Say Goodbye to Move-Swings: Pitch the Armoire

We all know that a thoughtfully executed building design never goes out of fashion. So, do you ever wonder why most homes built in the 1900s lack closet space?

Thankfully, we’ve learned a lot about home construction since the 1900s. Gone are the days of bulky wardrobes filling up valuable space. Today, the best homes are built with functional layouts, quality appliances, and luxurious features like walk-in closets in mind.

Here are three ways Trailhead exceeds expectations when it comes to home features and amenities.

1. Functional Layout

The structure and layout of your home matters. Lbliving.com says it well: “A great home isn’t about size or fancy designs for design’s sake—it’s about functionality and making use of the space now and in the future.”

When you buy a Trailhead home, your home’s foundation meets and exceeds the most current standards today. New Tradition Realty praises housing developments for being “on the cutting edge of the latest codes and variances” and for taking “attention to detail to heart.”

From the structural decisions to the appliance options, Trailhead homes are built to optimize energy efficiencies for a better today and tomorrow.

2. Reliable Appliances

American-made, best-in-class appliances are good indicators of a thoughtfully designed home. In contrast, lower-quality appliances may indicate a rushed renovation.

The best home designers don’t settle. That’s why Trailhead chooses top-quality, energy-efficient appliances for our homes. In fact, home buyers choose from either Kitchen Aid, GE Café, or Sub-Zero brands, which, according to Forbes, are “known worldwide for making the best built-in and integrated kitchen appliances on the market.”

Sub-Zero has officially created “the trifecta of kitchen appliances,” with Sub-Zero refrigerators, Wolf ranges and ovens, and Cove dishwashers. Trailhead proudly offers all three as options for our residents.

3. In-House Amenities

The Trailhead community combines classic old-world character with new-world features and amenities. You’ll find all of the features that make a home “perfect” here.

Serenity baths, low maintenance exteriors, single-level living, mountain views, tall ceilings, and large walk-in closets are just a few among the lengthy list of options available to make a Trailhead home your own.

Bonus Amenities: Entertainment at Your Doorstep

Beyond features within the home, the Trailhead community also comes with outdoor amenities like the Village Greenspace. Here, you can bring your dogs to the “bark park” or have a picnic with your family. For outdoor lovers, a Monte Sano State Park Trail access will be coming soon. It will join the already established Trailhead Greenway (2-mile loop), Legacy Loop Trail (1.8-mile trail), and countless mountain biking trails.

The Mountain Lodge (coming soon) will have a rooftop terrace, second-floor fitness center, microbreweries and restaurants, and local boutiques. All of these options will be within walking distance from anywhere within the Trailhead community!

Find Out Your Options Today!

At last, there’s a way to experience mountain living with urban amenities. Learn more by visiting our website today to see our unique “Appalachian Flare” bungalow floor plans available now, and stay up-to-date with our expanding living options by signing up for our newsletter.

Whether you dream of bungalow, chalet, or loft-style living—Trailhead has a future dream home for you (with plenty of closet space).


Say Goodbye to Move-Swings: Location, Location, Location

Think about how great you feel when you finally finish unloading your moving truck. The last box you hoist out of that clunky truck means you’re free to take a 20-hour nap if you can — goodness knows you deserve it. Moving is complicated, so it’s important to celebrate each small win during the process.

Eventually, though, you have to wake up from your celebratory slumber. And when it’s time to unpack, it should be refreshing and fun, right?

If unpacking can be such a rewarding experience, why do some of us still live out of boxes a year after we’ve returned our moving truck rental? Why do we avoid or skip the unpacking process altogether?

It’s a brutal reality to face, but 15% of homeowners say they regret the location they chose when they purchased their home. How can that be?

Finding the Perfect Location

Of course, a “good location” means different things to different people. Many people describe an excellent home location as one that’s in a safe neighborhood and close to good schools, restaurants, and parks. These factors are essential, but ultimately, what defines a great home location is unique to you.

But since introspection and self-evaluation can be overwhelming, it’s nice to have an objective guide when we don’t know what we want in a location. Bankrate offers three helpful tips to follow during the homebuying process to help yourself avoid relocation remorse:

  1. Track down neighborhood safety stats and school ratings (a realtor can help).
  2. Time your school or work commute, and take things like proximity to public transit and walkability into account.
  3. Visit the neighborhood at different times to get a sense of traffic, neighbor interactions, and the overall vibe to see if it’s an area that appeals to you.

Nature Matters, No Matter Your Location

Another critical thing to consider when searching for your perfect location is whether you prefer the city or the countryside. Bear in mind that we all benefit from living in and around green spaces. Psychologist Peter Kahn, a UW professor of psychology and environmental and forest sciences, explains, “Experiences with nature can slow the mind’s natural process of rumination, in which we fret about the past and worry about the future in potentially destructive ways.”

Thankfully, Trailhead was designed with your unique home location needs in mind. Stand at your front door and remember that you have quick, convenient access to downtown Huntsville. At the same time, soak in the awe of 155 acres of Mountain Nature Reserve, Trailhead Greenway, and Legacy Loop.

When you find a home in Trailhead — you find a home that you’ll love today and tomorrow. So go ahead. Get excited about unpacking again. You deserve it.

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, and you will learn how you can be one of the next residents of Huntsville’s most exciting housing community!


Top Ten Things to do in Huntsville This Summer

What’s your favorite thing about summer?  Sunny afternoons and warm night breezes pack each day with potential. With a stacked summer event calendar, it’s easy to collect and create summertime memories when you live in Huntsville. 

Most of us are familiar with the fun and excitement you find at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, but we may forget about the wide range of non-space-related offerings that make Huntsville great too. There are so many cultural, historical, and culinary attractions in Rocket City that planning a day or evening out may seem overwhelming. But don’t worry we’re here to make finding your summer fun easy.  Here are the top 10 things to do in Rocket City this season:

  1. Greene Street Market

Do you have any summer bbq plans? If not, it’s time to make some! Stock up on everything you need to throw an epic get-together at The Greene Street Market, downtown Huntsville’s producer-only, open-air market. Buy fresh locally grown vegetables, fruits, meat, and flowers directly from nearby farmers. Open every Thursday, May - October; it’s the perfect place to find your fresh, weekly warm-weather necessities. 

  1. $5 After 5

Are you stoked about summer but worried about spending too much money? Treat yourself to an evening of culture and fine art that’s easy on your pocket. Admission to the Huntsville Museum of Art is only five dollars after five o’clock on Thursday evenings from 5-8 pm. 

  1. Cocktails at the View

Who doesn’t appreciate a stunning view? Check out Cocktails at the View at Burritt on the Mountain from April - October. Wednesday nights from 5-8 pm, you can relax and enjoy a sunset with your friends on the elevated Overlook. 

  1. Concerts at the Park 

Are you wondering where you can enjoy some live music with your furry loved ones? Bring them to downtown Huntsville’s Big Spring Park, where you can find concerts that are FREE to the public presented on the Huntsville Museum of Art’s outdoor stage. Pack a lawn chair, leash your furry loved one, and enjoy the night! See the full schedule here.

  1. Stovehouse - Monday Free Movies 

What other free events does Huntsville offer? Free movie nights are Mondays at Stovehouse. Bring a blanket and settle in on the Leisure Lawn. Check out the schedule, and your family-friendly night out is set. 

  1. Campus 805

What do the locals do for fun? You’ll probably find them at Campus 805. If you’re seeking a laid-back night out hanging out with your close friends in a hip atmosphere, look no further. With delicious food and craft beer selections, you can count on a fun evening no matter when you go. 

  1. Night Blooms

Experience the lush background of Huntsville’s Botanical Gardens in a way you’ve never seen before. Starting July 21, imagine a “botanical dreamscape where flowers glow from within, birds and insects flit across the night sky, and light transforms the landscape into a new world.” Night Blooms utilizes vignettes of botanical lanterns integrated into the natural surroundings to show you how extraordinary a walk through the Garden can be.

  1. Stars and Strikes 

Beat the heat and bowl! There’s no way around it. Summers in Alabama are hot. Sometimes some indoor entertainment is crucial. Stars and Strikes is here to deliver with 24 bowling lanes, a 7,000 square foot arcade and prize store, a two-story laser tag arena, bumper cars, and Escapology escape rooms.

  1. Summer Haunts & Haints Ghost Hunt

Are you still sweltering? Chill your bones and pretend it’s pumpkin season with some spooky haunts this summer. Explore historic (and probably haunted) Lowry House as it’s investigated for paranormal activity by the Southern Ghost Girls. There’s no need to wait until the leaves fall. You can plan some summer scares today. Find more information and tickets here

  1. Rocket City Trash Pandas

Finally, there’s baseball.  Keep your summer classic with a night game!  Support the Rocket City Trash Pandas in their inaugural season. Enjoy a home game with a hot dog and a beer at Toyota Field.  Dates and times vary, so check out the schedule here

Well, there you have it! With so much to do and see, it’s clear that good times are never far away when you live in Rocket City. We hope that the next time anyone asks you, “What’s your favorite thing about summer?” your answer will be simple, “Spending it in Huntsville.”


Experience Huntsville Shopping

Do you miss in-person shopping?  Most of us do. Shopping online isn’t quite the same. Sometimes a search engine doesn’t cut it. What if you don’t know what you’re looking for? Stumbling upon something that fits your personality so perfectly is much more exciting and therapeutic than shuffling through the mass quantity of options online.  Thankfully, 2020 is over, so you have the opportunity to turn off your computer and tuck away your phone because Huntsville’s in-person shopping scene is making a strong comeback. 

Bonus if you live in Trailhead, Huntsville’s premier mountain community destination, you have convenient access to all of the fantastic shopping that the city has to offer minutes away from your front door. Of course, with the beautiful backdrop of Monte Santo Mountain, it’s easy to forget that you’re so close to city convenience. Shopping is accessible, fun, and downright therapeutic when you live in Trailhead. So go ahead and plan your big shopping day! Here are a few stops that you’ll want to include in your itinerary to make it great.

JJ’s Treats

First and most importantly you’re going to want to get yourself adequately fueled for your in-person shopping adventure. That’s why JJ’s Treats should be your first stop. JJ’s is a “veteran, African American, and woman-owned” business. They offer freshly baked desserts with low-fat and diabetic-friendly options, plus snow cones. According to 45 glowing google reviews, this bright yellow building will earn a bright yellow space in your heart. So if you’re looking for old-fashioned charm, snow cones, and quality cakes and pies made from scratch JJ’s is the place to go.  

The Garage at Clinton Row

Your next stop keeps it local too. There’s no better way to bolster your local economy than shopping small. You can support Huntsville’s up-and-coming entrepreneurs with a quick and convenient trip to the heart of downtown Huntsville. Find one-of-a-kind gifts, clothing, and art at The Garage at Clinton Row. It’s not your average shopping center it used to be the first floor of a parking deck.  Now, it’s an adaptive-reuse space that makes up six retail bays, all highlighting innovative and creative regional businesses. The Garage at Clinton Row’s mission is to “create a gathering space for passionate entrepreneurs to come together, connect with the public, share their ideas, and grow their business.” Located only 12 minutes away from home in Trailhead, this is a place that helped transform a strip of Downtown Huntsville into a major destination for local and regional shopping.” Hence, it deserves a spot in your itinerary. 

Bridge Street Towne Centre 

If you haven’t experienced an outdoor shopping mall, you’re in luck. From downtown, hop on 565 for a few minutes, and you’ll find Bridge Street Towne Centre a bustling outdoor mall with familiar stores such as Belk, Athleta, Anthropologie, H&M, Apple and so many more! Feeling hungry? Treat yourself to a macaron, a delicious little french pastry from Le Macaron. You’re getting a lot done today, so you deserve it. 

Walker’s Market 

Are your feet getting tired? Make your last stop a fruitful one. Be sure to check out your local gourmet grocery store on your way home. A place that describes its customers as “friends,” Walker’s Market is a “hidden epicurean gem nestled in the Five Points area of the Old Towne District.” Walker’s Market states their commitment to quality clearly on their website:

Walker's Market is not your traditional grocery store, working with small-batch vendors, the food we carry will never have a long shelf life. This is because our vendors use locally sourced products to make their food resulting in better taste and flavor. Which allows us to carry so many different foods on our shelves and constantly change and add things throughout the year.

So don’t worry if you haven’t had time to think about dinner today because Walker’s has the freshest meals-to-go you can find. You’re set for the evening. 

If you’re exhausted from your busy day of shopping or “retail therapy,” as we prefer to call it, don’t fret. Check out at Walker’s, and relax knowing Trailhead is merely 8 minutes away. You can pull into your driveway knowing that you accomplished a lot. You covered so much ground, all within a 20-minute radius of your mountainside home! So kick back and revel in the good that you did for your local economy today, and worry about your credit card balance another time.


Smart Huntsville Living

Do your friends or family ever make you feel like you’re a professional party planner? It’s true.  If you’re the one that has it “together,” you’re probably the unofficial event planner in your crew. Thankfully, If you live in Trailhead, your “job” is getting easier every year. The quickly growing Huntsville shopping and event scene is not only boosting the local economy in a big way, but it’s also taking our social lives to the next level.  With so many options merely minutes away from Trailhead, planning your much-needed and well-deserved break from your busy life is easier than ever.

Are you asking yourself, “but what happened to spontaneity?” Sometimes, of course, we don’t want to make any plans at all. Instead, we daydream about spending our time living moment by moment. We wish we never learned that a lack of planning could lead to a night of chaos or boredom. Successful social outings are the best when there’s a natural balance. It needs to be exciting yet familiar. Luckily, we know of a place that fits the bill. So, hop in your car because twelve minutes and three turns take you to historic Stovehouse, your one-stop hub for nearby nightlife, shopping, food, entertainment, and career opportunities. 

Freshly renovated and boasting 200,000 square feet, Stovehouse is the perfect space for a laid-back, planned-yet-unplanned good time. But, of course, the positive impact that the renovation of Stovehouse is having on our local economy and social lives is no surprise.  City council member Bill Kling commented on the significance of the newly renovated space during a tour in 2019, accurately predicting that it would attract more new restaurants and coffee shops (and how!). Kling summed up our thoughts perfectly when he said, “I think it will be great.” 

Fast forward to 2021, and yes, Stovehouse delivers on the “great.” With a stacked calendar of free events offered morning and night, an outing at the Stovehouse is easy on your pocket too. That’s right. You can show up almost any midday or evening and find free entertainment. Now that’s the spontaneity we want in our lives right there! Free movie nights, dueling pianos, live rock, classical, or bluegrass they’re all in the lineup. 

Of course, Huntsville provides more than leisure and fun. Are you searching for new career opportunities? Location may come to mind when searching for a new job, and Trailhead is the pinnacle of convenience. Located just off of i-565, there are limitless office locations nearby, such as Huntsville Hospital, Research Park, Redstone Arsenal, and of course, downtown businesses as well. That’s right. Career options are widely available with so many local restaurants, learning centers, software firms, fitness facilities, and many other businesses located minutes away.  In fact, Performance Drone Works is one of many businesses hiring now

Speaking of jobs remember your dear friends and family that we mentioned in the first paragraph? Now you can kiss your event planning duties goodbye (unless you enjoy them, of course). But, come on. They didn't even pay you! Let Stovehouse handle your plans from now on. Remember, when you live in Trailhead  you’re merely minutes away from spontaneity and fun with no schedule needed.

After all, you deserve the best of both worlds. 

When you buy a home in Trailhead, you’re purchasing so much more than a home. You’re giving yourself the gift of a stable, friendly, nature-accessible community and the gift of the quick commute to a spontaneous and fun social life. Remember that we only live once, and we should enjoy every moment.


Mountain Biking: Huntsville, AL

Mountain biking has existed in one form or another since the dawn of cycling. In the early 19th century, most cyclists rode on dirt roads or trails. As technology improved and one innovation led to another, people modified existing bikes for off-road use, and mountain biking as we know it was born!

My first experience mountain biking was the day after my parents took my training wheels off. Both parents were (and still are) serious mountain bikers and, understandably, excited to have their daughter join in on the adventure. Later, they both agreed it was probably too soon and waited until my 5th birthday to try again. Whether you’re 5 or 65, mountain biking is a great way to get outside and enjoy those exercise endorphins. If you can ride a bike, you can mountain bike (but training wheels don’t count).

If you have the slightest interest in mountain biking, Huntsville is the place to explore it! Located in the northernmost part of Alabama and nestled between the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and the mighty Tennessee River, the area’s rolling hills and woodlands are filled with biking trails ranging from family-friendly to frightening. Mountain biking enthusiasts travel from all over the country to experience Huntsville’s challenging trails.

Now, I’m not here to convince you to drop off the top of Monte Sano down Sinks Trail or climb Bluff Line. I’m here to get you prepared to enjoy Family Trail, Legacy Loop, or any of the other tree-lined paths surrounding the Trailhead community, moments from your front door!

If you are brand new to the sport, I highly recommend attending one of HAMR’s Mountain Bike Skills Clinics to get acclimated with biking in the area and also meet some really cool people! :) In the meantime, let’s go over some of the basics.

Gear you need:

  • Helmets are a must; head injuries are no joke. Flipping over the handlebars with a helmet is a lot less scary than flipping over the handlebars without one. Better safe than sorry!
  • Hydration packs are a game-changer. Hydration packs are expensive; however, if you're hiking Huntsville then this is the perfect accessory for hiking or biking (2 for 1)! The pockets are great for your phone or your tools, especially if you need to adjust your seat or put the training wheels back on your 5-year-old’s bike.
  • Gloves won’t make or break your experience, but they sure do help! Your hands are going to get sweaty and gloves give you that extra bit of traction you need. Avoid pads, cover your fingers, and make sure they fit snug to prevent slipping.
  • Bike shorts with pads WILL make or break your experience. You can thank me later.

Crash course (no pun intended) on some basic riding tips:

  • Steer with your eyes! This is hard to grasp and feels a little backward. If you look at the big tree, protruding root, or sharp rock there is a 99% chance you will hit those obstacles. You will hit whatever you focus on – this a rule for life. Look around the tree, root, or rock and you will glide right past.
  • When coasting, keep your pedals horizontal and parallel to the ground. It’s pretty scary when your pedal clips the corner or a rock or root.
  • Low gears are for ascents and high gears are for descents. Write that one down.
  • When you’re entering a sharp turn, lean into it! If you’re turning right, keep your left foot at the bottom of the rotation and your right foot at the top. The left foot will be a counterbalance for the lean into the turn. If you’re turning left, your right foot should be at the bottom with your left foot at the top. This technique takes practice. If you get it right, sharp turns will feel like a breeze and you won’t lose all that precious momentum!

If you’re in the market for a new bike or updated gear always, always shop local. Trust these guys, they’re professionals:

Trailhead – located at 2211 Seminole Dr SW, Studio 1000 https://www.trailheadinc.net/
Blevin’s Bicycle Co. – located at 8402 Whitesburg Dr http://www.blevinsbicycleco.com/
Bicycle Cove, Hampton Cove – located at 5575 Highway 431 S http://www.bicycle-cove.com/

Finally, if you’re local to the Trailhead community, you’ve already found your adventure. Now get out there and live it!

 

-Morgan Vick, mountain bike enthusiast

 


Picture This: A Walk in the Park

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  1. a strip of undeveloped land near an urban area, set aside for recreational use or environmental protection.

If hiking Huntsville isn’t your thing, this blog is for you!
Picture this: it’s Saturday morning, the sun is shining, your children and dogs are wound up, you’re looking for a way to burn some energy and get some fresh air. You pack up the family and visit one of the many walking trails or greenways in the Huntsville area!

But wait, there are a few things you need to do in preparation. While telling a friend, planning your route, and packing the essentials may not be as important for a walk in the park as they are for a hike on the mountain – these things still matter!

Bring a Friend: The greenways and walking trails around Huntsville are too beautiful to walk alone. Invite a friend or two, get outside and get some fresh air with your favorite people. If you aren’t into long walks on the concrete, rollerblading or biking are great ways to go the distance in a short amount of time. Bring your four-legged friend for some exercise too, as all of these trails are dog friendly!

Pack the Essentials: Water, sunscreen, and band-aids (if you’re rollerblading). The average length of Huntsville’s walking trails is about 3 miles – some just over 5, some just under 1. The trail you choose will determine the essentials you need. Additionally, leave no trace – carry out what you bring in.

Plan Your Route: There are over 9 trails and greenways in the area, each one special and unique. With such a wide variety of walking trails and greenways, I guarantee you will find your perfect fit. Here are some of my favorites:

Aldridge Creek Greenway: This greenway is located in South Huntsville near Bailey Cove Road, a half-mile south of Weatherly Road to Ditto Landing with a total distance of 5.49 miles. Parking is available at Ken Johnston Park and Ditto Landing. Favorite things about this trail? The view of the mountains! Aldridge Creek is perfect for running, walking, rollerblading, or biking! For the full experience, follow this greenway all the way to the Tennessee River.

Big Cove Creek Greenway: Tucked away in East Huntsville, from Cranfield Road to the Flint River Greenway at Hays Nature Preserve, The Big Cove Creek Greenway has a total distance of 2.86 miles. Parking is available at trailheads located on Old Highway 431 and Hays Nature Preserve. Favorite thing about this trail? This is truly a nature trail! Complete with gorgeous streams, beautiful bridges and lots of wildlife.

Tennessee River Greenway: This greenway is, by far, my favorite. It is located in South Huntsville, from Ditto Landing to the Madison County Marina with a total length of .93 miles. Parking is available at the Ditto Landing trailhead. Favorite thing about this trail? Walk, bike, or blade along the Tennessee River for a view you can’t find anywhere else.

Picture this: it’s Saturday morning, the sun is shining, your children and dogs are wound up, you’re looking for a way to burn some energy and get some fresh air. You invite your friends, pack the essentials, and pick the perfect path for your walk in the park.


Picture This: Hiking Huntsville, AL

Picture this: it’s Saturday morning, the sun is shining, your children and dogs are wound up, you’re looking for a way to burn some energy and get some fresh air. If you’re a Huntsville local, you’re in luck! Pack up the family and hit the hiking trails!

But wait, in order to make the most of your day on the trail, there are a few things you need to do in preparation. Huntsville hiking trails are not your average walk in the park (Picture This: Walk in the Park, coming soon). In order to make the best of your trip- tell a friend, plan your route, and bring all the essentials.

Tell A Friend: There are places on the Monte Sano where cell service is limited. Cell phone batteries do not stand the test of time, especially when you're following your All Trails App, listening to music, or taking pictures of your family. Tell a friend (that isn’t hiking with you) where you parked your car, where you plan to hike, and when you plan get home.

Plan Your Route: All Trails is the perfect hiking tool. The collection of detailed, hand-curated trail maps provides confidence and a sense of security when you’re out in the thick of it. Allow the app to use your location, and follow your trail so you don’t get lost! This feature comes in handy when the leaves have fallen and covered the beaten path. Each trail on the app has a rank of difficulty, trail distance, and estimated time to complete. The best part? You can follow your location without cell service! Once you become familiar with the trail systems on Monte Sano, Chapman Mountain, or around Trailhead you can pay more attention to the nature and making memories with your family. However, even the most seasoned hikers miss a turn and have to rely on the app.

Another important factor for planning your route — trail conditions. Understanding which trails drain better than others comes with experience and knowledge of the trail systems. You will learn your lesson after you take your dog down Monte Sano’s High Trail the day after a heavy rain! Land stewards of The Land Trust of North Alabama ask hikers to avoid trails after a heavy rain, the traffic impacts drainage and promotes trail erosion. Plan your route around the weather to protect the trails and prevent muddy situations.

Bring the Essentials: Toilet paper. Enough said. Water is next best essential for hitting the trails! Dehydration can cause confusion and disorientation, a recipe for disaster while hiking in an unfamiliar place. Even in January, drinking enough water is essential for a successful outing with the family. So, bring plenty of water for everyone, even a little collapsible bowl for your four-legged friend! Different terrains require different essentials. Luckily, in Huntsville, AL we don’t have to worry about serious snow or ice, so leave the shoe chains at home. If you don’t trust your balance or footing, a hiking stick will be your best friend! Find one along the trail or pick up an inexpensive hiking pole from your local REI. Finally, leave no trace — carry out what you bring in.

Picture this: it’s Saturday morning, the sun is shining, your children and dogs are wound up, you’re looking for a way to burn some energy and get some fresh air. You tell a friend, plan your route, pack the essentials, and make the most of your day in Huntsville, AL!


Huntsville: Affordable Living & A Great Life

 

Think about the city you live in now. What has it done for you lately? If you can’t think of an answer quickly, your city could be taking advantage of you. Do you have to pay $20 for a salad? If so, it might be time to think about relocation. Yes. Moving is stressful, and no one wants to do it, but ultimately, we have to consider our financial situations to determine the best place to hang our hats.

Living within our means allows us to focus on the things in life that matter. Former Forbes contributor + personal finance expert Michael Kay says it well: “You are faced with choices every day. Offers that entice your senses, that add confusion rather than clarity to your life.” If you want to declutter your mind and live a life filled with fun and financial stability, consider moving to a city that makes the most of your paycheck. Here are three reasons why Huntsville, Alabama, is a city that provides potential financial freedom to its residents — and why it could be a city worth moving for.

High Earning Potential
Relocating to Huntsville could be one of the smartest financial decisions you make. Data analyzed from the Council for Community and Economic Research and the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Huntsville ranks second among U.S. cities that offer the highest salaries and the lowest cost-of-living overall. Huntsville’s economic example offers proof that high price tags don’t always accompany high incomes. Getting paid more doesn’t always mean having to spend more. If you live in the right place, bills are less likely to devour your entire paycheck each month.

Affordable Housing & Groceries
The most significant monthly expense is housing in any city — whether paying rent or mortgage, everyone needs a roof over their heads. Cities like Huntsville get it. They understand that housing and food are fundamental human rights that should be accessible to all. You’ll find the right home for a price far below the national average in Huntsville, and you’ll likely sleep with a full belly every night. Huntsville housing costs are a whopping 26% below the national average, and grocery spending is 4% below. Plus, monthly energy costs average 11% lower than major metro cities like New York and LA. Considering all of these numbers, Huntsville boasts an overall cost-of-living that’s 5% below the national average.

Entertainment on a Budget
Whether we like it or not, budgeting is crucial to our overall happiness no matter where we live. Entertainment is healthy and good for the soul — so you can’t completely cut it from your budget, but there are creative ways to trim it down. And yes, it probably does need a trim. “Americans spend nearly the same amount each year on entertainment as they do on health insurance. Just like with food costs, you can curb how much you spend on entertainment by altering your behavior,” nerdwallet writes. In a city like Huntsville, there are so many low or no-cost activities available to you that “altering your behavior” is easy. There are dozens of ways to take advantage of Huntsville’s low or no-cost entertainment, and your wallet will thank you for it.

That’s right. You can take advantage of your city, rather than have it take advantage of you! Of course, every person is different, and you should spend some time evaluating your specific financial criteria before making any major life decisions. So before you start packing, use this handy cost-of-living calculator to help you find out if Huntsville is the right city for you today.


Explore Huntsville Living

Do you appreciate city convenience as much as you love the scent of fresh mountain air? Deciding on a place to live is probably a pretty daunting task if so. Finding the best of both worlds (on our tiny planet Earth) may seem impossible, but it doesn’t have to be that difficult. With a booming economy, breathtaking landscapes, a stellar public school system, and a tight-knit bond to historic U.S. space missions, the city of Huntsville is the perfect place to live long and prosper in the footsteps of Monte Sano Mountain. “Rocket City” residents have the benefit of launching fulfilling lives with relative ease — especially if they settle down in Trailhead, where walkable streets are the only ones you’ll find. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful, quiet homelife or busy days that seem to pass by like the speed of light, there’s a space for you in Huntsville, Alabama.

Home to some of the nation's strongest intellectual minds and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, it’s clear why Huntsville earned its’ nickname, “Rocket City.” But that’s not the only reason the city gets top marks in education. Data from Wallethub concludes that Huntsville is the 27th most educated city in the nation. And Niche.com ranks are among the top 30 school districts in the entire state.

With public access to nationally recognized schools, it’s no surprise that the Huntsville economy is strong and ever-growing. “From 2000 to 2017, the Huntsville metro area grew employment by 32% or twice the rate of the broader U.S.,” CNBC.com writes. Huntsville's economic resilience is now more evident than ever amidst the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Jerry Underwood of Alabama Now, the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber announced in September 2020 that 510 new jobs are coming to the area — with more than $71 million of investments expected in the community.

While financial stability within a strong economy is essential — in Huntsville, you’ll discover the joy that’s light years beyond your work life. Fill your days off with as much excitement or leisure as you’d like. It’s easy to zip over to the local museums. But maybe you’d like to float away for a bit to check some names off your holiday shopping list instead (or buy something for yourself for once). Reconnect with nature and visit Huntsville Botanical Gardens. Enjoy the temperate climate and bike Monte Sano State Park (trail access coming soon to Trailhead!)

Consider your next move to be a giant leap forward and not just a small step. Huntsville's city offers a diverse cultural landscape dedicated to the community's success as a whole. It’s a place where you’ll find young professionals, empty nesters, and suburban families living side-by-side in harmony.

It’s time to look outside your current living situation and discover something completely new in a city, unlike any other in Alabama or the nation —“Rocket City.”