…It’s one of America’s Distinctive Destinations
Huntsville Alabama is located in Madison County nestled at the north-central part of the state. As the county seat, Huntsville is home to about 180,000 people while the entire metropolitan area surrounding downtown is closer to 400,000 residents. We are the fourth largest city in Alabama and our vivid history coupled with modern day industry and creativity make Huntsville a fabulous place to call home.
First settled in 1805, Huntsville was the first incorporated town in the entire state (1811). Our rapid growth and lucrative cotton and railroad industries drew settlers from around the country and after the Civil War Huntsville became the hub for cotton textile mills each surrounding its own housing community providing everything that the mill workers needed. But, during the 1930s and the Great Depression Huntsville’s industry markets declined but those with a passion for agriculture utilized the area’s excellent growing soil for watercress and at that time Huntsville became the watercress capital of the world.
Even into the 1940s Huntsville still carried the small town appeal inhabiting only 13,000 residents but in 1941 the U.S. Army built three chemical munitions facilities which brought with it thousands of new residents. Shortly thereafter the munitions facilities were no longer needed and in the 1950s Huntsville got the name “The Rocket City” for its widespread recognition of being a major center for high technology and US space missions. Even after the closure of the Apollo program in the 1970s, the advancement of research and space science led to a resurgence in NASA related activities that continues today. Huntsville is now a thriving, family orientated, tight-knit community with dozens of suburbs, subdivisions, and outlying towns.
The Huntsville city school district is home to the majority of K-12 students with 77% of all students scoring above the state and national averages. We offer 25 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, seven high schools, and seven magnet and special center schools. Huntsville also offers 21 private, parochial, and religious schools in our area. The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama A&M University, Oakwood University, and J.F. Drake State Technical University are all higher education institutions in our area.
With dozens of shopping centers, museums, historical districts and parks there is never a lack of fun and interesting things to do around the Huntsville Alabama area. We love this area and love helping folks buy or sell property anywhere within the Madison County real estate market. If you’re selling your Huntsville home it’s important to know the keys to getting your home shown and sold quickly; if you’re buying a home, knowing the process makes the entire transaction flow much smoother.
Whether you are buying or selling, we want to be your first choice in Huntsville real estate. anytime, start your online search here through all the current listings, or give us a call for a free analysis on your current homes value.