International trade is of ever-increasing importance for La Porte, Texas, a town that boasts the Barbours Cut Terminal and is located just north of the Bayport Terminal. This small city of just 20 square miles is a 30-minute drive from Houston and is part of the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area. Area homes are new or newer construction that consist mainly of contemporary architectural styles. Medium- to large-sized homes are readily available along the bay and in planned subdivisions, along with townhomes.
La Porte has a storied history that began in the early 1900s when stars visited its famed beaches. As the beaches eroded and the chemical-petro industry became an important part of its economy, the city became more residential along its bays. Waterfront views are available among homes in the communities that run along the bay, from Bay Shore Park all the way down to Shady Oaks. Homes along this stretch of land often come with driveways wide enough to accommodate boats and some have piers jutting into the bay for watersport access. For buyers interested in living inland, most available properties can be found in the centrally located Fairmont Park neighborhood. The regional airport is just minutes away, and family friendly entertainment that includes two splash parks are located here.
The beachfront area at Sylvan Beach Park was restored in the early 2010s, and efforts are underway to catalog the history of La Porte's famed sands. Waterfront communities begin in the north with Bay Shore Park, Beach Park and Sylvan Park, and are separated from the southern bay communities by the Little Cedar Bayou inlet. Further south are a number of small neighborhoods on the water, including Oyster Bay, Crescent Shores, Oakhurst, Woods on the Bay, Bay Oaks and Shady Oaks. Sylvan Beach Park draws holiday crowds who want to avoid the congestion on beaches in Galveston, and includes a fishing pier, playgrounds, grassy areas to barbecue and the beach. Its small waves make it an excellent spot for small children who want to splash around near the shore.