“Tree Houses” of Mobile Alabama

August 28, 2014

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Mobile Alabama tree lined street, Fairhope Supply Co.


I love looking at the “tree houses” of Mobile Alabama. They aren’t really IN the trees, but nestled AMONGST them. These giant Live Oaks span streets and overhang porches that were built long after the tree took root.

Summer is my favorite time to drive down these streets because of the cool, cool shade provided by the mammoth oaks. Some have spanish moss hanging down, which softly moves along with the warm breezes. Others have resurrection fern that grows closely against the long, extended branches making them look fuzzy.

Mobile Alabama historic neighborhood, Fairhope Supply Co.

Leaves falling in the autumn are a small price to pay for the beauty and charm these old trees giveHistoric Mobile Alabama home.

 

This house wasn’t necessarily shaded by trees, but the gables caught my attention.

 

 

 

 

At first, I thought it was a stained glass design.

 

 

 

 

But instead, I think it’s some type of scrollwork. How beautiful and unique! The construction year is listed as 1898.

 

 

Historic Mobile Alabama home, Fairhope Supply Co.

How’s this for a beautiful, shady porch to sit in a swing and drink your tea?

Mobile Alabama cottage, Fairhope Supply Co. blog

The windows on this cottage are a classic style that frame a pretty view. We technically live in a tropical climate, so there’s some type of greenery outdoors year round. Palms, azaleas, pines and magnolias stay green, even if we have a rare dusting of snow.


Live Oak trees in Mobile, Alabama. Fairhope Supply Co. blog

The trees are uprooting the sidewalks in many areas, but Mobile’s popular new Mayor, Sandy Stimpson, has announced plans to resurface these pathways.

Historic home in Mobile ALAfter the leaves fall is a better time to view the houses, but I like to see them snuggled in the summer greenery.

Live Oak trees in Mobile Alabama This is one neighborhood, where driving can actually reduce stress.

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  1. Beautiful photos. I have seen the fern that grows on those trees but never knew it had a name. Resurrection fern,,,interesting.

  2. swooning over these gorgeous homes! next time we’re stuck in mobile at the daggum tunnel i’m telling the hubby we’re going to drive around and look for these homes instead! then i’ll call you and we’ll have lunch at the fabulous places you’ve blogged about. deal?

  3. a few years ago on our way to (cough) biloxi we drove thru some wonderful old neighborhoods in mobile…i took quite a few pictures and did a post on those lovely homes…isn’t our state beautiful?

    thanks for sharing leslie anne!

  4. I love the look of your suburb.
    Having grown up in a suburb of Sydney, Australia, where you had to get council permission to prune, I now live somewhere, where for some unknown reason, a lot of people hate trees.
    Apparently they drop leaves in places you don’t want them (not sure where that is!) and cutting down trees is a local pastime, even though it’s quite hot here, (near Byron Bay)
    We have hundreds of trees in our garden and it’s only 1000 square meters.
    Go figure.

    1. Some cities value trees more than others. I know Fairhope has a very strict tree ordinance. I’m not sure about the rules in Mobile, but I’m guessing you couldn’t just waltz out your door and start chopping away at one of these beauties without the neighbors rushing out to tackle you!

  5. My step-father actually decided to move to Mobile after riding up Government Street and seeing the beauty of the oaks hanging over this main roadway.
    I love the area you’ve highlighted in this post. If I’m not mistaken, it’s not far from my Alma Mater of Murphy H.S. When I was a kid, my grandmother lived across the street from Murphy and I loved to walk the streets of that area. It was my second home. If I ever move back to Mobile, that’s the area I’d like to live. Thank you for highlighting just one of the beauties in our area.

  6. Hi Leslie Anne, One of my favorite things to do when I’m visiting the coast, Mobile or Fairhope is to drive around and enjoy the beauty of the giant old oaks and spanish moss, and of course the homes. Stunning!
    Thanks for sharing a little of this beautiful town.
    Have a great Labor Day weekend.

  7. Great post. Just love seeing these beautiful, well kept homes nestled in between these lovely trees. Thanks for sharing. Makes me want to go to Mobile.

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