Phenix City


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.

Neighborhood Feel

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.

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Neighborhood Location

Drive Time to Main Gate
20-35 Minutes
By Transit

Neighborhood Info

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Points of Interest

 In Smiths Station, the City Center is worth looking into, as well as a little further west in Wacoochee Valley. Again, Smiths Station offers a more quiet and private area to live in than Columbus or Phenix City.

Lake Oliver is easily accessed from the Phenix City area. It is a lake created by the Chattahoochee River. People like to fish and take small boats around this lake.

Big Plus

Close to Columbus but offers a bit more house/land for the price.

Great outdoor activities around the area.

A bit quieter and more peaceful than other areas in Columbus.

Things to Consider

The school ratings in Alabama tend to be lower than in Georgia (although there are certainly exceptions to this). Do your research and look at your options.

The commute can be a bit long, depending on where you are in Phenix City/Smiths Station.

Shopping and restaurants are not as prominent in these areas, and most people venture into Columbus for errands.

Depending on how far out you are, the internet and phone can be weak, or you might only be able to use satellite providers.

How’s the market?

Alabama has a lower property tax than Georgia, so your money can go a bit further here, and that is definitely a plus!

Houses range from $70,000-300,000+ depending on what you’re looking for.

The average Phenix City home value is $169,249, up 9.3% over the past year, and goes to pending in around 12 days, according to Zillow’s Home Values Estimate (May 2023).

School Scoop

In accordance with the federal No Child Left Behind law, Any student zoned in a Title I school has the right to attend a higher-performing school in the district. It is recommended that you research the school district before buying.

There are a couple of magnet schools in the Phenix City area, do some research to look at your options.

Highlighted areas

Summerville Road is a major road in Phenix City that a lot of neighborhoods reside off of and are worth checking out.  Lee Road and Auburn Road also offer neighborhoods that might suit your needs.

It is easy to hop on 280/80 and get to North Columbus or Uptown from here.