Housing Options in Tyler, TX
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Housing options are plentiful in Tyler, TX, where home buyers can choose from historic urban homes, custom lakefront construction and everything in between.
“In more than 30 years of selling homes in Tyler, I've never had someone not find the house they wanted,” says broker Pamela Walters of The Pamela Walters Group real estate agency.
A variety of mid-priced homes, many of which are less than 15 years old, form the market's core. Plenty are on large lots in attractive suburban neighborhoods, ideal for buyers who want easy access to amenities without sacrificing breathing room.
But Tyler also has a place for urban history buffs: the coveted Azalea National Historic District. This downtown neighborhood is famous for its namesake flowering shrubs and the Azalea and Spring Flower Trail event which takes place each March.
Home prices in the Azalea District suit a range of budgets, from under $200,000 to over $2 million. The neighborhood's smaller houses are popular with young professionals like Jonathan Clark, who purchased an Azalea District home in 2012.
“My price range was fairly low, but I still found quite a few options,” he says. “I love it here – the neighborhood is alive and active.”
Buyers seeking a larger home can choose from both mid-priced and estate-level homes ranging in size from 2,500 to over 6,000 square feet. But what all Azalea District buyers have in common is an appreciation for the neighborhood's character.
“The Azalea District is elegant, full of charm, and there's an aura there that's nowhere else in East Texas,” Walters says.
Lake Tyler covers more than 4,400 acres and is southeast of town. Lake Palestine, a whopping 25,000 acres, is southwest of Tyler. The mild East Texas climate makes both lakes ideal for year-round fishing, watersports, camping and hiking. Lake Palestine also offers an 18-hole championship golf course. And, of course, there are the views – the primary reason Walters' clients choose lakefront living.
“They want to look out the window and see nature, not someone else's backyard or roof,” she says.
But they don't have to pay millions of dollars for that privilege. According to Walters, there are lake properties available for a variety of budgets, from $50,000 RV lots to $4 million, custom-built estate homes.
Of course, wherever buyers choose to put down roots, they all get to experience the Tyler quality of life.
“There are a lot of amenities in Tyler that are nowhere else in East Texas, and it's clean and nice,” Clark says.
Walters says her clients love the city's warm and welcoming atmosphere.
“I hear it every day – they automatically feel welcomed and embraced,” she says.
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