to the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay! An enchanting and
unspoiled treasure offering the best of Alabama waterfront
real estate as well as a superior alternative to the Alabama
Gulf Coast. The Judy Niemeyer Team is ready to help you find
the home of your dreams.
The Eastern Shore Is A Wonderful Place To Live
There are no theme parks here, just a shoreline with
panoramic views. Instead of souvenir shops, there are
fashionable boutiques and galleries. Lodgings for visitors
are bay cottages, small inns, cozy bed & breakfasts, and a
world class southern resort. It’s a one of a kind place to
visit and a wonderful place to live.
The friendly towns combine the charm of the old South with
modern living, making it a great place to raise a family or
retire. The lifestyle is slow paced. People actually take
time to talk to their neighbors but the area also has an
active cultural life, with concerts, art galleries,
community theater, festivals, and fine restaurants.
Fairhope is best known for its romantic, sweeping views of
Mobile Bay and the storybook charm of its shops and flowers.
But its captivating beauty doesn't just lie on the surface.
When you explore what is at the heart of the town, you can
more fully appreciate its true character.
The town’s founders, proponents of an economic experiment
called “single tax,” came from all over the U.S. looking for
their utopia. They settled here in 1894 with “a fair hope of
success” and a clear vision for the future. They set aside
land as parks for all to enjoy, on the beautiful bluffs
overlooking Mobile Bay, and in other places through town.
Today, those early parks are part of the City of Fairhope’s
extensive parks system, and the Fairhope Single Tax
Corporation still exists as a vital component of the
Fairhope's heritage as a resort community began soon after
the town’s founding, when wealthy Mobilians traveled here by
Bayboat. Visitors came to Fairhope then for the same reasons
they do today - pleasant climate, peaceful surroundings, and
inspiring scenery. There has been a grand southern resort on
the site of today’s Marriott Grand Hotel in nearby Point
Clear since the early 1800s.
From the very beginning, Fairhope has attracted creative,
cultivated, and freethinking people. Today as in years past,
many artists, writers, and craftsmen call Fairhope home.
Fairhope is also a city of volunteers — more than 70 percent
of the city’s residents report involvement in some type of
volunteer work. Newcomers have always been welcomed in
Fairhope. Come join us, and find out why Fairhope is
A Place in History
Fairhope and the surrounding area has been witness to many
events in history. Native Americans came to the high bluffs
overlooking the Bay for spiritual retreats; Spanish
Conquistadors explored and settled the shoreline (evidenced
by the nearby community of Spanish Fort); and the French
established a stronghold in Mobile, just across the Bay,
which celebrates its Tricentennial in 2002.
Fort Morgan, at the mouth of Mobile Bay, was first
established in 1559. A wooden fort was built on the site in
1803 and in 1820 replaced by brick that was made in the
Fairhope area in a brick plant that is still in operation
today. One of the last major battles of the Civil War was
fought at nearby Blakeley, and during the Battle of Mobile
Bay in 1864, Admiral Farragut gave his famous orders, "Damn
the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"
Fairhope and the Eastern Shore remained somewhat isolated,
accessible mainly by Bayboats, until the construction of the
Causeway from Mobile in the 1920s. Some 50 years later, the
completion of I-10 (just 10 miles north of Fairhope)
provided easy access to the rest of the Southeast. Today,
major airports are just an hour away in Mobile or Pensacola;
even the “Big Easy,” New Orleans, is less than three hours