Dauphin Island is a town in Mobile County, Alabama, on a barrier island of the same name, at the Gulf of Mexico. It incorporated in 1988. The town is included in the Mobile metropolitan area. The island was renamed for Louis XIV's great-grandson and heir, the Dauphin. The name of the island is often mistaken as "Dolphin Island"; dauphin is "dolphin" in the French language. The Gulf of Mexico is to the south of the island; the Mississippi Sound and Mobile Bay are to the north. The island's eastern end helps define the mouth of Mobile Bay.
Living in Dauphin Island comes at a cost of $326,565. Home prices here marginally dropped 3.7 percent this year. At the same time, inventory in this town marginally declined 1.9 percent in the same period. The number of homes for sale dropped from 106 in last year to 104 in this year. Quite a few homes around Dauphin Island have kitchens with islands, which are a great place to have the children do their homework while you prepare dinner and help them. There are fitness centers either on-site or close to many properties around this town, providing many different ways to stay in shape and do something different every day. Nothing says relaxation like living right on the waterfront, and you'll find plenty of waterfront homes around here to give you that daily sense of peace and tranquility.