Fairhope : Alabama

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What Fairhope is like for active adults
Fairhope, Alabama is one of the most unusual (and nicest) retirement communities anywhere. It was founded by 28 settlers from Iowa in November, 1894 as a utopian single tax colony by the "Fairhope Industrial Association". Their purpose in founding a new colony was to establish and conduct a cooperative model community, free from all forms of private monopoly.

The Fairhope Single-Tax Corporation still operates, with 1800 leaseholds covering more than 4000 acres in and around the current city of Fairhope. The community owns the land and leaseholders pay a tax of between $500 to $1000 in lieu of property taxes. Fairhope has made some movement from utopian experiment to retirement community... artist's/intellectual's colony… boutique resort… and affluent suburb of Mobile. In fact, some local residents refer to Fairhope as "Carmel-by-the-Bay" alluding to California’s Carmel-by-the-Sea on the Monterey Peninsula.

This beautiful community, very popular with active adults of 55+, has Spanish moss hanging from the trees. Many homes have a view of the beautiful Mobile Bay. A 1,450-foot town pier serves as a local gathering spot. One of the first communities in Alabama to put a horticulturist on the city payroll, Fairhope is lush with trees, plantings, and flowers.  For a wonderful glimpse you should read this 2011 article in the Washington Post, "In Alabama, Utopia Found".


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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

Fairhope is a desirable retirement community with many different kinds of housing available.
According to Zillow.com,  the median selling price of a Fairhope home in the first quarter of 2013 was $237,200.

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What is special about this retirement community

Flowers and plantings; Charming ambience and cooperative heritage; Arts & Crafts Festival (named as Event of the Year by the State of AL);  University of South Alabama branch campus; Mild climate

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What is not special about this retirement community

Could be too cute for some;  hot, humid summers

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What kinds of people like retiring here

Fairhope is a growing, vital community, having expanded 35% during the 1990's. Most people tend to be retirees, but since it is a suburb of Mobile, there are also plenty of people of all ages. There are many artists who live here.

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Local economy is driven by
Tourism, Banking, Retail, Healthcare, Services. View Google Map for Fairhope For Mobile / Fairhope Craigslist
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Climate and Physical Environment
Fairhope is on a coastal plain separated by a bay from Mobile. Many homes have a view of the bay. With a horticulturalist on staff, the community and its flowers and Spanish moss could not be more beautiful.
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Fairhope is blessed with many significant events throughout the year. There is the popular Alabama Coastal BirdFest, the Arts & Crafts Festival, the Fairhope Music Festival, just to name a few. The Eastern Shore Art Center is a vital resource with changing monthly exhibits. The Adult Recreation Center has 1200 members and a daily roster of activities that range from exercise classes to bridge. The center's Big Band dances attract folks from far away.

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Crime
According to citydata.com, the crime index in Fairhope is 175.5, which is way below the national average of 319.5, making it one of the safest places to live in after retirement.
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Medical facilities
Thomas Hospital is here in Fair Hope, others are nearby in Mobile. Thomas Hospital is a local source of pride with 56 staff doctors, including specialists in all major disciplines.
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Transportation

There are 2 airports in Mobile, Trent Lott International is 44 miles away in Pascagoula. Fairhope is above average for walkability when compared to other towns. For more information about how to retire in Alabama .

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Valuable Links
Fairhope on Wikipedia
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Facts about FAIRHOPE
  • State: AL
  • Environment: Suburban,Coastal,Boating Community,Cultural Center,Golf Community,New Urban/Master Planned,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: john

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