13 things you need to try in Madison, including Third Thursdays on Main


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Heather Kingsley is the expert on all things Madison. (Jacob Blankenship / Hville Blast)

Next week marks my two-year anniversary as a Madison resident, and I’ve loved every bit of it. But, when it came time to give a full neighborhood tour of Madison, I knew I needed an expert to guide me—that’s where RealtySouth Agent Heather Kingsley came in.

Read on to find out what makes Madison such a special town.


Meet Heather Kingsley

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We met Heather on Main Street to visit some of Madison’s favorite spots. (Jacob Blankenship / Hville Blast)

Heather has lived in Madison for 17 years. A resident since 2005, she’s had a front-row seat to all of the explosive growth the town has experienced over the last two decades, bringing new businesses and restaurants, developments like Town Madison and Clift Farm, and the arrival of the Rocket City Trash Pandas and Toyota Field.

But, that doesn’t mean that Madison has lost its small-town charm.

“I think my favorite part of Madison is how family-friendly it is, so many great events, and all of the local establishments where you are always bound to run into a friend.”

Heather Kingsley, RealtySouth Agent + Madison resident

Heather loves that Madison has maintained its community-first feel even as it’s grown. Ready to get exploring? Here are the spots you need to visit:

3 places to shop

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Noble Passage Interiors has everything you could want to decorate your home. (Jacob Blankenship / Hville Blast)

Whether you’re looking for a gift for someone you love or a way to treat yourself, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Madison. Here are a few of our favorites:


7 places to grab a bite

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Old Black Bear is a great place to spend a Saturday evening—or any evening. (Jacob Blankenship / Hville Blast)

Madison has no shortage of delicious spots to eat. Here’s one to try every day of the week:

BONUS: Check out our full guide to coffee shops in Madison.

3 community events to look forward to

For the full community experience, look no further than the many festivals and community events hosted in Downtown Madison. Here’s what you have to look forward to for the rest of this year:

  • Third Thursdays on Main: Downtown Madison | Third Thursday of each month May-August
  • Madison Street Festival: Downtown Madison | First Saturday in October
  • Railyard BBQ Brawl + Music Festival: Downtown Madison | Friday, October 28-Saturday, October 29

BONUS: Market tips + more

Madison has a mix of older homes and brand new developments, like this one near Clift Farm. (Jacob Blankenship / Hville Blast)

Here’s the insight Heather gave on home buying in Madison:

  • Average home price: $475,646
  • Homes sold or pending in last six months: 825

Madison also offers:

  • Great schools with top ratings on Niche and U.S. News
  • Proximity to Redstone Arsenal, Research Park and Huntsville International Airport
  • New businesses and restaurants opening all the time

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