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message FROM THE PRESIDENT As we celebrate our 65th year in the real estate business, I am reminded each day of the significance of such an accomplishment. It is clear that the same sacrifice and commitment that achieved this milestone is also the reason Roberts Brothers continues to lead the market today. Our competitive advantage lies in the fact that our leadership team and 250 sales associates and staff have preserved the most recognizable real estate brand in South Alabama and engrained professionalism and integrity into our company culture. These, and other core values, are demonstrated at each of our four office locations each and every day. As our industry continues to adapt, we look forward to continuing to embrace change and exploring new ways of achieving our ultimate goal: to provide an exceptional home buying and selling experience for our customers.

2011 MARKET SHARE $232,312,712

1st

PLACE

#1

Roberts Brothers

BROTHERS INC.

#1

REALTORS

READERS’ CHOICE 10 YEARS IN A ROW!

Roberts Brothers, Inc. Listed and Sold more Mobile Bay Area Real Estate than any other company!

$102,683,461

#2 Prudential Cooper

$67,624,982

#3 CB Reehl

$46,670,589

#4 CB Hayes

$45,757,109

#5 CB#5 Hayes CB United

Graph reflects residential property. This representation is based on data supplied by the Mobile Area Association of Realtors or its Multiple Listing Service. Neither the Association nor its MLS guarentees it is in anyway responsible for accuracy. Data maintained by the Association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market.

On behalf of our team, I welcome you to Mobile Bay. I invite you to look over our Relocation Guide and visit our website RobertsBrothers.com . We look forward to serving you for the next 65 years! Sincerely,

D A N I E L A . D ENNIS President, Roberts Brothers, Inc.

For Relocation Information Contact

ANN AKRIDGE Director of Relocation, Roberts Brothers, Inc. Relocation@RobertsBrothers.com | 251.661.4660

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Johnny Roberts, Daniel Dennis, Mickie Russell, Sue Winter and Ron Peltier at the Roberts Brothers/Dauphin Realty Merger Party.

years

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of Superior Service

Roberts Brothers, Inc. REAL ESTATE


welcome to MOBILE BAY

come enjoy OUR SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY Looking for information about Mobile Bay or the surrounding area? You’ve come to the right place! Going to school at one of our Universities, taking a new job, or retiring, Roberts Brothers is fully equipped to assist you no matter what your reason. We have over 250 agents and staff just waiting to help you, and we cannot wait to share with you our area information and become your lifetime real estate resource. Our area boasts a quality of life with which few can compete. Enjoy golf, hunting in the Delta, fishing in Mobile Bay or the Gulf of Mexico, or relax on the white sandy beaches of Dauphin Island and Gulf Shores. Available year round there are many cultural activities in Downtown Mobile and quaint Fairhope, Alabama. Our fabulous cuisine is reflective of our diverse population as well as our 300 year history under the flags of Spain, France, Great Britain, the flag of the the Republic of Alabama, the 3rd National Flag of the Confederate States of America, and the flag of the United States. Welcome! We look forward to working for you! Contact us at Relocation@RobertsBrothers.com

leading real estate COMPANIES OF THE WORLD A powerful local brand, Roberts Brothers Inc. was also chosen to represent Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, a 48-year-old “by-invitation” global network responsible for more transactions each year than any other real estate network. Our affiliation with this powerful organization gives us strong connections to well respected firms in over 30 countries and benefit from a referral program that makes over 40,000 client introductions each year - more than any other real estate organization. The relationship gives our properties additional global exposure and has proven to be a beneficial source of buyers.

1st

PLACE

BROTHERS INC.

REALTORS

READERS’ CHOICE 10 YEARS IN A ROW!

www.leadingre.com

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why relocate with ROBERTS BROTHERS?

REASONS

20 TOP

1st

PLACE

BROTHERS INC.

REALTORS

READERS’ CHOICE 10 YEARS IN A ROW!

To RELOCATE With Us

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Outstanding Reputation since 1946

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#1 Reader’s Choice for 10 Consecutive Years

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World Leader in Relocation with LREC

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Market Share - #1 in Region

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Sales Volume - #1 in Region

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Units Sold - #1 in Region

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New Listings - #1 in Region

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Over 250 Sales Associates & Staff

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Superior Service to our Customers for 65 Years

10. Most Professional and Knowledgeable Agents 11. Four Offices throughout the Mobile Bay Area 12. Local Benefits with Global Exposure 13. Partnership with HomeServices of America 14. 4,600 Offices + 130,000 Agents + 30 Countries = 15. 39% Market Share in the Top Real Estate Markets 16. 37,000+ Visitors Every Month on RobertsBrothers.com 17. Advanced Social Media Marketing 18. YouTube Channel Featuring a Video for Every Listing 19. Upscale Signage & Marketing 20. Specialized Home Divisions (Estate, Historic, SpringHill)

and the list goes on and on...

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TOTAL VOLUME SALES - 2011


why relocate with ROBERTS BROTHERS?

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ow serving a third generation of customers, Roberts Brothers, Inc. has over 250 sales

associates & staff in five branch offices covering the residential and rental markets in Mobile and Baldwin County, Alabama. Roberts Brothers is the leading Real Estate company in South Alabama and has offered superior service to its clients and customers for over 65 years. Roberts Brothers provides real estate services to the broadest range of people in Mobile and Baldwin County at the highest level of professionalism and integrity.

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our BRANCHES

The Real Estate Center 3601 Spring Hill Business Park | Mobile | 251.344.9220

Roberts Brothers West

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6721 Grelot Road, Suite A | Mobile | 251.661.4660

Eastern Shore 559 North Section Street | Fairhope | 251.928.2109

more EXPOSURE

Saraland 412 Hwy 43 North | Saraland | 251.675.8893

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welcome to MOBILE

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obile’s strategic location and tremendous infrastructure – two interstate systems, two airports, proximity to the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and five major railroads – make it a hot center for business. Its superb quality of life, diverse cultural and recreational activities, low cost of living, close

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distance to the beach and the temperate climate at tract many newcomers and visitors every year. Many exciting things are happening in Mobile that will continue to attract residents and businesses to this progressive part of the Southeastern U.S. We are very proud to be a part of Mobile’s success!


why life is so good on MOBILE BAY

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hough it bears some striking similarities to New Orleans, Mobile dances to its own beat, which is just the way Mobilians like it. The city lies at the head of Mobile Bay on the shank end of the second-largest river delta system in the nation, a spiderweb watershed that reaches almost the length of the state before flowing into the Mobile River. That meant that from the 1830s till near the turn of the twentieth century, Mobile received the abundance of some of the finest cottongrowing land in the United States—maybe in the whole world—which is what really got the place going. Not only that, we started the first Mardi Gras in North America, too I say “we” because I am a Mobilian (Mo-beel-ien), even though I now live across the bay on what is called the Eastern Shore. I’ve lived in Washington, D.C., and in New York, but I was a Mobilian then, too. It’s hard to shake when you’re raised in one of the old Southern coastal cities—like New Orleans, Mobile, Savannah, or Charleston—that had been thriving for a hundred years while the rest of the state wasn’t much other than woods and wild Indians. When I was growing up, downtown Mobile was a vibrant hive of department stores, restaurants, theaters, office buildings, and bumper-to-bumper traffic in the narrow streets leading to the water. There were band concerts beneath the oaks in Bienville Square and opulent lunches at the old Battle House hotel, which had hosted presidents among its notable list of guests. Constantine’s, with its tiled floors and mirrored walls, rivaled if not exceeded the fabled Galatoire’s in the French Quarter—in food as well as decor. Visit http://gardenandgun.com/article/why-life-so-good-mobile-bay to read more. Excerpt from Feb/March 2011 Garden&Gun Magazine, Written by Winston Groom

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mobile county SCHOOL SYSTEM PRIVATE SCHOOLS St Paul’s Episcopal School (PK-12) www.stpaulsmobile.net UMS-Wright Preparatory School (PK-12) www.ums-wright.org McGill-Toolen Catholic High School (9-12) www.mcgill-toolen.org Faith Academy (PK-12) www.faithacademy.us Mobile Christian School (PK-12) www.mobilechristian.org St. Luke’s Episcopal School (PK-12) www.stlukesmobile.com

PRIVATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Cottage Hill Christian Academy (K-9) www.chcacademy.com Covenant Christian School (PK-8) School with Special Program Emphasis www.covenantschool.com Faith Academy (PK-12) www.faithacademy.us North Mobile Christian School (K-9) www.northmobilechristian.org St Dominic School (K-9) www.stdominicmobile.org St Ignatius Catholic School (K-9) www.stignatius.org St Mary Catholic School (K-9) www.stmarymobile.org St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School (PK-8) www.svsschool.org

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helpful LINKS Mobile County Private Schools http://www.privateschoolreview.com/county_ private_schools/stateid/AL/county/1097 Mobile County School System www.mcpss.com


mobile county SCHOOL SYSTEM

Alba Middle School 251-824-4134 District 5 Allentown Elementary School 251-221-1000 District 1 Anna F. Booth Elementary School 251-824-1740 District 5 Augusta Evans School K-12 251-221-5400 District 4 Baker High School 251-221-3000 District 5 Belsaw/Mt. Vernon Pre-K-8th School 251-221-1030 District 3 Blount High School 251-221-3070 District 3 Brazier Elementary School 251-221-1046 District 3 Breitling Elementary School 251-865-0900 District 5 Bryant Career Technical School 251-221-6312 District 5 Bryant High School 251-824-3213 District 5 Burns Middle School 251-221-2025 District 2 Burroughs Elementary School 251-221-1077 District 2 Calcedeaver Elementary School 251-221-1092 District 1 Calloway-Smith Middle School 251-221-2042 District 4 Castlen Elementary School 251-865-6733 District 5 Chastang Middle School 251-221-2081 District 3 Chickasaw Elementary School 251-221-1105 District 3 Citronelle High School 251-221-3444 District 1 Clark-Shaw Magnet School 251-221-2106 District 3

Collier Elementary School 251-221-1120 District 1 Collins-Rhodes Elementary School 251-221-1226 District 3 Continuous Learning Center 251-221-2122 District 3 Council Traditional School 251-221-1137 District 4 Craighead Elementary School 251-221-1155 District 4 Dauphin Island Elementary School 251-861-3864 District 2 Davidson High School 251-221-3084 District 2 Davis Elementary School 251-221-1166 District 5 Dawes 3-5 251-221-1485 District 5 Denton Middle School 251-221-2148 District 2 Dixon Elementary School 251-824-4314 District 5 Dodge Elementary School 251-221-1195 District 2 Dunbar Middle School 251-221-2160 District 4 E. R. Dickson Elementary School 251-221-1180 District 2 Eanes Middle School 251-221-2189 District 4 Eichold-Mertz Elementary School 251-221-1210 District 4 Faulkner Vocational School 251-221-5431 District 3 Fonde Elementary 251-221-1240 District 2 Forest Hill Elementary 251-221-1270 District 3 Gilliard Elementary 251-221-1820 District 4

Grand Bay Middle 251-865-6511 District 5 Grant Elementary School 251-221-1319 District 3 Griggs Elementary School 251-221-1330 District 2 Hall Elementary 251-221-1345 District 4 Hamilton Elementary School 251-221-1360 District 3 Hankins Middle 251-221-2200 District 5 Hollingers Island Elementary 251-221-1376 District 2 Holloway Elementary School 251-221-1391 District 3 Howard Elementary School 251-221-1406 District 4 Hutchens Elementary School 251-221-1420 District 5 Indian Springs Elementary School 251-221-1436 District 3 John Will Elementary School 251-221-1750 District 3 Just 4 Developmental Laboratory 251-221-1450 District 4 Lee Intermediate School 251-221-1476 District 3 Lee Primary School 251-221-1466 District 3 LeFlore Magnet High School 251-221-3125 District 4 Leinkauf Elementary 251-221-1495 District 4 Lott Middle School 251-221-2240 District 1 Mary B. Austin Elementary 251-221-1015 District 3 Mary G. Montgomery High School 251-221-3153 District 1 Maryvale Elementary 251-221-1810 District 4 McDavid-Jones Elementary School 251-221-1510 District 1 Meadowlake Elementary 251-221-1529 District 5 Mobile County Training School 251-221-2267 District 3 Murphy High School 251-221-3186 District 4 North Mobile Co. Middle School 251-221-2000 District 3 O’Rourke Elementary School 251-221-1585 District 1 Old Shell Road Magnet School 251-221-1557 District 4

Orchard Elementary School 251-221-1571 District 3 Pearl Haskew Elementary 251-221-1850 District 5 Phillips Preparatory School 251-221-2286 District 3 Pillans Middle 251-221-2300 District 4 Rain High 251-221-3233 District 4 Regional School 251-221-5454 District 2 Robbins Elementary School 251-221-1600 District 3 Satsuma High School 251-221-3269 District 3 Scarborough Middle School 251-221-2323 District 3 Semmes Elementary 251-221-1631 District 1 Semmes Middle 251-221-2344 District 1 Shepard Elementary 251-221-1645 District 2 Spencer Elementary 251-221-1661 District 3 St. Elmo Elementary 251-957-6314 District 5 Tanner Williams Elementary 251-221-1675 District 5 The Pathway School 251-221-5010 Theodore High 251-221-3351 District 5 Turner Elementary 251-221-1285 District 1 Vigor High 251-221-3045 District 3 Washington Middle School 251-221-2361 District 3 Westlawn Elementary 251-221-1705 District 4 Whitley Elementary 251-221-1737 District 3 Williamson High School 251-221-3411 District 4 Wilmer Elementary 251-221-1780 District 1

for more info VISIT

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baldwin county SCHOOL SYSTEM SPANISH FORT Elementary & Intermediate: Spanish Fort Elementary School Rockwell Elementary School

Middle School: Spanish Fort Middle School

High School: Spanish Fort High School

DAPHNE Elementary & Intermediate: Daphne Elementary School Daphne East Elementary School Daphne North Elementary School Weinacker’s Montessori School WJ Carroll Intermediate School

Middle: Daphne Middle School

High School: Daphne High School

FAIRHOPE & POINT CLEAR Elementary: Fairhope Elementary School Fairhope K-1 Center J. Larry Newton School

Intermediate & Middle: Fairhope Middle School Fairhope Intermediate School

High School: Fairhope High School

PRIVATE & PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS Bayshore Christian School Bayside Academy Christ the King Catholic School

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helpful LINKS Baldwin County Private Schools www.privateschoolreview.com/county_ private_schools/stateid/AL/county/1003 Baldwin County School System http://www.bcbe.org/

• Baldwin County schools have the highest per pupil expenditure of all county school systems in Alabama • Fairhope’s award-winning public schools are home to Baldwin County and the State of Alabama’s Elementary Teacher of the Year


higher EDUCATION THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH ALABAMA (USA) The University of South Alabama (USA) is the region’s largest four-year institution with more than 15,000 students at campuses in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Students can work toward bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in a wide range of studies. The university offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in over ten colleges and schools. USA has more than 5,000 employees in its university system, college of medicine and hospital system. www.usouthal.edu

SPRING HILL COLLEGE As one of the nation’s oldest Jesuit institutions, Spring Hill College offers undergraduate and graduate programs in business administration, theology, liberal arts and education, as well as a division for lifelong studies for adults wishing to further their education. Spring Hill is continually ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” survey as one of the top schools with undergraduate and master’s programs. www.shc.edu

BISHOP STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Bishop State Community College is made up of four campuses across the city of Mobile, offering associate degrees in arts and sciences, nursing and applied sciences. The college also offers technical training, certification programs, WorkKeys assessments and technical degrees. www.bishop.edu

FAULKNER STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Faulkner State Community College is a two-year public college located in Baldwin County, Alabama. Faulkner State has three locations. The administrative campus is located in Bay Minette, Alabama. It also has two additional campuses located in Fairhope and Gulf Shores, Alabama. www.faulknerstate.edu

THE UNIVERSITY OF MOBILE The University of Mobile has established the new College of Christian Leadership to oversee three schools aimed at preparing graduates for Christian ministry – the new School of Worship Leadership, School of Christian Ministries, and Center for Performing Arts/School of Music. The move expands opportunities for students, with more emphasis on internships, innovation and entrepreneurship in music, Christian ministries and worship leadership, plus new concentrations in areas such as film and theatre, music business, and technology. www.umobile.edu

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mobile bay TRANSPORTATION

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obile’s extensive transportation infrastructure keeps business on the move. Major rail, ship and highway transportation systems converge along the Mobile River at the Port of Mobile to link Mobile businesses with the nation and the world. In addition to a deepwater port, Mobile has two major interstate connectors, five railroad service providers and two airports. Business Facilities magazine ranks Mobile no. 8 among national metros for Top Logistics / Distribution / Shipping Hubs for 2011.

BROOKLEY AEROPLEX In a major strategic announcement, Airbus said it will establish a manufacturing facility in the United States to assemble and deliver A320 Family aircraft. Located at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Alabama, it will be the company’s first U.S.-based production facility. Airbus stressed that the assembly line, which will create jobs and strengthen the aerospace industry, is part of its strategy to enhance Airbus’ global competitiveness by meeting the growing needs of its customers in the United States and elsewhere. www.brookleyaeroplex.com

PORT OF MOBILE The Port of Mobile is served by 12 shipping lines offering fixed-daily, weekly, bi-monthly and monthly container service throughout the world. It can accommodate any size ship due to a large variety of dry dock sizes. The 45-foot ship channel with its 1,000-foot turning basin is Panamax capable. The Port of Mobile is among the largest ports in the U.S. www.asdd.com

MOBILE REGIONAL AIRPORT The Mobile Airport Authority is an independent agency created in 1982 by the city of Mobile to own and operate the Brookley Aeroplex and the Mobile Regional Airport, home to more than 130 companies with more than 5,000 employees. The Mobile Regional Airport, the area’s commercial airport, is served by five airlines: U.S. Airways Express, United, Delta Air Lines, Atlantic Southeast and American Eagle Airlines. www.mobairport.com

RAILROADS The Mobile rail market is served by five national Class I railroads: CSX Transportation, Canadian National, Burlington Northern/Santa Fe, Kansas City Southern and Norfolk Southern with piggyback and containerized freight service. An average 2,500 rail cars are estimated to pass through Mobile daily.

HIGHWAY SYSTEM Mobile Bay’s highway system includes two major interstates, and five federal highways. Interstate 10, the southern-most east-west, coast-to-coast interstate highway, connects Jacksonville to Los Angeles. Interstate 65, a major northsouth route, links the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast. The highway system also includes federal highways 31, 43, 45, 90 and 98.

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mobile DEMOGRAPHICS

MOBILE & BALDWIN COUNTIES

MOBILE BAY REGION Total Population, 2010

595,257

Total Households, 2010

233,724

Median Age, 2010 Total Land Area

38 2,829 sq. mi.

The Mobile Bay region is located in Southwest Alabama at the head of Mobile Bay. The region includes Mobile and Baldwin counties and covers an area of 2,829 square miles, with the

MAJOR EMPLOYERS

city of Mobile as the dominant urban area. The

Age 25+ Population

397,265

Less Than High School

57,860

High School

133,332

Associate’s Degree

31,454

Some College

85,515

opera, ballet, fishing, golfing, relaxing at the

Bachelor’s Degree

58,682

beach and much more.

Graduate Degree

30,406

INCOME Median Household Income

$44,916

Per Capita Income

$24,447

region offers an abundance of cultural and recreational opportunities for people of all ages – a variety of museums, theater, symphony,

mobile bay’s SIGNIFICANCE

to the STATE of ALABAMA

LABOR FORCE Population, age 16+, 2011

460,382

Unemployment Rate, Nov. 2011

8.6%

• 13% of the Alabama state population • 13% of the state households • 14% of the business establishments

EDUCATION Public Schools

155

• 15% of the retail sales

Private Schools

75

• 14% of the total effective buying income

Colleges and Universities

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mobile bay SHOPPING

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obile Bay offers an extraordinary shopping experience of unique specialty shops, boutiques, outlets and much more.

EASTERN SHORE CENTRE Eastern Shore Centre is located in Spanish Fort at the northeast intersection of I-10 and State Highway 181.The 500,000 sq. ft. lifestyle center includes upscale shops such as Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Dillards, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Ann Taylor Loft, Coldwater Creek, Talbot’s and many more. www.easternshorecentre.com

TANGER OUTLETS Shop over 120 brand name outlets on Highway 59 in Foley at the Tanger Outlets with stores such as the Coach Factory, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coldwater Creek Outlet, J.Crew, the Nike Factory Store and much more. www.tangeroutlet.com/foley

DOWNTOWN FAIRHOPE Downtown Fairhope is a shopper’s paradise with boutiques, art galleries, antique shops,and independent bookstores. Stroll around the beautiful downtown with its curbside flower gardens, and start your day with breakfast or brunch. You’ll enjoy more than 80 colorful boutiques, cafes, galleries and antiques shops filled with original artwork and pottery. www. fairhopemerchants.com

BEL AIR MALL, MOBILE With over 130 stores, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for at Bel Air Mall. Providing some of South Alabama’s finest stores we offer five outstanding department stores: Belk, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Sears and Target are just the beginning. www.shopatbelairmall.com

LEGACY VILLAGE, MOBILE Shop. Dine. Connect. Legacy Village located on Dauphin Street in Mobile has it all. Legacy Village offers great shops like Ann Taylor Loft, Jos. A. Bank, Talbot’s and Private Gallery; and wonderful dining like Zoe’s Kitchen, The Wine Loft—just to name a few! www.shopdinelegacy.com

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mobile bay DINING MOBILE Cafe 615

www.cafe615mobile.com

Callaghan’s Irish Social Club

www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com

NoJa

www.nojamobile.com

Ruth’s Chris Steak House www.ruthschris.com

Spot of Tea

www.spotoftea.com

True Midtown

kitchen.truedine.com

Wintzell’s Oyster House

www.wintzellsoysterhouse.com

ON THE CAUSEWAY BlueGill

www.bluegillrestaurant.com

Ed’s Seafood Shed www.edsshed.com

Felix’s Fish Camp Grill www.felixsfishcamp.com

Tacky Jacks

www.tackyjacks.com

FAIRHOPE Camellia Cafe

www.camelliacafe.com

Mary Ann’s Deli

www.maryannsfairhope.com

Master Joe’s Sushi masterjoessushi.com

Panini Pete’s Cafe

www.paninipetes.com

The Fairhope Inn

www.thefairhopeinn.com

FOR MORE INFO VISIT: www.fairhopemerchants.com/dine

helpful LINK For a Complete List of Restaurants Visit: Urban Spoon - Mobile, AL www.urbanspoon.com/c/223/Mobilerestaurants.html

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mobile SPORTS & RECREATION USA MITCHELL CENTER The University of South Alabama’s Mitchell Center has the capability to facilitate various events including NCAA and NBA basketball games, concerts, trade shows and family entertainment. There is seating for 10,000 and a stateof-the-art video, sound and sports lighting system. The Mitchell Center also has the ability to accommodate banquets, weddings, receptions and other specialty engagements. www.southalabama.edu/mitchellcenter

LADD-PEEBLES STADIUM Ladd-Peebles Stadium plays to a national television audience at least twice every year —once for the GMAC Bowl, and again when college football’s top prospects square off at the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier showcase of college talent bound for the NFL. Ladd Peebles is available for concerts, marching band expositions, evangelistic crusades, gospel, music groups, outdoor trade shows, regional flea markets, car and boat shows, yard sales and other events. www.laddpeeblesstadium.com

HANK AARON STADIUM The 6,000 seat Hank Aaron Stadium is home to the Mobile BayBears, AA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. The stadium now boasts a 4,000 square foot banquet facility attached to beautiful Gaslight park. Meetings, receptions, product launches, company training and holiday events are just a few of the things this full service facility can accommodate. www.hankaaronstadium.com

MOBILE TENNIS CENTER Among the city’s most unique sporting venues is the Mobile Tennis Center, with 50 hard courts and seating for up to 1,000 people. The Mobile Tennis Center is the largest publicly owned tennis facility in the country. In 2008, The Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) named the Copeland-Cox Mobile Tennis Center “The Nation’s Best Public Tennis Facility.” www.mobiletenniscenter.net

GOLFING Mobile golfing is among the nation’s finest, with more than 25 courses in the metropolitan region. Golf Digest ranked Mobile in the top five “Best Medium Size Golf Cities in the United States.” The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail has two courses in the Mobile Bay region. The trail was named by Money magazine as one of the “Eight Best Places to Spend a Winter Vacation.” It also won a recent Reader’s Choice Award from Southern Living magazine. www.rtjgolf.com

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mobile WELCOMES AIRBUS

As Airbus Lands, Mobile Is Ready for Take-Off J U LY 2 , 2 0 1 2 | B Y: C E C E L I A R E D M O N | W WW.EXAMINER.COM http://www.examiner.com/article/as-airbus-lands-mobile-is-ready-for-take-off

Airbus announced their commitment to the City of Mobile and the State of Alabama today before a crowd of over 1,000 people. Media representatives from all over the world were poised with cameras and laptops to share the great news of Airbus choosing Mobile for their U.S. assembly plant. Chief Executive Officer Fabrice Bregier compared the event of Airbus landing their assembly plant in Mobile to the Declaration of Independence. “I recently learned that the Declaration of Independence was actually signed on July 2nd, not on the fourth. Here is another historic moment on July 2nd 236 years later.” Bregier commented that to have an assembly plant in the U.S. was the natural next step. Airbus already does business with over 100 suppliers in Wichita, Kansas, Melbourne, Florida and Mobile. According to Bresier, Airbus already generates over 14 billion U.S. dollars in the U.S.A., and has created over 250 thousand jobs and partners with business in over 40 states. To name a couple are B.F. Goodrich and Honeywell in Faulker, Maryland. Construction on the facility starts in 2013 and according to Mayor Sam Jones, “this will bring in about 3,200 construction related jobs.” He added “When airbus lands we are prepared to takeoff with our commitment.” Team Mobile has been working to bring the assembly plant to Mobile for more than seven years County Commissioner Connie Hudson noted that there are many historical ties connected to the event. She told

of another historical July 2nd other than the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and that was when Azaleas were introduced to Mobile as a gift from Toulouse, France and today we welcome Airbus from Toulouse. Hudson said the Mobile Team Airbus had a code name for their efforts, which was Hope. “Today that hope becomes a reality,” she announced. Many other state, city and company officials spoke and announced “What a great day for Mobile and the state of Alabama.” Once completion of the facility arrives in 2015 the first A320 will roll off the assembly line in 2016. Airbus anticipates that they will be producing 40 to 50 aircraft a year in the A300 family of single isle planes. Once fully operational there will be over 1,000 full-time well paid employees. After the event, Chris King of Roberts Brothers Realty said, “This will bring in money and people and boost the economy. The new people coming into the city as staff and crew will turn into buyers of real estate. We will definitely see an increase in sales and need for new and existing homes.” Former District Attorney John Tyson said, “This may be the best thing that has happened to Mobile since the days of Iberville and Bienville.” It was Iberville and Bienville the French explorers who found Mobile Bay in January of 1699, and later established the current day city of Mobile. Tyson added, “This is going to have world wide impact.”

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welcome to the EASTERN SHORE

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he Eastern Shore’s rich heritage is seen in its distinct communities, inviting residents and visitors alike to explore the Shore. Given the rich heritage of the Eastern Shore, it’s not surprising that a rich cultural life thrives in our cities and communities. The Eastern Shore is well known as a magnet for sculptors, musicians, painters, writers and other artists, and there is abundant opportunity to enjoy theatre, festivals, exhibits, classes, musical performances and more. Located just minutes from Mobile, AL, the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay encompasses seven communities and municipalities: Daphne, Blakeley, Malbis, Montrose, Point Clear, Spanish Fort and Fairhope. All of these destinations are only minutes apart on the Eastern Shore, and each community has its own charm and wonderful amenities. From city sophistication to country charm, the Eastern Shore has it all. Come discover a sportsman’s paradise of year-round golfing, boating and fishing; warm breezes as you stroll along breathtaking Mobile Bay under a golden sunset, an artists’ haven for both beginners and advanced, festive cultural celebrations, Southern charm, friendly neighbors and magnolias, architectural delights, and fresh Gulf seafood to tempt every palette. The Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay has all of these things and more.

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why we love BALDWIN COUNTY

why we LOVE BALDWIN COUNTY • Population of 182,265 • Today, out of Alabama’s 67 counties, Baldwin County remains one of the top three fastest growing. • 32 miles of gulf beaches • 26 miles of bay waterfront • Excellent school system • Stanford Achievement Test scores (measure of academic performance) have been above the national average for the past six years. • ACT scores have exceeded state and national for the past ten years. • Low crime rate. • Great Health Care options • Regional shopping centers and thriving downtowns • Over 1,100 restaurants • Amateur theater companies, symphony concerts, and opera as well as numerous festivals. • Fresh water inshore and offshore fishing • 18+ golf courses located in Baldwin County • Forbes Magazine rates the Eastern Shore as one of the top 50 places to start and grow a business.

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welcome to FAIRHOPE

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ith more than 100 years of history, Fairhope is a beautiful, quaint town where newcomers don’t feel new, and natives never want to leave. A thriving city of 12,000 residents, Fairhope is situated high on the bluff of Mobile Bay’s eastern shore, where the Bay sparkles by day and reflects sunsets in the evening. Fairhope is known for its quaint, charming downtown where visitors and locals alike find reasons to shop, stroll, and dine. It’s also known for its lovely parks — full of large, moss-draped, oak trees and for its sweeping panoramic views of Mobile Bay. Whether you come for a day or for a lifetime, you’ll be welcomed to beautiful Fairhope. Everything from unique shops, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants, to toy stores, hardware shops and gourmet grocers, line the streets of this vibrant city. Fairhope offers its residents and visitors many activities such as concerts on the bluffs, monthly “art walks,” an annual triathlon and Mardi Gras parades. Voted the Top 10 most romantic escapes by Coastal Living Magazine, Fairhope is truly a wonderful place to live.

FA I R H O P E Q U I C K FA C T S P O P U L AT I ON

15,326

M E D I A N A GE

41.3

M E D I A N VALUE OF HOMES

$223,437

P R O P E RT Y TAX

15.0 mill

S A L E S TA X

2.0

H O M E O W NERSHIP RATE

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welcome to DAPHNE

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aphne is located in Baldwin County, Alabama, on the eastern shoreline of Mobile Bay, just off I-10.

Located 11 miles east of Mobile, Daphne is conveniently located on the Eastern Shore. With the City population approximately 19,356 and growing, Daphne is the largest city in Baldwin County, with more than 3,500 students attending schools. Over the past few years, Daphne’s population has increased by 30%. Despite the rapid growth, Daphne has been able to maintain the ambience of a small town where the people are friendly and caring, and newcomers soon become good friends. Daphne is perhaps most famous for being one of the few places in the world to experience the phenomenon known as a “Jubilee”. This event brings blue crabs, shrimp and fish into the shallow waters of the shoreline, just waiting to be scooped up by those waiting to fill their ice chests. Thus giving Daphne the title “The Jubilee City.”

D A P H N E Q U I C K FA C T S P O P U L AT I ON

21,570

M E D I A N A GE

37.9

M E D I A N VALUE OF HOMES

$193,652

P R O P E RT Y TAX

15.0 mills

S A L E S TA X

2.5%

H O M E O WNERSHIP RATE

(05-09)

72.6%

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welcome to SPANISH FORT

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panish Fort is located high on the bluff overlooking Mobile Bay, just north of Interstate I-10, which means quick access to the nearby cities of Mobile and Pensacola. Spanish Fort was incorporated in 1993 and has been expanding rapidly with new public schools and retirement areas, as well as the development of many new neighborhoods. In 2008, an 830,000 square-foot Spanish Town Center opened, which includes a 140,000 square foot Bass Pro Shop. Just a few miles away shoppers enjoy a 58-acre Eastern Shore Centre, which is a lovely lifestyle shopping center featuring more than 80 high-end stores. Spanish Fort also includes the ‘Causeway,’ the original connecting road from Mobile to the Eastern Shore. Locals love the Causeway for it’s fresh seafood and beautiful view of the bay. The Five Rivers Delta Resource Center is also located on the Causeway, where walking trails, pontoon boat tours and canoe and kayak rentals are available.

S PA N I S H F O RT Q U I C K FA C TS P O P U L AT I O N

6,798

MEDIAN AGE

41.54

M E D I A N VA LUE OF HOMES

$234,986

P R O P E RT Y TAX

5.0 mills

S A L E S TA X

1.5%

H O M E O W N ERSHIP RATE

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32 miles of GULF BEACHES

DAUPHIN ISLAND Only a short drive away, Dauphin Island is just off the Alabama coast, making it the southernmost point in the state. A barrier island, it has protected the coast from many storms and hurricanes. Visit Fort Gaines and enjoy Civil War history or the Estuarium, where you can see live marine life in their natural habitat.

GULF SHORES In Gulf Shores you will find the broad Gulf Front Public Beach at the southern end of State Highway 59. Dozens of restaurants, hotels, motels, vacation rental condominiums as well as beach house rentals are available for any size group. The Jewel of the Alabama State Park System is the “Alabama Gulf State Park.” The 6,000+ acre park features 2 miles of beach front and a new beach pavilion, a new fishing pier, and is located on the Eastern edge of Gulf Shores. The historic “Fort Morgan” is located on the western tip of the Fort Morgan peninsula west of Gulf Shores. During the season you can take the auto ferry from Fort Morgan to Dauphin Island and continue to Bellingrath Gardens, Mobile, and the Mississippi Coast Casinos and New Orleans LA.

ORANGE BEACH The City of Orange Beach is located directly to the east of the Alabama Gulf State Park. Orange Beach is a vacationers paradise with dozens of beach front condominiums and hotels. Orange Beach is the home of one of the largest Charter Fishing Fleets on the Gulf Coast with major salt water fishing tournaments held every year. The newest Orange Beach major development “The Wharf” is located directly on the Inter Coastal Waterway and consists of a large condominium development, a marina, a retail shopping center complete with a 14 theater movie complex a Giant Ferris wheel and a 10,000 seat amphitheater.

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helpful LINKS GETTING YOUR FAMILY SETTLED FIND YOUR HOME Find a Daycare www.yellowpages.com/mobile-al/child-care

Find a Doctor www.healthgrades.com

Find a Dentist www.dentists.com/state.php/AL

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THINGS TO DO

Alabama Power

Alabama Gulf Beaches

www.alabamapower.com

www.gulfshores.com

AT&T

Bellingrath Gardens

www.att.com/storelocator

www.bellingrath.org

Comcast

Mardi Gras Mobile

www.comcast.com

www.mobilemardigras.com

Directv

Mobile Opera

www.directv.com

mobileopera.org

Gulf Electric, Mobile

The Exploreum

www.gulfelec.com

www.exploreum.com

Metro Mobile Recycling

Mobile Museum of Art

www.cityofmobile.org/recycle

www.mobilemuseumofart.com

Mobile Water & Sewer

The Mobile Zoo

www.mawss.com

www.mobilezoo.cc

Mobile Gas

USS Alabama

www.mobile-gas.com

www.ussalabama.com

South Alabama Utlities

Mobile Symphony

www.southaec.com/index.cfm

www.mobilesymphony.org

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helpful LINKS

EASTERN SHORE Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce www.eschamber.com

Baldwin County www.baldwincountyal.gov

SPANISH FORT City of Spanish Fort www.cityofspanishfort.com

Eastern Shore Center www.easternshorecentre.com

STATE OF ALABAMA

5 Rivers Delta Resource Center www.alabama5rivers.com

Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel www.alabama.travel

Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce

DAPHNE

www.alagulfcoastchamber.com

City of Daphne

AL Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources

www.daphneal.com

www.dcnr.state.al.us

Daphne Bayfront Park

AL Dept. of Human Resources

www.daphnebayfrontpark.org

www.dhr.state.al.us

AL.gov www.alabama.gov/portal/index.jsp

HISTORIC MONTROSE The Town of Montrose www.siteone.com/towns/Montrose.htm

MOBILE Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce www.mobilechamber.com

City of Mobile www.cityofmobile.org

Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau www.mobile.org

Mobile County Alabama www.mobilecountyal.gov

Mobile Bay. On the Water. On the Move. www.mobilebayregion.com

Downtown Mobile www.downtownmobile.org

FAIRHOPE City of Fairhope www.cofairhope.com

Fairhope Single Tax Colony www.fairhopesingletax.com

Downtown Fairhope www.downtownfairhope.com

Tour the City of Fairhope www.cofairhope.com/tour1.html

The Weeks Bay Reserve Foundation www.weeksbay.org

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