Leon County, Texas Real estate and Community Information

Leon County is located in Texas, east of Waco on Interstate 45 in the Claypan area of eastern Central Texas. The county seat is located in Centerville, Texas. The estimated 2015 population is 17,086 residents.

Leon County is made of the cities of Buffalo, Centerville, Marquez, Leona and Jewett, the towns of Oakwood and Normangee, the unincorporated communities of Vanetie, Red Branch, Hopewell, Guy’s Store, Flynn, Concord and Centerview. Leon County also includes the three ghost towns of Robbins, Eunice and Egypt.

The cost of living is relatively low while the economy is strong and thriving. With the construction of new homes, new vibrancy is settling into the neighborhoods.

History

The county of Leon is named in honor of Martin De Leon, the founder of Victoria, Texas. The county was first authorized when the legislature allowed a portion of Robertson County to be transferred in order to create a new county in 1846. In 1886, the county courthouse was designed to replace the original courthouse destroyed by fire in 1885. The population grew slowly and the county boasted small farms with less than 50 acres.

Farmers raised hogs, cattle and corn and in the 1850’s cotton began to take hold. The Civil War had a devastating effect on Leon County. Farms lost value for lack of markets for their products and the incredible fluctuation of currency. During the 1870’s the economy began to recover, but it did not reach pre-war levels until the 1880’s. Corn and then cotton became the crops to grow and their rise in sales was due to the increase of population. Helping the population and interest in the area was the construction of Great Northern Railroad.

The farming industry again took a tumble during the great depression, but rebounded slightly. After World War II the economy shifted into high gear. Farmlands that were left to lie fallow were reforested and the lumber industry began to increase. By the early 1970’s, Leon County experienced incredible economic growth as the county became the leaders in calf and cow production. Farms made a comeback with crops that included small grains, vegetables, watermelons, hay and Christmas trees. Oil production added muscle to the economy and petroleum production has increased steadily.

Education

Leon County is served by the Leon County School District and educates children from Kindergarten through grade 12 in the tri-tier school system. The district operates and maintains an elementary school, junior high school and high school. Leon County schools are committed to providing a safe and positive educational environment. The school goal is to promote opportunities for all students allowing them to be as successful as they want. The collaboration between the school, its students and the community will create an atmosphere where all students feel welcome and will thrive academically.

The school district is highly rated by students, teachers, parents and other educational professionals. The district mixes academics with sports to provide a well rounded education as they stress the importance to exercise the mind while strengthening the thought process and the body.

Parks and Recreation

There are a number of parks and recreational opportunities in the county and surrounding area. Parks include neighborhood and community parks with amenities such as children’s playgrounds, sports fields, picnic areas and areas for passive recreation. Recreational opportunities include hunting and fishing, camping, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Residents of the area will also find programs and activities for children, teens and adults. Residents will also find a variety of first day walks, family camping events and many outdoor educational opportunities.
There are a variety of things to do in Leon County and the surrounding area. Residents of all ages will find historical tours, cultural exhibits, Farmers Markets, neighborhood and community celebrations, charitable walks and foot races, museums, food and music festivals and holiday celebrations. The Leon County Expo Center offers many family oriented activities and events including rodeos and animal exhibitions, charitable events and festivals.

Real Estate

Available property in Leon County includes single family homes and undeveloped properties suitable for residential development. For those interested in farming will also find farms and ranches in the county. Property is reasonably priced and ideal for families, first time home buyers and retirees. The homes contain multi-bedrooms and bathrooms and most with garages. Architectural style found in Leon County is a variety of old and new. Communities are typically family friendly and quiet and ideal for those who prefer privacy. Communities in Leon County are ideal for those who find employment opportunities in nearby Waco and the surrounding area. The Interstate system is amenable for employment opportunities in and out of the county.

For more information about Leon County real estate, contact Saundra McCulloch. Ms. McCulloch has the background and experience to assist home buyers find the right home for them. Utilizing the latest real estate tools, Ms. McCulloch is on the forefront of the latest real estate trends and knows the best properties available. Contact Saundra McCulloch and let her team find the best properties available that meet home buying criteria, as well as budget concerns. Ms. McCulloch is especially helpful for first time home buyers as she will guide each buyer through the home buyer process.
Saundra Lyons McCulloch
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