Laredo has a unique personality that reflects the tastes and preferences of its residents. You'll find a few big-box retailers here, but even more independent clothiers and ethnic retailers. Beloved BBQ, breakfast tacos (referred to as "mariachis" by locals), a baseball team, movie theaters, a cultural center and plenty of other entertainment opportunities exist. The Laredo Energy Arena frequently hosts national boxing matches, headline comedians and today's hottest musicians in concert. Architecture aficionados appreciate the Spanish-style buildings that date back to the 18th century in the San Agustin de Laredo Historic District. There are also numerous Catholic cathedrals in the Laredo metro area. Even if you aren't a religious person, you can't help but look in awe at the intricate details and timeless touches on these architectural works of art.

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Contrary to what people say, everything isn't always bigger in Texas. Home prices in Laredo are well below the national average, and some of the most affordable in the state. The cost of living in Laredo is relatively low too. Homebuyers that take advantage of this get more for their money and have a broad selection of homes to choose from, ranging from modest 2 bedroom ramblers on a xeriscaped lot to spacious 5 bedroom mansions with lush, green lawns.

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