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Fairhope, Alabama 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.  As such it was one of the first planned communities in the U.S.

The Fairhope Single-Tax Corporation owns the land with 1800 leaseholds covering more than 4000 acres in and around the current city. Fairhope is still a utopian experiment but now more of an artist's/intellectual's colony… boutique resort… and affluent suburb of Mobile. 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. Many,but by no means all, residents are retired.

Where to Retire in Fairhope and Home Prices

Fairhope is a desirable retirement community with many different kinds of housing available.
The Zillow Home Value Index in Fairhope in early 2022, was $418,562 See some sample Fairhope Listings.

What Is Special about Fairhope

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. Named one of the 10 Prettiest Retirement Towns in 2016 by 

What Is Not Special about Fairhope

The town could be too cute for some;  hot, humid summers.

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.

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.


According to, 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.

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.


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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