New Market / Mt. Carmel / Gurley
If a sleepy farm town is your idea of home, you can’t do much better than New Market, about 17 miles northeast of Huntsville. Sparsely populated, but still easily commutable to the city, New Market was one of the first areas explored and settled by Europeans in Alabama. It still retains the feel of a town left largely alone by time, but recent development in the area makes it a prime choice for home buyers looking for new construction away from the crowds of the city.
The Mt. Carmel region, once quiet farmland, is now the residential community of choice for people working in Huntsville’s industrial sector along Route 72. It is made up of a master planned community and surrounding neighborhoods that enjoy access to excellent public schools and a convenient retail hub. Mt. Carmel is full of late 20th century and new contemporary homes built in one of the most picturesque natural settings in the region. Its proximity to Alabama A&M University also makes it a great choice for students and academics of agriculture and industry looking for housing close to a well-regarded research institution.
Follow the Flint River south along the mountains from New Market and Mt. Carmel and you’ll run into the 19th century railroad town of Gurley resting in a broad valley of the Appalachians. Bisected by the commercial artery of Route 72 and hugged by the Flint and Paint Rock rivers, Gurley is about 15 miles east of Huntsville. Wander through its streets complete with Queen Anne-style homes, early 20th century southern cottages, and 19th century brick storefronts and you might just lose all sense of time. The occasional whistle of passing coal trains helps complete the effect. The greater Huntsville region is growing rapidly, and Gurley is ripe for energetic homebuyers looking for historic restoration opportunities!
Parks and Recreation
There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in the New Market/Riverton area. Plan a day of fishing for largemouth bass or Channel Cat at Madison County Lake. Meander the twists and turns of the Flint River and view the local wildlife up close while paddling a kayak or canoe. Need a little more adventure? View the Tennessee Valley while hang gliding from high atop Keel Mountain in Gurley.
The New Market/Riverton area offers affordable country living with city convenience. There are plenty of shops, service businesses, and grocery stores in these communities, as well as, the added convenience of being only 10-15 minutes from downtown Huntsville and only 20 minutes from Cummings Research Park.
There are many beautiful home sites with large lot sizes where you can purchase a home or build the home of your dreams in these sleepy, rural communities.
The communities in these areas are all part of an excellent Madison County School System that includes Madison County and Buckhorn High Schools. Elementary schools include Madison County Elementary, Mt. Carmel Elementary, and New Market School. The middle schools for the area are Madison County and Buckhorn Middle School.