Housing & Real Estate In Montgomery County
From charming bungalows and mid-century modern ranch houses near the historic and bustling city of Montgomery to modern apartment complexes with abundant amenities — Montgomery County’s communities offer a diverse selection of housing.
In 2017, more than 226,500 people lived in the county, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The county is home to the state capital of
Montgomery, the town of Pike Road and unincorporated areas, as well as Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex. The base employs more than 12,500 active-duty, reservist, civilian and contractor personnel, many of whom live off the base in surrounding communities. Additionally, about 17,000 veterans live in the area.
Montgomery County’s communities give newcomers plenty of choices when selecting a home. Enlist the help of a reputable real estate agent to help you sort through the area’s home options. The Montgomery Area Association of Realtors is a central source of local real estate information and services. Those interested in purchasing a new home can find the expertise and professional services they need at www.alamls.com.
Montgomery County is 784 square miles of gently rolling terrain with fertile soil. Its central location in Alabama’s Black Belt makes it a processing hub for crops such as cotton, peanuts and soybeans. Elmore County lies to the north, Autauga County to the northwest, Lowndes County to the west, Crenshaw and Pike counties to the south, and Macon and Bullock counties to the east. For more information, check out the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce website at www.montgomerychamber.com.
Communities near Maxwell AFB and Gunter Annex include Millbrook, Montgomery, Pike Road, Prattville and Wetumpka.
Millbrook, the largest city in nearby Elmore County, is about 10 miles north of Montgomery and is one of the fastest-growing cities in the state. The city sits near the Coosa and Alabama rivers, with two lakes just minutes away, and Mill Creek makes its way through the center of a downtown park, which all contribute to a peaceful quality of life in a natural setting.
Millbrook’s 13 square miles are home to approximately 15,000 people. Mean travel time to work is 24.5 minutes. Median rent is $860, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,121.
The city’s parks and recreation department maintains seven parks, a state-of-the-art baseball facility, a civic center and walking trails. The city is also home to the Alabama Wildlife Federation and the Alabama Nature Center.
The city of Montgomery, in the southeast portion of the state, is nationally known for its historic and cultural landmarks such as the Alabama State Capitol, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, First White House of the Confederacy, Hank Williams Memorial, Alabama Veterans Memorial, Rosa Parks Museum and Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Once the capital of the Confederacy, Montgomery eventually became the hub of the civil rights movement. Montgomery, the home of Maxwell AFB and Gunter Annex, also is known for the renaissance of its historic downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront along the Alabama River.
Montgomery’s land area is 160 square miles and its population is nearly 200,000. Mean travel time to work is about 19 minutes. Median rent is $827, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,085.
The city maintains more than 60 parks, trails and natural areas, including Blount Cultural Park, Riverfront Park, a dog park, an amphitheater and a therapeutic recreation center.
Pike Road lies 14 miles east of Montgomery and 20 miles east of Maxwell AFB. The town’s nearly 32 square miles are home to more than 9,300 residents. Previously an unincorporated area, the farming community of Pike Road voted to incorporate in 1997 and has become one of the fastest-growing towns in Alabama.
People began settling and farming the area in the mid-19th century. As more families moved in, more services were needed. By the early 20th century a booming small town had grown up at the intersection of Pike Road and Meriwether Road. (Pike Road got its name from the toll, or pike, one had to pay to travel on it.)
The town is working on a trail system that will connect many of its neighborhoods and parks. The Pike Road Natural Trail system accommodates walkers, runners and off-road bicyclists. At its completion, the trail will be 30 miles long and will have trailheads that provide parking, restrooms, picnic tables and other amenities. Visit the town’s website for updates on the trail’s progress.
Median rent in Pike Road is $1,143, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,522. Mean travel time to work is about 25 minutes.
Prattville is a New England-style village about 14 miles northwest of Montgomery. Known as the “birthplace of industry,” Prattville was founded by Daniel Pratt, who built manufacturing plants in an area surrounded by plantations and farms. Prattville offers multiple recreational and cultural activities, among them the Autauga Creek Canoe Trail and the historic downtown district.
Prattville’s 33 square miles support a population of approximately 35,500. Mean travel time to work is 22.5 minutes. Median rent is $947, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,142.
The city boasts more than 20 parks and recreational facilities, including a dog park, a sports complex, and the See, Pick and Eat Nut Grove, where families can learn about nut-producing trees and sample their offerings.
Wetumpka, on the banks of the Coosa River, is also known as “The City of Natural Beauty.” Nestled in the southern foothills of the Appalachian Mountains about 17 miles northeast of Montgomery County, it combines a scenic location and a storied past, beginning with its founding around A.D. 1,000 as a palisade Indian village.
Wetumpka’s 10 square miles have a population of about 8,150. Mean travel time to work is about 26 minutes. Median rent is $867, and selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $999.
The city is home to a sports complex, the Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson Park and the Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum, and hosts the annual Coosa River Whitewater Festival.