As it is so large and not necessarily that LGBT-friendly in some areas it is especially important for those relocating here to consult with a Montgomery gay realtor who knows the city well.
Montgomery was founded on the site of a former cotton picking plantation in 1819 and today it is the capital of the state of Alabama. It is a huge metropolis that has hundreds of both old and new neighborhoods that sprawls across the coastal Gulf plains southeast of the Alabama River. The suburbs of the city, which make up the Montgomery Metropolitan Statistical Area, have a population of 374,536.
As it is so large and not necessarily that LGBT-friendly in some areas it is especially important for those relocating here to consult with a Montgomery gay realtor who knows the city well. There is no real designated “gayborhood” as there is in many big cities. However, there are a few gay bars in the downtown area, most notably the Metro, the Santa Barbara Trading Company and The Oasis that are the usual hangouts for the queer community.
This is not a place where there are many outward displays of gay or lesbian behavior and except for the areas near the University of Alabama and some areas downtown, the locality is fairly traditional in its views and attitudes towards gays. This is a city that is predominately concerned with government and military institutions. It is home to the Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama State University, the Auburn University at Montgomery and Huntingdon College.
The artsiest and most diverse area of the city is on the east side of the city where there are many new stores and residential developments being built. Artists and musicians tend to live near the Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park. This park is also home to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. This is also the area of town that is the most walkable. In many areas of Montgomery you need a car to get around town just because it is quite large and overdeveloped with many busy roads lined with strip malls and fast-food joints.
Another area that is more progressive for LGBT residents is just south of downtown in the residential areas near Alabama State University. This is where you will find the Garden District and the Cloverdale Historic District. Houses in these areas date from the late 1700s to the 1950s. These areas are especially known for their spectacular examples of Gothic Revival and Tudor Revival styles. Living in these popular neighborhoods is also fairly cheap. A home in Old Cloverdale has an average listing price of $280,404 and a home in the Garden District has an average listing price of $153,475 as of September 18, 2013.
There are also many bargains or short-sales to pursue here in Montgomery. As of Sept 18, 203 there were 535 homes being put through various stages of the foreclosure process.
If you relocate here you might want to consider buying a property with a pool or at the very least, make sure it has air conditioning. Montgomery can be a very warm place to live. Spring, summer and fall are very hot and humid and the winters are mild and wet.
For more information about Montgomery, Alabama, visit the city’s official website at www.montgomeryal.gov.