Known as the Home of Sam Houston - the Republic of Texas' first and third president - Huntsville, Texas, has a healthy inventory of single-family homes, ranging from sprawling, 5,000-square-foot houses to homes of less than 1,000 square feet. Regardless of home size, many available properties are on lots of 1 to more than 100 acres. Condos, manufactured homes and land also are on the market. The median home price in Huntsville is on par with the statewide median.
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The county seat of Walker County, Huntsville is home to about 39,000 people. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has its headquarters in Huntsville and is one of the city's major employers. The Huntsville Independent School District - also a major employer in the city - administers public schools, and there are a handful of private and religious schools in the city. Sam Houston State University is located in Huntsville, and Lone Star College System and Texas A & M University are both about 40 miles away. Huntsville maintains several parks throughout the city. The city's Kate Barr Ross Park is home to Safety Town, a child-sized town complete with streets and houses that is used for educating kids about bike safety, traffic rules and other topics.
The Huntsville Cultural District, designated by the Texas Commission on the Arts, was the first of several such districts in the state. Comprised of nine blocks in the heart of the city, the cultural district is a feast of historical architecture accented with murals by artist Richard Hass. Also in downtown Huntsville are restaurants, unique shops, antiques malls and professional services. Annual downtown events include a Cinco de Mayo festival, a music series and a farmers' market, among many others. The West Hill Mall located in the city provides further shopping opportunities, as do various big box and chain stores throughout the city. For nature lovers, Huntsville State Park is just six miles form the city. It offers more than 2,000 acres of loblolly and shortleaf pine and is home to deer, raccoons and armadillos, among other species. Lake Raven, located in the park, is host to bass, catfish and perch, along with the occasional alligator. A quaint town with a rich history and strong cultural identity, Huntsville is a great example of Texas charm. If it sounds like a place for you, take a look at our Huntsville house listings and find a property that you can call home.