In many downtown areas, residents have limited options when it comes to “how” you want to live. Not here. The center of the Rocket City offers every type of residence you could possibly want.
Whether it’s a 150 year old historic house, a quaint two-bedroom bungalow, a new upscale loft, or an affordable apartment, Downtown Huntsville has something to offer. With three historic districts in and around downtown, Huntsville boasts the largest collection of historic houses in Alabama.
That’s why living in Downtown Huntsville is one of the most interesting places you could locate – and this is just the beginning. Third party experts project a large increase in demand for housing in downtown Huntsville. Read Value Tech's executive summary here and email chad@downtownHuntsville.org for the full report.
Homes & Historic Districts
Most of the single-family housing in downtown is located within one of three historic districts.
Located just east of the downtown core, the Old Town District features smaller homes and lots compared to the Twickenham District. However, with more narrow streets and abundant front porches, this neighborhood is very appealing and inviting. Old Town has a great sense of place where sidewalk strolls and conversations among neighbors is easy. Over 170 houses are within the Old Town district.
This district featuring more than 270 homes is situated just south the Huntsville’s downtown core and features one of the highest concentrations of antebellum homes in Alabama. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, and features numerous homes in the Federal and Greek Revival architectural styles - many dating to the early 1800s. This stately area features tree-lined streets, exquisitely renovated houses and large lots that beckon one back in time. The 1819 Weeden House Museum, home of female artist and poet Maria Howard Weeden, is open to the public, as are several others in the district. Here's an al.com article sharing more of the fascinating background on Twickenham.
Initially part of the 1892 East Huntsville Addition, Five Points developed slowly over the course of a century and features over 350 dwellings. It gained Historic Preservation District status in 1999. The neighborhood's significance is in its illustration of middle-class housing in 20th century Huntsville. The dwellings include a collection of modest one and two-story vernacular Victorian homes, a variety of Bungalows that were very popular in the 1920s and 1930s, modest Cape Cods, and Ranch style houses which were so fashionable in the 1950s and 1960s.
Today, its eclectic mix of housing styles offers a wide variety of price ranges, with options ranging from fully renovated period homes to fixer-uppers to a few brand new homes built to new energy standards. Generally smaller and more affordable than homes in the nearby Old Town Historic District, these houses are close to numerous restaurants, corner markets, downtown and the interstate which makes this a great place for professionals, singles, couples, young families or empty nesters.
Additional single-family housing outside of the three historical districts is mostly clustered near the Medical District, in the Five Points Area, and north of I-565 along the Meridian Street corridor.
301 East Condominiums Luxury condominium living in the downtown core. This 7-story condominium project with ground floor retail and rooftop terrace was completed in 2007 and features 21 two-and three-bedroom residential units and a secure parking area. Offering spectacular views of downtown from its roof-top gathering area and abundant windows, large floor plans with superb interior finishes including exotic stone countertops and custom cabinetry, custom hardwood floors, high ceilings and heavy moldings, this Class A condominium development is among Huntsville’s finest.
The Artisan Lofts These lofts in the new Twickenham Square downtown development offer over 200 units within steps of the new Downtown Publix and over 22,000 square feet of retail as well as five new restaurants. | bellapartmentliving.com/al/huntsville/artisan-twickenham-square/
The Avenue This new, mixed-use development in Downtown Huntsville provides over 190 apartments and 21,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. With stylish details, modern comforts, and open spaces this residence offers you a life less ordinary. Add to that a pedestrian friendly neighborhood and all the amenities Downtown Huntsville provides, and you get city living at its best. | avenuehuntsville.com
Belk-Hudson Loft Apartments Situated two blocks north of the courthouse square in the downtown core, Belk-Hudson Loft Apartments feature a mix of new one and two bedroom apartments. The new four-story building has an attached parking deck, fitness facility and roof-top entertaining and gathering area. Developed and managed by Sealy Realty, Alabama’s largest apartment owner, the Belk-Hudson Lofts provide a much-needed stock of reasonably-priced rental apartments that are walkable to all downtown has to offer. | belkhudsonlofts.com
Francis Court Apartments With 18 units built in 1930, Francis Court offers one and two-bedroom apartments with character. Located on Holmes Avenue across from 301 East Condos, this is a great example of reasonably-priced apartments in downtown.
Lincoln Square Condominiums Located on Green Street near Holmes Avenue, these condos were built in the 1980s by the Jones family, a prominent local family. This property has a historic exterior appearance and appears well maintained. Most of these units are owner-occupied, although some are rentals. Some recent pricing places the three-bedroom units at or above $350,000.
Russell-Erskine Tower Apartments Originally Huntsville’s most prestigious hotel (circa 1928 and on the Madison County National Register of Historic Places), the 12-story Russell Erskine Hotel was converted to apartment use many years ago and was extensively renovated in 2006 into 69 modern “affordable” apartments for the elderly (age 55+). Income and age restrictions apply.
Terry Hutchens Condominiums The upper floors of the seven-story Terry Hutchens Building were extensively renovated in 2002 and represented downtown Huntsville’s first luxury condominiums with 5 one-bedroom and 3 two-bedroom units, each with about 1,650 SF. With interior finishes featuring granite countertops in kitchen, Viking Professional Series kitchen appliances, working fireplaces, remote-controlled ceiling fans, glamour baths with jacuzzi bathtubs, hardwood floors throughout except ceramic tile in bathroom and laundry rooms, these units offer both unique styling and luxury.