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Old 05-21-2012, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Petticoat Junction
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Oh good grief, don't listen to this nonsense.

Huntsville is a fine city and a great place to raise a family. Just like any other city it has its rougher areas, but the schools, especially in the southeastern part of town, have historically been some of the best in the state.

Yes, TC has an agenda. Just take that into account.
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:52 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Well, I think we have decided to narrow our search to Madison for now. That will give us enough time to learn the nuances of the city of Huntsville before we decide to buy a house.
A smart decision that shows you are an intelligent couple who's done their home work

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Is there an easy guide to things like water/electric/internet providers? Any ballpark figures for how much these things generally run in a 3bed/2bath house or apartment?
It depend a lot on the size of house/ apartment, and if it has energy efficient features, dual pane insulated windows, etc... Ask the apartment rental office or the landlords... Plan on $200ish for the winter and $100ish for the summer
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:20 PM
 
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While we are hoping to find a rental house, we aren't entirely ruling out an apartment complex. Althought the idea of being in an apartment with two little ones scares me! Can anyone tell me anything about:
Carrington Cove
Waverly Place
The Vintage
We plan to visit soon and look around some. What are some fun inexpensive thing to do that will help us get a feel for the place?
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
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For the 2009 year (the last year I lived there) our 3br, 2ba, 2,250 SF rancher home utility bill averaged $232 per month. My wife works from home, so that may skew the results higher a bit.
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:44 PM
 
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I spent a long time researching Apartments in the area before I decided an apartment wouldn't meet our unique needs. Here is the list I made lowest to highest price that were in safe areas:

Name - Zip code - Walkscore - Remarks
Hunters Landing 35016 45 Pro: Price Con: Distance, Size
Oak Ridge Apartments 35760 23 Pro: Price, Location Con: Size
Mountain Ridge Apartments 35803 25 Pro: Location Con: Unknown Size
Camelot Apartments 35611 9 Pro: Price, Size Con: Distance
Oakview Apartments 35611 15 Pro: Price, New Con: Distance
Southwind Apartments 35611 28 Pro: Newer, Price Con: Distance
Windscape Apartments 35611 51 Pro: Newer, Price Con: Distance
Hunter's Chase 35758 6 Pro: Price Con: No Pool
Madison Gardens 35806 49 Pro: Price Con: Older
Country Club 35802 65 Pro: Cottages Con: Older
Sterling Ridge 35758 40 Pro: Location Con: Older
Windscape Apartments 35758 29 Pro: Hot Tub / Sauna Con: Older
Meadows of Bailey Cove 35802 42 Pro: Location Con: Older
Waterford Square 35802 66 Pro: Location, Size Con: Older
Lily Flagg Station 35802 60 Pro: Villas, Location Con: Older
The Enclave 35802 46 Pro: Location Con: Size
Abbington Place at South 35803 25 Pro: Location Con: Size
Monte Sano Terrace 35801 9 Pro: Location Con: Reviews, Size
Brittany Point 35802 48 Pro: Location Con: Older
Hampton Falls 35741 31 Pro: Location Con: Type, Price
Grand Reserve at Madison 35758 25 Pro: Nice Amenities Con: Price
Highland Pointe 35806 51 Pro: Gated, Best Con: Price

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Old 06-18-2012, 02:57 PM
 
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We found a reasonably prices rental, but it is a little outside of the Madison City limits. Can anyone tell me about the area just north of 72 around Old Railroad and Balch area? It is good for a family with two young children?
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Madison, AL
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We found a reasonably prices rental, but it is a little outside of the Madison City limits. Can anyone tell me about the area just north of 72 around Old Railroad and Balch area? It is good for a family with two young children?
Extremely convenient to everything on 72. Are you in Knox Creek, Cross Creek (both off Balch)? Both of those are actually in HSV city, so it is Providence Elementary (if you are looking at schools). There are not many parks near there that are not in HOAs, but there is a new Madison city park on Joe Phillips just off the north end of County Line (less than 10 minutes, probably more like 5). *FYI County Line Rd is actually Old Railroad Bed, south of 72....ORRB is north of 72)
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:18 PM
 
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We found a reasonably prices rental, but it is a little outside of the Madison City limits. Can anyone tell me about the area just north of 72 around Old Railroad and Balch area? It is good for a family with two young children?
I live in Rock Creek (which is in HSV city limits), which is a bit north of Capshaw off of ORRB. We have two young kids and we really like it. I like having a bit of a rural feel, but being too far out from HSV/Madison or Athens.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:06 PM
 
Location: The Rocket City
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We used to live in the Balch Rd area, it was nice to be so close to Madison but not pay Madison taxes, but hey we shopped there so they got some money anyway and the subs mentioned, Knox Creek, Cross Creek and Rock Creek are all Providence school zone, just in case you're wondering. Knox Creek is OK, I would prob rent there but not buy for short term, Cross Creek is new, have a friend that lives there, they like it pretty good. They do have a clubhouse/pool, not sure if there is HOA fees. We looked at Rock Creek but ultimately decided that was a little to far for us to move at the time we bought our current house.

We did enjoy living out that way and now the new Target is out there plus Walmart is building soon and a Publix just down County Line, so it's a lot closer to things now, than 4 yrs ago when we lived out there. Good luck!
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:22 AM
 
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Default Rental House off of Bailey Cove and Hobbs

Close to the greenway walking and biking trial, Publix grocery within 1 mile, Jones Valley Target shopping center 3 mile. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, quiet culdesac. $1195 per month.
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