Park, and Alabaster. This is the area closest to Pelham, one that has plenty of housing options, including condominiums for rent and hi rise apartments.

Silver Lakes: It's a community master planned around a few small lakes, and has walking trails, common areas, pavilions and over 400 houses. Finding a house rental should be no problem. If you tend to litter, stay away. The Home Owners Association has a real live compliance officer.

Fieldstone Park: This neighborhood is close to the center of Helena and is one of the older subdivisions. It's right off Highway 17 and south of Coalmont Road. If you like green space and like being close to the action, like the Publix Super Market at Crow's Corner and the local McDonald's, then this is the place for you. Just don't get too wild.

St. Charles Place and Jackson Square: Okay, this is yet another nice neighborhood with a park and real gazebo and yards that have to be maintained or the yard police will come after you. There are several areas built at different times so you can find hopefully find small apartment complexes and houses for rent in the vicinity.

Timberlake: Rent one of the places to live in Helena in this subdivision and find exactly what the name implies - woodlands and a lake. Did you see that coming?

Geography Lesson

Forget the baby! The Cahaba River and its tributary Buck Creek are the pride and joy of Helena. Both are located in the north end of the city. Humans can't leave anything alone, so Buck Creek was dammed upstream, forming fish stocked Lake Davidson. Nearby Old Town Helena was restored as a specialty shopping district. The Old Town area was once home to a rugged steel mill, an active railroad yard, and coal mines. Now it's filled with dainty specialty shops surrounded by a park with walking trails. Geographically speaking, this is the very end of the Appalachian foothills, which give way to the start of the coastal plain swooping down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Geography Lesson
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Forget the baby! The Cahaba River and its tributary Buck Creek are the pride and joy of Helena. Both are located in the north end of the city. Humans can't leave anything alone, so Buck Creek was dammed upstream, forming fish stocked Lake Davidson. Nearby Old Town Helena was restored as a specialty shopping district. The Old Town area was once home to a rugged steel mill, an active railroad yard, and coal mines. Now it's filled with dainty specialty shops surrounded by a park with walking trails. Geographically speaking, this is the very end of the Appalachian foothills, which give way to the start of the coastal plain swooping down to the Gulf of Mexico.

A Little Music, a Little Festivity, and a Lot of Outdoors

There's a scenic bridge that crosses Buck Creek, leading into Old Town Helena. Annually, the residents hoot and holler at the Buck Creek Festival. All year long they enjoy activities at the Old Town Amphitheater. There's just something about sitting outside and watching a movie with the stars blinking overhead or taking in a concert with the sun shining down on you. Helenians also spend a lot of time in places like the Joe Tucker Park, with its walking track and lighted tennis courts, and the Helena Sports Complex, which has football, softball and soccer fields.

When it's time to break loose from Helena for a day, it's a very short drive to Oak Mountain State Park or Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. A meal at The Depot by Buck Creek or at Fox Valley Restaurant can complete a perfectly fine day.

Really, Helena residents kind of deceive themselves. They brag about their tranquil small city living, all the while knowing bustling Hoover, with the giant Galleria mall and traffic-jammed streets, is a mere nine miles north and big city Birmingham is up the road about 20 miles. Okay, let little Helena enjoy the deception! What's the harm?

A Little Music, a Little Festivity, and a Lot of Outdoors
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There's a scenic bridge that crosses Buck Creek, leading into Old Town Helena. Annually, the residents hoot and holler at the Buck Creek Festival. All year long they enjoy activities at the Old Town Amphitheater. There's just something about sitting outside and watching a movie with the stars blinking overhead or taking in a concert with the sun shining down on you. Helenians also spend a lot of time in places like the Joe Tucker Park, with its walking track and lighted tennis courts, and the Helena Sports Complex, which has football, softball and soccer fields.

When it's time to break loose from Helena for a day, it's a very short drive to Oak Mountain State Park or Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. A meal at The Depot by Buck Creek or at Fox Valley Restaurant can complete a perfectly fine day.

Really, Helena residents kind of deceive themselves. They brag about their tranquil small city living, all the while knowing bustling Hoover, with the giant Galleria mall and traffic-jammed streets, is a mere nine miles north and big city Birmingham is up the road about 20 miles. Okay, let little Helena enjoy the deception! What's the harm?