The beautiful city of Huntsville, Alabama, is home to nearly 186,254 (2013) people. The state’s fourth-largest city has a rich history and serves as a cultural hub. Nicknamed “The Rocket City” for its close ties with American space missions, this beautiful town has something for everyone.
If you’re like most people, you’ll find that Huntsville is one of the few cities that never lost its built-in Southern charm. The population is diverse, friendly and down-to-earth – and that’s part of what makes it the perfect place to live.
Traveling to and from Huntsville is a breeze with Huntsville International Airport. Flights arrive and depart daily from all over the United States via a wide variety of airlines.
Huntsville Homes for Sale
Whether you’re looking for a condominium, a single-family, detached home or a spacious estate with a wide-open floor plan, you will find the perfect home in this picturesque city. The home prices here vary greatly based on the type of home you choose, its location and its size.
Huntsville is home to several notable neighborhoods, so finding the perfect one for you may require the help of a talented Huntsville Realtor®.
Dining and Shopping in Huntsville
Huntsville is no stranger to fabulous cuisine. We have all of your favorite chain restaurants and a huge number of independently owned eateries. Local favorites include Cotton Row, Commerce Kitchen, Connor’s Steak and Seafood, and Grille 29. You can’t live in Huntsville without dining at the Peppered Pig or D&L Bistro; they’re local staples as well. Shopping here is always an adventure. Huntsville is home to the Bridge Street Towne Centre and Parkway Place.
There’s also the Village of Providence, which is a pedestrian-friendly village, and an excellent place to shop; new stores are cropping up all the time. The quaint downtown area is home to eclectic boutiques, grocery stores and niche shops, so you can spend an entire day browsing the goods for sale while getting to know your neighbors. Downtown will soon be home to a large new mixed used development called City Centre.
Entertainment in Huntsville
There are always things to do in Huntsville. Locals love catching the latest flicks at Monaco Pictures, the Hollywood Stadium 18 and Valley Bend 18, but if you want live actors performing the classics and brand-new plays, you’re in luck. We have the Huntsville Community Theatre, Theatre Huntsville and the Renaissance Theatre, where local actors are always shining on stage.
Golfers love the challenges our local courses pose. Huntsville is home to a variety of public and private golf courses, including:
- Becky Pierce Municipal Golf Course
- Colonial Golf Course
- Fox Run Golf Course
- Richland Golf Center
- Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
- Sunset Landing Golf Club
The National Trust for Historic Preservation honored Huntsville by naming it one of “America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2010.” The area was populated by Native Americans as early as 1300, and it became an official city in 1805.
Huntsville has a spectacular place in American history, but its present-day museums and attractions are second-to-none in the area. From the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum, which will stir up your patriotism and keep you inspired, to the Huntsville Botanical Gardens, which brings the peace of nature into the heart of the city, there is plenty to appreciate in this friendly town. We’re also home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Harmony Park Safari and the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal.
Kids who live in Huntsville are part of the Huntsville City School District. There are also many private schools in the area for families who choose not to be part of the public school system.
Huntsville Elementary Schools
- Goldsmith Schiffman
- Hampton Cove
- J.E. Williams
- James Dawson
- Jones Valley
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Monte Sano
- Rolling Hills
- University Place
- Weatherly Heights
Huntsville Middle Schools
- Hampton Cove
- McNair Junior High
- Huntsville High Schools
- Jemison (Opening 2016)
- Johnson (Closing 2016)
- New Century Technology
- The Huntsville Center of Technology
Notable Private Schools in Huntsville
There are more than 100 private schools in Huntsville, religious and secular, as well as a handful of notable private schools. Some of these schools include:
- Greengate School for Dyslexia (K through 8)
- Huntsville Achievement School (1 through 12)
- Randolph School (K through 12)
- Holy Family Parochial School (PK through 8)
- Grace Lutheran School (PK through 8)
- The Country Day School (PK through 8)
- Valley Fellowship Christian Academy (PK through 12)
- Westminster Christian Academy (K through 12)
- Madison Academy (PK through 12)
- Madison Baptist Academy (K through 12)
- St. John Paul II Catholic High School (Grades 9 through 12)
- Colleges and Universities in Huntsville
- Alabama A&M University
- University of Alabama at Huntsville
- Oakwood University
- John C. Calhoun State Community College
Parks and Recreation in Huntsville
There are more than 60 parks throughout Huntsville, and many include walking trails, playgrounds and bike paths. Some of the most popular parks include:
- Monte Sano State Park
- Aldridge Creek Greenway
- Atwood Linear Park Greenway
- Bicentennial Park/Jane K. Lowe Children’s Fountain
- Big Cove Creek
- Big Spring Park
- City of Huntsville Dogspot
- Dublin Memorial Park
- John Hunt Park
- Sharon Johnston Park
Huntsville Commute Times
The city of Huntsville has public transit, which is run by the Department of Parking and Public Transit. The Huntsville Shuttle has 11 routes through the downtown area and beyond. The city also runs HandiRide, a public transit system for the physically challenged, and participates in a county-wide carpooling program called RideShare.
Because Huntsville is conveniently located at the junction of I-65 and I-565, commuting is usually a breeze. From downtown Huntsville to:
- Hampton Cove: 9.5 miles
- Meridianville: 10.1 miles
- Madison: 11.4 miles
- Decatur: 25.7 miles
- Guntersville: 37.2 miles
Explore Huntsville with a Professional Realtor®
When you’re ready to explore Huntsville with a professional Realtor, call us at 256-713-9444 or get in touch with us online. We’d love to use our in-depth knowledge of this beautiful city to help you find the home of your dreams.
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