The Village of Providence is a traditional development that sets a new standard of excellence for Huntsville residents. A neighborhood that goes beyond a development – and creates a community.
Like a glass of sweet tea on a hot August day, the Village of Providence is positively filled with Southern charm. Whether strolling down the sidewalk or driving the tree-lined streets, one feels a sense of being in that perfect hometown grandparents still talk about. Picturesque homes are intermixed with brownstones, traditionally styled townhomes, and apartments, as well as professional offices, stores, and businesses.
Providence is a place for families that is reminiscent of the neighborhoods of Boston, San Francisco, New York and the great towns and villages of Europe. It is a neighborhood that is more than a collection of houses and yards – a place where families are part of a close-knit and active community.
Andres Duany and Elizabeth Platter-Zyberk of DPZ & Company were commissioned by Slyman Development Company to create a master plan for The Village of Providence in 2002. One of DPZ’s early projects in the late 1980’s was Seaside, Florida, one of the first authentic new towns to be built in the US in the past 50 years. They designed a place for people first and vehicles second. The streets are narrower and the placement of trees and sidewalks all make walking the priority. Planners placed homes on each homesite with care, making them both inviting and private.
The community’s architects designed front porches to be inviting but allow enough distance for seclusion. Commercial buildings continue the look and feel of the community using traditional architecture that blends into the overall aesthetics.
The Village of Providence started as a dream to capture the lifestyle of a small town with the convenience of city living. And while its success is apparent on many levels, it may be best measured by its recent recognition as the NAHB’s Best in American Living Award for Community of the Year, recognizing excellence in community development and design.