HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Each area within the Tennessee Valley has a different vibe. This month, we unzip the 35763, focusing on the Hampton Cove area.
Bernie Tomkies, Real Estate Advisor with Engel & Völkers, says, "I think that within the city of Huntsville, Madison, Hampton Cove, all of them offer a different flavor in communities and for us here in Hampton Cove I think it's one of nature."
While driving around Hampton Cove, I was able to nail down the angle of this month's Unzipped...and that being that Hampton Cove is literally where a sense of home and nature come together in perfect harmony.
"I don't know that people realize that we are actually in the foothills of the Appalachian Trail. People will say, 'These aren't mountains' but I think because my ears pop it counts. It counts as a mountain, said Tomkies.
This closeness to nature makes the area unique. "What's exciting about Hampton Cove is the proximity to all things nature as well as downtown. You can be hiking up on Blevins Gap within five minutes, or you can be in Jones Valley within 10. Governors and Big Spring Park are 15 minutes away, go to a concert at Von Braun or at a hockey game, dinner on the square and then back home within 15 minutes. The proximity to everything is phenomenal, even though people believe that it's so far away. It's really not."
Engel & Volkers Real Estate Advisor, Bernie Tomkies, and I actually decided to do our interview at Hays Nature Preserve. There are 10 miles of hiking, biking, kayaking, you can put your kayaks in right here at the Flint River, there are even horse trails that are right here."
This area is also home to the only universal playground in Madison County and the second universal playground in the entire state of Alabama. It was built in the community with all kids in mind.