Huntsville’s Hays Farm adding $1 million homes, commercial development
The sprawling south Huntsville development where hundreds of homes are planned outside the gates of Redstone Arsenal now has a new home builder, plans to include million-dollar homes and expanding commercial offerings.
In short, according to Hays Farm developer Jeff Enfinger, there is a lot going on these days on family-owned land being transformed into a gathering spot for the area.
The biggest update is Enfinger, who is developing the property along with Jim and John Hays, started a home-building company to finish out residential construction after Goodall Homes left the project as part of a downsizing in the Huntsville market. Hays Farm Homes – created strictly to build homes at the development, Enfinger said – will build 356 homes after Goodall build 74.
The Hays Farm Homes construction will be in parcels of land known as The Forest and The Fields. The Forge, the smallest of the three home parcels and the first site of home construction at the development where Goodall worked, has largely been completed.
The million-dollar homes – an upgrade from previous plans – will be part of The Forest, which is across Haysland Road from Grissom High School. The price range for homes in The Forest will be $700,000 to $1 million or more, Enfinger said. At The Fields, Enfinger said price ranges will be $450,000-650,000.
Meanwhile, Huntsville-based Freedom Real Estate & Capital has purchased land at Hays Farm and plans to build a three-story multi-tenant office building, according to Brenda Conville, vice president for real estate at Freedom.
New York-based Camden Securties will build what Enfinger described as our “cool place, which is going to be small-scale shopping and restaurant location” within the city-owned nine-acre park that will be built along Haysland Road west of the Home Depot and The Liam luxury apartments that are under construction. Camden is also planning to build 300 apartments at the development, Enfinger said.
The city of Huntsville is expected to build out the park – which will include a man-made lake and a gazebo – later this year. Enfinger said it will be similar to Big Spring Park in downtown Huntsville.
It’s going to be beautiful,” Enfinger said of the park. “It’ll be a great asset for the community at large, but particularly for south Huntsville. South Huntsville has never really had a place that was identifiable for south Huntsville. This will give south Huntsville a place to have concerts in the park (a summer staple of Big Spring Park) or something like that if it wants to do that as well. It’ll be a place for farmers markets. It’s going to be a public park. Anybody can walk and come visit and hopefully have lunch and that kind of thing.”
Conville said Freedom plans to break ground in the summer on its office building. She said Freedom has not decided if it will move its offices to Hays Far from Boulevard South near Martin Road. The building will be 50-60,000 square feet.
“We would like to but it just is going to depend upon how leasing goes,” Conville said. “It’s strictly a speculative building. So who knows? We are hoping that we will have lots of interested tenants, given the proximity to Redstone Arsenal, with the FBI operation, and hopefully Space Command coming.”
The opportunity to be part of the Hays Farm development was too good to pass up, Conville said.
“It’s a growing area,” Conville said. “What the Enfingers and the Hays families are doing down there is phenomenal. And there is a gorgeous nine-acre city park that has been designed to go in there. And there’s also the entertainment mixed use district that’s going in there. And we just felt like it was a good opportunity to be part of that development.”