Wakefield - Easy Eastern Shore Living
I recently had a conversation with my Mother-in-Law about why she chose Wakefield back in the late-90's when she moved from her home on Ann St. in midtown Mobile.
Sitting on her back porch while listening to the trees, watching the kids play, and sipping on lemonade the first reason seems obvious. Â She moved to get off of the busy streets in Mobile and be able to look over her back yard without hearing the traffic from nearby Government Street.
However, as we continued chatting, the other reasons may not be quite as obvious to everyone. Â 'The school systems on the Eastern Shore, from Fairhope up to Spanish Fort, are simply incredible," she told me. Â My wife, who was only nine when they moved, shook her head and agreed that going to school on the Eastern Shore was a wonderful experience, from how helpful the teachers were to how active the parents are, it was just "different". Â My wife added that having a lot of her classmates in the neighborhood always made her after school days fun, whether it was riding bikes or tossing frisbee.
Funny enough, however, one of my Mother-in-Law's favorite reasons for moving across the bay, was how close she still was to downtown Mobile. Â Though an entire bay separates Spanish Fort from Mobile proper, it takes less than ten minutes to get from her driveway in Wakefield to the mouth of the Bankhead Tunnel. Â Back when they moved, there was very little at that intersection of Highway 31 and 98, little more than a few mom and pop stores. Â She would often travel to Mobile or Fairhope to do her shopping. Â Now, that is little more than a distant memory.
Spanish Fort has maintained all of it's small-town charm while growing to accommodate it's popularity, and Wakefield is no different. Â Whether its the neighborhood's amazing convenience to the shops and restaurants of the new Eastern Shore Center, the Wal-Mart on Highway 98, the specialty shops of Fairhope, Â or still having that convenience of getting back over to Mobile in less than ten minutes, Wakefield truly has a lot going for it.
Despite Spanish Fort growing over these last 10 to 15 years, Wakefield still sits in one of the best school districts the Greater-Mobile area has to offer, still has children riding up and down the streets on their bikes, and is no more than ten minutes from anything Eastern Shore or Downtown Mobile has to offer.