Galveston, Texas
Real Estate and Community Information


Those living in the Galveston area are fortunate to be in proximity to one of the state's most popular tourist destinations. The historic island of Galveston is an island set apart from the rest of Texas, both in culture and geographical area. The 32 mile long island is located on the upper portion of the portion of Texas which borders the Gulf of Mexico. For those living in the area, Galveston is a wonderful place to take a day trip, spend a weekend or even buy a second home.

The beach and the historic community offer visitors many opportunities for activity and recreation. Galveston offers miles of pristine beaches, great stays and lodging, delicious dining options, historical attractions, and a lively artistic and cultural scene. The island, located only 50 miles from Houston, offers area residents a wonderful and easy beach escape.

Historic Galveston



The historic city of Galveston in many ways is a reflection of its long and rich history. The elegant homes of the 19th century grace its nationally recognized historic district. From haunted houses to pirate ships, the island is known for proudly displaying remnants of its colorful and long history. For many, these tales of Galveston's past define the island, but for the vast majority of those who enjoy the island's beautiful beaches and modern entertainment, Galveston is more than its past.

First explored in 1528 and settled in 1817, the island has a long history of being ahead of its time. Galveston, incorporated in 1839, quickly became the largest city in the state. The active port city garnered acclaim for being the first city in Texas to host a post office, opera house, hospital, golf course, country club, and the list goes on....

Today, much of early Galveston survives. The historic homes and shops in Galveston have weathered many storms. Visitors today, enjoy the Galveston's historic downtown and its many shops, galleries, museums, and restaurants.

Island Life



Galveston offers visitors, full-time, and part-time residents access to many highly desirable amenities. From museums to cruise ships, the recreational options of Galveston are innumerable. The island's ever-growing options for dining and entertainment add to the overall quality of life on the island.

The island's warm sea breeze and lovely beaches set the stage for a lifestyle rich with opportunity. The Galveston lifestyle is one filled with year-round recreation. In Galveston there are many interesting places to explore. The island's beaches, wildlife and attractions entice visitors throughout the year.

Visitors to the island may choose from a variety of accommodations. From world-class resorts and beach homes to small hotels and cozy B&Bs, Galveston offers many options for visitors from all walks of life.

Galveston Lifestyle



Dining 
 The island is brimming with many great restaurants to please the palates of many. The island's Strand and Waterfront areas offer dining options to cater to the needs of the many. From Mexican and Greek to Italian or fresh seafood, diners in Galveston are sure to find something that will suit their taste.

Arts and Culture
The island's 70 block historic downtown is teeming with many options for culture and entertainment. The district's historic architecture, galleries, theaters, and museums create a city effervescent with enjoyable and entertaining diversions.

Every six to eight weeks, the island hosts an ArtWalk. The event draws thousands of visitors, offering up displays by acclaimed national artists, lively gallery openings, art and craft vendors. Art is not the only offering of the island's popular event, during ArtWalk food trucks line the sidewalks and music fills the downtown streets. The eclectic mix of art, food and entertainment creates an event that can be enjoyed by many.

Galveston is also home to a professional theater company. Located in the island's historic downtown, Galveston's Island ETC, was formed in 2002 and hosts five or six stage productions each season.

Things to do in Galveston
 Eat at one of the island's great seafood restaurants - Enjoy the island's many beautiful displays of nature - Fish from the piers, the beaches or a boat - Enjoy Galveston from the seat of a carriage - Learn how to surf - Shop at one of the many unique shops and boutiques - Stroll along the island's piers or beach - Swimming or sunbathing on Galveston's pristine beaches - Tour the island and the surrounding area on a boat or cruise - Tour the island via bike - Visit one of the area's many historic homes or museums

Things To See In Galveston 
 Moody Gardens - Schlitterbahn Waterpark - The Galveston Island State Park - The Grand 1894 Opera House - The Strand Historic Shopping District - The Galveston Railroad Museum - The Lone Star Flight Museum - The Ocean Star - The Texas Seaport Museum

Mary Ellen Smith
Mary Ellen Smith
Broker Associate