Orange Beach : Alabama

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What Orange Beach is like for active adults
A relatively isolated, small beach community, Orange Beach is located on a barrier island along the Gulf Coast close to the west Florida border. Bustling in the summer and much quieter in the winter, The year round population is just over 6,000. Orange Beach is a booming tourist town. Fishing and golf-centric, Orange Beach also has beautiful bright-white beaches. The Wharf is a large shopping and entertainment venue, and the Orange Beach Arts Center sponsors the annual Festival of the Arts. Photos courtesy of Wikipedia: condos on the beach by Chris Watson and sunrise view of Perdido Pass by Kevin Stephenson.
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

Orange Beach real estate is widely diversified. Homes range from humble little one-families and condominiums for less than $100,000, all the way to penthouse condos in the millions. Some active communities feature golf. The Zillow median sale price in Orange Beach was $296,900 in mid 2013, although City-Data pegged it much lower at about $225,000.

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What is special about this retirement community
Orange Beach has a new, beautiful Active Adults Center, as well as the Arts Center, a waterfront park, backcountry trails, and lovely beaches. The City of Orange Beach hosts many sporting events and tournaments at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. From there the Gulf State Park has many trails to enjoy.
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What is not special about this retirement community
There is no public transportation here, and no hospital. It is also very heavily touristy in the summer.
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What kinds of people like retiring here
Those who enjoy lazy days and don't mind crowds retire here.
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Local economy is driven by
tourism
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Climate and Physical Environment
Winters are mild, and the summers are hot.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
In addition to the beachy culture, the Arts Center hosts events and concerts that contribute to the scene.
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Crime
Crime here is much higher than the national average, which is somewhat consistent for a resort town.
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Medical facilities
There is no hospital here, but there is a so-so one nearby.
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Transportation
There is no public transportation in Orange Beach.
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Valuable Links
www.gulfshores.com
Orange Beach Community Website
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Facts about ORANGE BEACH
  • State: AL
  • Environment: Coastal,Golf Community,Resort Community,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 60,001-80,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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