Great Reasons to Move and Build in Madison

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: October 26, 2017

Huntsville is on the path to becoming the biggest city in north Alabama. Hundreds of jobs continue to move to our area and provide a healthy economy of growth. The Rocket City has seen a steady incline in population and several large organizations have moved here or plan to in the near future. Real estate is healthy in this area and several huge commercial projects are in the works, such as Midcity Huntsville and Downtown Huntsville.


What’s more impressive is the dramatic growth of the HSV neighbor, Madison. Believe it or not, Madison has actually existed since 1869. It took 100 years to reach 4000 people since its only main draw was a railroad depot. This would all change when America plopped a few Germans in Huntsville and had them build rockets. We are all familiar with the results! Once viewed as a small “suburb of Huntsville,” Madison has multiplied its population by 10 times since 1980, surpassing 40,000.
At Legacy, we have seen the opportunity and growth of the area and have created several beautiful communities in that area like Iredell, Heritage Brook, and Applewood. But why exactly is everyone moving to Madison? Here’s our thoughts on some key factors affecting the migration.



Madison has many engineers, as does Huntsville. So access to the Arsenal is critical. Madison residents have a quick access to Gates 7 and 9. For non-government workers, highway 72 and interstate 565 make a commute to anywhere easy. While you may hear the occasional complaint about traffic, most of those complaints come from locals who have yet to live in a top 10 metro city of the United States. While we have our occasional jam, it’s smooth sailing most days with a small 30 min slowdown around 5pm.

School Systems
Madison has a great reputation of taking care of the children. The school system is much newer than Huntsville, affording the community new buildings, a rich support system, and an active local government. Many people move from Huntsville to access these excellent schools and our Legacy communities benefit from being in the best zones. Huntsville and Madison took 3 of the 10 in top 10 schools in Alabama.

Room to Grow
While Huntsville has “rocketed” in its job growth, land has also become a fairly scarce resource. While Madison has also grown dramatically, many residents happily agree that it feels less crowded. It’s population density is still half of Huntsville. There’s still a few farms and plenty of trees that dot the area to give it a country feel with city benefits. It’s far more than a train station but it is still definitely on the move!

5 Reasons Why Huntsville Buyers Prefer New Homes for Sale

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: October 5, 2017

 Huntsville Alabama is an interesting real estate market because it caters to a very unique audience. A majority of the buyers are government employees or contractors. Conservative values lead to a desire for family friendly living arrangements. Southern rural housing bleeds over into urban desires thus the demand for land and space is higher. Currently moderate traffic levels allow for farther commutes to and from the workplace. Huntsville is continuing to trend to higher growth and may be the biggest city in the state within just a few more years. 

Given these traits, here is 5 reasons why Huntsville buyers want a new house to move into.

Designed to their Preferences

Engineering, mathematics and physics based jobs require a lot of planning and customization. With this desire to shape the future of our country’s defense or energy, this smart, science community is prone to desire control over their living circumstances and customization to how it is laid out. Buying an older home often will require remodels to fit their needs while working with a new home builder allows them to choose what they desire.

Family Values need Family Room

The Huntsville area has a high rate of children under 18 in the household, constituting about 28% of our total population. Conservative populations with a high Christian presence tend to value family and safety as a top priority. An old home can cause issues as a family expands. In a new home, a family can create the space they anticipate to fill.

Energy and Cost Savings

A smart population such as Huntsville tends not to be frivolous with its hard earned money. An older home is prone to breaking and leakage in both liquid and air. A new home is stout and tight, able to resist temperature change and retain the internal air.  Many new homes have double or triple pane treated windows and come with new Energy Star appliances. Many home builders are also open to installing solar panels if requested by the buyer (though usually not included in the price). Changing appliances, windows or installing solar panels on an old home can be extremely expensive.

Sneezes in the Breeze

One drawback to the Huntsville area is the allergy seasons. While government constitutes a lot of work here, agriculture and forestry are still major industries and create a lot of dust, pollen, and mold spores during certain seasons. A new home will have a state of the art ventilation system, free of these pests. It’s a big gamble when considering an older home.

Location of Choice

Huntsville is a large, spread out city that has grown around Redstone Arsenal in all directions. With numerous gates, the Arsenal is approached from several ways. Some have a commute of only a few minutes and others have a commute of 30+ minutes. But that time is not spent sitting on the highway in a jam as the area has done well to expand lanes with the increased population. The lower traffic has allowed many buyers to increase the geographical scope of their home purchasing options, allowing a plethora of quality home buyers to create communities in many surrounding areas. With close-nit, safe neighborhoods and great school systems, it’s really a no brainer for purchasing a new home for sale in the Huntsville area.