Beautiful Fairhope, Alabama is located in the southern part of the state adjacent to Mobile Bay. Residents and visitors enjoy many water sports, strolls on the pier, and a downtown area full of unique shops and restaurants. Life here is laid back and peaceful. It is a great place to call home.
Population and Amenities
City-Data.com reports the population of Fairhope was 18,089 in 2014, an increase of 44.9 percent in 14 years. The terrific park amenities entice people to live here. The Fairhope Municipal Pool features two outdoor pools, a toddler wading area and an indoor pool. The recreation center offers an inside walking track, racquetball court, sauna, fitness equipment and double gyms. There are facilities dedicated to softball and soccer, youth football and tennis. Volanta Park is home to disc golf, baseball and a skate area. It also has a municipal football field. Quail Creek Golf Course accommodates lovers of that sport. Other city parks provide playground equipment and green space for all to enjoy.
Fairhope residents are serviced by the Baldwin County Public Schools. Both the Fairhope Middle School and High School received a rating of 10 out of 10 from GreatSchools.org, while the Fairhope Intermediate and Primary Schools achieved a 9 out of 10 rating. Established in 2013, the Baldwin County Virtual School offers a flexible online education to those in grades 7-12. There are early childhood centers as well as private school options available.
The Fairhope Municipal Pier is the city's gathering place. A lovely park space with fountains serves as the entrance to the pier and is home to several concerts and other activities. The pier itself is a favorite fishing spot, or a great place to take in a magnificent sunset over the bay. The Fairhope Museum of History teaches about the city's past through exhibits and artifacts. The Windmill Market is the place to try a selection of locally grown foods within three separate establishments. Some entertainment may be part of the package as well.
Real Estate Options
Zillow.com reports the median home value in Fairhope is $263,500, a 10.1 percent increase over last year. The median list price of $349,997 indicates a very healthy real estate market. The median rent index is $1690, higher than the surrounding area.
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