A city of more than 47,000 people, Madison, Alabama, has a large inventory of newer construction single-family homes - some with relatively spacious lots - condos and townhouses, providing a variety of options for homebuyers at any stage in their lives. A testament to its growing popularity, the average price of a home in Madison is higher than that of Alabama as a whole, as well as in bordering Huntsville. Madison's cost of living, though, falls below the average for the United States.
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Madison, along with the surrounding Huntsville metro area, is quickly gaining a reputation as a growing research, technology and high-tech manufacturing hub. Among the more than 1,000 businesses located in the city are Intergraph Corporation, which develops software, and manufacturing businesses STI and Tyonek. Many Madison residents who work in the technology sector are highly educated. The average annual household income within the city is more than $107,000, far surpassing the statewide average. Madison's public schools generally have high ratings. And there are many private and religious school options as well. For higher education, a campus of the University of Alabama is located in Huntsville and several other colleges and universities are located within 50 miles of Madison.
Downtown-Midtown Madison is the city's heart. It's a destination spot with shops, restaurants and services - and a great place to stroll past historic homes, both modest and majestic. For serious shoppers Huntsville is home to Madison Square Mall. At nearly 930,000 square feet, the center is Alabama's largest indoor shopping venue. Madison has many neighborhood parks with sports courts, playgrounds and picnic areas. Among the city's larger parks is Dublin Memorial Park, which features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, trails, a disc golf course and the charming, castle-themed Kids Kingdom Playground that is nestled among oak and walnut trees. Mill Creek Dog Park offers nearly 1.5 acres for furry friends of all sizes to run and romp. Several interconnected greenways and preserves provide natural areas for strolling, hiking, exploring and biking. Rainbow Mountain Preserve, for instance, features rock formations, fossils, caves and a waterfall. A city with a true sense of community, Madison hosts many events throughout the year, including a 4th of July extravaganza, Halloween costume parade and party and a Christmas parade. With its mix of small-city living and high-tech employment opportunities, Madison has a lot to offer. Take a look at our Madison property listings and locate the house that is right for you.