CLEAR LAKE/NASA AREA

Clear Lake describes an area built near the bay water that empties into the Gulf of Mexico. It lies about half way between downtown Houston and Galveston on South I-45.

As a community that is home to Johnson Space Center (the No. 3 tourist attraction in Texas), as well as to the third largest boating center in the United States, Clear Lake has a great deal to offer.

The city of Houston strip-annexed Clear Lake City, therefore it is not an independent township as are its eight surrounding communities: Clear Lake Shores, El Lago, Kemah, League City, Nassau Bay, Seabrook, Taylor Lake Village and Webster. The population of Clear Lake and townships totals 96,000, and has increased two percent annually since 1995. Boating, recreation and tourism industries employ more than a quarter of Clear Lakeís work force, so many chances exist for participating in boating, wind surfing, or other water sports. Boaters can choose from 19 marinas offering more than 6,000 boat slips.

Clear Lake City is the most established master-planned community in Greater Houston with more than 10,000 acres of residential, commercial and industrial properties. Together with its neighboring communities, the area offers every type and price of housing.

Two country club communities, Bay Oaks to the north of the lake and South Shore Harbour to the south, have selections of both preowned and new homes. Prices begin in the high $100s and top out in the $1 million range. Neighboring subdivisions provide a multitude of housing choices from under $100,000 to the $200,000"s. Many of the waterfront communities include boat docking facilities either at the door or at the community marina.

Housing in the Clear Lake area offers a variety of options. For example, South Shore Harbour in League City offers homes with access to a marina, resort and hotel/conference center. In seaside communities near NASA Road 1, one can set sail from townhomes, apartments, and homes as well.

Friendswood

Friendswood lies further south, on the west side of the Gulf Freeway. The residents enjoy a heavily wooded, rural atmosphere. Some homes sit on several acres, others on small subdivision lots. Creek front properties are available, and one subdivision offers a private landing strip as an amenity.

Friendswood continues to cherish the values of family and the spirit of community the Quakers brought to it in 1895. Friendswood now encompasses parts of two counties - northern Galveston and southern Harris County, divided by the popular Clear Creek. Clear Creek is a navigable waterway which offers direct water access to the Gulf of Mexico through Clear Lake and Galveston Bay.

Friendswoodís population has more than doubled in every census count since 1960. It is the 75th largest city in Texas, located three miles west of I-45 halfway between Houston and Galveston. With its unique geographic location, residents and businesses alike have the convenience of living within a large metropolitan area, with all its amenities, and still be away from the intensities of the city. Friendswood encompasses 21 square miles and its undeveloped land has ample room for growth commercially, industrially and residentially.

Friendswood lies within two premier school districts - Clear Creek Independent School District and Friendswood Independent School District. Both are rated among the best in Texas. The University of Houston-Clear Lake serves the higher education needs of the area, supplemented by several other community colleges in the area, such as San Jacinto Junior College with two campuses and Houston Community College.

Bayshore Area

On the shores of Galveston Bay are the three communities of Morgans Point, La Porte and Shoreacres. A wonderful blend of bay breezes, relaxed living, recreational facilities that are second to none and employment opportunities nearby make this a popular area.

Morgans Point is home to Barbourís Cut Terminal, a large container facility and a very important part of the Port of Houston. Itís also home to the historic Sterling Mansion, a replica of the White House, built by Ross Sterling in the mid 1920ís. Morgans Point waterfront homes are typically priced from $250,000 up.

La Porteís Sylvan Beach bayside playground features the Pavilion, boat ramp, fishing pier and a large picnic area. Other recreational facilities include a first class recreation and fitness center, Little Cedar Bayou Park, with a state-of-the-art wave pool, athletic fields, tennis courts, and park facilities. Bay Forest Golf Course is a challenging 18-hole municipal course. Swimming pools, athletic fields, parks and nature trails are located throughout the community. La Porte has a general aviation municipal airport with hangar facilities, rentals and lessons available.

The world famous Houston Yacht Club calls Shoreacres home. Sailors from all over the world have raced at this historic club.

Houses come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. Waterfront properties begin in the upper $100s and approach the $1 million range. Upper end homes are located in areas of Shoreacres, Shady River, and a section of Fairmont Park. Lomax has some larger homes with acreage for horses and livestock. Typically prices will be from $100,000ís to mid $200,000ís.

Mid range homes priced from $60,000 to $100,000 are in Glen Meadows, Creekmont, Fairmont Park East, Fairmont Park West, Fairmont Park, Shoreacres, Bay Colony and Bayside Terrace.

The La Porte Independent School District serves the Bayshore area.

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