Ultimate Guide to Life in Fairhope

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Fairhope AL Established

So you’re planning on make the big move to Fairhope? We locals know you’ll love it here. Fairhope is well-known for being one of the most charming towns in the South, and the people here are so inviting and friendly. Moving to a new area can be exciting but a little daunting at that same time, so I wanted to provide you with the most comprehensive guide to Fairhope to help make your decision to move a lot easier. Just know that you’re not alone. As a Realtor for over 13 years, I work with clients all the time who move to Fairhope from all over the country.  

So, if you’re moving to Fairhope yourself or you know someone who is, read this article! There is going to be a lot of territory covered here, hitting on all of the major highlights of the city.

Here’s what you’ll find below:

  • Facts & Figures
  • Beautiful Surroundings
  • Strong Economy & Jobs
  • Thriving Community
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Easy Commute
  • Restaurants & Entertainment
  • Weather & Climate
  • Public Safety
  • Schools & Programs
  • Real Estate
  • Final Thoughts

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Ultimate Guide to Life in Fairhope

There are hundreds of resources about this great town all over the internet but here you will be able to find it all in one place. Whether you are moving to Fairhope from another state or from a nearby city, I’m hoping you will be able to pull some value from this article. So, let’s get started!

Fairhope Facts and Figures

Let’s get the boring stuff out of the way so we can get into the more fun and interesting things about Fairhope:

  • Population: 22,024Fairhope established sign
  • Total Area: 74.28 square miles
  • Median Home Price: $253,700  
  • Median Household Income: $68,172
  • Sales Tax: 9%
  • State Income Tax: 5%
  • Median Age: 45.1
  • Average Commute Time: 25 minutes

Although Fairhope is not a huge city (second largest in Baldwin County), they are one of the fastest growing cities in Alabama with a 120.7% increase since 2010. 

Growth in an area is always good, but one of the benefits of living in Fairhope is that it’s still fairly small compared to most cities.  Plus, there is an emphasis on keeping Fairhope quaint and charming with a feeling of living in a small town.

Interesting Facts:

Fairhope Niche Grade

Here are a couple of reviews taken from Niche.com:

Fairhope review

Fairhope is centrally located in Baldwin County and is situated along Mobile Bay. You’ll read more about its location in the Easy Commute section below.

Fairhope Map large

Fairhope beautiful surroundings

Fairhope Pier

Fairhope keeps a full-time horticulturist on the payroll to keep the city in full bloom all year long. Also, there’s something eerily beautiful about the Spanish Moss draped oaks that can be found all over town, especially while driving down Scenic Route 98.

Fairhope Bay View and Walkway

Do you see yourself moving to Fairhope?

Fairhope Pier

In this section, I’m not going to talk too much. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Fairhope Moss Covered Tree

Fairhope Downtown Lights

Can you see why so many people are thinking about moving to Fairhope?

Click here to view the live camera at the Fairhope Pier.

Fairhope Strong Economy

Fairhope has an unemployment rate of 5.5% and a job growth of 1.78%.

Employment By Industry

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting1.20%
Wholesale trade3.81%
Retail trade11.18%
Transportation, warehousing, utilities4.78%
Finance, insurance, real estate6.62%
Professional, management, administrative9.20%
Educational, health, social services21.88%
Arts, entertainment, recreation9.41%
Public Administration4.92%

Fairhope Income

Fairhope Income

Fairhope Jobs

Of course, the figure changes daily but as of today’s writing, Glassdoor.com says that there are 178 jobs up for grabs in Fairhope. If you broaden the search out by just 15 miles, there’s an outstanding 4,262 jobs available. Not too bad for a small town.

Top 5 Positions For Hire in Fairhope are:

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Fairhope thriving community

When moving here, you’ll find that Fairhope is commonly referred to as a “pedestrian’s paradise” with its numerous parks, bustling downtown area, and tree-lined neighborhoods. As I have mentioned in another article about moving to Spanish Fort, I believe that the true meaning of “thriving” has 3 elements: growth, business, and quality of life.  

Fairhope is the epitome of that definition. Growth is caused by the demand of people who have heard of Fairhope or visited. Business then tries to keep up with growth. In Fairhope’s case, business is there, but city officials regulate it very well, keeping the integrity of the city intact. Quality of life comes first. Homeowners in Fairhope will never feel the sting of big business. Even the Walmart of Fairhope is located well off the beaten path, and most people driving through would never know where it’s located.

Fairhope Windmill Market
The Windmill Market

Downtown Fairhope is comprised of several blocks full of restaurants, shops, and galleries and is modeled after an old European village.

Downtown Fairhope Map

Fairhope is known as the gem of Baldwin County. That being said, the downtown area is the gem of Fairhope. Click here to see the full line-up of businesses in downtown Fairhope.

Day or night, the downtown area is perfect for seeing local art, unique boutiques, and local cuisine. It’s a great place for “date night” (just saying).  

Downtown Fairhope

Here are some reviews about Downtown Fairhope from TripAdvisor:

“We love visiting Fairhope Avenue and going in and out of the stores shopping for deals and interesting items. As always, the merchants are very friendly and the shops are so nice. It’s a highlight of my time in Fairhope to shop the shops.”

Shops everywhere…places to eat also. We always like coming to this quaint little town. The people are friendly.”

At the time of this writing, there were 339 reviews on TripAdvisor for Fairhope. 267 were excellent and 64 were very good.  Need I say more?

Fairhope Outdoor Activities

If you’re moving to Fairhope and love the outdoors, this town is perfect.

Fairhope Outdoor Activities

Eastern Shore Trail

One of the highlights of outdoor activities in Fairhope is the Eastern Shore Trail. Click the last link for the homepage, map, and details of the trail. Whether you’re a walker, stroller, biker, or marathon runner, the Eastern Shore Trail is a fantastic “23-mile” avenue to give you a scenic, direct path to your fitness goals. I’ve run and biked this trail a few times; its beauty and condition are well kept.

Sometimes fitness can be boring, but this trail will give you plenty to look at while you’re working on yourself.    

Fairhope Eastern Shore Trail

Here’s an example of the Eastern Shore Trail in Fairhope . . . beautiful place to run or bike!

Fairhope Eastern Shore Trail

Fairhope Pier

Fairhope Pier

Destroyed by Hurrican Katrina in 2005, the Fairhope Pier was rebuilt and remains a staple on the Eastern Shore.  

The Fairhope Pier, which is 1,448 feet long, is great for those who want to fish, take in Alabama’s natural elements, or just to people-watch. The pier features a restaurant, restrooms, covered bench areas, and more.

Weeks Bay Natural Reserve

Over 6,000 acres are reserved for Weeks Bay in Fairhope. If you’re moving to Fairhope and love nature, check this place out. 

Fairhope Weeks Bay

Located in the southern section of Fairhope is Weeks Bay Natural Reserve. Here you’ll find . . . 

Fairhope Weeks Bay Alligator

Yes, we’re in lower Alabama and do have alligators . . .

Fairhope Parks

  • Knoll Park – Located at Fairhope Ave and Magnolia St
  • Barnell Park – 7754 Hwy 98
  • Fairhoper’s Community Park – Here you’ll find slides, rope climbing, swings, splash pad, and monkey bars.  Located at Church St and Morphy Ave.
  • Fels Toddlers Park – Fels Ave and Liberty St.
  • Mike Ford Tennis Center – Open to the public and features 6 lighted courts, a walking track, and green area. Located a the corner of Morphy Ave and Merson St.
  • Fairhope Municipal Sporting Park – This park is 50 acres and features a disc golf course, dog park, skate park, green space, 2 gymnasiums, indoor and outdoor pools, and football field. Located at Greeno Rd and Volanta Ave.
  • Beach Park Tree Trail – Located at the Fairhope Pier and contains nearly 500 species trees.
  • Marietta Johnson Botanical Garden and Tree Trail – 450 Fairhope Ave.

Fairhope Playground

Fairhope Easy Commute

Unlike Spanish Fort and Daphne, I feel that the majority of residents of Fairhope are either retired or work in Fairhope. If you do move to Fairhope and work elsewhere, you’ll find that the commute will be fairly simple.

Here are the most common locations from downtown Fairhope to other destinations:

  • Daphne – 5.8 miles
  • Spanish Fort – 11.1 miles
  • Walmart – 3.3 miles
  • Interstate 10 – 9.6 miles
  • Mobile – 18.2 miles
  • Gulf Shores – 30.2 miles


Fairhope Restaurants


Pinzone’s Italian Downtown312 Fairhope Ave251-990-5535
Gambino’s Italian Grill18 Laurel Ave251-990-0995
Ravenite Pizzeria102 N Section St251-929-2525

Guido’s Restaurant

1709 Main St251-626-6082
Rotolo’s Pizzeria100 Eastern Shore Shopping Center251-990-4005
Papa’s Pizza14 N Church St251-990-9600


Fish River Grill By the Bay19270 Scenic Hwy 98251-928-8118
Shux on the Pier1 Fairhope Ave251-421-4554
Southwood Kitchen1203 Hwy 98251-626-6676
Wintzell’s Oyster House805 S Mobile St251-929-2322
The Original Old Bay Steamer14 N Church St251-928-1714
Fish River Grill11950 County Rd 32251-990-3535
Market by the Bay365 Greeno Rd251-929-7203
Saltwater Grill17855 Scenic Hwy 98251-990-4300


Ox Kitchen85 N Bancroft St251-990-8533
Sunset Pointe831 N Section St251-990-7766
The Bone and Barrel311 Fairhope Ave251-990-0782
Thyme on Section33 N Section St251-990-5635
Locals410 Fairhope Ave251-517-9043
Bay House Bistro151 S Mobile St251-978-2125
The Wash House17111 Scenic Hwy 98251-928-4838
Panini Pete’s42 1/2 S Section St251-929-0122
Julwin’s Restaurant411 Fairhope Ave251-990-9372
Tamara’s Downtown104 N Section St251-929-2219
Fairhope Inn & Restaurant63 S Church St251-928-6226
Big Daddy’s Grill16542 Ferry Rd251-990-8555
Old 27 Grill19992 Hwy 181251-281-2663
Grand Steakhouse17855 Scenic Hwy 98251-928-9201
Saraceno’s9509 County Rd 32251-928-1116
Windmill Market85 N Bancroft St251-990-8883
The Biscuit King9555 County Rd 24251-928-2424
Danny’s Fried Chicken19605 Greeno Rd251-928-2828
Original Ben’s Jr552 N Section St251-928-1211


Dragonfly Foodbar7 S Church St251-990-5772
Agave Cocina Mexicana & Tequila104 Ecor Rouge Pl251-990-3637
Shanghai Cottage22530 Hwy 98251-928-6668
El Camino Taco Shack212 Fairhope Ave251-928-8108
Los Tacos18983 S Greeno Rd251-929-0001
La Cocina800 N Section St251-990-0783
Tokyo Sushi94 Plantation Pointe251-990-2218
El Mexicano195 Baldwin Sq251-929-7827


R Bistro & Pastry334 Fairhope Ave251-928-2399


Bay Breeze Cafe50 S Church St251-990-0294
Camelia Cafe61 Section St251-928-4321
Another Broken Egg Cafe300 Fairhope Ave251-210-6901
Two Sisters Bakery & Deli19452 Scenic Hwy 98251-517-0622
The Sunflower Cafe210 Eastern Shore Shopping Center251-929-0002
Andree’s Wine, Cheese, & Things403 Fairhope Ave251-928-8863
Sandra’s Place218 Fairhope Ave251-990-3344
Mary Ann’s Deli85 N Bancroft St251-928-3663
Down By the Cafe4 Beach Rd251-928-4363
Country Queen Cafe19548 Boothe Rd251-928-0500


Warehouse Bakery & Donuts759 Nichols Ave251-928-7223


Sage Lebanese Cuisine319 Fairhope Ave251-517-7536
Yak The Kathmandu Kitchen400 Eastern Shore Shopping Center251-990-6192

Fairhope Weather and Climate

I’ve taken all of the information for this section from WeatherSpark.com and personal experience. Many people move to Fairhope because of the weather. Most of my clients who move here from another state are trying to get away from the brutal winters of the north.

Being in lower Alabama, the summers can get hot and muggy but, for the rest of the year, you will find that weather conditions are quite pleasant.  

Fairhope Temperature

The “hot season” for Fairhope lasts from May 19th through September 28th with an average high temperature of 89 degrees.  

The “cool season” lasts from December 2nd to February 25th with an average high of 67 degrees. 

Fairhope Rainfall

I’m no meteorologist but during the summer we can get some thunderstorms. We locals call these pop-up storms that usually last for about a half hour. Just schedule your pool time around these. Grab a sandwich; it will be over in a few minutes.  

Fairhope Public Safety

No one likes to talk about the negatives, but I wanted to give you an objective approach to moving to Fairhope. Unfortunately, there is crime in every city, but I’m happy to report that Fairhope ranks way below on crime compared to the rest of the country (except in property crime, but we’re working on that).

Fairhope Crime

I can also attest that the residents of Fairhope love where they live and will not tolerate any ill-will doing from anyone.

Fairhope Crime Grade

Source: Homefacts.com

The Fairhope Police Department is comprised of over 30 sworn officers, corrections, and personnel. They are some of the finest officers in the county and are going above and beyond to keep Fairhope citizens safe.

Fairhope Police Department:

107 North Section Street

Fairhope Schools

Fairhope schools are some of the best in the area . . .

Fairhope Schools

Fairhope Public Schools


Fairhope High School
1 Pirate Drive
1,469 Students
Principal – Jon Cardwell




Fairhope Middle School
2 Pirate Drive
642 Students
Principal – Angie Hall





Fairhope Intermediate School
20698 Bishop Road
397 Students
Principal – Carol Broughton




Fairhope Elementary School
408 North Section Street
278 Students
Principal – Julie Pierce



Fairhope High School

Other Fairhope Schools

Fairhope K-1 School

J. Larry Newton School

Faulkner State Community Center

University of South Alabama

University of South Alabama Baldwin County

Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education

Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation

Alabama Higher Education Portal

Fairhope Real Estate

I’m your Fairhope Realtor. I’ve been selling homes for over 13 years and would love to meet you. Since you’re moving to Fairhope, you will need someone who knows the area, understand your needs, and match that with what’s available. I created this page for you!

Fairhope Real Estate

There are a total of 8,040 housing units in Fairhope. 73% of residents own a home. Please reach out to me if you need any other information on the city of Fairhope or any of the homes for sale in the area. I know Fairhope, and I know real estate. 

All Fairhope Condos for Sale by Price


$100,000 to $200,000 – $200,000 to $300,000 – $300,000 to $400,000
$400,000 to $500,000 – $500,000 to $600,000 – $600,000 to $1,000,000


All Fairhope Single Family Homes for Sale by Price


$100,000 to $200,000 – $200,000 to $300,000 – $300,000 to $400,000
$400,000 to $500,000 – $500,000 to $600,000 – $600,000 to $1,000,000


Fairhope Final Thoughts

Fairhope is one of the most beautiful and charming towns in the south. If you’re moving here and need more information about the city or area, please contact me. I’m available, and I know real estate.

About the author: The above Real Estate information on Moving to Fairhope was provided by Jeff Nelson of IXL Real Estate – Eastern Shore. Jeff can be reached via email at jeff@livegulfshoreslocal.com or by phone at 251-654-2523. Jeff has helped people move in and out of properties for nearly 13 years.

Thinking about selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and would love to share my marketing expertise!

I service Real Estate sales in Baldwin County, including the cities of Spanish Fort, Daphne, Fairhope, Foley, Gulf Shores, and Orange Beach.

This content is not the product of the National Association of REALTORS®, and may not reflect NAR's viewpoint or position on these topics and NAR does not verify the accuracy of the content.