Huntsville, AL


Highest Appreciating Huntsville Neighborhoods Since 2000

Huntsville, AL Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q1 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Huntsville Housing Market Information

With 190,582 people, 78,554 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $154,018, Huntsville real estate is some of the most expensive in Alabama, although Huntsville home values aren't among America's most expensive.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Huntsville, accounting for 64.69% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Huntsville include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 23.56%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 7.66%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 2.25%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Huntsville are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 56.16% owning and 43.84% renting.

There is a lot of housing in Huntsville built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Huntsville built between 1940-1969 ( 35.61%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 19.09%). There's also some housing in Huntsville built before 1939 ( 3.25%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Huntsville. Fully 11.18% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Huntsville homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Huntsville real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.

Huntsville Home Appreciation Rates

Real estate appreciation rates in Huntsville's have tracked to near the national average over the last then years, with the annual appreciation rate averaging -0.12% during the period.

NeighborhoodScout's data show that during the latest twelve months, Huntsville's appreciation rate, at 3.95%, has been at or slightly above the national average. In the latest quarter, Huntsville's appreciation rate has been 1.95%, which annualizes to a rate of 8.03%.

Importantly, this makes Huntsville one of the highest appreciating communities in the nation for the latest quarter, and may signal the city's near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to Alabama, our data show that Huntsville's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 70% of the other cities and towns in Alabama.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Huntsville differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Huntsville - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Huntsville real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:

Huntsville, AL HOME PRICES

Value Range
> $1,047,000 1.2
$785,001 - $1,047,000 0.8
$524,001 - $785,000 2.7
$419,001 - $524,000 3.0
$314,001 - $419,000 7.1
$209,001 - $314,000 15.6
$104,001 - $209,000 33.0
$52,001 - $104,000 27.8
$0 - $52,000 8.8

Very High for AL
Average for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
48.3241532872378 14.75

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Huntsville Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
27.50% 1.42% 5 3
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$994 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 56.16
Renters 43.84
Vacant 11.18

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Huntsville HOMES
2000 or Newer 19.1
1970 - 1999 42.0
1940 - 1969 35.6
1939 or Older 3.2

Types of Homes

TYPE OF Huntsville HOMES
Single-Family 64.7
Townhomes 2.3
Small Apt. Buildings 7.7
Apt. Complexes 23.6
Mobile Homes 1.8
Other 0.0

Home Size

SIZE OF Huntsville HOMES
No Bedroom 2.09
1 Bedroom 12.22
2 Bedrooms 22.71
3 Bedrooms 39.89
4 Bedrooms 18.95
5 or more bedrooms 4.14