Ever wondered about all those adorable houses that line Homewood Drive in Piedmont? Or, maybe you want to know how Jones Valley got its name?
Me, too! As a recent transplant to the Huntsville area, I’ve made it my goal to learn more about what makes Huntsville’s neighborhoods distinct and special. That’s why I met up with Hannah Page Clayton, RealtySouth agent and Huntsville native, to drive around Jones Valley and Piedmont and find out about all of the spots locals love the most.
Here’s what you need to know.
Defining the neighborhood
We decided to focus our tour on the Jones Valley and Piedmont neighborhoods, which basically encompass the northern half of the 35802 zip code.
“Piedmont” mostly describes the residential neighborhood within these boundaries:
- South of Drake Avenue
- North of Homewood Drive
- East of Riley Road, AND
- West of Whitesburg Drive
“Jones Valley” gets its name from the Jones Family Farm, which is nearly 100 years old and still operates as a working farm. The original farm encompassed more than 2,000 acres. Now, much of that land has been developed, though 33 acres were preserved to create Jones Farm Park.
Jones Valley can be loosely defined by these borders:
- North of Willowbrook Drive
- East of Whitesburg Drive
- West of Blevins Gap
You’ll get the best feel for Jones Valley by driving along Carl T. Jones Drive.
PS: RealtySouth agents like Clayton can tell you everything you need to know about your dream Huntsville neighborhood.
5 restaurants to try
Little Rosie’s Taqueria: As a Florence native-turned-Madison resident, I was raised with a deep love of Rosie’s Mexican Cantina. But, one thing that Piedmont has that you can’t find anywhere else is Little Rosie’s, the fast-casual version of the Mexican restaurant that serves delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday.
Bacchus: This wine and tapas spot will transport you from Huntsville, AL, to a romantic, Mediterranean getaway. Bacchus is all about the atmosphere, serving up delicious eats with live jazz music in a gorgeously decorated location.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria: Jones Valley’s newest brick-oven pizza spot is located in the Valley Bend shopping center and is the perfect spot to grab a slice. The fresh-fired pizza pairs perfectly with the restaurant’s extensive wine list—and don’t forget to grab a slice of tiramisu before you head out.
Gibson’s BBQ: Though Gibson’s BBQ is temporarily closed due to a fire, Clayton made sure we included it on our list. The local barbecue joint is owned and operated by the same family that owns Decatur favorite Big Bob Gibson’s and serves up BBQ classics like wings, smoked meats and fried catfish.
Flight Plan: Another wine and tapas spot, Flight Plan specializes in wine flights. Choose from an extensive menu of themed wine flights, including selections like “Pretty in Pink,” a collection of rosé wine, or “Down Under,” which exclusively features wines from New Zealand and Australia.
4 places where people gather
South Huntsville Public Library: Once the home of Grissom High School, the South Huntsville Public Library now hosts the HATCH cafe, reading rooms, study rooms and more. A summer events schedule is available online.
Blevins Gap Nature Preserve: One of the best views of Jones Valley can be found at the top of Blevins Gap. The Land Trust of North Alabama operates Blevins Gap Nature Preserve, with more than 12 miles of trails and 1,086 total acres for you to explore.
Community pools: Both Piedmont and Jones Valley have community pools that host swim teams, summer holiday parties and more.
2 unique spots to shop
Alabama Goods: Alabama Goods is always a go-to spot when I need to buy a gift. It’s especially great for friends who have moved out of state—what better way to say “I care about you” than with a little piece of home?
Sweet Pineapple: Clayton introduced me to this sweet home good and gift shop in Piedmont, and I will definitely be back. From clothing and accessories to cheeky tea towels, you’ll thoroughly enjoy browsing through Sweet Pineapple’s offerings.
Bonus: What’s the housing market like?
Clayton also gave us some insight into what the housing market has been like in the Piedmont neighborhood lately. Here are the stats:
- 98 homes have sold in the last six months.
- The average home price in Piedmont is $444,000, a 13.2% increase over the last year.
- The average home price in Jones Valley is $512,000, a 14.5% increase over the last year.
Curious about the market in your neighborhood? Reach out to RealtySouth Huntsville today: 256.489.0364 | Website.
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