December 23, 2020
Huntsville is Hip: Neighborhood Guide
Known as the “Rocket City, due to the Army Redstone Arsenal and its ties to NASA, the high-tech city of Huntsville sprawls at the foot of a mountain in Northern Georgia”. Huntsville is one of the most highly educated areas in the country and was also ranked the #7 place to live by U.S. News & World Report. Check out more about the charm of “Sweet Home Alabama” below.
Huntsville population: 194K
Metro population: 455K
Median home value: $159,800
Average annual salary:$52,960
Median age: 37
Education level: 38% hold a bachelor’s degree or higher
Where to Live
Blossomwood – This neighborhood, nestled at the foot of Monte Sano Mountain, features mature trees, classic homes and a convenient drive to Downtown Huntsville and the Medical District. With both older and newer construction, home prices can exceed $1 million and often provide gorgeous views over the Heart of Blossomwood and Downtown Huntsville.
Downtown – With three historic districts in and around Downtown, Huntsville boasts the largest collection of historic houses in Alabama. From apartments and lofts to single-family detached homes, Downtown Huntsville has a mix of housing types to meet the needs of both young professionals and families. With a growing and vibrant scene, Downtown Huntsville is the place to live, work and play.
Five Points Historic District – Initially part of the 1892 East Huntsville Addition, Five Points slowly developed over the course of a century. The neighborhood features Victorian-style homes, bungalows and ranch-style homes. The district retains its 19th century grid of broad parallel streets, narrow lots and rear service alleys.
The Ledges – The Ledges is a private, gated golf community within southeast Huntsville city limits. Carved out of the top of Huntsville Mountain, the community has 150 acres of residential development, 250 acres for the 18-hole golf course and another 350-400 acres of preserve greenbelt. The community sits 1,000 ft. up from the floor of the Tennessee Valley, so the views are spectacular. From one side, you see Hampton Cove’s Robert Trent Jones designed golf course and, from the other, you look down at the Medical District, Jones Valley and Downtown Huntsville.
Medical District – With a diverse array of traditional and craftsman-style homes, the Medical District brings back the classic definition of a neighborhood. Residents love strolling around the neighborhood, sitting out on their porches, sipping a cold drink, and enjoying the beautiful Alabama weather. Plus, the neighborhood has all the convenience you need with nearby restaurants, stores and parks.
Huntsville is buzzing with activities for both children and adults. From the U.S. Space and Rocket Center to the Huntsville Botanical Garden and the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the area.
From local boutiques to national brands, Huntsville offers a wide variety of shopping options. Bridge Street Town Centre, an outdoor, scenic shopping area, has a mix of stores and restaurants, as well as a movie theater featuring private, 21-and-over seating. You can also peruse the shops at Parkway Place Mall, Valley Bend at Jones Farm or the Village of Providence.
Thanks to the Land Trust of North Alabama, there are more than 70 miles of free public trails where you can exercise or just enjoy the scenery. In fact, Expedia ranked Huntsville as Alabama’s best destination for nature lovers. For the most beautiful view in all of Huntsville, be sure to visit Burritt on the Mountain, which is located on Monte Sano.
Huntsville was recently ranked as one of the Top 25 most educated cities in America by Forbes. Due to the high demand for aerospace and engineering jobs in the area, the school system in Madison county is one of the premier districts in the state of Alabama with 64 Pre-K programs, 21 elementary schools, four middle schools, two junior high schools, and six high schools.
Madison County is a safe area with a high average household income and high percentage of residents with four-year college degrees. In 1983, the Huntsville Community Watch Association (HCWA) was formed to promote the creation of community watch groups throughout the City of Huntsville and Madison County. HCWA encourages citizens to assist the police in combating crime and to coordinate and cooperate with the police department in establishing rules and guidelines for community watch programs.
The food scene is also heating up in “The Rocket City” with everything from fine dining to Southern comfort food. The thriving city has seen a significant amount of transplant residents bringing their own personal tastes and cuisines with them to the city, resulting in a diverse dining experience.
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