The Texas lifestyle is as warm and welcoming as the climate, and many neighborhoods feature homes that are designed for entertaining family and friends. Pearland, Texas, a rapidly growing city near Houston, offers residences in master-planned communities that average between 2,400 and 5,000 square feet with prices starting at about $153,000. Golf is a favorite pastime here and country clubs with championship courses dot the landscape. The clubs also provide tennis and swimming facilities and serve as popular venues for social activities.
Pearland's history includes Native Indians who resided in the area and were joined by European settlers in the 16th century. Today, the city is only a 20-minute drive from Houston and less than 15 minutes from both the Texas Medical Center and NASA's Johnson Space Center. Pearland balances its small-town feel with a sophisticated mindset. Residents enjoy shows in the nearby theater district, highly acclaimed cultural amenities, professional sports and a variety of recreational activities. While it is positioned to become the next major employment center in the Houston area, Pearland is also tuned into the environment. Among its forward-thinking initiatives is the Urban Forestry Program, which focuses on maximizing the aesthetic and economic benefits of trees and promotes urban reforestation. For its efforts, Pearland has been recognized as an official Tree City USA.
Pearland's population exceeds 100,000, a change of +165.8 percent since 2000. Stocked with young professionals (the median age here is 34), the city has its share of fitness enthusiasts. The 107,000-square-foot Recreation Center & Natatorium offers a whole range of exercise classes, cardio workouts, water aerobics, a weight room and activities for kids. Those who prefer the outdoors can find parks, trails, lakes and more in which to indulge their exercise routines. Many such outdoor venues can be found in the city's beautifully developed communities. Shadow Creek Ranch, for example, offers lakefront estate homes ranging in price from $170,000 to over $1 million. Silverlake is an 1,800-acre, master-planned subdivision with homes and parklands build around a manmade lake. Green Tee Terrace, a country club community developed in the late 1980s, offers traditional and Mediterranean home designs of from 3,000 to 4,600 square feet. The Villages at Mary's Creek, a gated community with homes that range in price from $256,000 to $425,000, is within walking distance of popular Independence Park. An experienced realtor can show you many other examples of laid-back yet gracious living in Pearland, Texas, where welcoming environs seem to be around every corner.