What Cities are Close to Huntsville?

Moving to the Huntsville Area? Too big for you? Too small? We have the answers to all your questions about moving to Huntsville and finding the right town or city for you. 

Huntsville, Alabama, is home to about 220,000 residents, and while that might not be a lot to some, it may be overwhelming to others. We're here to help you find the perfect town, village, city, or neighborhood to suit your lifestyle and your budget.one common question we get is what cities are close to Huntsville? You may want to live just outside of the main city area but still be close enough for modern conveniences and amenities such as the mall, premier shopping centers, grocery stores and restaurants.

The most popular cities close to Huntsville are Madison, Decatur, and Athens. These are the largest communities that are the closest to Huntsville but there are other smaller cities and towns such as Hartselle, Scottsboro, Meridianville, and Gadsden as well. Some of our top communities, which technically are part of neighboring towns but are practically little villages themselves, are Owens Crossroads and Hampton Cove. These are probably the most popular right now with home prices and designs. They are essentially many cities in and of themselves.

Let's break it down to find which city or town might be the best for your next move.

Madison

Madison

Madison is sometimes considered a suburb of Huntsville but is its own town. It's located west of downtown Huntsville, just north of Interstate 565. It's home to about 60,000 residents, so it's about 1/4 of the size of Huntsville. Many people say this is one of the best places to live in Alabama, and there's a sparse suburban feel where most residents own their own homes. As of 2024, the average home price is about $410,000. Madison has a good collection of shopping centers, markets, fitness centers, parks, great schools, and restaurants. So, if you're looking for a "mini" Huntsville, Madison is probably your best option. It's about 18 minutes or 12 miles to downtown Huntsville from Madison.

Athens

Athens

Athens is about 40 minutes or 35 miles from Huntsville, so while it's close, it's not too practical if you like to work or play in Huntsville. It is a bit of a drive just outside the city. It's located Northwest of Huntsville and is home to about 30,000 residents.  The average home price is less than Huntsville at about $320,000 and you'll find general services like grocery stores and shops, restaurants and parks all serving the town. One perk about Athens is it's access; there are several roads and highways going in and out throughout the city making it an easy commute town.  The schools rank high for class sizes and grades and are popular among many families with school-age children. 

What Cities are Close to Huntsville

Decatur

Located south of Madison, Decatur is about 30 minutes southwest of Huntsville across the Tennessee River. It's home to about 58,000 residents and is easily accessible via Hwy 72 or I63. this larger town has multiple micro-neighborhoods, shops, restaurants, parks and great schools. If you would like to live just outside Huntsville, Decatur is a great option. It's home prices average about $220,000 making it a more affordable option than some of the highlights above. People love this area for recreation because it is so close to the river. If you like to fish or boat, Decatur may be your favorite place. Decatur also boasts a unique art scene with the River Clay Fine Arts Festival and Festival of the Cranes. 

Owens Cross Roads

Owens Cross Roads

This unique community is located southeast of downtown Huntsville and is about 25 minutes or 14 miles away. Home to just under 3000 residents, Owen's Cross Roads is accessible along Highway 431 and offers a few communities and micro-neighborhoods but not a lot of services and amenities. It's quite spread out covering 8 mi.² in the broad valley carved out by the Flint River. It's surrounded by rugged hills and mountains including the Green Mountain to the west and Keel Mountain to the east. Most students utilize the Madison County School District and home prices typically range from a $250,000 to about $600,000 on average. You'll find quaint older homes, acreage, larger lots, and even newer developments. This is a popular location for those that want to live outside the city and acquired her, more rural setting.

Hampton Cove, AKA Big Cove

Hampton Cove, AKA Big Cove

Hampton Cove is located in a community called Big Cove, which is technically part of Owens Cross Roads. I know it can be confusing, but Hampton Cove is actually one of the more popular places to live in the Huntsville Metro area. Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, this well-established master-planned community has over 2000 homesites and combines a beautiful collection of waterfalls, green spaces, walking trails, parks, and lay grounds. There are 20 neighborhoods in Hampton Cove, from larger estates to smaller starter homes, making it an ideal place for many folks living just outside of the big city of Huntsville. It's technically just north of Owens Cross Road at the intersection of Sutton Road and Highway 1, offering easy access to shops, restaurants, and services such as a Walmart supercenter, multiple restaurants, clinics, salons, and recreational facilities. The schools assigned to Hampton Cove are also highly rated, making this an ideal place to live just outside of Huntsville.

Again, these are the most popular places to live just outside of Huntsville, but there are smaller communities as well, such as Meridianville, Mount Carmel, Brownsboro, New Market, Hazel Green, and others. These smaller communities may not have a lot of amenities and services but still offer easy access to downtown Huntsville by one of the many highways, such as 431, 53, 72, and 231. If you're looking to live inside of Huntsville, there are many neighborhoods inside the city limits to choose from with a variety of home prices and styles. For more information on where to live in Huntsville or the cities just outside of Huntsville, please give us a call. We work all these areas and are proud to call Huntsville our home. Whether it's Madison, Decatur, Athens, or one of the master-planned communities, we can help you find the perfect home in Huntsville.

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