One of the larger cities in Baldwin County, Alabama is Daphne. Located along Mobile Bay’s eastern shoreline, the area has an inhabited history dating back all the way to 9,000 BC. The character and influence of Daphne derives from before history was recorded, and includes periods of time under British, French, Spanish, and American control. Modern day Daphne enjoys all the amenities of modern life, and thrives as one of the more upscale suburbs of nearby Mobile.
Daphne was originally settled by Native Americans, who used to fish and hunt in the fertile area. Europeans came into the picture around 1540, with the Spanish making first landfall. The Daphne Indians were among the first to meet Spanish “explorador” Hernando de Soto. History records the first settlement of Daphne being formed in 1763, and went under the name “the Village”. The town didn’t become established until 1874, when the first Post Office was built and opened. Daphne even served as the county seat after the Civil War, until 1900.
In 1900, the Alabama legislature passed an act that moved Baldwin County’s county seat from Daphne to Bay Minette. This was greatly disputed, and residents resisted so firmly that they were not able to move the public records. The records were later stolen from the county seat and moved to Bay Minette. The town of Daphne incorporated in 1927, and held its first elections.
Recently, Daphne, Alabama was named one of CNN’s Top 100 Places to live (#96). It is also known as the Jubilee city, due to the strange phenomenon where various marine life in Mobile Bay leaves the deep water of the bay and stays extremely close to shore, with tons of wildlife washing up on shore. Fishing can be done from shore for species such as blue crab, flounder, and other types of fish and other marine life.
The market has continued to prove that inventory is the key to sales. Available listed properties have remained constrained, and well cared for homes that are priced appropriately receive lots of attention, with serious buyers willing to stretch their budgets to successfully complete a purchase. With the constraints on foreign economies, there is less pressure from non-resident buyers, and although there is activity across all price ranges, the sweet spot seems to be in the starter to mid-level price points in most communities.