Best Neighborhoods in Tyler, TX

Tyler, TX real estate options include beautiful historic districts, golf communities and lakeside living

Cary Estes
On Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 17:12
Tyler TX

Tyler currently has the best of both worlds when it comes to housing. Demand is strong due to the steadily growing population, and despite Smith County having slightly lower sales in 2018 versus 2017, consider that 2017 was an all-time high at 2,747 with a median home price of $188,000. With cost of living lower than the national average, homes in Tyler are still relatively affordable. Here are some highlights among a wide variety of neighborhoods you'll find here. 

Historic Districts

Tyler has beautiful historic districts near its original town square.

The largest of these areas is the Brick Streets Historic District, which encompasses 29 blocks and consists primarily of buildings built in the early 1900s. Many of these structures were originally built for middle- and working-class families, so single-family dwellings and duplexes are most prominent in the area. And as the name suggests, the neighborhood includes brick-paved streets, as well as stone-line drainage channels.

Not far from Brick Streets is the Charnwood Residential Historic District, spread across 12 blocks atop a hill approximately one-half mile south of the Smith County Courthouse. This district developed slowly between 1870 and 1950. As a result, there is a wide variety of housing styles, reflecting the architectural changes that occurred over the decades.

Further south is the Azalea District, which has the city's largest amount of homes from the early-to mid-20th Century, covering a wide range of architectural styles. 

Tyler’s past is kept alive by the Historic Tyler organization, which works to maintain the city's historic structures.

The Copeland Neighborhood

Away from the golf course, one of the most popular areas of Tyler is the Copeland neighborhood, just south of the city. This neighborhood is attractive to families as well as young single professionals. There are parts of the Copeland neighborhood that have an urban, artistic atmosphere, while other areas — such as the Copeland Woods subdivision — are wooded and feel remote.

The Cascades

Tyler has developed a reputation as a golf community, with courses as centerpieces of upscale housing developments. A leading example of this style of housing is The Cascades, located approximately 4 miles to the west of downtown Tyler along the shores of Lake Bellwood. The 500-acre development boasts a championship-level golf course that in 2018 celebrated the return of the annual Tanos Exploration II / Patterson-UTI Texas State Open, which was held there from 2006 to 2011.

The homes vary in style, from country manor to Tuscan to traditional Texas homesteads. House locations also vary, with some lots facing the lake or golf course and others nestled into the woods or perched atop one of the area’s rolling hills. And in recognition of the importance of golf to the community, many of the streets are named after some of the greatest players in the history of the game, such as Payne Stewart and Fred Couples.


One of the hottest developments in Tyler for home sales is Hollytree, located off Old Jacksonville Highway. Homes in Hollytree sell for $300,000 to $1 million, while two other popular upscale neighborhoods in Tyler are Guinn Farms and Oakbrook Estates.

Lakefront Living

For those who prefer being close to nature, Tyler has excellent lakefront developments. Two of the most popular are Sandy Beach located on Lake Tyler, and Eagle’s Bluff along Lake Palestine. Both lakefront neighborhoods offer residents year-round fishing, water sports, camping and hiking.


Cary Estes is a freelance writer based in Birmingham, Ala.