Where is Grand Bay, Alabama? As a Realtor I have been asked this question numerous times by people moving to the Mobile area, and even on occasion by Mobile natives. A search for Grand Bay on Google Maps will show a red outline circling the small, unincorporated business district at the intersection of US 90 and Hwy 188 in southwestern Alabama, and that indeed is the traditional town center, but there’s more to it than that. A lot more. In fact, you could reside as far east as St Elmo at Argyle Road, or north to Union Church near Jeff Hamilton Road, or west to the Mississippi state line, or south all the way to the body of water for which this area takes its name, and you would still call Grand Bay your home. That’s a big area, not just a point on a map, and encompasses many miles of beautiful Alabama countryside for you to come and explore. Below is just a brief look at some of the nice things you will discover here.
Watermelon Capital of the World: Rain is abundant here and growing seasons are long, so agriculture is naturally a way of life for many Grand Bay residents. The most celebrated of the many crops grown here is that sweet and juicy taste of summer known as the watermelon. The Grand Bay Watermelon Festival has been attracting enthusiastic crowds every year since 1974, and has roots running back to the 1940’s. The festival features music, games, arts and crafts, a car show, and of course ice cold watermelon!
Satsumas, Pecans, and Much More: One fall day, early in my real estate career, I had spent all morning showing rural properties to a young couple when we toured a home in Grand Bay owned by some generous folks who offered us satsumas and pecans straight off of their trees. That was the best lunch ever! I now look forward to these two favorites every year, but of course many other crops are grown here including tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, greens, peppers, peanuts, okra, squash, cotton, turf, and probably a lot of things I don’t even know about. BTW, If you like to have fun with your food try picking your own veggies at Oak Hill Farms.
This is Horse Country: If you’re a horse lover then Grand Bay is where you want to be. Lush green pastures extend to the horizon, a perfect place for your horses (and you) to run and play.
Thanks to Andy and Martha Adams for introducing me to your sweet girls Celena and Tiana, pictured here.
Popular Schools: OK, I already know, Bryant High School is actually located in Irvington, but it serves the Grand Bay area. Also in, or serving the area are Breitling, Castlen, and Meadowlake Elementary Schools and Grand Bay Middle School.
The Bay: Typically, when you visit the community of Grand Bay you never see it’s namesake. Yes, there really is a bay, but there are no views of it from the highway, no beaches, no marinas, and most regrettably no waterside bars to help us waste away the weekends. That’s because the bay shores are lined with thousands of acres of salt marshes and lowland forests which are outstanding habitat for coastal wildlife and plants but not so hospitable for people. If you want to be among the exclusive few who can say they have seen this secluded bay then drive south to nearby Bayou la Batre and turn onto University Road at the Alabama Power office. When the asphalt ends the red clay road gets low and sometimes wet, but will lead you out onto a narrow peninsula in the Mississippi Sound. Park your muddy car at the Grand Bay Savanna Boardwalk, (an access point for the Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge), and take the short walk to the observation deck. (Tip: Take a full can of Deep Woods Off!)
Interstate 10 runs right through the middle of Grand Bay, making it a particularly good location for those working in and around downtown Mobile, or even Moss Point/Pascagoula in Mississippi. Airbus, Austal, and Ingalls workers- would you like to have a home in the country and still have a short commute to work? Then Grand Bay is for you! Do you own a home or land in Grand Bay and are thinking about selling? Call me, and let me show you all the ways I can effectively market your property.
If you need to buy or sell real estate in the Grand Bay area call a local expert, David Harris at Coldwell Banker, 251-721-6300
Here are a Few More Scenes from around Grand Bay:
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