Why this young professional loves Athens + its stellar growth


Kathryn and Kyle walking through downtown Athens
Athens is all the buzz in the Huntsville area. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

This year, we’ve covered countless openings in the Athens area, and it’s no secret that the city is attracting many young professionals and families.

Read on to learn why this Athens native wants to live here the rest of her life, plus insider tips on how you can find a great home.

Born + raised in the Athens area

Kathryn and Kyle by Athens mural
Downtown Athens continues to get some amazing local restaurants. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

Kathryn Muenstermann was born and raised in the Athens area, and she is passionate about the local food, shopping and business scene. She’s even made her husband Kyle—a former Madison native—a huge fan of Athens.

Kyle proposed to Kathryn in downtown Athens, and the couple loves grabbing a drink at Athens Alehouse + Cellar, shopping at Pimento’s and eating brunch at Old Black Bear on Sundays.

“Growing up, Athens felt like a small town most people would just drive through. We didn’t have a lot of shopping and dining options, but the people and the charm made up for everything. Now, Athens feels like it’s growing up with us! The downtown area is booming, we’re getting so many new places to eat and shop. It’s really becoming the place to be.”

Kathryn Muenstermann

Great home prices

Kathryn and Kyle at their Athens home with their dog
Kathryn, Kyle and Gabby (Toy Aussie) love their cozy home in Athens. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

Kathryn and Kyle live in one of the cutest neighborhood in Athens. All the homes are updated but aren’t cookie cutter—each house displays distinct finishes and unique personality.

“Working in Huntsville, I love coming home each day to my “little town”. It’s where my family is, and there is so much convenience when you’re running errands. A lot of the places downtown are pet-friendly and everyone is always so kind.”

Kathryn Muenstermann

The Athens area typically boasts lower home price points than Madison and Huntsville. Check out the market by the numbers according to RealtySouth:

  • $302,477 median sale price
  • 22 homes sold in the last month
  • 44 new listings in the last month
  • 199 average properties for sale at any given time
  • 41 median average age of Athens resident
  • $45,195 estimated median income for Athens residents

Considering moving to Athens? Work with the local expert agents at RealtySouth.


More growth ahead for Limestone County

Limestone County Courthouse
Limestone is the fastest growing county in the Huntsville area. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

Limestone County has seen significant growth in the last decade. That’s why it’s time to go ahead and put an offer in on a home now.

“Athens is growing because people are looking for options outside of the Huntsville scene to live, eat and shop. While Huntsville has almost everything you could need, some people also enjoy a more quaint place to call home and I think that’s what Athens has to offer. A small town charm with a growing list of things to do.”

Kathryn Muenstermann

If you’re interested in Athens but it’s a new market for you, your RealtySouth agent can help.


Athens home listings from RealtySouth

Downtown Athens Street
Get your dream home in Athens before it’s gone. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

When you work with RealtySouth to find your Athens home, you can get the best of both worlds.

RealtySouth is owned by the national company Berkshire Hathway, so they offer top notch resources. However, all their agents are local, with most having lived in the Huntsville area their whole lives.

Check out the current Athens listings and get in touch with a local RealtySouth agent today.

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