Foley, AL 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities

Foley, Alabama is a charming town with a warm and welcoming community that is popular with 55+ homebuyers. Located in Baldwin County, Foley boasts mild weather year-round and is just a short drive from the beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Retirees can enjoy unique local restaurants, shopping, and events such as the annual sausage festival and farmers market. Overall, Foley offers a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for retirees seeking a sunny climate and active lifestyle.

Foley, Alabama is a charming town with a warm and welcoming community that is popular with 55+ homebuyers. Located in Baldwin County, Foley boasts mild weather year-round and is just a short drive from the beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Retirees can enjoy unique local restaurants, shopping, and events such as the annual sausage festival and farmers market. Overall, Foley offers a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for retirees seeking a sunny climate and active lifestyle.

Local website resources for visiting or moving to Foley:

Affordability and Cost of Living

Foley is an affordable place to live, with a cost of living that is 13.5 percent lower than the national average. The cost of housing is particularly reasonable, with median home prices around $276,300, well below the national average. Groceries, utilities, and transportation are also affordable, with prices that are similar to or slightly below national averages. Healthcare, however, is 15 percent higher than the national average. 

Like most of Alabama property taxes in Foley are well below national averages. Foley is in Baldwin County where the average property tax is 0.31 percent. The Baldwin County Revenue Commissioner website. has information on property tax assessments, payment options, and exemptions. There is some income based property tax assistance for retirees. 

Alabama income tax rates range from 2 to 5 percent, depending on income level. Social Security benefits are exempt, but other forms of retirement income are taxed. Alabama also has a sales tax, which is currently set at 4 percent but local governments may add additional sales taxes. 

Climate and Geography

Summers in Foley are hot and humid with the average temperatures in the mid 80s to low 90s with 70 to 90 percent humidity. Foley does get some relief from the heat due to its location on the coast where cooler breezes blow in from the Gulf of Mexico. The area gets about 66 inches of rain per year, most of it falling during July and August. Winters are comfortable with average temperatures in the 60s. Foley is less likely than other cities along the Gulf and in Florida to suffer hurricane damage because it is in a region known as "hurricane hold" which is protected from the worst effects of hurricanes.

Foley is located in southwestern Alabama and situated on relatively flat terrain, with an elevation of just 79 feet above sea level. The area is surrounded by several natural features that make it an attractive place to live. To the west is the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, a 7,000-acre protected area that provides habitat for a variety of native species, including migratory birds, sea turtles, and endangered species like the Alabama beach mouse. To the south is the Gulf of Mexico, which offers beautiful beaches and opportunities for fishing, boating, and other water sports. 

Recreation, Shopping, and Entertainment

Foley is a vibrant town with plenty of recreational activities, cultural events, and shopping to keep residents and visitors entertained. Here are just a few examples of what the town has to offer:

Golf and Racquet Sports

  • Glenlakes Golf Club
  • Foley Sports Tourism Complex
  • Graham Creek Nature Preserve Disc Golf Course

Hiking, Biking and Boating

  • Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
  • Graham Creek Nature Preserve
  • Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail
  • Wolf Bay Watershed Paddling Trail

Museums and Historical Sites

  • Foley Railroad Museum
  • Baldwin County Heritage Museum
  • Swift-Coles Historic Home

Performing Arts

  • OWA Theater
  • South Baldwin Community Theatre
  • Foley Performing Arts Association

Shopping

  • Tanger Outlets Foley
  • Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermen's Market
  • Downtown Foley

Parks and Gardens

  • Graham Creek Nature Preserve
  • Coastal Alabama Botanical Gardens
  • Heritage Park

Festivals and Fairs

  • Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival
  • National Shrimp Festival
  • Alabama Festival of Flavor

Health and Wellness

Foley offers many health and wellness benefits for 55+ active adults. For those seeking medical care, there are several options within close proximity. South Baldwin Regional Medical Center provides comprehensive medical services and emergency care. Thomas Hospital is located in nearby Fairhope and offers a wide range of medical services as well.

For those interested in self-care and staying fit, there are several options available. The Foley Recreation Center offers a fitness center, indoor pool, and a variety of exercise classes. Graham Creek Nature Preserve offers trails for hiking, biking, and running. The Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermen's Market provides access to fresh, locally-grown produce, which can be a key part of a healthy diet. 

Recommended Itinerary for Visiting Area 55+ Communities

Foley is a great location to consider for retirement. To get a feel for the area, we recommend a two-day itinerary that includes a variety of activities and experiences.

Day One

Morning

  • Begin your day with breakfast at Southern Shores Coffee. They offer a delicious variety of baked goods, breakfast items, and coffee to get your day started right.
  • After breakfast, head to Graham Creek Nature Preserve. Here you can enjoy walking trails, kayaking, and birdwatching in a serene natural setting.

Afternoon

  • For lunch, head to Wolf Bay Lodge. They offer seafood and Southern-style cuisine with a view of the water.
  • After lunch, head to the Holmes Medical Museum to learn about the history of medical practices and procedures.

Evening

Day Two

Morning

  • Start your morning with breakfast at The Gift Horse Restaurant. They offer classic breakfast dishes in a cozy setting.
  • Meet with your local 55places expert retirement community partner agent to tour communities in the area.

Afternoon

  • For lunch, head to OWA. This entertainment destination offers a variety of dining options and activities, including an amusement park, shopping, and live music.
  • After lunch, head to the Foley Railroad Museum to learn about the history of railroading in the area.

Evening

  • For dinner, head to Lambert's Cafe. They offer classic Southern comfort food.
  • End the day with a relaxing stroll around Heritage Park.

Getting to Foley, AL

Foley is easily accessible by several major highways, making it a convenient destination for visitors from both near and far. Here directions on how visitors can get to Foley:

Car:  Visitors can take Interstate 10 to the south or north to reach Foley. From the west, take exit 44 and follow Highway 59 south. From the east, take exit 53 and follow Highway 59 north.

Air:  The nearest major airport to Foley is Pensacola International Airport (PNS), located approximately 35 miles away. Several airlines fly into PNS, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines. The airport is a hub for American Airlines, which provides convenient connections to many major cities across the United States.

Bus:  Greyhound Bus Lines operates a bus station in nearby Mobile, Alabama, approximately 30 miles from Foley. 

Train:  Amtrak does not operate trains directly to Foley, but visitors can take the train to nearby cities such as Mobile, Alabama, or Pensacola, Florida.

Boat:  Visitors can arrive in Foley by boat through the Intracoastal Waterway, which connects to the Gulf of Mexico. Foley has a public boat launch located on the Bon Secour River, which is accessible from the Intracoastal Waterway.

 


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1056 Southern Hills Drive, Banning, CA

Meadow Ranch Community

  • 3 bed
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  • 3 bath
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  • 2320 SqFt
MLS CV23099287
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