Heating & Cooling Features in the Trailhead Homes

Shoulder season in Alabama is approaching, and that means your air conditioning and heating system might be running at max capacity during the same 24 hours! Blistering hot afternoons and very cool nights frequent the Rocket City throughout autumn. It’s important to think about what you want to keep you comfortable in your home.

Here’s a great list of the heating and cooling features that Trailhead offers:


1. Fireplaces

Does anyone else immediately get “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” in their heads when thinking about fireplaces? There’s nothing like a warm, cozy fire to snuggle up by with a cup of your favorite warm beverage. Depending on what you use in your fireplace, these can be a green option to keep your house toasty this winter!

With Trailhead’s custom plans, you have the option to select a floor plan with a fireplace. A hearth just seems to make a home more inviting and creates a space for family and friends to gather. Trailhead offers the opportunity to make your space as inviting as you’d like—whatever that looks like to you.

2. Windows

Windows can either be a gift or a curse when trying to heat and cool your house; it all depends on quality. Quality windows will keep the heat in during the winter, the heat out during the summer, and visa-versa for the winter. There are a variety of window characteristics that can help this, including size, number of panes, and frame material.

Trailhead windows are vinyl single-hung Low-E style windows. Ok, let’s talk in English, right? These are standard windows, where the bottom part slides up and down and the top is fixed. These windows are energy efficient, easy to replace if necessary, and super durable! We’re happy to report that these windows are certainly a gift and will enable your house to stay at whatever temperature you desire.

3. Insulation

Insulation is another huge factor in keeping your home cold, hot, and just generally cost-efficient. Putting insulation in your attic is supposed to be one of the most straightforward ways to make sure your HVAC isn’t having to work overtime. In Trailhead homes, there is R30 blown insulation in the attic, which is fantastic for hot climates.

To boot, Trailhead offers the option to include foil face OSB roof decking and garage insulation. Foil face insulation reflects the sun’s heat before it even enters your attic, which lets that insulation do an even better job of keeping you cool in the summer! Garage insulation is another option found in the Trailhead homes—perfect for the crafter, car enthusiast, or woodworker.


4. HVAC System

Of course, your HVAC system is the one pulling the real weight around here. HVAC systems that are energy efficient, affordable, and easy to fix are a must-have in today’s world. Trailhead currently includes a 14 seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) heat pump as part of the standard home package. This type of HVAC system checks all the boxes!

A 14 SEER heat pump is one of the most popular options available today. These systems are 20-30% more efficient than the systems seen in the early 2000s, which were rated at an 8 or 9 SEER. These new systems use just a fraction of the electricity that these older machines needed, which helps your house and your wallet.

5. Smart Thermostats

We love a smart thermostat. They’re programmable, so you can cut down on costs when you’re not at home. They’re sleek-looking and add a touch of elegance when changing your home’s temperature. And, they’re easy to change from afar, when you’re on vacation, headed home from work early, or even from the comfort of your own bed on your phone.

Trailhead offers the option to include this trendy and energy-efficient feature on any floor plan. This small but very impactful upgrade can elevate your home’s overall comfort level. These smart thermostats can even tell you when your HVAC isn’t functioning correctly!

Did you see a hot trend or something cool that you liked?

Our houses, bungalows, condos (coming soon), and apartments (coming soon) have a myriad of options that enable you to tailor-make the home of your dreams. Give us a call at 423.280.7630 or email us at amy.shulman@legacy-homes.com to chat about joining our community.

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Top 12 Places to Do Your Furniture Shopping in Huntsville

The logical first step after purchasing a home is to go furniture shopping in Huntsville! Luckily, Huntsville offers many options when it comes to new and used furniture. From the boho plant lovers to the classic, cottage-core antique collectors, there’s a little bit of everything as far as furniture and décor in the Rocket City!

Here is Trailhead's list of the top 12 places to do your furniture shopping in Huntsville!

New Furniture Shopping Huntsville

1 – Haley’s Interiors

Haley’s Interiors is a one-stop interior design company that walks you through furnishing your home from your largest pieces down to the textiles. This is definitely the best place to go if you want a cohesive design throughout your home! The talented team of designers spends one-on-one time with you determining the best plan for furniture based on your style preferences, budget, and space.

2 - University Furniture Gallery

If you’re furniture shopping in Huntsville, the University Furniture Gallery is a great option! It’s a local furniture company serving Northern Alabama for the past 40 years. For those on a budget, they offer financing options! They’re open Monday-Saturday, 10AM-6PM.

3 - Nadeau: Furniture with a Soul

For unique, trendy pieces, check out Nadeau located in the Whitesburg Plaza Shopping Center. They carry solid wood furniture created and shipped from around the world. Their hours are Monday-Saturday, 10AM-6PM and Sunday, 12PM-5PM.

4 - Encore Furniture and Décor

While you’re on University Drive checking out University Furniture Gallery, head over to Encore Furniture and Décor! They carry return, high-end factory furniture and some gently used pieces. They also offer constant sales that require looking at their website (they keep the regular prices attached to the furniture). You might want to use your phone to calculate actual prices as you browse!

5 - Townhouse Galleries

Another great option for interior design help is Townhouse Galleries. For your actual furniture shopping in Huntsville, they carry beautiful pieces for the entire home, including mattresses. Located on University right by the Parkway, they’re a great place to stop in regularly to browse through their beautiful showroom.

6 - Downtown Rescue Mission Thrift Stores

If you love giving to a good cause while furniture shopping in Huntsville, then you will love shopping at the Downtown Rescue Mission Thrift Stores! Not many people know that they carry new Ashley furniture and new mattresses in their stores, not to mention all of the used, one-of-a-kind pieces on the thrift side. They have 7 locations across North Alabama. Best of all, 100% of their proceeds go the Downtown Rescue Mission which houses people in transitional periods of their lives to help them on their way.

Used Furniture Shopping in Huntsville

7 - University Pickers

This huge furniture consignment store moved to Triana Blvd. in a 2-story, 20,000 sq ft building, and it’s packed full of treasures! Some of the most talented and creative furniture restorers have booths here, and they are always restocking with new items. We highly recommend visiting them for those unique pieces that you can’t find anywhere else. Plus, who doesn’t love shopping local and supporting individual artists?!

8 - Vintage 72

Vintage 72 is located on University Drive right on the edge of Madison, which is Huntsville’s fun neighboring city. This furniture consignment shop is much smaller than University Pickers, but it’s still full of some unique items. The sellers do a fantastic job at setting up their booths within themes, so it’s easy to quickly browse through the booths that fit your personal design style. They are open every single day of the week!

9 - Interiors by Consign

If you’ve ever wanted to see a booth at a consignment store expanded into an entire store, you would enjoy shopping at Interiors by Consign. They do carry both new and used furniture, but they mix them together in a very packed but tidy showroom. They are located on Whitesburg right across the street from the Goodwill!

10 - Packard’s Antiques

This antique store dedicates half of their space to furniture, and it’s quite affordable! They also have booths full of beautiful pieces from different eras, so you’re sure to find all the décor you need while shopping here! They are located on South Memorial Parkway before you get to the Wal-Mart on the right.

11 - The Plucky Peacock

Imagine an historical home being transformed into a refurbished furniture paradise, and you’ll get an idea of what The Plucky Peacock is like! This is such a quaint experience in a more rural part of Huntsville located on Jeff Drive, right before you get to Madison. It would be smart to stop here and Vintage 72 in the same trip.

12 - Willowbrook Shoppe

This upscale collection of antique furniture, rugs, and décor is like walking into a museum. The collector meticulously has chosen his pieces over the years, and for the charm and uniqueness of each piece, it’s really reasonably priced! However, it’s probably the type of place you would want to save up to buy a huge Persian rug or wingback chair when you’re looking to splurge. Keep in mind that they do have layaway options!

Are you looking for a Huntsville home?

Find your next adventure at Trailhead, our premier mountain community! We have a little something for everyone with houses, condos (coming soon), and apartments (coming soon).

Contact us to learn more!

Onsite Agent: Amy Shulman
Phone: 423.280.7630
Email: amy.shulman@legacy-homes.com

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Trailhead Huntsville: Top 7 Reasons Why You Should Move to Huntsville

Trailhead Huntsville may be a little biased, but we believe that Huntsville, Alabama is one of the best cities to call home in 2022.

Don’t just take it from us! U.S. News ranked Huntsville, Alabama as the third best place to live this year in the United States with an overall score of 7.6/10 and a Quality of Life score of 8.2/10. Huntsville also ranked #1 on the Most Affordable list and on the Best Places to Live in Alabama list.

With thousands of open jobs this Spring and new businesses opening seemingly every week, it’s no surprise that more people are choosing to call Huntsville home. Not to mention, the cost of living remains low in comparison to other cities!

Nestled in the cove of a small mountain range, Huntsville offers a variety of trails for hikers and mountain bikers alike. This makes Huntsville not only a fun and affordable place to live but also the perfect home for nature lovers.

Taking all of this into account, we gathered the top 7 reasons why we believe Huntsville is the best city to live in the United States.

Jobs for All Skill Levels

Over 8,000 jobs are currently listed on Indeed alone in the Huntsville, AL area. High-profile employers like the FBI and U.S. Space Command shared that they will be slowly moving to Huntsville over the next few years bringing hundreds of new jobs with them.

A Smart Place through the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce listed the top employers in Huntsville based on the number of jobs each company offers. They named the U.S. Army/Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville Hospital, and NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center as the top 3 employers.

Not to mention, “Now Hiring” and “Help Wanted” signs can be found all across the city in restaurants, retail outlets, entertainment venues, and more. The types of jobs available currently range from entry-level all the way up to seasoned rocket scientists.

In other words, you’ve got options when it comes to finding employment in the Rocket City!

High Graduation Rate with Excellent School Systems

There are 55 public schools, 27 private schools, and 9 post-secondary schools in Huntsville. The graduation rate is high in Huntsville, where the high school diploma rate is 3% higher than the national average, and the bachelor’s degree percentage is 37% higher than the national average!

This high graduation rate correlates with the K-12 exemplary school systems, highly rated by parents across the city. Top elementary schools include Mt. Carmel, Riverton, Farley, Monte Sano, and Weatherly Heights. Also, diversity is high and more opportunity is created for students of all demographics and socioeconomic standings with the help of organizations like the Huntsville Inner City Learning Center.

Countless Entertainment Options

Entertainment abounds in Huntsville from the West in Town Madison down to Bailey Cove all the way over to Monte Sano in the East. And of course, everything in between!

Sports fans can attend a Trash Pandas baseball game, Huntsville Havoc hockey game, or a USFL football game! For those who are more hands-on, they can enjoy a round of Top Golf in MidCity, play games at Dave & Busters, or enjoy the climbing wall at REI.

Cultured folks and art connoisseurs may visit the well-curated and frequently updated Huntsville Museum of Art.

Also, music lovers should keep an eye out for live local music all over the city and big-name concerts at the Von Braun Center.

Sweet & Savory Food Options

Honestly, we could list dozens of restaurants here ranging widely in price, including Cotton Row, The Po’Boy Factory, Jack Brown’s, and Purveyor. The point is that in every district of the city, you’re sure to have manifold options for exquisite cuisine.

And who can forget desserts? Beyond the traditional ice cream parlors and cake shops (*cough Edgar’s!), Huntsville also brings a mean cookie game with crumbl cookies and nostalgic milkshake offerings like Oscar Moon’s Milkshake Shop.

Brews of the Alcoholic and Nonalcoholic Varieties

When it comes to beer, Huntsville passed the Gourmet Beer Bill in 2009 which allowed higher alcohol content. This means the breweries have honed in on their craft for over a decade now. There are now at least ten breweries in Huntsville, many of them with several national awards under their belt!

Coffee-lovers rejoice in local offerings like Offbeat Coffee Studio and Angel’s Island. Tea-lover’s will find bubble tea at Kung Fu Tea and refreshing, locally-sourced teas from Piper & Leaf.

Surrounded by Nature

Huntsville is home to Monte Sano State Park which boasts of camping sites, mountain views, and plenty of wildlife. This park offers dozens of trails for hikers, bikers, and even paved paths with accessibility for wheelchairs and strollers.

Beyond the State Park, nature lovers can enjoy a membership through the Botanical Garden which hosts many events throughout the year. Many of these events are family-friendly with STEM learning for kids. Burritt on the Mountain also offers a great getaway with an historic mansion, historic cabins, and nature trails. Not to mention the farm animals, including goats and a pig.

If you live in Trailhead Huntsville, you also have the added bonus of trails right at your doorstep. Legacy Loop offers mountain biking trails and walking trails accessible for the whole family!

Trailhead Huntsville

If you're thinking about making the big move to Huntsville, Alabama, the first thing you need is housing! That's where we come in.

Trailhead Huntsville just opened Phase 2 and is selling single-family homes! Luxury apartments will be opening in just a few months. After that, coming soon to the community will be mountain lofts, chalets, and an active adult community.

Did we mention the homes are gorgeous? Customize your home with experienced designers offering luxury appliance options and spacious layouts. And every single home comes with a mountain view!

Also coming soon is a lodge, which will feature a workout facility, bar, deck lounge, restaurants, and shopping options. These amenities will offer convenience for residents as they will be only a quick walk away from any home within the community!

Find your adventure at Trailhead Huntsville! If you're interested in learning more, contact us at 423.280.7630 or fill out the online form here.

8 Free Entertainment Options to Enjoy in Huntsville this Spring

With the warmer weather upon us in the Rocket City, there is no shortage of activities to partake in! Check out some of these great options for 2022!

The Market at MidCity

Do you have the Sunday scaries? Try going to The Market at MidCity! Enjoy the nice weather while shopping from local vendors and listening to live music. The Market happens every Sunday from 1-5!

North Alabama Zoological Society Kids Festival

Are you looking to have a fun day while supporting the new zoo? The NALZS Kids Festival is the perfect place! With over 50 vendors and food trucks, there will be fun happening all day plus the best of Alabama outdoors! If you’re interested in hearing about the latest updates on the zoo, staff will be available all around the festival and ready to answer questions. Kids’ Fest will be on Saturday, April 9th from 11-2 in Monte Sano State Park!


When in doubt, there always seems to be something going on at Stovehouse! Enjoy live music, attend a swing dance social, join Tuesday trivia, participate in the test flight challenge, or just relax and grab a bite to eat from the numerous restaurant options. 

Historic Huntsville Walking Tour

Do you ever pass by the historic homes in Huntsville and wonder about the stories surrounding them? On April 2nd and 9th enjoy a walking tour by some of Huntsville’s most beautiful antebellum mansions. For an hour, tour guides will tell stories about the homes and owners and point out the distinct styles of each home. Did we mention it’s free??


Mark your calendars for the first Saturday of May! Head over to Pratt Avenue in Historic Five Points for PorchFest! Five porches will host musicians from Huntsville, Nashville, and the Shoals. Make sure to bring a blanket or chair and stock your cooler for a fun evening filled with music and socializing!

Spring Plant Sale

The Master Gardeners of North Alabama have done it again! Head out to the Alabama A&M Agribition Center April 22-23 for the Spring Plant Sale. The cost to enter is free! There is a bigger variety of plants this year including annuals, perennials, vegetables, shrubs, and more! All proceeds benefit the Master Gardeners of North Alabama’s community service outreach.

Greene Street Market

Check out the Greene Street Market, Huntsville’s producer-only, open-air market for fresh, locally grown veggies, fruits, meat, produce, and plants. Meet local farmers and buy directly from them! Located on the corner of Greene Street and Eustis Avenue, Greene Street Market is on Thursdays in downtown Huntsville starting in May and running through October.

The Camp

The Camp at MidCity always has something fun going on! Stop by for yoga, food trucks, live music, karaoke, trivia, a Crawfish Festival, or just a simple cup of coffee. Make sure to bring your furry friend because The Camp is pet friendly! Check out the event calendar.

Enjoy the Spring in the Best Neighborhood in Huntsville

Is there a better place to spend spring than in Huntsville’s premier mountain community destination? Come home to your bungalow, mountain loft, or chalet bundled in the foothills of the mountains with easy trail access! Trailhead offers many different options for adults of all ages, even an active adult community for those aged 55+! Contact us today for more information!

10 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in 2022

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. Don’t have any plans yet? We are here to save the day!

Put on your best green outfit (you don’t want to get pinched), and get ready for a fun day of Irish celebrations and treats!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Huntsville St. Patrick’s Day parade is back! The 45th Annual Ellen McAnelly Memorial St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be on Saturday, March 12, at 11 am in Downtown Huntsville. The parade is jam-packed with family-friendly entertainment. With sponsors like Jefferson St. Pub, Innerspace Brewing, and Straight to Ale, it’s sure to be a good one!

After Parade Party

Who doesn’t love an after-party? Head over to Straight to Ale for the after-parade party! There will be food and drink specials going all day, featuring a special Irish menu with tasty brews! The Huntsville Fire Department bagpipers will be set up in the Biergarten after the parade ends.

There will also be unique and handmade surprises at the Makers and Creators Market throughout the brewery. The party will continue in the speakeasy featuring music from The Whiskey River Kings and The Pine Hill Haints!

Mixer at Beezr

Eat, drink, and party Irish style at Beezr! Dress up in green for a chance to win prizes, and participate in the scavenger hunt for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Join in on the St. Patrick’s Day fun!

Maggie Meyers Irish Pub

Is there a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than at an Irish Pub? FREE REX (aka Wet Ashes) will be playing at 9! Come on out to the St. Patrick’s Day party at Maggie Meyers and grab a drink.


All of your favorite St. Patrick’s Day favorites are back at Aldi! Go shop the cheese collections, Luck o’ the Cookie Dough Ice Cream, Cattlemen’s Ranch Corned Beef Reuben Bites, Maguires Irish-Style Red Ale, and so much more! Aldi will not disappoint this season.

Trader Joe’s

Nothing is better than Trader Joe’s seasonal items! Swing by Trader Joe’s to pick up some Irish bangers, Irish porter cheddar cheese, uncured corn beef brisket, and so much more! Available for a limited time only!

Huntsville Havoc

Cheer on the Huntsville Havoc hockey team on Friday, March 18th for St. Patty’s Night! There will be $3 beer specials. Grab a friend, get a beer, and cheer on the Havoc!

104.3 WZYP

Need something fun for the whole family? Participate in 104.3 WZYP’s Blarney Stones contest! There will be 104 stones hidden throughout the TN valley. Find one and win a prize!

Luxe Lucky Leprechaun Party Bus Bar Crawl

Need a fun night out with friends? Hop on the party bus for a night of green beer and cheer while you visit some of the hottest bars in Huntsville. You will stop at multiple venues, get free souvenirs, and have drink specials available to you! Get your tickets here.

Dragon’s Forge Café at Lowe Mill

Looking for a day of fun? Check out Dragon’s Forge Café’s St. Patrick’s Day event! Harpist Steven Todd Miller will be playing from 11-3. Themed drinks and food items will be available!

End the Celebration at the Coziest Neighborhood in Huntsville

Is there a better place to wrap up the night than in Huntsville’s premier mountain community destination? Come home to your bungalow, mountain loft, or chalet bundled in the foothills of the mountains with easy trail access! Trailhead offers many different options for adults of all ages, even an active adult community for those aged 55+! Contact us today for more information!

Top 10 Restaurants in Huntsville to Dine in this Valentine’s Day

If you’re new to the area and you want to go out for Valentine’s Day, we’ve got you covered. From country cooking, TexMex, taverns, or fine dining, the Rocket City has a large variety of restaurants to choose from. Here are our top ten places to eat in Huntsville this Valentine’s Day!


If you are looking for a cute, relaxed place downtown, Melt is the way to go! There is a variety of appetizers to choose from, including, food truck nachos or fried pickles. Make sure to take a look at their drink menu, as well. Try one of their signature salads, sandwiches, or burgers for the main course! For dessert, you must get the deep-fried double-stuffed Oreos. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Melt is located at the corner of Jefferson Street and Holmes Avenue.

Commerce Kitchen

Commerce Kitchen is a “cozy downtown neighborhood gem” located on the corner of Franklin Avenue and Southside Square in Huntsville. Popular items include Fried Green Tomatoes and Pimento Cheese, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and the famous Shrimp and Grits that will absolutely knock your socks off. There is also a wide variety of drinks available from the bar. Chef James Boyce and the friendly staff will make you want to come back again and again.

Cotton Row

Cotton Row is the vision of comfort, elegance, and modern American cuisine. The menu is ever-changing based on seasonality and locality. With options such as lamb, sea scallops, filet mignon, and so many more, there is something for everyone. Cotton Row is located at the corner of South Side Square and Madison Street in downtown Huntsville.


Located in Historic Five Points, 1892 East Restaurant & Tavern is the place to go for high-quality, local foods. Try starting with the cheese plate, which has three local kinds of cheese. Next, try the beef tenderloin, salmon, or chicken. They have choices for all our vegetarian friends, as well! Make sure to save room for dessert! 1892 offers Crème Brûlée and Chocolate Pot de crème.

The Bottle

The Bottle is an upscale eatery that features Southern Cuisine with a French influence. They specialize in steaks, chops, and a variety of fresh fish. You do not want to miss their drinks or dessert either! Chefs Andy Howery and Chris McDonald will keep you well taken care of with their friendly staff. The Bottle is located on Washington Street in downtown Huntsville.

Agave & Rye

Located at Bridge Street Town Centre, Agave & Rye is here to satisfy all of your taco cravings. Choose from over a dozen different tacos, including a dessert taco! Make sure to check out the “Munchies” menu with options such as Birria Irish Nachos, Mac N Cheese, or Elote (Mexican street corn). Thinking about getting a margarita? Agave & Rye has you covered! Try the OG Margarita or spice it up a little with the Jalapeño Pineapple Rita!

Domaine South

If you are in search of wine, cheese, food, or cocktails, Domaine South is the place for you! Domaine South combines comfort and elegance with its bohemian surroundings. Sit back and relax with a glass of wine and a charcuterie board while waiting on your swordfish, chicken breast, steak frites, or any of the other scrumptious entrees to be delivered to your table. Domaine South is located in downtown Huntsville on West Side Square.


Purveyor is the place to go for world-class cooking that pairs perfectly with your favorite wine, beer, or bourbon. With options such as roasted chicken, prime ribeye, sauteed sea bass, and ricotta gnocchi, you are sure to leave with a smile. Be sure to try out the oyster mushrooms and sweet & sour brussels sprouts while you’re at it! Purveyor is located on The Avenue on Jefferson Street in downtown Huntsville.

The Poppy and Parliament

The Poppy and Parliament is a pub, gourmet store, and butcher shoppe all in one! The menu features steaks, seafood, desserts, and so much more! The Poppy & Parliament focuses on upscale English and Irish fare. Blackboard specials rotate nightly and consist of grilled steaks, fruits of the ocean, charcuterie, and salads. With imported draft beers, craft cocktails, and an adventurous wine list, you won’t be left disappointed. Try the sticky toffee pudding with a homemade butterscotch sauce for dessert. The Poppy and Parliament is located on North Side Square in downtown Huntsville.

Brass Tap

The Brass Tap is a craft beer bar with a wide variety of food to choose from. Get started with the steak nachos or the house-made guacamole...there will be more than enough to share! For your main course, choose from sandwiches, burgers, chicken, seafood, and even tacos! For dessert, we recommend a warm chocolate chip lava cookie topped with ice cream. They are located on Bob Wallace Avenue in Merchants Square.

End the Night in the Best Neighborhood in Huntsville

What better way to end the night than in Huntsville’s premier mountain community destination? Come home to your bungalow, mountain loft, or chalet bundled in the foothills of the mountains with easy trail access! Trailhead offers many different options for adults of all ages, even an active adult community for those aged 55+! Contact us today for more information!

8 Huntsville-Based Gyms to Consider for Your 2022 Health Goals

The new year of 2022 is upon us, which of course means New Year Resolutions have snuck up on us as well. With the wide variety of gym options Huntsville has to choose from, your health resolution can have a new façade. Here is a list of 8 fantastic options in the Rocket City.

1. REGYMEN Fitness


The workouts at this gym are based on HIIT (or rather high-intensity interval training) and keeping a variety of types of exercises in your routine. To boot, REGYMEN provides a free chance to check out their style. They are located on Memorial Parkway SW near Super Chix and Just Love Café.

2. Squad Fitness

Do you get to the gym and become totally overstimulated with the workout options and boring repetitive motions? Then Squad Fitness is probably right for you. This gym takes all of the “think” work out of it by developing exciting and challenging 45-minute workouts for you. This gym is located off Leeman Ferry Road in Huntsville.

3. Phaze 3 Fitness

On the front page of their website, Phaze 3 lists “Inspire, Empower, Achieve,” and they do their best to help you get to all three. Complete with options like group fitness, team training, personal training, free-for-all gym, and a kid’s club, this gym is a fantastic choice for just about anyone. Phaze 3 is located off Hughes Road in Madison near Publix.

4. Iron Tribe

This gym is excellent for those who may want a more private workout or a more boutique ambiance. They offer an assortment of private, semi-private, and group training that focuses in-depth on your personal goals. Iron Tribe has two locations in the Huntsville-Madison area; one in West Madison off County Line Road and one in Huntsville off Meridian Street.

5. Powerhouse

Do you have a schedule that just doesn’t groove with regular gym hours? Then you should head over and check out Powerhouse Huntsville’s 16,000 square foot location that includes turf areas, 35 pieces of cardio equipment, and a functional training area. This gym is open 24/7 and is located off University Drive by Best Buy.

6. Orangetheory

This boutique fitness studio offers a high-tech way to get in shape. Complete with metabolic trackers, an app for your phone, and personal trainers that care about your goals, Orangetheory will help you get back on track to a healthy lifestyle. This gym is located at the corner of Memorial Parkway and Bob Wallace above FarmBurger.

7. Rockbox

If you’re wanting something out of the norm, Rockbox might be up your alley. With their “boxing-based workouts that keep you hooked,” this gym is sure to have you moving through that New Year resolution quickly. This gym is located off Whitesburg Drive – head on over to try it out for free.

8. 24/7 Health Club & Wellness Center

This gym takes pride in its members’ achievements; their walls are covered with beautiful black and white pictures of their members’ successes. 24/7 Health Club & Wellness Center offers a variety of scheduled classes that will fit into your schedule and new year resolution. To boot, it is within walking distance from Trailhead and located on Harris Hill Boulevard.

Get Motivated in the Best New Neighborhood in Huntsville

What could be better a way to kick off 2022 than in Huntsville’s premier mountain community-destination? Whether you dream of a bungalow, chalet, or loft-style living—Trailhead has options for you to join our active community. Contact us today to receive more information!

Top 8 Places to “Shop Local” this Holiday Season

The holiday season is just around the corner, and you know what that means…lots and lots of shopping! However, with the shipping delays this year, in-person shopping is making a comeback, and we are here to help with all your shopping needs. Here is a list of 8 stores in Huntsville to get unique gifts for everyone on your list!


Looking for a gift for the fashionista in your life? Elitaire is the place to go! With brands from all over, including DIFF Eyewear and AGOLDE, you are sure to find that something special for your someone special. Elitaire is located in Downtown Huntsville at Clinton Row.

Roosevelt & Co

This quote from Roosevelt & Co.’s website says it all: "Born from a love of classic movies, the rich smell of leather, and the flavor of a fine bourbon, Roosevelt & Co. is founded upon the principle that some things in life are worth savoring." Find the perfect gift for all the classy men in your life at Roosevelt & Co., ranging from clothing to barware. Roosevelt & Co. is conveniently located at Clinton Row in Downtown Huntsville.

Caley Paige

Everyone needs home goods, right? Candles, soap, tea towels, potholders…you name it, they’ve got it! Caley Paige also has a clothing and accessory section for the ladies and even clothes for babies. Caley Paige is located in Downtown Huntsville at Clinton Row.

Fow Wow

Thinking about how you would love some fun Huntsville merchandise without looking too touristy? Fow Wow is the way to go! T-shirts, hats, mugs, koozies, stickers, etc., all Huntsville and pop culture themed! Go get yourself an HSV-MTV shirt or a pair of egg-beater Jesus socks. Wondering where Fow Wow is located? Check out their “Where to Find Us” page on the website.

Harrison Brothers Hardware

Are you looking to get all your gifts in one place? Harrison Brothers Hardware is the perfect store for that. This hardware store sells locally made arts & crafts, kitchen items, classic toys, and local coffee, honey, tea, and more! Harrison Brothers is located in Downtown Huntsville on the south side of the square.

Huntsville Vintage

We know malls are hectic during the holiday season, but trust us, you don’t want to miss out on Huntsville Vintage. With throwback tees, hats, sweatshirts, jerseys, and even puffer jackets, it’s the perfect local shop for the vintage lover on your list. Huntsville Vintage is located in Parkway Place Mall near Dillard’s.

University Pickers

Do you know an antique lover? If so, then University Pickers will be the place to shop. With over 115 vendors selling décor, gifts, clothing, furniture, books, etc. there’s a charming piece of history for any antique collectors on your list. University Pickers is located on University Drive near Olive Garden.

Alabama Goods

Alabama Goods is a locally owned retail store located in Jones Valley next to Fleet Feet. Alabama Goods specializes in products made in Alabama that reflect our state’s warm character and creative spirit. Go out and find your gifts here, including candles, clothing, BBQ sauces, kitchenware, pottery, books, and so much more!

Settle in and Get Cozy in the Best Neighborhood in Huntsville

Christmas is the season of thankfulness, family gatherings, and staying home. What better way to celebrate this season than in Huntsville’s premiere mountain community destination?

We have bungalows, mountain lofts, chalets, and coming very soon, an active adult community! Find your adventure at Trailhead.

What’s All the Fuss about Active Adult Communities?

One of Bob Seger’s most famous lines from Against the Wind says, “I wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then.” That lyric applies to many aspects of growing older. But thankfully, some things get better with age, like a good bottle of wine, a healthy friendship, and these days, one’s living situation.

Housing for adults approaching their later stage of life used to be limited to meagre options. In recent decades, active adult communities erased that problem by providing vibrant neighborhoods full of the lucky ones looking to have a good time.

What Is an Active Adult Community?

Active adult neighborhoods cater to adults at the age of 55 or better, sometimes with enforced age restrictions. Housing tends to reflect a more minimal lifestyle, often existing as apartments, condos, or townhomes.

The word “active” perfectly describes the biggest aspect of an active adult community. Typically, part of the fees included in monthly payments pay for amenities like a fitness center, walking trails, tennis courts, or a pool.

The Perks of Active Adult Communities

While active adult communities aren’t for everyone, they offer some fantastic alternative benefits in comparison to other living options. Here are 5 enticing reasons why an active adult community might be the best option for you.

1. Community in Every Sense of the Word

Experience the feeling of camaraderie with peers in the same stage of life. Even though many active adult communities enforce an age restriction, many active adults feel a true sense of community being surrounded by people their own age.

2. It’s Like Being on Vacation All the Time

Remember when you dreamed of retiring and going on vacation to some peaceful locale? When you live in an AAC, you get to experience that feeling all the time…in your own home!

3. A Smaller Home Means Less Time Cleaning

You already know what’s valuable in life. As keeping up with the Jones’s becomes a lower priority, trading in a large living space for a smaller one feels freeing. Plus, it means less maintenance and cleaning!

4. Spend Less Time Driving and More Time Walking

AACs often contain everything a person needs within walking distance. This includes shopping, dining, and fun activities. Depending on the public transportation situation in your AAC, you might even be able to sell your vehicle after moving!

5. Embrace Your Inner Kid Again

Who says adults can’t have fun? Imagine waking up every day with so many options at your fingertips that it’s difficult to decide on what to do first! Experience the great outdoors on a quiet walking trail, get brunch with some friends at the café located beneath your townhome, and pick up a few groceries for a game night later that evening. All of this and more could be possible in your own neighborhood!

Active Adult Community “The Settlement” Coming Soon to Trailhead

Starting soon, Trailhead will be breaking ground for our newest community called “The Settlement.” This active adult community will have 75 units for sale, a 55+ age restriction, and shops and dining located directly beneath the units!

If you are a Huntsville native above the age of 55 and you’re interested in an active adult lifestyle like the one described above, contact us today!

Say Goodbye to Move-Swings: Are You Getting Your Money's Worth?

If last year taught us anything, it’s that the place we call “home” matters. Working from home caused a huge shift in how we think about our residence.

Home looks different for all of us, but many people last year decided it looked a lot like suburbia. More than half of city dwellers seeking a home in 2020 sought to move to the suburbs.

The growing demand for suburban homes ushered in an influx of new construction housing developments. But not all new construction is created equal.

Here are 3 valuable features to look for when considering a new construction home:

Peaceful Surrounding Landscape

Most new construction developments exist on small pieces of land sandwiched between busy streets. Perhaps the actual neighborhood looks aesthetically-pleasing, but as soon as you turn out of the neighborhood it feels like an ugly, busy city.

Look for a new neighborhood built near farmland or nature preserves. When you struggle to find that, at least opt for the neighborhood that feels tucked away.

Drive around the development you’re considering and roll your window down. Do you hear busy traffic, screaming kids on a playground, industrial equipment sounds, or sports field announcers? If so, consider a different development.

HOA Fees that Actually Improve Your Life

Almost all new construction neighborhoods charge HOA fees. Before purchasing your new home, consider the price and how many amenities and benefits it covers.

With a national average of $300 per month, you want to try to find new homes with a lower cost per month and the least amount of restrictions. Some important fine print rules to read are:

  • Restrictions in regard to pets (whether they’re allowed, what sizes, breeds)
  • Whether you can rent out your property
  • If you can personalize your yard and house over time

Beyond that, consider the perks. If you pay higher than the national average, look for a community center, local shopping, restaurants and cafés, and nature trails.

Trailhead offers maintenance of trails, the greenway, and overall property. It also offers entertainment practically at your doorstep! All of this for only $900/year!

Ability to Check Every Box on Your Wishlist

Finally, consider your wish list. Many new construction homes come at a higher price, so make sure you get everything you want.

Don’t just settle for new finishes. Expect a high-grade kitchen with state-of-the art appliances, a walk-in closet, and a lot of windows. Look for energy-efficient features.

If you can’t check everything off your list, don’t pay a premium price. Make sure a new construction home includes EVERYTHING you want to make it your forever home.

Find Out Your Options Today!

Trailhead has something for everybody, with single-family homes called bungalows, condos called mountain lofts, and attached single-family homes called chalets.

If you are interested in finding out more or if you would like to tour our model home, fill out this online form. An agent will respond directly with more information!