Courtland W. Richards

Get the skinny on what it would be like to live in Daphne.

Setting: Daphne sits on Mobile Bay's eastern shore, betweenhistoric Spanish Fort and picturesque Fairhope. It's 15 minuteseast of Mobile and two and a half hours east of New Orleans. Withan average annual temperature of 65 degrees, the town boasts mildwinters, colorful flora during spring and autumn, and long summerstempered by bay breezes.

Attractions: Daphne's climate is conducive to almostyear-round boating, fishing, sailing, and golf. Newcomers enjoy thelaid-back lifestyle; the well-tended parks; good public and privateschools, including Bayside Academy and Christ the King; thespringtime Fest Italiana's homemade pastas and sauces; and theannual fall Jubilee Festival, featuring artists andcraftspeople.

Drawbacks: Hurricane season runs from June through November.Mosquitoes can be a problem during humid summers.

Housing Options: Homes on Daphne's small waterfront rarelyappear on the market. Most development occurs inland. Houses inOlde Towne range from simple ranch houses to multistorycontemporary structures. Lake Forest is the largest and oldestbedroom community of Mobile, but a multitude of newer neighborhoodshave popped up.

What It Costs: The average sale price of homes in Daphne is$211,000. Waterfront property runs from $700,000 to more than $4million. In Olde Towne, a small fixer-upper can cost $100,000, andlarge houses fetch in excess of $1 million. Houses in Lake Forestsell from $100,00 to $200,000-plus.

Your Next-door Neighbors: The town's population of 20,275includes third-generation farmers, retired CEOs, lawyers, andrestaurateurs. "Daphne is a nice melting pot of professions," sayslocal Ceann Wachter, owner of the charming Frame Corner. "And you'dnever know who was who."

Where You'd Spend Your Free Time: Fishing off May Day Park'spier, eating crab cakes at the East Shore Cafe or (on Fridays)seafood gumbo at Camellia Cafe, watching an English polo match,grabbing a beer at Judge Roy Bean's, taking a pottery class at BayRivers Art Guild.

(published 2004)

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