Where to Live in Tyler
Tyler currently has the best of both worlds when it comes to housing. Demand is strong due to the steadily growing population, and home prices increased approximately 50 percent from 2000 to 2009. Yet due to Tyler’s low cost of living, the homes are still relatively affordable. The average home sale price in 2009 was less than $170,000.
In recent years, Tyler has developed a reputation as a golf community. Many of the newer residential areas reflect that trend, with golf courses as centerpieces of upscale housing developments.
A leading example of this style of housing is The Cascades, located approximately 4 miles to the west of downtown Tyler along the shores of Lake Bellwood. The 500-acre development boasts a championship-level golf course that has held the annual Texas State Open tournament since 2006.
The homes vary in style, from country manor to Tuscan to traditional Texas homesteads. House locations also vary, with some lots facing the lake or golf course and others nestled into the woods or perched atop one of the area’s rolling hills. And in recognition of the importance of golf to the community, many of the streets are named after some of the greatest players in the history of the game, such as Payne Stewart and Fred Couples.
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The Copeland Neighborhood
Away from the golf course, one of the most popular areas of Tyler is the Copeland neighborhood, just south of the city. This neighborhood is attractive to families as well as young single professionals. There are parts of the Copeland neighborhood that have an urban, artistic atmosphere, while other areas — such as the Copeland Woods subdivision — are wooded and feel remote.
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Since much of Tyler’s growth has occurred in the past few decades, the city does not have an abundance of historic areas. Of the ones that do exist, most are located just south of the original town square.
The largest of these areas is the Brick Streets Historic District, which encompasses 29 blocks and consists primarily of buildings built in the early 1900s. Many of these structures were originally built for middle- and working-class families, so single-family dwellings and duplexes are most prominent in the area. And as the name suggests, the neighborhood includes brick-paved streets, as well as stone-line drainage channels.
Not far from Brick Streets is the Charnwood Residential Historic District, spread across 12 blocks atop a hill approximately one-half mile south of the Smith County Courthouse. This district developed slowly between 1870 and 1950. As a result, there is a wide variety of housing styles, reflecting the architectural changes that occurred over the decades.
Tyler’s past is kept alive by the Historic Tyler Organization, which works to maintain the city’s historic structures.