We have to admit from the start: We’re a bit partial toward Montgomery, Alabama. (After all, Lowder New Homes has been building homes in Alabama’s River Region for more than 60 years!) However, we also know a thing or two about this lovely city, and if you’re thinking of moving to this area, we can think of dozens of reasons why you would love living here. As it stands, here are nine of the top reasons you should consider calling Montgomery, AL your new hometown.
1. The People
Community is about people, and right away, you’ll notice the great sense of community here. Although we’ve got a population of just over 200,000 people (and growing), those people are brimming with southern hospitality and a sense of belonging. No matter which location in Montgomery, Alabama you choose to buy or build, you’ll actually get to know your neighbors here. We like to think of it as the biggest small town in America.
2. The Food
Montgomery is known for its home cooking, and it’s reflected in many of the dining choices here. Oh, you can go to the national chain restaurants, of course, but to get a real feel for the local tastes, try checking out one of our authentic barbecue joints or locally owned restaurants. We’re also close enough to the Gulf that you can find some of the best seafood around.
3. The History
If you’re a history buff, you’re simply going to love it here. From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, Montgomery has played a critical role in American history. You’ll find historic landmarks and preserved buildings throughout the area — and be sure to check out the Civil Rights Memorial, Rosa Parks Museum, the Alabama Department of Archives and History, the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Alabama State Capitol.
4. The Neighborhoods
The Greater Montgomery area is home to a wide range of great neighborhoods. This area is growing rapidly, and we’re seeing numerous new housing developments to keep up with the demand — many of which have wonderful resort-style amenities. East Montgomery, in particular, has been in high demand in recent years, but there are also some amazing suburban communities like Pike Road, Prattville, Millbrook and Auburn that are just a short drive from the city. From pet-friendly neighborhoods to family-centric neighborhoods, from contemporary living to countryside surroundings that embrace nature, there’s something for everyone here.
5. The Sports
Within a couple of weeks of moving to Montgomery, you’re likely to be asked the question: “Are you War Eagle or Roll Tide?” What they’re asking is whether your college football loyalties are with Auburn or Alabama. That’s just how much we love our college football here. Of course, you can enjoy other sports teams, as well. We’ve got the Alabama State Hornets and our minor league baseball team, the Montgomery Biscuits, which play in the Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium. There’s also plenty of hometown pride for the sports teams at Faulkner University and Huntingdon College — and let’s not forget our Dixie Youth baseball league!
6. The Music and Arts
As the birthplace of both country and blues, Alabama’s music legacy is rich to say the least. Here in Montgomery, we’re part of that legacy. Once the hometown of legends Nat King Cole and Hank Williams, Montgomery today continues to host a vibrant music scene with bands and artists of all styles playing in local small, mid-size and larger venues. You’ll never lack for a great show here.
Music isn’t the only type of art you’ll find in Montgomery. Most outsiders don’t associate this area with the fine arts, but the fact is we’re a regional hub for them. The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is one of our most popular tourist destinations, for example — not to mention the original art galleries you’ll find scattered around the city. We also have the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, which performs at the Davis Theater, the Montgomery Center for the Performing Arts and even outdoors. We also have the Montgomery Ballet, the River Region Ballet, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival… the list goes on.
7. The Great Outdoors
Scenic beauty is one of the hallmarks of the Alabama River Region, with great opportunities for hiking, biking, climbing, fishing, golf and more! From the winding Alabama River to the gorgeous Talladega National Forest, this area is brimming with natural beauty and resources. Here in Montgomery, many of the newer subdivisions are designed to embrace nature, enabling residents to enjoy an active lifestyle while enjoying Alabama’s natural beauty just outside their doors.
8. The Affordability
Let’s face it, money plays a huge factor for most of us in deciding where to live. For some, it’s the deciding factor. One of the most attractive things about Montgomery is that it enjoys one of the lowest costs of living anywhere in the country (well below the national average). If you’re moving from another large or mid-size city in another part of the country, you’ll feel the difference almost immediately. Your dollars go further here.
9. The Low Cost of Real Estate
The cost of a home is, of course, part of your cost of living, but we’ve given it its own category because the cost of real estate is especially affordable in Montgomery. The fact is you can build a spacious new home in one of the area’s inviting new construction subdivisions for less than an average apartment costs in the Northeast! Even people on modest budgets find themselves surprised by how much home they can afford. To us, it’s one of the top reasons to call Montgomery, AL your new hometown.
If you’re thinking to build a new construction home in the Montgomery area, Lowder New Homes would love to be your builder. To learn how we can help, call us at 334-270-6789.