A city founded by cattlemen as a shipping point for their stock, the west central Texas city of Abilene has grown into a bustling city of some 120,000 residents. Whether you're looking for a large single-family home on a Texas-sized lot, an easy-to-maintain condo or something in between, chances are you can find what you're looking for in Abilene. And, with a median home price that is lower than that of Texas as a whole, the city offers homebuyers value, as well.
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Originally based on livestock and agriculture, Abilene's economy is now built on the education, government, healthcare, manufacturing and petroleum sectors. Dyess Air Force base, located less than 10 miles from the city, is a major local employer. Abilene is home to several high-ranking public schools, and there are plenty of private and religious school options as well. Several colleges are located within the city, including Abilene Christian University, Cisco Junior College and Texas State Technical College West Texas. With more than 1,000 acres of open space divided into nearly 30 parks and three athletic complexes, Abilene offers lots of opportunities to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. The popular Abilene Zoo keeps more than 1,000 animals from around the world.
Abilene each year is host to many events that celebrate its cattle town roots, including the West Texas Fair & Rodeo and Western Heritage Classic, which includes a campfire cook-off, cowboy poets and a western art show. Each month, the Center for Contemporary Arts hosts ArtWalk, an event that draws hundreds of residents to the city's historic downtown for art activities and entertainment. Downtown Abilene also is host to a variety of specialty stores, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. A more conventional shopping experience can be had at the Mall of Abilene, which is home to retail chains and restaurants. A city that embraces its history, Abilene has preserved many historic buildings and is revitalizing its historic downtown. Frontier Texas in gives visitors a hands-on history experience. And the Grace Museum houses a collection of art and historical artifacts, photographs and records, as well as a children's museum. No longer just a cow town on the Texas plains, Abilene of today is a modern city with many amenities and a strong cultural scene. These attributes, along with its diverse inventory of lower-priced homes, make Abilene an attractive location for homebuyers looking to locate in central Texas. Take a look at our Abilene home listings to find the property that is right for you.