5 things you need to know about Huntsville’s Five Points neighborhood, including the best places to shop

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If your dream home looks like this, Five Points might be the place for you. (Jacob Blankenship / Hville Blast)

One of Huntsville’s most iconic and historic neighborhoods is Five Points. Whether you’re a permanent resident or just passing through, the neighborhood’s vibrant yet cozy atmosphere is sure to draw you in.

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RealtySouth Agent Carmen Hurter (right) gave us the full rundown on the Five Points neighborhood. (Jacob Blankenship / Hville Blast)

We met up with Carmen Hurter, RealtySouth agent and local resident, to tour the neighborhood and experience all that it has to offer. Hurter is a Huntsville native who’s been a homeowner in Five Points since last year. She gave us the rundown on five things you need to know before you visit.

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1. It’s close to everything

No matter what part of town you’re in, you’re not far from Five Points.

Hurter said the neighborhood’s boundaries can loosely be defined by:

  • North of Maple Hill Cemetery,
  • South of Oakwood Avenue and
  • East of California Street and Andrew Jackson Way

That great location means that you’re close to everything. A few driving distances you might want to know:

  • Downtown Huntsville is less than 5 minutes away by car, but close enough to walk.
  • You’re only about 10 minutes away from Monte Sano State Park.
  • Lowe Mill and Campus No. 805 are also about 10 minutes away.
  • Research Park is 20 minutes away, and it only takes about 10 minutes to get to Gate 9 at Redstone Arsenal.
  • All the shops, restaurants + entertainment at Bridge Street Town Centre are only 15 minutes away.

But, you’ll find that you don’t actually have to leave Five Points to find great entertainment. That’s because…

2. Events like PorchFest highlight great talent + community charm

Five Points is also known as an artist’s community. Perhaps no event epitomizes that better than PorchFest, a yearly music festival in which homeowners along Pratt Ave turn their front porches into stages for Southern musicians.

Artists featured at this year’s event, which took place May 7, represented Huntsville, Nashville and the Shoals. They included:

3. The shopping is great

Five Points is also known for its walkability. Whether you’re looking for something for yourself or a gift for someone you love, you’re sure to find a locally owned shop that satisfies. These were some of our favorites:

  • For Paws in Five Points, a pet supply store where you and your furry friends will feel equally at home.
  • Star Super Market, a locally owned grocery store that’s been in business since the 1940s. Hurter said the meat department might be the shop’s best-kept secret.
  • Victoria’s Interiors, a chic spot where you can find everything you need to outfit your new home.
  • Walker’s Market, a gift shop and home store that’s also a one-stop shop for charcuterie boards.
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4. You’ll also find one-of-a-kind eats

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’ll find somewhere to satisfy your cravings in Five Points. Here are the spots that locals love:

5. The homes are unique and historic

Five Points home
When can I move in? (Jacob Blankenship / Hville Blast)

Lovers of historic homes (and new homes with historic charm) will feel right at home among the century-old bungalows that line Pratt, Ward and Wellman. The neighborhood was annexed into Huntsville in 1925, and nearly every home you’ll pass in the heart of Five Points has a placard out front establishing the year the house was built + the first family that lived there.

Hurter said that homes in Five Points range from price points around $200,000 to $600,000 and above. These homes vary in size, style and age, from bungalows and cottages built in the late 1800s and early 1900s to more modern craftsman style homes built within the last several years.

Ready to make Five Points your home? Reach out to our friends at RealtySouth.

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