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Millions of visitors each year dream about living in this tropical setting called Galveston Island. You can be one of the fortunate Island residents who live the fantasy.
Galveston Island is a great place to spend the
winter months. Forget about long underwear
and down parkas. Leave the mittens in their
mothballs. Temperatures rarely dip into the 50s,
and generally range from the low 60s to the low
80s. Relax and enjoy the waves rolling onto the
beach and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
And when you’ve relaxed enough, you’ll find the
Island’s shopping, dining and cultural offerings
are quite diverse. A list of area Realtors is
provided for your reference. Call 888-GAL-ISLE
for more information.
Great Reasons to Buy Galveston Real Estate
Customize your vacation stay:
Imagine creating the perfect place for you
and your family to enjoy endless vacations.
You’ll always know what to expect.
The property can pay for itself with rentals:
Cover the mortgage and maintenance of your
property with a little marketing and the help
of a good rental manager.
Switch out the weeks at your Galveston Island
vacation property with friends who own places in
other locations to expand your vacation options.
A place for your family to gather:
With extended families spread across the country
or even the globe, it’s great to own a place that
everyone will love to visit and enjoy catching up
with each other on a regular basis.
Mild year-round weather:
Of course the summer months are ideal for
swimming in the Gulf, but Galveston Island’s
semi-tropical climate boasts mild temperatures
throughout the year, even in winter, when
temperatures rarely dip below 50º F.
Imagine yourself as an Islander living in an elegant Victorian home on a shady, oak-lined street on the Island’s east end, or in a home overlooking the sparkling Gulf of Mexico on the west end. There is a variety of rental property to choose from throughout the Island, from apartments to condominiums, high rises, low rises and raised beach homes.
Galveston has the amenities of a larger city, but with tight-knit small town friendliness. Its ethnically diverse citizens have worked together to make their city better since the early days of its founding in 1836. When faced with adversity, Galvestonians unite to solve whatever obstacles may arise. Non-profit organizations and community groups offer a variety of volunteer opportunities regardless of your interests or desired area of service.
The Island has a multifaceted economic base with expanding job markets in tourism, the medical field, marine-related fields, as well as other areas. Education, banking, insurance and marine industries also are job fields that contribute to the strong, diverse economy. Island life is enhanced by the absence of drive-time traffic reports on the radio and heavy traffic delays. The major thoroughfares are rarely heavily congested, even during peak times. And it takes no more than 15-20 minutes to get anywhere you want to go on the Island.
All this time saved driving to work and running errands can be spent enjoying Island life.
When the work day is over, pack a picnic dinner and some easy chairs and head to the beach. Temperatures are moderate, so outdoor activities are enjoyable year-round. Relax and enjoy watching the waves roll in at sunset as sandpipers scurry along the edge of the gulf water.
To enhance the pleasure of the beach for visitors and residents alike, the city operates a beach replenishment program to maintain the beaches below the seawall, a 10.4-mile-long concrete structure built to protect the Island against storm tides. As it has done since its creation after the 1900 storm, the seawall has again proven its worth in September 2008 when Hurricane Ike struck the Island.
Winter months, when currents deposit rows of shells on the sand, are the best time to comb the beaches for seashells. With average temperatures normally ranging from lows in the 50s (10 Celsius) to highs in the 60s (18 Celsius) December through February, the weather is perfect for enjoying outdoor activities such as fishing, boating and bird watching.
The beach is only one of dozens of enjoyable leisure-time attractions in Galveston. The excellent restaurants, shops, museums and special events, which lure millions of tourists to the Island each year, also make it a fun place to live.
Many of these museums are located in historic downtown Galveston, which has experienced a dramatic renaissance in the last three decades. For a number of years, the ornate Victorian buildings along The Strand were empty, decaying shells. They were sad reminders of what The Strand and Galveston once was – the vibrant cultural and economic center of the Southwest.
Over the past few decades, an infusion of millions of dollars in private and public funds has revived The Strand and surrounding downtown streets to their former glory. A leisurely tour by trolley or horse-drawn carriage through the area offers an appreciation of the Victorian architecture of the buildings that now house shops, restaurants, offices, loft apartments and nighttime hot spots. The Strand is just one of a number of retail and banking centers located conveniently throughout the Island. Other major areas of retail activity include Seawall Boulevard, 45th Street, 61st Street, Broadway and Stewart Road.
The Strand is a beautiful backdrop for two of the Island’s largest annual events – Dickens on The Strand, a Victorian Christmas festival held in December; and Mardi Gras! Galveston, held between January and March (dependent on Lent), which attracts hundreds of thousands of people with the quality of its parades and festivities. As an Island resident, your calendar will be filled with festivals, theater performances and special events year-round. Between the festivals and attractions there is no shortage of fun and unique ways to enjoy Island life.
If you get a yearning for the big city and a faster pace, Houston is just an hour drive up Interstate 45. One of the largest cities in the United States, take your pick of professional sporting events, hundreds of restaurants, theater, live music, and all that a metropolitan area has to offer.
But you’ll find, as many Islanders do, that Galveston has an appeal that’s undeniable and hard to leave. Few great cities have this appealing packaging of amenities – rich history, natural beauty, cultural events and stunning architecture – all tied up neatly in a soft blue ribbon of relaxed ambiance.
Discover a secret that Galvestonians have kept for years – that Galveston Island is a wonderful place to live.
Located in the Gulf of Mexico, 50 miles south of Houston.
City council-manager system with six council members elected from single-member districts; the mayor is elected-at-large.
Offers temperate, semi-tropical weather year-round; averaging 57° F in the winter months and 81° F in the summer months.
Galveston is home to more than 50 churches and two synagogues representing every major religious denomination.
A leading academic medical center, the University of Texas Medical Branch offers a wide range of primary and specialty care outpatient services at its on-campus and community-based clinics. The UTMB clinics logged more than 536,000 outpatient visits last year.
Galveston Independent School District covers 94.82 square miles, including all of Galveston Island and a portion of the Bolivar Peninsula. The district serves approximately 6,400 students on the Island and Bolivar Peninsula. During the 2010-2011 school year, it will operate two high schools, four middle schools, and five elementary schools. Those schools include KIPP: Coastal Village and its newest school, Early Childhood University.
Texas A&M University at Galveston; Galveston College; and University of Texas Medical Branch. Off Island, University of Houston, Clear Lake.
Taxes are paid in the City of Galveston to five entities – city, county, school, community college and navigation districts. There is no state property or income tax. The total property tax rate in 2009 was set at $2.58 per $100 valuation. A sales tax of 8.25 percent is levied.
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