Welcome to Downtown / Five Points
Check out one of the most sought after areas in Huntsville
Although Downtown and Five Points share the same geographical area, each place has a distinct feel and personality. This artistic neighborhood is the perfect blend of charming and trendy. Downtown is home to the dynamic city center and some of the most expensive and exclusive homes in Huntsville. The stately historic districts of Twickenham and Old Town offer a plethora of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options. The neighboring Five Points is known for its charm and artistic personality. Here, you will find plenty of art galleries, museums, local boutiques, and music.
The origins of Huntsville can be traced back to 1805—the recognized founding of the city upon the arrival of Revolutionary War veteran John Hunt. In 1811, Huntsville became the first incorporated town in Alabama.
Homes in Downtown are some of the most expensive in the area and often date back to the 1800s and early 1900s. Five Points is characterized by historic, modestly sized bungalow-style homes.
What to Love
- An unforgettable culinary experience at Purveyor
- Hands-on experience at Early Works Children’s Museum
- Soaking up the sunshine at Big Spring Park
People & Lifestyle
Since Downtown is home to some of the most illustrious, historic estates in the city, it’s no surprise that this area of the city is exclusive. Retirees make up the majority of Downton’s population. The atmosphere here can be described as regal and elite.
Five Points is primarily home to young working professionals and empty nesters. The atmosphere here is artsy, creative, and hip. Regardless of your age or personality, there is something for you in Downtown or Five Points.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
When it comes to living in Downtown and Five Points, there is never a shortage of exciting opportunities. Enjoy world-class cooking at Purveyor in Downtown. Their menu features a creative spin on American fare paired with unique bourbons. If you’re a pizza fan, then you’re sure to love Pane e Vino. For shopping, check out The Garage or enjoy a special evening out at the Von Braun Center. From hockey to Disney on Ice, the VBC has something to suit everyone’s tastes. Campus 805 is a brewery and entertainment venue that guarantees a fun night out on the town.
In Five Points, start your morning off with a latte and pastry from Old Town Coffee Shop. Since opening in 1998, this hole-in-the-wall coffee shop is known for its top-notch espresso drinks and welcoming environment. Thai Garden is a great place to enjoy a date night out in a laid-back environment. If you’re ready to shop ‘til you drop, check out Star Market. At Al Christopher, you’ll be sure to find great gifts for the holidays.
Things to Do
You’ll never be bored while living here. In Downtown, you can enjoy a revolving calendar jam-packed with activities. Spend a Sunday afternoon strolling through the Huntsville Museum of Art. Founded in 1970, this extensive gallery is home to 14 galleries. For a family-friendly day out, head on over to Early Works Children’s Museum. This hands-on museum is an interactive history museum and is perfect for kids 10 and under.
Head on over to Big Spring Park and enjoy picnicking, jogging, or attending one of the numerous events hosted by the park. During the holidays, try your hand at ice skating. Skating at the Park is a great way to make some unforgettable memories with your loved ones. Huntsville is also home to the annual Crush Wine & Food Festival, which brings the entire community together.
Five Points is home to monthly neighborhood gatherings that take place at different homes. This provides the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbors and build friendships. The Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll is the largest living history strolls in America and one you don’t want to miss.
Downtown and Five Points are home to several top educational institutions, including:
- Huntsville Junior High School, 6-8
- Huntsville High School, 9-12