Nestled along the bay between Daphne and Fairhope, the community of Montrose is located on high bluffs overlooking Mobile Bay. The Montrose historic district, with fifteen historically significant buildings, is on the National Register of Historic Places. All are residential, with the exception of the 1890 Montrose Post Office.
The largest city on the Eastern Shore, Daphne has a quaint downtown area reminiscent of days gone by, with large brick estates and towering Live Oak trees, aptly named Olde Towne Daphne. The community is bursting with public recreational facilities for baseball, soccer, basketball, and even dogs! Three Bayfront parks with piers and trails, May Day Park, Bayfront Park and Village Point Park, make it easy to spend a day by the water. Area schools are touted some of the best in the area and are run by the Baldwin County Public School System and supported by SEEDS, Daphne's Education Foundation. The history of Daphne goes back to the War of 1812 when it is said that General Andrew Jackson rallied his troops here for the attack on New Orleans. Read more about Daphne here.
Fairhope was founded as an economic utopian community in 1984 based on the theories of economist Henry George for a Single Tax Colony. Buying a home in certain areas of Fairhope means you are part of this unique history. 4,500 acres of land in and around Fairhope is owned by the Fairhope Single Tax Corporation, home owners essentially have a 99-year renewable lease of the land their home is on, while owning any structures and improvements on the land. Read more about the Single Tax Corporation here. As a quaint community on the Eastern Shore, Fairhope has always been magnet for artists and writers. The downtown area is bursting southern charm and has numerous art galleries and street artists, gift stores, specialty clothing boutiques, bookstores and restaurants. The city maintains over 350 acres of municipal parks, including a pier, boat launch, and beach area along Mobile Bay that is famous for its stunning sunsets. Area schools are touted some of the best in the area and are run by the Baldwin County Public School System and supported by Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation.
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