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Helena, Alabama (pronounced He-LE-na) is a thriving little city that straddles two counties, Shelby and Jefferson Counties in central Alabama.
Hugging the city limits of Birmingham, Helena not only shares county boundaries but hometown life with the big city just minutes away.
As of 2010, the total population of Helena was less than seventeen thousand. Helena ranked in Money Magazine’s list of the “Best places in the country to live and raise children”.
Helena can also boast of having one of the lowest crime rates in the nation as well. Homeowners and visitors alike enjoy visiting Old Town Helena for food and drinks and stroll among the many shops that feature artisan crafts.
Although Helena has fast become home to many more affluent families, it’s still possible to find some great real estate bargains in this highly desirable city.
Being so close to Birmingham, Helena is often considered a suburb of that city despite its having its own mayor and city government.
Yes, for under $170,000, it’s still possible to move into a comfortable 3-bedroom 2-bath single-story home with nearly fourteen hundred square feet of relaxed living.
Throw in a double garage and a comfy front porch for those lazy summer evenings when you just want to kick back and watch an occasional car pass by.
There has to be the perfect home for everyone in this peaceful little town.
Homes in Helena range from the lower end to the very luxurious with the average property tax averaging just over $500.00 a year, making it a lot more affordable than most cities in the US.
Helena Public Schools
Helena’s public school system is highly regarded throughout the educational institutional community.
With less than a thousand students enrolled in the Helena Elementary School and an equal amount in Helena Intermediate School, your children are sure to get dedicated attention to enhance their learning experience.
The Shelby Middle School for students from the sixth through the eighth grade seldom has more than a thousand pupils.
Homes for Sale Helena
Homes in Helena
With a gorgeous single-story home with three bedrooms and two baths and nearly fifteen hundred feet of great living, you’d love this home priced less than $200,000.00.
You can’t go wrong. Newly listed this home comes with an exceptional backyard featuring two patios, two ponds featuring waterfalls as well as a screened-in twelve by twelve foot covered porch in case of rain.
The landscaping also brings your home to life with flowering peach and cherry trees, evergreen hedges all secured inside a large fenced-in backyard.
And the sellers didn’t forget to add that huge storage shed out back too for all Dad’s equipment.
There are many really terrific homes to choose from, some priced at even less than the bargain mentioned above.
How about 4-bedroom and 2-baths for less than a hundred thousand? This comfortable manufactured home on its own lot in centrally located Helena needs minor fix-ups to make it just the place for you to raise a growing family.
How about a cozy 2-bedroom, 1-bath home with the charm of yesteryear? The front door comes with a charming long oval side window and still another floor to ceiling window that welcome visitors into your spacious living room where real enameled woodwork frames the ceilings and floors.
The fireplace brightens the spacious living space that opens into a great kitchen with clean enameled cabinets and below, a dishwasher will take care of all that drudgery for you. This bargain comes complete with refrigerator, range and built-in microwave too.
A dropped ceiling and double doors enhance the master along with decorator painted walls. And the bath has double sinks so there’s no waiting to get ready for work.
And for those who are looking for something elective investment to make, you just wouldn’t believe what’s available for less than $500,000.
Big City Life
Helena has the best of both worlds – slower moving small town life with the big city just minutes away with all the conveniences you’d expect a city to offer.
Amtrak trains and Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport provide easy transportation. And there are hospitals for everyone as well as churches for all denominations.
Although there are no shortages of shops and restaurants in the Helena locality, Birmingham offers an even greater selection and it’s only minutes from downtown Helena.
Things to Do and See around Helena
Located in Buck Creek the Buck Creek Park is not only the perfect picnic spot for a lazy Saturday afternoon, but also a great place for a photo op. If you forgot the picnic basket, there are plenty of cafés and shops along the way.
The Amphitheater is popular for all sorts of attractions such as movies and festivals, etc., plus our personal favorite, the farmers’ markets.
The Hillsboro Trail
This scenic trail is only about two miles long built over a railbed, but it can seem somewhat longer and it is always an interesting hike because of the tunnels and bridges.
Experienced hikers caution visitors to bring along some water! But take heart, the trail is paved so it’s an easy walk or bicycle ride for all.
This entire area just beckons to the serious hiker so if you love to get out and take a nature walk, hike or bicycle through the countryside, Helena, Alabama is a great place for you to be.
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