Huntsville is home to a number of defense and aerospace firms and boasts the fastest-growing metro area in Alabama. Because the city’s high-tech sector draws a significant international population, seniors find a diverse community here. But there’s more to Huntsville than just aerospace. The Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment renovated textile mill is the largest privately owned arts facility in the southern United States. The Huntsville Museum of Art also offers a variety of permanent and traveling exhibits, and the warm climate enables plentiful outdoor concerts.
Adults aged 65 and older make up nearly 16% of Huntsville’s estimated population of 197,318. Those who need support with daily activities while retaining independence can expect to pay $3,900 per month on average for assisted living in Huntsville. This list highlights 10 of the top assisted living communities in the area that’s worth exploring.
Elmcroft of Byrd Springs
8020 Benaroya Ln. SW.
Huntsville, AL 35802
Elmcroft of Byrd Springs offers seniors southern comfort in a stately ranch-style assisted living facility located in the beautiful Tennessee River Valley. The single-story home is conveniently located near a variety of stores, eateries and entertainment venues. The all-inclusive community in Huntsville provides a close-knit environment where residents can participate in Elmcroft’s signature programs, including Vitality Club, Walking Tall and Second Wind Dreams. Dogs and cats are welcome, and a full calendar of social events and outings lets seniors be as active as they like.
Brookdale Jones Farm
2815 Carl T Jones Dr. SE.
Huntsville, AL 35802
Gracious senior living and refined independence are the hallmarks of Brookdale Jones Farm, a private, gated community. The grand entryway and colonnades set the tone for the luxurious independent and assisted living options and resort-style amenities within. Common interior areas are stylishly appointed, and the landscaped grounds feature walking paths, outdoor patios and a lush courtyard with mature trees. Gardeners can find a greenhouse on the property, and creative types enjoy access to an arts and crafts studio. A fenced dog park caters to canine residents, and cats are welcome in the apartments. Brookdale Jones Farm holds a spot on our top 10 list for the abundant on-site amenities, beautifully maintained outdoor areas and high-end interiors.
Regency Retirement Village
2004 Max Luther Dr. NW.
Huntsville, AL 35810
This continuing care retirement community, located on a 30-acre campus, offers residents a pampered existence and compassionate care. Regency offers independent and assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing and rehab services in the 70,000-square-foot Health Care & Rehabilitation Center. Each level of care has a full activities calendar, classes and outings. Assisted living residents have access to an array of complimentary services and amenities that include outdoor recreation areas, three chef-prepared daily meals and an on-site beauty and barbershop.
HarborChase of Huntsville
4801 Whitesport Cir.
Huntsville, AL 35801
Within walking distance to Village on Whitesburg shopping center with stores that include Fresh Market, specialty boutiques and numerous restaurants, HarborChase of Huntsville treats seniors to beautiful views of Walton’s Mountain. A Life Enrichment program provides seniors with over 21 stimulating experiences and classes to choose from daily. We included pet-friendly HarborChase of Huntsville on this list because the community consistently gets high marks for the competent, accommodating staff that does a great job of keeping family members involved in the care program.
Thrive at Jones Mountain
2238 Cecil Ashburn Dr. SE.
Huntsville, AL 38502
Thrive at Jones Mountain provides its assisted living and memory care residents with purpose-filled days packed with learning and laughter. The community employs a Director of Excitement who schedules live music, painting classes, shopping trips and meals out to keep seniors actively engaged. Thrive team members are available 24/7 to provide some extra assistance with daily activities while promoting each resident’s independence. Meals are social occasions at Thrive, with home-cooked fare served restaurant-style with attentive table-side service. Every employee at Thrive is NIDE (National Institute for Dementia Education) certified, including chefs, housekeepers, concierges and nurses, ensuring residents are treated like people, not patients. Thrive makes our top 10 list for the company’s commitment to redefining senior living by viewing older adults as the valuable resources they are.
4200 Chris Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35802
This quaint assisted living community utilizes CareSteps, an individualized personal care plan that’s revisited every three months. This pricing model adjusts costs up or down based on the amount of hands-on personal assistance a resident requires. Residents live in cozy apartments in the homelike setting, steps away from common areas, including the always-open Country Kitchen that’s stocked with snacks, beverages and ice cream. The robust monthly calendar is carefully planned to reflect the interests of the Cottage residents and filled with a variety of activities that support body, mind and spirit.
One Clubhouse Ave.
Huntsville, AL 35802
This Acts Continuing Care Retirement Community boasts a prestigious accreditation from CARF International. The convenient Huntsville location gives residents easy access to the city’s many historical and cultural attractions as well as NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the Birmingham VA Hospital. Magnolia Trace is an upscale retirement community offering large carriage homes, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes and assisted living suites. Seniors find nearly unlimited ways to keep body and mind active on the well-appointed campus that features two clubhouses, an aquatics center with an indoor pool, health club, library and research center. After dining in the formal restaurant, residents can stroll in the magnificent Eglish garden.
Morningside of Madison
49 Hughes Rd.
Madison, AL 35758
This Five Star Senior Living Community provides dignified assisted living support. Morningside is located in the beautiful suburb of Madison, close to the premier Bridge Street Towne Center known for a variety of excellent dining venues and shopping. Active seniors find year-round recreational opportunities at nearby Dublin Memorial Park and an aquatics center next door at the Madison YMCA. The warm and welcoming senior living community offers spacious assisted living apartments and a highly skilled 24-hour staff that delivers individualized assistance to each resident. Five Star’s Lifestyle360 program focuses on five dimensions of wellness to promote a holistic approach to active community living. A partnership with celebrity Chef Brad Miller makes mealtimes less ordinary with dishes that are pleasing to the eyes as well as the palate.
12000 Turnmeyer Dr. SE.
Huntsville, AL 35803
Sprawling Redstone Village is Huntsville’s only locally owned and operated, not-for-profit Life Plan senior living community. Residents have access to multiple levels of care on the picturesque campus that’s perched on a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River. In Grandview, the assisted living neighborhood, independent seniors get as much support as they need with ADLs while living in private apartments with kitchenettes and around-the-clock security. Fitness opportunities include swimming in the indoor pool, tai chi and yoga classes and outdoor gardening. The culinary team creates enticing daily meals as well as monthly wine-and-cheese parties and Sunday brunch.
121 Brookridge Dr.
Madison, AL 35758
Located between Athens and Huntsville and two miles from Dublin Memorial Park’s walking trails, disc golf and fishing, Merrill Gardens helps residents reach their full potential with independent living, assisted living and memory care. An individually tailored service plan ensures seniors receive the required support needed while maintaining privacy and freedom of choice. Anytime Dining lets residents choose mealtimes, and the Active Living program promotes physical movement, creative engagement and socialization.
Is Huntsville the Right Choice for You?
Huntsville’s metro area is projected to become the largest in Alabama by 2022 and already claims the most educated population in the state. Pair this with a cost of living that’s 13% below the U.S. average, including the 4.4% lower health care costs, and you can understand why it’s a desirable choice for retirees. The Alabama income tax rates are low, and your Social Security benefits are exempt. No wonder Kiplinger states this attractive Southern location offers seniors many of the perks of Florida at a more budget-friendly price.