PASADENA

Pasadena is the 15th largest city in Texas and is located in southeast Harris County. It extends from near the ship channel, south to the Clear Lake area and encompasses over 50 square miles. Pasadena has long been known for its annual Strawberry Festival, but few would ever credit Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, for the presence of strawberries in Pasadena! When the hurricane of 1900 wiped out the farmersí crops, Clara Barton was in the area to help. Realizing that a quick cash crop was needed she had strawberry plants shipped to the area. By the 1930ís the strawberry fields had been replaced by the opening of the ship channel and its adjacent industrial development but their impact on Pasadena history is still remembered each year with the Strawberry Festival.

There are over 50 petrochemical manufacturing facilities located within Pasadena along the Houston Ship Channel and in the Bayport Industrial District channel area. They provide thousands of jobs which generate tax revenue and support for the local retail and business community.

Towne Square Mall is the largest single shopping area, however the newest growth is evidenced in the Fairmont Parkway/Beltway 8 area with the opening of a 24-hour Wal-Mart, Builders Square, K-Mart and Home Depot. Smaller shopping areas are located throughout Pasadena.

Pasadena Independent School District is the single largest employer in Pasadena. It is the 4th largest school district in Harris County, and was the first independent school district in Harris County. PISD has over 40,000 students and is served by 48 schools. Like so many other districts it has instituted a partnership program with parents, community members, business and industry.

Recreational opportunities are available in 44 city and county parks such as Crenshaw Park which offers a pond stocked with catfish, bass and other fish! Golfing is available at the Pasadena Municipal Golf Course and Baywood Country Club.

Affordable housing is a reality in Pasadena. It is not possible to list all of the subdivisions in each price range. Some of the subdivisions with properties under $80,000 are Burke Meadows, Country Briar, Parkgate, Parkview Manor and Fairmont Estates. From the $80ís and into the $100ís - Village Grove, Parkview Estates, Fairmont Heights and Mt. Vernon. Upper end properties can be found in Vista Villas, Highland Acres, Vista Oaks, Baywood Shadows, Baywood Oaks and Santorini Estates.

A variety of new construction is also available from townhouses beginning in the mid $50ís and patio homes in the $70,000 - $80,000 range, to larger homes priced at $135,000 and up. Brighton, D. R. Horton and Barrett Homes along with several custom builders are active in the area.

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