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Where to Buy in Limestone County: The State’s Fastest Growing Area Offers Myriad Opportunities

Limestone County rests in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, in the center of the Tennessee Valley and on the bank of the Tennessee River. A community rich in southern tradition and natural beauty, it’s easy to see why Limestone County is the fastest growing county in the state.

“The county’s rapid growth can be attributed to several factors, including its location, cost of living, robust job market, and quality educational opportunities,” says Felicia Mcgee, Broker and Owner of EXIT Realty Downhome in Athens. “It continues to attract individuals and families seeking a high quality, affordable lifestyle.”

There’s also plenty to do – from serene walking trails to award-winning shopping; the area is bursting with amenities and attracting new home buyers more than ever. Take a look at some of the best cities and neighborhoods to find a home in Limestone County. 


The county seat of Limestone County, Athens is a vibrant city that continues to receive nationwide attention for its quality of life. The city is a hub for quality education, with institutions like Athens State University, and the city’s proximity to transportation and recreational facilities rounds it out as a distinctive city in North Alabama. The charming historic downtown offers unique shopping and restaurants, and through the city’s growth, residents have retained a smalltown feel. 

“We’re very proud of our strong sense of community,” says McGee. 

For individuals and families looking to buy in Athens, McGee suggests exploring neighborhoods such as Canebrake, Nature’s Cove, and The Boardwalk. “These areas offer a blend of family-friendly communities, highly rated schools, and convenient access to amenities like parks, shopping centers, and dining options.” 


Nestled directly on the Tennessee and Alabama state line, the city of Ardmore is a fast-growing residential and business community with a neighborly atmosphere and smalltown values. The offers residents a quaint rural life, yet its proximity to larger cities such as Huntsville makes it a great place to live while enjoying nearby urban amenities. 

“Ardmore’s scenic beauty, community feel, and affordability are drawing in new residents looking for a peaceful retreat without sacrificing modern conveniences,” says McGee.

Its location on the Alabama and Tennessee state line along with its proximity to Interstate-65 and the CSX Railroad makes it a great place for businesses needing easy access to transportation, as well as accessibility for families who enjoy traveling. 


At the northern edge of Alabama sits Tanner, a quaint and endearing community with plenty of recreational activities and access to the great outdoors. The community’s affordability makes it a great option for new and first time home buyers, and its highly rated schools offer quality education for families. Additionally, Tanner High School recently ranked No. 5 on the list of Most Diverse Public Schools in Alabama. 

McGee notes how the community’s growth is in large part due to new nearby businesses, such as the Texas-sized convenience store of Buc-ee’s. “The town’s proximity to major transportation routes has made it increasingly attractive to those seeking a quieter lifestyle with convenient access. Additionally, new businesses and developments such as Buc-ee’s will continue to bring additional growth.”

The business growth along with its access to quality education, all set against the beautiful scenery of the Appalachian foothills, makes the town a great place to settle.

Together, these communities exemplify the diverse appeal and growth potential of Limestone County; the county’s options for outdoor exploration, growing job market, and affordable housing all contribute to the area’s booming magnetism.


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