Nicknamed "The Texas Riviera," Corpus Christi is a city of 300,000 on the Gulf of Mexico. It is a thriving urban location with many industries, colleges, and cultural offerings and, of course, oceanfront scenery. It has 74 distinct neighborhoods that range from working class to some of the most prestigious real estate in the country. Corpus Christi contains a mix of housing options, and buyers can find anything from high-rise condos to affordable single-family homes. Buyers can also choose from beautiful residences on the water, with gorgeous views and beach access.
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Corpus Christi has the fifth largest seaport in the nation, making it home to the petroleum and agricultural industries and one of the largest naval bases in the country. It is a city of young professionals, old industries, world-class museums and restaurants, and, with its warm ocean climate and natural beauty, lots and lots of tourism. Being such a large city with such a wide range of employment opportunities, Corpus Christi offers many housing options. Downtown, you can find high-rise lofts with a mix of owner-occupied and rental units. Corpus Christi is known for being a city of young professionals, and this urban housing is popular among this group, as they want to be close to the best shopping, restaurants, and entertainment in the city.
As you move beyond downtown, more single-family homes can be found. North of the city in working-class Flour Bluff, you can find a mix of apartments and smaller homes at affordable prices. Gardendale is a middle-class neighborhood made up primarily of medium-sized houses built in the 1940s and 1950s. The Yorktown Boulevard area is newer, but still established, with houses ranging from 15 to 40 years old. Upper-class waterfront communities include the Gulfwood Drive area and Tierra Grande, both of which boast many large residences built in the last fifteen years. Like other ocean communities where tourism is a large part of the economy, many coastal neighborhoods offer an interesting mix of privately owned estates, middle-class homes, rental property, and tourist attractions. North Padre Island has this diverse mix, as well as numerous parks and nature preserves. In some Corpus Christi neighborhoods, the only residents have four legs or wings, as they consist strictly of parks and wildlife refuges, one of the most famous being Padre Island National Seashore. You can't live in these places, but you can visit them and, if you're lucky, maybe catch a glimpse of a brown pelican or a white-tailed deer. Having this much natural beauty existing side-by-side with a thriving economy and a moderate cost of living makes Corpus Christi a desirable city to live in.