Many say East Texas is a hidden treasure – and I must admit that I agree. Located amid native trees, rolling hills, 27 shimmering lakes and numerous golf courses, our area is indeed a special one.
Tyler, known as the Rose Capital of America, has been named a certified retirement community, known for its low cost of living, exceptional educational opportunities, excellent health care (including the addition of the new University of Texas Medical School), fantastic shopping, and a wide variety of dining options. With grand neighborhoods of historic homes lining brick paved streets, many beautiful parks, jogging & bike trails, Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, the Coldwell Zoo, Tyler Rose Garden, Tyler Museum of Art (located on the campus of Tyler Jr. College), Tyler Main Street Gallery, East Texas Symphony orchestra (performing at the state-of-the-art UT Tyler Cowan Center or Liberty Hall), and several wineries and breweries, Tyler is truly a place where small town charm meets big city culture!
Palestine is the home of the Dogwood Trails & has the largest number of historic structures in the state of Texas. Founded in 1846, Palestine’s retail shops were built around the picturesque Courthouse Square and in the area affectionately called Old Town. When the railroad tracks made their way through town, restaurants, hotels and retail shops gradually migrated to what is now Downtown. The Main Street Historical District has seen everything from horse and buggies to modern automobiles. Beginning at the Anderson County Courthouse and ending at the Palestine Visitor Center, Main Street District is roughly 44 blocks of historical buildings that are home to a variety of retail shops, restaurants and business offices. Such businesses as Eilenberger’s Bakery, The Texas Theatre, The Redlands Hotel and Sacred Heart Catholic Church continue functioning much as they were in the 1800-1900’s. Others boast the historical architecture with new businesses inside, such as the Chamber of Commerce Office building that was once a shoe and boot store or a pie bakery that was once a livery stable. The charm and character of original Palestine remains with historic preservation a key component of its future! Palestine is also home to Trinity Valley Community College.
Lake Palestine is the largest of the lakes in our area, with a surface area of 25,560 acres (40 square miles) and a maximum depth of 50 feet, and an average depth of 16 feet. It is 18 miles long, with 135 miles of shoreline. The widest part of the lake is 4 miles across. Lake Palestine is located about 15 miles southwest of Tyler, Texas, on Highway 155. Portions of Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson, and Smith Counties are included in the lake. Lake Palestine provides recreation and outdoor activities for everyone, with boating, water skiing, houseboating, camping, RVing, canoeing, hiking, biking, and fishing all being popular activities. The lake is very popular for fishing and bass tournaments. It also offers waterfront and lakeside living for many Texans and visitors, and lodging including RV parks, campgrounds, resorts, cabins, motels, and B&Bs. The mild East Texas winter climate makes the lake available virtually on a year-round basis.
We represent buyers and sellers in Smith, Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson, Van Zandt, Houston, Wood, Gregg & Leon counties. We have many buyers coming to our area from the cities of Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Austin, and also out of state seeking space, beauty, and a more relaxing pace of life. Buyers from out of state frequently come for our warm climate and changing seasons.