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Longview, Texas | Community Overview


East Texas Living

Longview is a beautiful small city that boasts huge trees, gorgeous lakes, and excellent public and private school options. With access to Dallas and Shreveport, we easily enjoy big city amenities, without the everyday hassles of traffic and commuting.

Longview is a vibrant community of genuinely friendly people, enjoying watersports, golf, cycling and kayaking trails, hunting, fishing, shopping, dining, vineyards, arts and entertainment.  In addition to numerous festivals and cultural events, East Texas offers many scenic parks and trails, encouraging outdoor fitness and relaxation in every season. The warm, sunny climate and ample East Texas shade trees create the perfect backdrop for numerous outdoor athletic events. Longview hosts abundant local sporting events such as triathlons, bicycle races, soccer baseball, and softball tournaments, and numerous running events year-round.

There are a variety of residential opportunities easily affordable in Longview -- you can live on the waterfront of one of East Texas’ beautiful lakes, find your retreat nestled in the woods or kick up your heels on an expansive ranch. All options are just ten minutes from town. If you choose to live in the city, where traffic is never a problem, both work and play are only five to ten minutes away, leaving you more time for yourself.

Community Overview

Set among the towering pines, which give the region its nickname, the Piney Woods, the East Texas region is full of attractions, both manmade and natural. From its namesake pines to some of the biggest lakes in Texas, the region has plenty of options for those interested in outdoor recreation. East Texans enjoy extended seasonal watersports, kayaking, hunting and fishing, as well as running and cycling on numerous shaded trails. It is also one of the top areas in the country for flower enthusiasts, with a number of flower gardens and trails. Longview is located in the heart of the beautiful Piney Woods of Northeast Texas, and has a growing population of 80,455 people. With Shreveport less than an hour away, and Dallas less than two hours away, you have access to all the amenities of big cities without all the hassle. The city of Longview and immediate surrounding areas boast 5 excellent public school districts, as well as several top-notch private school options, each only minutes from the Good Shepherd Longview campus. 

Cultural activities bring a special spice to the city’s lifestyle. The performing arts include an excellent symphony orchestra, children’s theatre, ballet and regional opera all with annual production schedules. Longview is home to the East Texas Symphonic Band, ArtsView Children’s theater, and the T-Bone Walker Blues Music Festival. Longview boasts a world-class museum of fine art, fascinating historical museums, as well as a brand-new hands-on children’s museum. There are numerous community festivals year-round, including a Holiday Tea Room and Christmas Market, Alley Fest, Dalton Days, and the Great East Texas Balloon Race.

Set among the towering pines which give the region its nickname, the Piney Woods, the East Texas region is full of attractions, both manmade and natural. From its namesake pines to some of the biggest lakes in Texas, the region has plenty of options for those interested in outdoor recreation. It is also one of the top areas in the country for flower enthusiasts, with a number of flower gardens and trails.

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