Visit South Baldwin County Alabama Attractions

Residents, guests, and tourists agree that South Baldwin County real estate is some of the most picturesque in the region.  Within minutes, we can all be on the white sandy beaches of the Golf Coast or exploring the intriguing waters and a statuary along Mobile Bay.  Baldwin County, Alabama beaches a broad range of recreational, educational, and cultural attractions.  There’s something here for everyone to get involved with all year-round.  Come visit and stay for a while!

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

South Baldwin County ALComing up is the 10th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival in Foley, Alabama.  Presented by Tanger Outlets, the 50 colorful balloons will flow through the sky on Friday and Saturday, June 13-14, 2014.  Festivities include:

  • Live music
  • K-9 World Famous Frisbee Dog Show
  • Petting zoo with baby alligators
  • Kid’s Fun Zone
  • Homemade Ice cream
  • Crafts

The Hot Air Balloon Festival will be held at the Foley Sports Complex, 18507 US Highway 98 W.  Take Interstate 10 to Exit 59/Loxley.  Continue south for 15 miles.  Turn right on Highway 98/W. Laurel Ave. for 2.5 miles.

Attractions in South Baldwin County

Of the excellent climate in Baldwin County allows for outdoor activities and events all year round.  Wonderful parks, entertainment, and museums provide high quality activities for the entire family.  Here are some places to go for journeys and family fun:

Barnwell:  Oak Hollow Farm

Bon Secour: Swift-Coles Tidewater Mansion

Elberta: Baldwin County Heritage Museum, Suite Home Cheese Farm

South Baldwin CountyFairhope: Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve east of town; Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Fairhope French Quarter, Gator Alley Boardwalk, Fairhope Municipal Pier, Historic Blakeley State Park, Five Rivers, Oak Hollow Farm, Eastern Shore Art Center, Point Clear Promenade.  The many parks and recreation facilities include Founders Park, Volanta Park, Fairhope Municipal Pool, Fairhope Recreation Center, Barnwell Park, and Stimpson Field, Quail Creek Golf course, public boat launch at Pier Street, Toddler Park, and Fairhoper’s Community Park downtown.

Foley: Performing Arts Center, Foley Archives & History Museum, Train Depot, and Model Train Exhibit; Holmes Medical Museum, Graham Creek Nature Preserve, Foley Heritage Rose Trail,  There are also numerous parks including Beulah Heights Park, Evans Park, and Foley Heritage Park, Foley Horse Arena, Foley Kids Park, Max Griffin Park, Melvin Roberts Cedar Street Park & Walking Trail, and John B. Foley Park.

Gulf Shores: Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Morgan Historical National Landmark, Track Family Recreation Center

Mobile: USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

Orange Beach: US Branyan Back Country Trail

Buying and Selling Baldwin County Real Estate

For information about Fairhope Alabama homes for sale and other properties in Baldwin County and Mobile, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.

We are pleased to offer a prestigious Fairhope home for sale near the Grand Hotel and Lakewood Golf Course in Point Clear. The gorgeous Eastern Shore property features 0.6 acres of lush landscaping and waterways with access to Mobile Bay. Nestled in the highly esteemed Battles Wharf Estates, the address is 5510 Battles Wharf Drive, Fairhope, Alabama, 36532. Listing Price is $839,000.

Fairhope homes for saleThe idyllic Fairhope home for sale is surrounded by fairyland touches. A bridge crosses the creek and the channel to Mobile Bay. The stunning two-story, red brick beauty features 4473 square feet of elegant living area. From the tall arched front entrance to the wonderful indoor/outdoor living areas, the custom home design impresses. The layout is great for family living and entertaining. It features a guest house, too.

Light and airy, the home flows. It features high ceilings, arched windows and doorways, shades of yellow with white trim, a glorious staircase with vaulted ceiling, clear stained glasswork, and windowed garden rooms. Antique heart pine floors gleam, tiles add richness.

The gourmet kitchen with snow white cabinets and dark granite is done with fun black and white checkered flooring. It features a gas cooktop and work island and breakfast bar plus outside access to a back porch. Adjacent are a breakfast room, a large formal dining room, and beautiful living room with fireplace. The home also features a craft room, bonus room, and wet bar.

Fairhope homes for saleThere are four bedrooms and four and a half baths. The master features a garden tub and separate shower. The guest house features a living room, bedroom and bath is set over the three-car detached garage and storage area.

Comfort features include central cooling, ceiling fan, roof vent, and thermal door. Utilities are underground, including electric and natural gas. This extraordinary property was built in 1993. It now awaits new owners.

Families are served by Baldwin County Schools at Newton Elementary and Fairhope Junior and Senior high schools.

Directions: Proceed south from Fairhope on Scenic Highway 98. Turn right on Battles Wharf Drive.

Buying and Selling Mobile Alabama Real Estate

For information about this fantastic Fairhope homes for sale in Battles Wharf Estates and other Eastern Shore properties, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.

From the vantage overlooking the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay, picturesque real estate in Fairhope Alabama reflects a local yen for art.  Visitors quickly notice profusely blooming trees and shrubs, gardens, and numerous public works of art.  The character of historic downtown Fairhope real estate is out of a storybook.

Last weekend, Fairhope lit up for the long-standing annual Arts & Crafts Festival.  For 62 years, artists and artisans have gathered for this traditional Fairhope event.  Over 230 exhibitors, live entertainment, delicious food, and wonderful people watching makes this a destination event.  In 2013, over 200,000 visitors attended.  This year unfortunately the inclement weather interrupted the festivities.  Sunshine Artist Magazine in 2009 voted the Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival as number 20 of 100 Best Predominantly Classic Contemporary Craft Shows.  It is sponsored by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce.

Simultaneously, the 42nd Annual Outdoor Art Show overflowed into the streetscapes of Fairhope.  The sponsoring Eastern Shore Art Center added over 160 exhibitors to its Spring Outdoor Art Show.

If you missed last week’s events, plan to check out Baldwin County Fairhope homes for sale during a First Friday Art Walk.  Open 6 to 8 p.m., these free events present 20-30 galleries.  Some feature music, talks, special activities, and/or wine and appetizers.

Fairhope AL homesEver since Fairhope was founded, artists and creative minds have been inspired by the relaxing and stunning setting.  Today’s local artists incorporate a variety of mediums into their work.  For example, Dean Mosher was recently featured in Air & Space Magazine.  His painting of Wilbur Wright and the Statue of Liberty are now hanging in the Smithsonian Museum.  Melissa Smith produced an artsy historic map of the area.  Ron Thompson, the official artist of the 2014 Arts & Crafts Festival, paints boldly with intense color.

And spying around town, the outdoor art installations include bronze works located in front of the Fairhope Welcome Center, behind the History Museum, at the Marietta Johnson Museum, at Pier Park, and at the Eastern Shore Art Center.  Additional works include those forged and fabricated of steel, a fountain with bronze elements, a mural, metal flowers, a bottle tree, aluminum abstract sculpture, and interactive wall hanging, and a multi-stone sculpture.

Fairhope Alabama neighborhoods are filled with tasteful, lushly landscaped homes.  Perhaps residents who are drawn to the beauty of Baldwin County thoughtfully enhance the pristine friendly surroundings.

Buying and Selling Eastern Shore Real Estate

Please let me know how I can help you find the ideal full-time or second home in our beautiful Fairhope Alabama subdivisions and throughout the Mobile area.  For information about the Mobile Alabama real estate market, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.

Homebuyers searching for Daphne AL homes for sale near Eastern Shores of Mobile Bay may be interested in this spacious beauty.  Surrounded by bushy trees on a large lot, our wonderful Featured Listing is set in Old Town Daphne, an excellent location at 27410 Main Street, Daphne, Alabama 36526.

The stunning French-style stucco and brick home is setback from the roadway.  The wide driveway passes along a large front lawn and spacious attached garage.  A patio and fenced area add to the relaxing atmosphere.

Daphne AL home for saleBuilt in 2003, this custom two-story home features plenty of room with 2982 square feet.  There are 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths, and 2 half baths. The open floor plan features soaring ceilings over 9 feet.  There is a formal dining room, living room, and split bedroom design.  The home features a bonus room with an office and bath upstairs.

In addition to the formal dining area, the well-designed home boasts a breakfast bar and separate kitchen with granite counters, double ovens, a five burner gas stove, and pantry.  Handsome scored concrete floors and wall to wall carpet provide an attractive canvas ready to show off the new owner’s furnishings.  Utilities are underground.  The home features central heating and air conditioning.

The exceptional family home is located in Baldwin County near Highway 98 in the Jackson Oaks subdivision. Baldwin County School District’s Daphne Schools serve students living in Jackson Oaks. Bayside Academy is one of the private schools in the area.  The community takes quite an interest in gathering to cheer on the home teams and youth leagues—and to say hello to one another. Daphne property owners enjoy the Bayfront Park and sports facilities.

It’s sweet home Alabama in this bayfront community!  Old Towne Daphne blends old and new.  The wooden pier looks out over the sunset and captures the bay breezes.  Folks gather for the Jubilee and Mardi Gras parade but live a causal lifestyle along the quiet streets where one-of-a-kind shops and eateries beckon.  Live oaks draped with Spanish moss and gardenia bushes compete with the colorful azaleas on the Eastern Shore.

Buying and Selling Mobile Alabama Real Estate

For information about Daphne AL homes for sale and other real estate in the Mobile area, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.

Take a look at this exciting opportunity to own a Fairhope Alabama home on the Eastern shore of Mobile Bay.  Located on a dead-end street in Ellington Place Subdivision, this comfortable one-story brick-trimmed home nestles into a family-friendly community near the bay.  This Fairhope home for sale is priced under $200,000 – a great value.

This attractive one-story Fairhope homeFairhope AL real estate was built in 2006.  Its open floor plan makes great use of the 1843 square feet of quality living area.  The home features three bedrooms and two baths; the master bedroom is extra-large and features a garden tub and separate shower.  Distinctive designer colors, high 9+ foot ceilings, and upscale details add to its charm.  For example, there are granite countertops, a formal dining area and breakfast room, double panes, and a ridge vent.  Flooring is tile and wall-to-wall carpeting.

The Fairhope property has an attached two-car garage, a fenced backyard with a large patio and a storage building, and many more desirable qualities.  There are no subdivision fees.

This southeastern Mobile real estate is located at 108 Parker Court, Fairhope, Alabama, 36532.  It is near Highways 181 and 48 and Fairhope Avenue, close to Eleanor Street.  The asking price is $199,900 for Listing #501648.

Families living in Ellington Place subdivision are served by highly regarded Baldwin County schools at Fairhope Elementary School, Fairhope Jr. High School, and Fairhope High School.

Real estate in the charming town of Fairhope is perfect for young families, retirees, and second-home owners.  Beautiful Fairhope subdivisions are located 25 minutes from the heart of Mobile.  The artistic community, lush with Live Oak, magnolias, and colorful flowers, offers a low cost of living and wonderful services.  The exalted climate nourishes habitat for birds and fish as well as beautiful golf courses, parks, trail systems, and other outdoor facilities.

Quaint shops and eateries, galleries and places to gather in Downtown Fairhope make it a must-see stop for travelers.  The community hosts numerous events at several facilities.  There are also fun places such as the recreation center, botanical garden, disc golf course and public boat ramps.  The community of 13,000 was established in the 1800s as a single-tax colony and has matured into a well-organized destination along the Eastern Shore Trail of Mobile Bay.  Fairhope is appreciated for its welcoming subdivisions and Southern hospitality.

Buying and Selling Mobile Alabama Real Estate

For information about Fairhope homes for sale and other Eastern Shore properties, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.

Looking for the perfect ranch-style Mobile Alabama real estate, a lovely affordable property near the Gulf Coast?  Take a moment to read about this beautiful, brick Fairhope home for sale.  It is located in the charming, historic town of Fairhope on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay.  The quiet neighborhood is great for families and retirees alike.

This immaculate southeastern Mobile real estate nestles into the D’Estrehan subdivision near Boothe Road.  It is value priced at $199,900.  This Fairhope home for sale is located at 203 Manor Boulevard, Fairhope, Alabama 36532 in Baldwin County.  MLS Listing #254942 in the Mobile AL real estate market.

Fairhope AL home for saleThe home features a traditional style with 2330 square feet of comfortable living areas.  It features a split floor plan with three bathrooms along with the four bedrooms.  Residents and guests enjoy a formal separate dining room, wonderful kitchen with granite countertops, a relaxing sunroom that is heated and cooled and nine-foot ceilings and raised ceilings.

Built in 2000, the just-like-new Fairhope home is filled with upgrades.  For example, the flooring is beautiful.  It includes hardwoods, wall-to-wall carpeting, and tastefully chosen tile.  The home features double-pane windows, a ridge vent, ceiling fan, whirlpool bath, central air conditioning, gas heat, and much more.  In addition, the property includes an attached, extra-large and deep two-car garage.

Lush and meticulous landscaping fills the 90-foot by 140-foot property.  The yard is fenced and there is a patio in the back.

The well-respected Baldwin County School District and Fairhope Schools serve families living in this scenic neighborhood.

Buying and Selling Mobile Alabama Real Estate

For information about Fairhope homes for sale and other Eastern Shore properties, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.

The clock is ticking.  Soon visitors and residents of Fairhope properties will be enjoying several new outdoor amenities.  The leisure-time community upgrades range from a new Fairhope flower clock to the new community playground, to a large soccer complex and a new amphitheater.

fairhope real estateThe Fairhope Floral Clock is patterned after the landmark clock nestled in the heart of downtown.  The design uses flowers to build a 30-foot-round facsimile.  The huge aluminum hands of the clock will move in perfect time beginning over Thanksgiving weekend.  The large-scale attraction at Alabama 104 and North Section Street commemorates the love of flowers in the Fairhope community.  This is on the north side of Fairhope next to St. James Episcopal Church.  The first floral clock ever built appeared in 1903 in Scotland’s Edinburg Garden.

A soccer sports complex featuring 10 fields is proposed to be located at the corner of Manley Road and County Road 13.  It is conveniently located next to Fairhope properties in the Summer Lake subdivision.  The latest design provides about 750 parking spaces with entrances off County Road 13.  Planners hope the $2 million complex will be ready for the 2014 fall soccer season.

A new community playground is being designed to replace the 20-year-old playground at Fairhope Park.  The original designer is involved in the redesign.  The new plan will divide the property into three play areas, each specifically designed for certain age groups.  There will be new gazebos around the perimeter of the park.  Artwork paying homage to the old park structures will be incorporated into the new design.  There may also be new climbing, musical, slides, and splash pad elements.  Residents of Fairhope properties have been asked for input at a community meeting on December 5, 2013.

Another facility on the horizon is the Faulkner Amphitheater at the corner of Morphy Avenue and School Street.  The amphitheater is a shell-type stage set on the corner with seating fanning outward.  A brick archway leads to the facility.  This facility will benefit Faulkner College and the entire community by providing an arena for family-friendly events, concerts, movies, and theatrical performances.  It will also be available for the Arts and Crafts Festival and the Film Festival.  The project is planned by IMPACT 100, a 501 (c) three non-profit organization with donations from other resources as well.

Fairhope Properties for Sale

For information about Fairhope and Eastern Shore properties, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.

Fairhope real estate benefits from the strong organizational network throughout Coastal Baldwin County. Fairhope is a vibrant seaside community situated in Baldwin County, approximately 20 minutes from Mobile, Alabama. Business owners and entrepreneurs considering relocating to Baldwin County will find the local local Chamber of Commerce a valuable assistance while investigating the possibilities for purchasing or leasing Fairhope real estate or buying a home.

And the Chamber has been in the news. On Friday, November 1, 2013, the former Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce announced the results of its re-branding project. Coastal Alabama Business Chamber is a business-based Association that works to preserve, enhance, and expand the business environment in Coastal Baldwin County. It is supported by its members and powered by its volunteers.

The new name is The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber. This reflects the broader scope of the organization and cements the bonds between businesses located along the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay along with Alabama communities situated in along the Gulf of Mexico and inland.

A dedicated group of volunteers researched extensively and utilized techniques of branding. Chamber Pres. & CEO Ed Rodriguez praised the work of the volunteer re-branding committee and its chairman Gary Gilpin. A summary of the branding outcome follows:

“We are an inclusive membership organization focused on supporting the business community and coastal Alabama at large, providing strength and opportunity to our members and progressive leadership to the community. Our goal is to support economic growth and to empower our members with the tools and resources necessary to grow and prosper.”

Members of the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber are entitled to several benefits. Marketing benefits begin with a free listing in Coast Living, the Chamber’s Annual publication. Members receive a free listing on the website and may post events on the chamber’s community calendar. Hot Deals offered through Internet coupons are also available. Members may also gain publicity by sponsoring chamber events.

In addition, members receive free admission to the First Friday Forum, a monthly breakfast. These events address current issues important to businesses. Members also have free admission to Business After Hours. The Chamber sponsors a number of seminars and workshops. Members refer one another and may display brochures and business cards in the lobby of the Chamber offices.

Baldwin County lies between the Mobile Metropolitan Area and the Pensacola, Florida metropolitan area. The population of Baldwin County is approaching 200,000 residents. Retail sales tax total four percent in the State of Alabama and three percent in the county. Approximately 5,000,000 tourists visit Baldwin County annually. They come to Fish and boat, to hike and sightsee, to golf and relax.

Picturesque Fairhope real estate is readily accessible by air. The Mobile Regional Airport, Pensacola Regional Airport, Jack Edwards Airport, and Sally municipal Airport are an easy drive.

Ask about Baldwin County properties

For information about Fairhope real estate and Eastern Shore properties, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.

Fairhope Alabama homes continue to be popular for active retirees. Set in the middle of the Eastern Shore of the Mobile Bay, Fairhope real estate is attractive to retirees for a number of reasons. The climate is beautiful. Many enjoy fishing off the pier and boating in the Bay. There are trails for jogging and biking along with two golf courses.

Homes for sale nestle into the trees, shrubs, and vibrant flowers thriving on the coastal plain. A number of properties overlook Mobile Bay. Of course, there is a wonderful variety of Fairhope Alabama homes with price points suitable to everyone. In 2013, the median selling price of a home was under $250,000.

Fairhope AL homesNonetheless, Fairhope is more than a place to live. It is one of the most vital suburbs in the Mobile area. Founded in 1894 as a single-tax colony by the “Fairhope Industrial Association,” residents have always sought to build and sustain a model community. Perhaps the artistic/intellectual bent drives the governance, but the rich heritage and lush beauty add grace.

Newcomers to Fairhope Alabama homes are met with a welcoming, cooperative friendliness. Charming downtown captures the heart every day. Throughout the year, the community hosts a number of popular events. The Arts & Crafts Festival is a signature event. The Eastern Shore Art Center offers changing monthly exhibits. The Alabama Coastal BirdFest and many estuaries along the Mobile Bay and Gulf Coast highlight the magnificent habitat. Fairhope Music Festival, Big Band dances at the Adult Recreation Center, and fiddling jams on front porches keep an upbeat vibe.

Mustering civic pride, retirees weave themselves into the activities of all age groups. Retirees get involved through churches, organizations, sports and recreation, and part-time employment, as desired. Clubs such as gardening clubs and book clubs, boating clubs and country clubs provide interesting social activities. There is a campus branch for the University of South Alabama in the area. People can volunteer for the Baldwin County schools and at Thomas Hospital, or coach Little League.

The ambience remains comfortable yet stylish. The quaint small town definitely captures the dreams of people moving from colder climates. Over 16,000 residents have made Fairhope Alabama home. The median family income is approximately $67,000. The community is a low crime rate and high test scores. Whether living in Southland Place, River Mill, or near the historic downtown, retirees blend into the beautiful small-town lifestyle adore the slower pace.

For information about Fairhope Alabama homes and Eastern Shore properties, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.

The Eastern Shore landscape south of Fairhope blends into the Point Clear real estate market surrounding Lakewood Country Club and the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort. Point Clear properties follow Scenic Highway 98 and the boardwalk along Mobile Bay and extend into several beautiful golf course neighborhoods.

For over a century, the stunning sunsets over the bay, boating recreation, award-winning golf, and fascinating natural beauty have drawn residents and celebrities to Point Clear real estate. Home sites are oversized, accommodating lovely mature forests, irresistible gardens, and an array of photogenic homes. Home prices in Point Clear range from $500,000-$3 million.

Set on 550 lovely secluded acres, the outstanding historic Grand Hotel Resort overlooks Mobile Bay. Its alluring Point Clear real estate juts out into the waters, forming incredible panoramic vistas of the Eastern Shore. The elegant resort includes 37,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Facilities include two gorgeous golf courses, the luxurious European-style spa, 10 tennis courts, a large marina for sailboats, yachts, and fishing boats, and an exceptional pool complex. Dining options from casual to fine dining are available.

The family-friendly Grand Hotel Marriott Resort has been recognized by Condé Nast magazine as one of the Top 125 Golf Resorts and by Travel & Leisure as a Top 500 Hotels in the World. Grand Hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America and part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

Lakewood Country Club at the Grand Hotel offers residents exceptional facilities and social activities. The Granddaddy of Southern Courses, Lakewood Golf Club opened south of Fairhope in 1947. It was a first professional quality course in Baldwin County. Landmarks such as old oak trees draped in Spanish moss and a soaring water tower have greeted full-time and seasonal residents and guests for decades.

Originally, Lakewood Golf Club included two nine-hole courses positioned in the old oaks, magnolias, pines, and dogwoods. Today there magnificent holes of golf with gorgeous, almost transfixing, views along the way. The clubhouse and pro shop have hosted illustrious names throughout history. There have been decades of golf tournaments, pageants, weddings and a host of celebrations. Marriott Corporation purchased and upgraded the entire facility in 1982. Be sure to stop by during a visit to Fairhope or in search of Point Clear real estate for sale.

Directions: From Interstate 10 E, take exit 35/Highway 98. Go south for approximately 7 miles. At the sign “Welcome to Fairhope”, veer right onto Alternate/Scenic Highway 98. Continue through downtown Fairhope and turn right onto Fairhope Avenue. Before the Fairhope Municipal Pier, turn left onto Mobile Street/Scenic Highway 98 and continue three miles.

For information about Fairhope and Point Clear real estate, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.

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