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.

Sometimes it pays to purchase brand spanking new. New homes in Fairhope Alabama subdivisions provide benefits that cannot be replicated in the resale market. That’s because a substantial number of homes in Baldwin County were built decades ago—long before today’s technological advances hit the housing market.

Many homebuyers prefer the older properties around Fairhope. These buyers appreciate the charm, prices for fixer-uppers, and the artfully landscaped settings of mature neighborhoods. At the same time, when buyers look at historic houses and cottages, reputable Fairhope real estate agents will usually point out a possible array of future expenses to anticipate.

Buyers could find themselves remodeling kitchens ($20,000-$40,000) or master bathrooms (starting at $15,000). They may need a plan to invest in capital improvements. These are projects such as removing walls, improving wiring to accommodate today’s technologies, trading out windows, adding insulation, replacing floors and roofs, and/or replacing heating and air-conditioning systems. Then, unless the previous owners recently kept the home maintained, they may decide to go for the complete interior and exterior paint jobs. It is more expensive and less efficient to retrofit a home than to build new.

On the other hand, today’s new Fairhope Al homes offer buyers in the Baldwin County real estate market popular open designs, definite style, excellent quality, and comfort. Fairhope homebuilders are well aware that customers want high-performance energy efficiency, state-of-the-art ventilation, and the new low-energy appliances. Builders routinely install double pane windows or triple-pane windows. Homebuilders use modern building products and building systems – components that require less upkeep. Most new homes in Fairhope come with high-tech systems and wiring, features that were not available 10 or 20 years ago.

Buyers working with builders on their custom and semi-custom homes in Fairhope’s newer neighborhoods prefer to pick out features that suit their tastes and lifestyles. For example, builders offer a variety of designs, cabinetry and countertops, paint colors, fixtures, carpets and floors. Many of these designs include cutting-edge elements for safety. Today’s options include things like infrared garage-door openers that stop if a child or bike nearby, environmentally sustainable coolants, and paints free of volatile organic compounds.

Builders offer an array of floor plans and work with architects on custom-designed homes. Property owners select many details including fixtures in the kitchens and baths as well as the lighting. Using modern computer equipment, designers can show property owners three-dimensional mockups as selections are made.

Featured Fairhope Alabama New Home Subdivisions:
Stone Creek

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

Downtown Fairhope Alabama real estate lit up for the 2013 Independence Day celebrations.  The Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks Display over the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay left a fantasia of bright memories in the hearts of visitors and residents of Fairhope AL homes.  Many will return, enthralled by the beauty of the idyllic village.

Independence week began early as the Fairhope Welcome Center served up fresh lemonade and handed out flags.  Locals were on hand to answer questions about shopping and dining, side trips or activities.  By Tuesday the Fairhope Museum of History illustrated the very first Fourth of July celebration held by early settlers and developers of real estate in Fairhope.  The museum spotlighted The Battle of Little Round Top during the afternoon.

On Wednesday the merchants opened their doors for special discounts during the annual sidewalk “SALE-abration” and local farmers displayed their juicy watermelons, plump corn, and hardy tomatoes along with locally grown flowers.

Then on July 4, 2013, a few patriotic concerts played preludes to the grand Fairhope fireworks display.  RockSolid performed at South Beach Park at 3:00 p.m.  The group is made up of senior high school students from around Alabama who rallied onlookers with a variety of patriotic songs and classic light rock.
By 6:30 p.m., Doc Rogers and Rock Dodgers joined the festivities at Henry George Park as the Jolly Roger Band before the Baldwin Pops Band took the stage for a rousing Independence Day concert.  The Eastern Shore Choral Society chimed in with well-received renditions of patriotic and American tunes.

By dusk, all anticipated the spectacular fireworks displays over the water from blankets and niches throughout Knoll Park, Henry George Park, Fairhope Municipal Pier, and other beachfront locations as judged from the City of Fairhope searched for the most interesting picnic blanket set up to bestow their Checkered Tablecloth Award!

The City of Daphne just north of Fairhope also produced a beautiful fireworks display visible from Trione Sports Park.  These fantastic, colorful fireworks displays lit up the sky and the sea and the hearts while the sun set over Mobile Bay.

The next day, lemonade stands were opened all over town and on the sidewalks to benefit local charities.  Visitors per roused the art galleries during the First Friday Art Walk, too.

For information about properties on the Eastern Shore, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.  We’d love to show you homes in Fairhope or anywhere in the Mobile AL real estate market.

Relocate to Eastern Shore Mobile real estate in Daphne Alabama and be pleasantly surprised by high-quality community initiatives such as the magazine “The Jubilee Breeze.” The biannual publication is sponsored by the City of Daphne and is a great resource for new and old residents of homes in Daphne.

“The Jubilee Breeze” introduces city employees and councilmembers and committees such as Community Development and the Lake Forest Improvement Committee. Residents of Daphne homes and the business community are invited to visit their offices, attend city events, and to get involved in initiatives that will “Move Forward” the community. After all, Daphne is a great place to work, live, and play and it is community participation makes it better every day.

The latest issue honored many area residents for their accomplishments. It was a tribute to a local fire fighter and honors for the Civilian of the Quarter and Officer of the Quarter. Newcomers can meet a lot of people by checking out pictures of the decorating of the City Hall Christmas tree, and the tech students who welded the sculpture of an alligator for Gator Alley at the Boardwalk. A longleaf pine/Southern yellow pine located on private property in Daphne was recognized as an Alabama State Champion Tree, one of the largest living trees of its species.

Within the Winter/Spring 2013 it issue of the 36-page resource, newcomers are introduced to a series of events, including The Wet n’ Wild Wednesdays, Brown Bag by The Bay, Sunset Series, Art in the Park, Arbor Day Tree Give Away, and the Easter Egg Hunt. There is information on the Bayfront Pavilion and events at the Civic Center.

Daphne Recreation Department highlighted a series of excellent courses offered to the Daphne community. Kula Yoga Class, Hard Body Exercise, Yoga – Strengthening Seniors, and Sotokan Karate were offered. There were courses in dance, modeling, and social etiquette and table manners. Residents could also learn the Art of Professional Make-Up Application.

The Jubilee Breeze provides information about a variety of winter spring and summer athletic programs available for adults and children. Helpful articles on travel safety, Corporate Friends of SEEDS helping schools in Daphne, and activities of the Daphne Senior Center. This issue also includes information for licensing pets, ways to volunteer at the animal shelter, and notices about programs at the library.

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

Spring and fall migrations past Fairhope AL real estate are fascinating. A series of loops along the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail provides Alabama birders with perfect half-day adventures. Depending on the weather fronts from the north or the south, the perfect birding timetables shift slightly. Visitors and residents of Fairhope homes and throughout North Mobile and South Baldwin Counties south to Dauphin Island are in enviable locations for birding.

Fairhope AL homesPopular loops along the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail and near Fairhope real estate include: Gulf Shores-Orange Beach Loop; Fort Morgan Loop; South Baldwin County Loop; Eastern Shore, Mobile Bay Causeway and Blakeley Island Loop; Mobile – Tensaw River Delta Loop; and Dauphin Island – Bayou La Batre Loop.

Birders enjoy and care for the birds and their habitat by staying on the roads and trails and minimizing any disturbances. First-time birders can contact Friends of Dauphin Island Audubon Sanctuary for specific directions to welcome centers and the entire trail, loop by loop.

Eastern Shore, Mobile Bay Causeway and Blakeley Island Loop

Right in the backyard of Eastern Shore Alabama real estate, the Fairhope Pier is a good place to look for winter ducks, loons, gulls, and terns. This loop runs north from Fairhope to Daphne’s Village Point Park. There’s a trail along the bay and pier in Daphne and a marsh around Yancey Branch at the Bayfront Park. Among other birds, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Least Bittern, Clapper Rail, Great Horned Owl and Barred Owl, Great Blue Sharon, Great Egret, and Tri-colored heron are in the area. Birders look for Laughing Gill, Caspian Tern, and Brown Pelican throughout the year. During the winter, American White Pelican, Ring-build Gull, Double-crested Cormorant and many other species are present, including Bald Eagle.

Fort Morgan Loop

Visit the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge at 12295 Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 and Fort Morgan Historical Park at 51 Highway 180 W., Gulf Shores, AL 36542 for more information about the Fort Morgan Loop. It begins at the intersection of AL 59 and AL 180 in Gulf Shores. Traveling westward, birders pass the Jeff Friend Trail and the Pine Beach Trail with its interpretive kiosk. Migrant birds often hide in the oleander. Look for Royal Tern.

Then a two-mile trail goes southeast to the beach through Little Lagoon and Alligator Lake. Continuing west on the unpaved Mobile Street, birders traverse the marsh and palmetto habitat, occasionally passing alligators. Winter sparrows and waders, Northern Gannett, loons and seabirds are along the way. West into the Pines, birders spot ducks, grebes, and mergansers, Old Squaw, and scoters.dauphin Island

Dauphin Island – Bayou La Batre Loop

Dauphin Island is especially popular during the spring migration. Approximately 85% (345 species) of the list of Alabama birds have been spotted there. At times a cold front causes birds to “literally fall from the sky.”

For information about Alabama properties in the Mobile region, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.

Restaurants, shops, and vacation accommodations are filling up throughout Gulf Shores Alabama real estate for the 2013 NCAA Women’s Sand Volleyball National Championships this week. Top sand volleyball competitors have been making their way to Baldwin County. Just as well, residents of homes in Gulf Shores will be out enjoying the competition.

The tournament draws the top six college volleyball teams in the United States plus the top doubles teams from all colleges and universities. On May 2, 2013, there is an opportunity to watch practices. The exciting event continues through May 5, 2013

The event is a huge boost for tourism and the economies of Gulf Shores and surrounding communities. Area businesses anticipate more visitors this year. A businessman quoted today in Fox10TV.com explains, “It’s a huge impact. It affects everything from transportation companies to retail stores.” A portion of the championships will be aired by CBS Sports Network, adding to the exposure for real estate in Gulf Shores.

The NCAA San volleyball National Championship tournament is scheduled in Gulf Shores from the year 2012 through 2015. The NCAA added sand volleyball to its program during the 2011-12 school year. Scholarships are available, depending on each University’s scholarship parameters. Supporting universities must field five doubles teams per competition (10 total players).

Gulf Shores is home to approximately 10,000 residents, including beach lovers who are able to practice during the entire year. Local high school students will be able to meet contacts that could help with their dreams to play sand volleyball competitively.

The City of Gulf Shores spans several magnificent miles along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, close to the southeastern corner of Mobile Bay. Gulf Shores homes for sale are available in several beautiful neighborhoods, all served by the highly regarded Baldwin County Schools. Home prices range from $125,000 for a quaint cottage to the gorgeous million-dollar beach homes off West Beach Boulevard. Buyers also purchase vacation properties in large condominium complexes which offer recreational activities in a resort-like atmosphere.

Contact our real estate offices to find out how we can assist you to relocate your business and family to Baldwin County. For information about Eastern Shore properties, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127. Learn why Forbes Magazine put Baldwin County in the Top 50 Places to Grow a Business.

Businesses increasingly realize how Fairhope AL real estate provides many of the benefits needed for them to be successful. Companies investigating the advantages of relocating to Fairhope, our beautiful Eastern Shore city, discover a friendly Southern hospitality, healthy camaraderie, welcoming organizations, training options, and the high-quality lifestyle suitable to magnetize employees.

Fairhope AL homesFairhope AL properties along with the surrounding areas of Baldwin County real estate offer businesses many fertile opportunities. A number of helpful organizations are in place to provide assistance. Programs are offered by the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, City of Fairhope Wi-Fi Hotspots, and more.  Alabama also offers Industrial Development Training.

Baldwin County real estate is home to a burgeoning aerospace industry sector, medical manufacturers, call centers, global distribution centers, warehouses – and everything in between. The area boasts several major highways and airports in addition to ports along Mobile Bay. The County now features a Mega Site with approximately 2400 acres of undeveloped land that is available for commercial projects.

Baldwin County has received many accolades over the years as a business resource. The County provides educational cooperation, market access, strong infrastructure, and a notable workforce. The County ranked in the Top 10 for Most Successful Micropolitan Areas by Site Selection Magazine in 2011.

Site Selection Magazine also ranked the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance as a Top Group of 2010. In 2011, the Southern Business and Development Magazine designated Baldwin County as one of the Top Ten Best Automotive Assembly Plant Sites in the Southern Auto Corridor. In 2013, the cities of Daphne and Fairhope were named Top 10 Most Business-Friendly Cities in Alabama by the Alabama Policy Institute. And the list of honors continues.

Learn why Forbes Magazine put Baldwin County in the Top 50 Places to Grow a Business. Contact our real estate offices to find out how we can assist you to relocate your business and family to Baldwin County. For information about Eastern Shore properties, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.

Sales are improving from North and Central Baldwin County Alabama to the Eastern Shore and Gulf Coast real estate markets.  People naturally gravitate to the beautiful Baldwin County homes in neighborhoods on the east side of Mobile Bay, a convenient 25 minutes from Mobile.  The charming communities offer wonderful water recreation and family activities.

The Baldwin County real estate MLS includes homes in Spanish Forks, Lake Forest, Daphne/Montrose, Fairhope/Point Clear, Fort Morgan, North Gulf Shores, South Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Ono Island, South Baldwin, Central Baldwin, and North Baldwin.

Several small factors are in play for all of Baldwin County and the Alabama Coastal MLS.  The market has recently experienced fewer home sales above $900,000 and less than $100,000.  There is a demand for more new homes in Baldwin County along with existing homes.  In addition, the market for vacation homes, especially in the Eastern Shore and Gulf Coast areas is strengthening.  Riding a two-year trend, real estate sales in South Baldwin County increased a dramatic 23 percent over January 2012, quite good news from an area away from the coastlines.

While sales are increasing, inventories of homes for sale are decreasing.  This is a healthy chemistry which causes home prices to improve, prompting some sellers to list their Baldwin County homes for sale this spring.  Then homebuyers have a greater selection of homes.

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

From Interstate 10, turn south on Highway 98 and visit Fairhope Alabama this weekend to experience the 61st Annual Arts & Crafts Festival.  Set on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay, Fairhope real estate may just pull on your heartstrings.  The Festival will be open March 15, 16, and 17, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Fairhope AL Arts & Craft The free Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival draws 350,000 people from homes in Baldwin County, Mobile County, and across the nation.  Over 230 artists and exhibitors are converging here in Fairhope.  The free event is a great place to stroll through the charming downtown area.  In fact, after 60 years, the Festival has become an award-winning celebration of “artistic minds and craftsmanship.”  So says Marc D. Anderson in his recent blog at al.com.

The tremendously popular Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival is sponsored by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce.  The celebration has received a number of honors.  Sunshine Artist Magazine voted the Fairhope Annual Arts & Crafts Festival in the top 26 of 100 as one of the Best Predominantly Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows in the United States.  The Southeast Tourism Society put the show in its top 20 events and the Alabama Bureau of Tourism as one of the top 20 in the state.

The Festival inaugurates the spring season by offering high quality arts and crafts from exhibitors and showcasing the work of top artists from around the country.  From Section Street and Fairhope Avenue, exhibits march along Church Street and De La Mare Avenue.  Farther down Section Street on the north side of downtown Fairhope, the work of artists from near and far will be showcased at the Outdoor Art Show held at the Eastern Shore Art Center.

During the three days, children are invited to participate in lots of fun and games at the “Young at Art” area.  Activities range from face painting to craft projects to a jumping area.  In addition, a schedule of children and adult performers enliven the activities every hour during the day.  There will be pet adoptions, a Smoke House set up by the Fairhope Fire Department to teach fire safety to children, plus 10K and 2-mile races on Saturday.

The show continues in the culinary area where the Food Court celebrates by featuring distinctive cuisine and one-of-a-kind taste experiences.

A well-oiled organization of volunteers makes it a breeze to join us.  Inexpensive shuttle service is available from several free parking areas, including Plantation Pointe Shopping Center, Eastern Shore Village Center, and Ecor Rouge Place Shopping Center.  There is also a bicycle valet service planned.

Tell us how we can help you find the perfect vacation home in Fairhope – or a way to relocate your family business to the charming community.  For information about properties in the Mobile region, contact Lucinda Briggs of RE/MAX by the Bay at (251) 423-7127.

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