Hunting for a Home in Huntsville

By: Art Gib

As home to the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama is a popular area for engineers and military personnel. The military, government and educational facilities also attract a lot of international residents. For example, more than ten percent of the people in Huntsville are natives or other countries and more than a hundred languages and dialects are spoken in the area.

A lot of people are drawn to the city by its subtropical climate and geography too though. For example, snow and ice area a rare sight, there are tree-covered hills surrounding the city and there is a beautiful national park with waterfalls and creeks nearby. Huntsville is also far enough inland to escape most of the rough weather from gulf hurricane storms.

In addition to being a safe and beautiful place, Huntsville is full of history and entertainment. Visitors and residents can learn about the city's early history, civil war conflicts, rocket engineering achievements and visit art festivals, museums, and parks. There are also plenty of golf courses, theaters and restaurants in town.

The economy is another factor that draws residents to the city. Even though the defense, technology and space industry's are the driving economic forces in Huntsville, the city is also home to manufacturing, retail and service businesses. There are even a few Fortune 500 companies in the area.

Best of all, Huntsville has been rated Alabama's most affordable residential real estate market. The southern part of the United States is generally more affordable than the coasts and the northern regions, but the Huntsville real estate market is a particularly attractive because it combines beauty, diversity and affordability in one location. The median price for a Huntsville single family home is around $140,000. There are lower and higher prices throughout the market, but you can definitely find a beautiful home for a reasonable price. And, once you find the home you are looking for, you can enjoy the friendly atmosphere cultivates by genuine southern hospitality.

There are hundreds of listings in the Huntsville area though and, without the proper guidance, it could be difficult to sort through your options. That is why hiring a Realtor is such a wise decisions. Rather than wandering aimlessly through neighborhoods, you can go directly from one home to another to find the housing that meets your budget and your needs. They can oversee the details of closing on the property as well.

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