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Welcome to Clear Lake Texas
Clear Lake Real Estate Statistics
|Total Number of Listings:||289|
|Average List Price:||$224,854|
|Highest Listing Price:||$1,600,000|
|Lowest Listing Price:||$600|
The Clear Lake Area sits in the southern part of Harris County and northern section of Galveston County, along the west shoreline of Galveston Bay. The area is home to several bodies of water including Galveston Bay, Taylor Lake, Clear Creek, and of course, Clear Lake. The nine communities comprising the Clear Lake Area are: Clear Lake City, Clear Lake Shores, El Lago, Kemah, League City, Nassau Bay, Seabrook, Taylor Lake Village and Webster. Together, they represent nearly 125 square miles and over 200,000 residents.
Living in Clear Lake
Not surprisingly, with so many communities making up the Clear Lake area, living environments and housing options vary widely. Each city has its own distinct culture, from the quiet island community of Clear Lake Shores to the fast-growing residential town of League City to Clear Lake City, which started as a 30-subdivision development in the 1970s and is also home to the Johnson Space Center. Clear Lake real estate is similarly diverse, ranging from stunning waterfront property in gorgeous master-planned communities to more established, family-oriented neighborhoods.
While still accessible to the businesses of Houston proper, the Clear Lake area is fortunate to have an abundance of major employers in the area. Not surprisingly, aerospace and technology are some of the strongest contributors to the area’s economy, with the Johnson Space Center leading the way. In recent years, though, the Clear Lake area has developed a much broader and more diverse industry base, including biotechnology, specialty chemicals and tourism. Tourism and recreation-based businesses have been helped by a boom in waterfront development in Kemah and Seabrook, as well as the substantial marinas at Clear Lake - one of the largest concentration of pleasure boats in the United States. In fact, recreational boating accounts for about ten percent of all gross sales in the Clear Lake area, about $200 million annually.
Things To Do
Not surprisingly, recreational opportunities abound in the Clear Lake area. The lakes themselves and surrounding park areas offer sailing, water skiing, fishing, camping, hiking, kayaking and canoeing activities. Boating enthusiasts can choose from over 19 marinas and 7,000 boat slips. Of course, typical family-oriented amenities such as baseball fields, playgrounds and picnic tables are plentiful, too. Birding is popular in the area as well, and the Jarboe Bayou Project is nearing completion in Clear Lake Shores, which will create a major water bird sanctuary and habitat for water-related animals, with small piers for fishing and pathways for strolling and bird watching. Annual outdoor events include the Greek Festival in May and the ever-popular Ballunar hot air balloon festival in August.
Kemah Boardwalk offers family-oriented entertainment right on the water. Visitors can play classic midway games, ride the ferris wheel and roller coaster, or simply enjoy a delicious meal while watching the shrimp boats ride in. And, of course, one of the most popular places to visit is Space Center Houston, the visitor’s center of the Johnson Space Center, which features rides and simulations, space memorabilia exhibits and tours of the actual NASA facilities. It’s no wonder it’s consistently voted the number one destination in Houston!
Clear Lake Schools
The highly-rated Clear Creek Independent School District (http://www2.ccisd.net/) serves school age children in the region. The CCISD was recognized as one of the top school districts by the Texas Education Agency and 25 of the schools within the district were ranked as exemplary and the remaining schools ranked as recognized. Formed in 1948 through consolidation of the schools in League City, Seabrook, Webster and Kemah, it is now the 28th largest of the state’s 1,043 districts. Approximately 36% of the faculty members have at least a master’s degree and the district‘s average student-teacher ration is 17 to 1. Private schools are abundant in the area as well, including Montessori School of Downtown (pre-K-5), St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal School (pre-K-5), Westminster Christian Academy (pre-K-6), and Lutheran Southern Academy (pre-K-12).
College students can take undergraduate, graduate and doctoral-level courses at the University of Houston-Clear Lake in a close-knit academic community. Of course, students can also pursue higher education opportunities at the many colleges and universities in Houston proper, including Rice University and Texas Southern University.
The Clear Lake area offers a multitude of opportunities - from major industry to recreation to beautiful places to live. What started as a sleepy seaside community has evolved into a diverse, vibrant component of the greater Houston metro area. With so many places to eat, shop, live, work and play in Clear Lake, you might not ever want to leave!
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