Galveston, Texas is a charming Southern retreat just fifty miles from Houston. It’s a destination full of art, historic architecture, chic boutiques, ghost legends and more – all tucked within a quaint Gulf Coast barrier island.
It’s known for Moody Gardens within its giant glass pyramids house sharks and other animals. Amusement rides and restaurants line Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier on the south shore. West is bird-rich Galveston Island State Park, with its trails, kayak launches and fishing spots. Stewart Beach and East Beach are on the island’s eastern end.
The historic strand district is like a mini–New Orleans that hosts cruise ships and has a Victorian architecture vibe. Galveston’s historic neighborhoods provide homeowners with many unique opportunities. With hundreds of historic structures on the National Register of Historic Places, and thousands of historic homes, Galveston is one of the country’s most important concentrations of late 19th- and early 20th-century architecture. From stately mansions to quaint cottages to the conversions of downtown buildings to residential lofts, Galveston’s various neighborhoods offer a wide range of housing options to fit any budget.
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Popular Galveston Neighborhoods
- Beachtown is among the beachfront communities on the east end of Galveston Island, designed with a new urban town center complete with dining and shopping.
- Lindale Park is part of the University Area Association and within walking/ biking distance to UTMB and the beaches. Mature trees line the streets and the nearby playground, ballpark, greenbelt area and dog park.
- Fish Village features homes dating back to the 1960s, remodeled with hardwood floors and large backyards on quiet streets close to the University of Texas Medical Branch. All the streets are named for marine life.
- East End includes more than 50 city blocks bounded on the south by Broadway, the east by 10th Street, the north by Mechanic Avenue and the west by 19th Street. Designated a National Historic Landmark, the architecture features a variety of styles and periods, including Greek Revival style homes built in the 1850s. Structures range from small simple cottages to elaborate, large homes.
- Lost Bayou takes its name from Hitchcock’s Bayou, a bayou that was “lost” when the Island was raised after the 1900 Storm. A subset of the larger San Jacinto neighborhood, the Lost Bayou Historic District was created in 1994 and bounded by 16th and 21st streets on the east and west, and avenues K and M 1/2 on the north and south. There you’ll find Greek Revival, Italianate, Arts & Crafts and Folk Victorian architecture preserved from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
- Strand Historic District was formed in 1975 and is in the National Register of Historic Places. You’ll find some of Galveston’s best examples of the Queen Anne style in this neighborhood. Bounded by 25th Street (west), 23rd Street (east), Avenue P (south), and Avenue K (north), the name of the district refers to the prosperous families who lived there.
- Cedar Lawn in central Galveston features quiet tree-lined streets and the home built by the late Galveston club and casino operator Sam Maceo. The house has more than 6,000 square feet of living space including eight to 11 bedrooms and nine full bathrooms.
- Denver Court Historic District is located a few blocks north of the seawall and encompasses more than 30 blocks. You’ll see samples of late 19th and 20th century Revivals, Spanish Eclectic, Italian Renaissance, French Eclectic, Colonial Revival, Monterrey Tutor Revival, Neo-Classical as well as late 19th and early 20th century American Movements, Craftsman and Prairie School. It’s a diverse neighborhood ranging from speculator-built cottages to large architect designed mansions.
- The Evia planned community includes three freshwater lakes and a nature preserve as well as a community coffee shop, located across from the Moody Gardens Golf Course on 99th Street.
- West End Neighborhoods
Located on the West End of Galveston, these communities offer a getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. They include Pirates Beach, Pirates Cove, Jamaica Beach, Spanish Grant, Sands of Kahala, Sunset Grove, & Pointe West.