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Old 07-28-2014, 03:00 PM
 
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Good Afternoon.

My son, who at present is living in Germany, will be relocating to Huntsville at the end of his term. Because he has spent most of his adult life stationed away from the States, he is looking forward to being close to family. I am considering moving to Huntsville upon his return, and am scouting out Condos in the area.

I was very surprised to learn that Huntsville's tax rates are quite a bit higher than Cobb County, GA where I presently live. Our sales tax is 6 cents on the dollar, and the millage rate on property is much lower, than I have seen listed for Huntsville.

My daughter and I have visited Huntsville a number of times, and always enjoyed the friendly people, and the slower pace (except for the area near the Park Place Mall, which seems to be pretty hectic). It's a beautiful location, and seems to have enough to do for laid back women like us I found a couple of churches which sound like what we would be looking for, as well.

My question is this, what are the better parts of Huntsville to buy a condo in, and are there tax breaks for someone over 70? I will be looking for an economically priced Condo, and from what I have seen from the realtor, there are both expensive and cheap ranges, and I hope to locate something decent, but not overly expensive. I had heard via a sales lady at Belks that the Madison Mall area has more crime, perhaps someone can verify that one way or another? We stayed each time in a motel located just by the Madison Mall, and I was sorry to hear that it would be torn down in the future, because it was a nice little mall.

Thanks for any tips you might be able to give!

jmcinatlanta
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:27 PM
 
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I am assuming you are referring to "Madison Square Mall" Madison Square :: 5901 University Drive, Huntsville, AL. 35806 :: 256.837.0670

I know there was a shoplifting incident there recently that ended up in a fight in the parking lot but I wouldn't say there is much "crime" around there. I don't go there very often though....maybe someone that does can chime in?

I think the problem with Madison Square Mall is that so many stores have closed and most of the restaurants in the food court are gone (closed). I don't think the stores closed because of crime.
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:47 PM
 
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I am assuming you are referring to "Madison Square Mall" Madison Square :: 5901 University Drive, Huntsville, AL. 35806 :: 256.837.0670

I know there was a shoplifting incident there recently that ended up in a fight in the parking lot but I wouldn't say there is much "crime" around there. I don't go there very often though....maybe someone that does can chime in?

I think the problem with Madison Square Mall is that so many stores have closed and most of the restaurants in the food court are gone (closed). I don't think the stores closed because of crime.
how about Parkway Place
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Old 07-28-2014, 10:45 PM
 
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There is ALOT of crime around Madison Square. I would never go there at night.

The stores closed because they are not getting business, probably a side result of people choosing to shop elsewhere because of all the crap that goes on around there.
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:18 PM
 
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Wow. I didn't know that. I've just never seen anything out of the ordinary when I have been over there but I don't go there very often.
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:51 AM
 
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Geez, guys. It's pretty obvious he means the traffic around Parkway Place. And yes, Madison Square is a hellhole.

The reason our sales taxes are high is because we have incredibly low property taxes. We're kinda unprogressive that way. We also tax groceries.

There are townhouses here and there of different quality all over the place. There are some good condos (meaning non-single family detached housing that you buy rather than rent) called Plantation South that I looked at about a decade ago. There are some on the hill on Carl T Jones. And SE of the L & N and Drake intersection. But, there's a train track there and I think it's still active. I can live under an airport, but I don't know about train tracks.

Here's a map I post a lot.


Huntsville's a great place once you get to know it. I highly, highly suggest renting first.

And I didn't include Madison, which to me has a feel very similar to Marietta, but on flat ground, and without the QT and Dunkin' Donuts.
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