Just over the Chattahoochee River in Alabama, there are plenty of great neighborhoods that you should check out.
Phenix City, Alabama, is located just minutes west of Columbus and all its amenities. There are many types of neighborhoods and houses to choose from. The property tax in Alabama is actually lower than Georgia’s, so that is definitely something to consider.
Smiths Station, Alabama, is a bit further out but is great for those who want to be a bit more out in the country, with more land and quiet surroundings.
There are a lot of military service members who live in Phenix City, as well as local residents. Many military folks choose to retire here as well, so it is a pretty military-friendly community.
Phenix City offers a lot of variety in neighborhoods, from more established to brand-new. Like anywhere, some neighborhoods are safer than others, but overall, Phenix City is a pretty safe area.
There aren’t a lot of options for restaurants and shopping in Phenix City, but it is just minutes from Columbus and all its restaurants, shops, and entertainment. It’s not to say that there is nothing in Phenix City; in fact, there is a Publix Grocery Store and a few strip malls that have shopping and food, but most of your errands will require you to venture into Columbus.
Phenix City is easily accessible to Uptown Columbus, North Columbus, and Fort Moore by a few different routes. Smiths Station is a bit further west, towards Opelika and Auburn (which could be a huge plus if you’re a War Eagle fan!), and has even fewer options for food and shopping than Phenix City. The commute is a bit further to Columbus and Fort Moore but definitely still reasonable.