Those who retire in Huntsville, Alabama will find it has a lot to offer. It is located in the picturesque Tennessee Valley and has many historical districts. Zillow says the median home price is $170,000. About 180,000 people live here and 14.2% are over the age of 65 – above the national average. The weather ranges between 60 degrees in the winter and 84 (or more) in the summer. The crime index is a little higher than we’d like to see it – but there are parts of town that are quite low.
Huntsville is just south of the Tennessee border and the town boasts the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the University of Alabama, among several of the colleges in town. There are several historical sites in the area including plantations and the Old Town District which has been a residential area since the 1820’s. There are 262 homes in the historic district and this is considered one of the best walking neighborhoods in the state. Local grocery stores, restaurants and entertainment is all a short distance away. The whole area used to be a pecan orchard and the district still has many of them. Huntsville, originally named Twickenham, was named after an English town where the founder, Leroy Pope, was born.
There are 20+ golf courses in the area. About half are country club membership courses and the rest are open to the public. Of note is the Limestone Springs Club one of the highest rated courses in Alabama. The club is situated on 225 acres of the Appalachian Mountains and offers dramatic elevations and views.
If you are interested in space exploration, visitors are welcomed at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center which serves as Marshall’s Visitor Information Center. Here, visitors can learn more about Marshall’s legacy and ongoing work. Interactive exhibits and unique historic artifacts provided by the Marshall Center demonstrate our critical role in supporting the breadth of NASA’s missions. Visitors to the information center learn how Marshall performs a broad range of activities — developing, integrating and managing complex space systems and scientific research projects — resulting in exciting and innovative scientific discoveries.