"The Best Kept Secret in Texas"
San Angelo, Texas
Downtown San Angelo, Texas
About West Texas:
Everyone is making tracks to San Angelo.
Whether it’s running tracks, bike tracks, race tracks or dinosaur tracks, there are plenty of fun reasons to "make tracks" to San Angelo.
From our enviable cost of living and our Sunbelt climate, to our excellent educational opportunities, award-winning medical facilities and every recreational activity under the sun, San Angelo is the place to come for good times.
With the end of America's civil war, thousands of settlers began moving west in search of their fortunes. Realizing its need to protect these citizens from hostile threats, the government established forts on the frontier.
One such placement, Fort Concho, was made in 1867 at the confluence of three rivers in West Central Texas. The fort at different times was home to mounted cavalry, infantry, and the famous Black Cavalry whose members were respectfully called "Buffalo Soldiers" by the Native Americans in the area. Almost as soon as the first units arrived at Fort Concho, a small and somewhat lawless village by the name of Santa Angela came to life just across the river. As the village grew into a community, it became a trade center for the many farmers and ranchers who had settled in the area.
By 1889, the hostilities had ended and the soldiers abandoned Fort Concho. However, with the economic base of agriculture and trade, the community later renamed "San Angelo" continued to grow as it moved into the 20th Century.
Weather and climate also played an important role in San Angelo's early development. When tuberculosis became widespread in the first half of this century, patients from all over the nation were sent to a treatment center near San Angelo. Our dry climate proved to be an effective healing factor, and the medical center reputation and the services we now enjoy can be attributed to this role played in the early 1900's.
The military returned to San Angelo during World War II, when an Army Air Corps training base was established in the city. While flight training is no longer provided, Goodfellow Air Force Base still provides military intelligence training and a fire fighting school for the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines.
The discovery of oil and gas, the influx of light manufacturing, the initial development of a communications center, the establishment and growth of Angelo State University, and the growth of the medical community provided diversification to a growing community. Today, this city of 90,000 is the trade and services hub of a 13 county area, supported by agriculture, manufacturing, education, business and health services, military, tourism, and retirement.
Quality of Life
Quality of life is a subjective evaluation we all make about what our community offers us in terms of medical care, recreation/sports, retail shopping choices, cultural activities, and housing. Quality of life is important to new employers who bring people into their new expansion location or recruit personnel as the company grows. We believe that San Angelo provides a quality of living that attracts and keeps people in the community. Several years ago, Money Magazine ranked San Angelo the 38th best place to live among the 300+ cities evaluated. A few years earlier, the magazine had mentioned that San Angelo was "the best kept secret in Texas". We think the city has improved since those rankings, and hope you will have the chance to experience it for yourself.
San Angelo has two acute care hospitals: Shannon Medical Center and San Angelo Community Medical Center. With over 150 physicians and 40 dentists practicing multiple specialties, San Angelo is widely recognized as a regional medical center. Cancer treatment, testing and surgical capabilities for cardiology patients, sports medicine, designated trauma center, neonatal intensive care unit are among the many services available. Other specialized medical facilities include: a 32-bed acute care center, a regional rehabilitation center, a geriatric care facility, and a mental health and drug rehabilitation hospital. In the late 1990's, several assisted living complexes were built in San Angelo. There are currently 7 nursing homes and an additional 10 retirement centers providing a variety of living accommodations and levels of care, including Alzheimer's care.
Recreation and Sports
San Angelo's weather allows residents and visitors to enjoy a year end variety of recreational activities. The summer temperatures are moderated by a trip to any of the three lakes that border the city limits. Boating, fishing, and water skiing are popular summer sports. If you have children, you will find a variety of activities for them as well. Several recreation centers are operated by the City of San Angelo, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the YMCA. Organized sports for children include baseball, basketball, softball, saddle club, soccer, and gymnastics. Fourteen public tennis court locations, two public swimming pools, two country clubs with golf, tennis, and swimming, and three additional public golf courses all provide outdoor recreation opportunities.
Fall and winter provide some of the best deer, turkey and quail hunting in Texas. For those that enjoy a sideline seat for their sports enjoyment, college football and basketball kick off in the fall and winter with the Angelo State University Rams. Spring and summer professional sports include rodeo at the Stock Show and Rodeo, and the San Angelo Colts with the Central Baseball League and the San Angelo Stampede - indoor arena football.
San Angelo has over 140 churches in many denominations and one Synagogue.
Sunset Mall is an enclosed shopping center with 75-80 businesses under one roof. There are five department stores in this facility: Beall's, Dillards, JC Penny's, and Sears. San Angelo also has a good variety of other shopping centers that include: The Village, Park 2400, Southwest Plaza, South Angelo Shopping Plaza, Stadium Park, Sunset Crossing, The Commons, and Sunset Plaza. San Angelo draws retail shoppers from a large area surrounding the city. Recent retail additions include Home Depot, Circuit City, Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Academy Sports and Outdoors and a second WalMart Supercenter. Besides these national chains, San Angelo boasts a number of local specialty retailers with goods that range from funky eclectic to elegant & one-of-a kind.
For a city of under 100,000 population, San Angelo provides a wide variety of cultural events and activities for its citizens. Texas theater began in San Angelo; The San Angelo Civic Theater is the oldest community based theater group in Texas. The 1998-1999 season includes comedy, musicals, and drama. Angelo State University theater is another excellent source for both stage and dinner theater performances. The San Angelo Symphony performs in the restored City Auditorium. The new San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts is a joint venture between San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and Angelo State University and is state of the arts. The San Angelo Cultural Affairs Council annually offers many attractive and exciting entertainment options.
When you move to San Angelo, you will immediately enjoy a financial bonus - our reasonably priced housing. A home in San Angelo will generally cost 29% less than the national average (Source C2ER Cost of Living Index – 2006). New homes and lots in San Angelo sell in the range of $85 to $100 square foot. During 2006, the average sales price for residential-resale homes was $116,324. For more housing information see San Angelo Association of Realtors and San Angelo Homebuilders Association. With over 67 apartment complexes, San Angelo has a wide variety of rental units available in all locations and price ranges as well. Your apartment costs will be as reasonable as new and existing home purchase costs. As an example, 2 bedroom unfurnished apartments range from $430 to $680.
Committed to Excellence
We are one of the most successful and progressive real estate companies in San Angelo. Some factors that have contributed to our growth are superior productivity, quality of service and our innovative spirit. It is our goal to be known throughout San Angelo for our professionalism and success.
It shall be the mission of this company to provide the best quality service to our clients and customers. The company shall remain profitable through creative marketing techniques, an open attitude and hiring/training practices that assure an honest, ethical, caring and professional image. Above all Allison-Lacy Real Estate shall remain a second family to the professionals that make up the sale force.
Emma Chaput, REALTOR®
Emma Chaput has over 15 years in marketing and a love for homes. Emma enjoys ranching, hunting, fishing and will expand her real estate to include farm & ranch sales. San Angelo is home to Emma and her family for more that 20 years. Emma Chaput is ready to work for you.
Call her today at 325.763.4663
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