League City, Texas Newcomers Guide
Can one location have it all? League City comes close. Just 23 miles southeast of Houston, this Gulf Coast community offers a business-friendly environment and a healthy job market, excellent public schools, an exciting variety of cultural and recreational opportunities, proximity to great shopping, dining and medical facilities, and a selection of attractive housing choices. The city boasts many public parks, trail systems, recreational waterways and nature centers. And, it was recently named one of the safest cities in Texas and America by the 2104 annual City Crime Rankings.1 If you’re looking for new homes in the Houston area, our Newcomers Guide is a good introduction to all that League City has to offer.
League City History
League City was founded by three families, the Butlers, Cowarts and Perkinses. The Cowart and Perkins families settled around what is now called Cowart’s Creek and nearby Magnolia Bayou. George Butler arrived in 1873 and settled at the junction of Clear Creek and Chigger Bayou, dubbing it Butler’s Ranch. But it is J.C. League, a Galveston entrepreneur, for whom the town is named. League acquired mission land in the area and laid out a town site along the established railroad track that included parcels for churches and a school. Eventually the town was named League City to honor him, but many of the oak trees imported by League were planted by Butler and still line Main Street. Some of the original homes, school houses and churches can still be seen as well.
Relocating to League City
Today League City, which is part of The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Area, occupies about 53 square miles in Galveston and Harris Counties. A 2012 census put the resident population at just under 88,200. League City has a healthy mix of retail shopping, services and restaurants. It operates under a strong mayor/city council/city manager form of government that encourages business development and offers many local incentives as well as a robust business intelligence program.
Newcomers will find an attractive city with a variety of civic amenities that include public parks, museums, annual events and festivities, and family-friendly attractions. According to the city’s official website, League City is located in America’s third-largest pleasure boat moorage and offers stunning waterfront views and a vibrant recreational lifestyle. AreaVibes.com calls it an “Extremely Livable City” with an 87 point livability score, citing low crime rates, sunny weather, low cost of living and a highly educated population.2
NeighborhoodScout.com calls League City, “a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors…and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties…overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.”3
In addition, League City is close to all that downtown Houston has to offer and equally close to Galveston attractions and recreation. It’s a great combination of locations, amenities and quality of life that makes League City an excellent choice for your new hometown.
League City Real Estate Overview
In recent years, League City has experienced significant growth in new housing, driven by people who are attracted to the healthy local economy and family-friendly environment. As of August 2014, Trulia.com placed the median home cost in League City in the lower $290,000s.4
If you’re looking for new homes for sale in League City, award-winning Houston homebuilder Taylor Morrison has an attractive selection, including many that are move-in ready. Prices start in the low $200,000s.These include the Mar Bella 50s Villa Series, the Mar Bella 60s Chateau Series, the Mar Bella 70s Grande Series with waterfront views available, and The Verandas Garden Homes at Mar Bella. Homeowners at Marbella enjoy a unique coastal setting, Mediterranean-inspired recreation center, scenic lakes, and lush nature preserve, close to excellent schools, shopping, dining and recreation. To learn more about League City new homes now selling at Mar Bella and to join the interest lists, visit http://www.taylormorrison.com/new-homes/texas/houston/league-city.
League City Economy
According to NeighborhoodScout.com, League City offers a mix of white- and blue-collar jobs, and is a city of professionals, sales and office works and managers. It helps contribute to a remarkably low unemployment rate: 3.9% as of April 2014. League City’s official website notes that in July of 2013, NerdWallet.com, a financial website, named League City the best city in Texas for people looking for jobs.
League City Schools
League City is part of the Clear Creek Independent School District. CCISD serves over 39,000 students at 43 campuses throughout the Greater Houston area, and is the 29th largest of Texas’s 1,031 districts. The district boasts a completion rate of 98.5% and students who score well above the state and national averages on state assessments and college entrance exams. CCISD has earned a Recognized rating by the Texas Education Agency. In League City, CCISD schools include Mossman Elementary (K-5), Bayside Intermediate (6-8), and Clear Falls High (9-12).
Colleges in the immediate area include San Jacinto College and College of the Mainland. In addition, League City residents are close to The University of Houston-Clear Lake, the University of Houston-Downtown, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Rice University, Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University.
League City Living
In addition to everything available in nearby Houston and Galveston, here’s a short list of League City highlights and the attractions and services that make this such a great place to find new homes in the Houston area:
- Kemah Boardwalk. One of Texas’s Top 10 attractions, this family-friendly environment features carnival games, rides, boating, shopping and dining.
- Waterways. Whether you’re into fishing, boating, windsurfing, parasailing, skiing, or just enjoying the view, League City puts you close to Clear Creek, Clear Lake, Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
- Natural beauty. League City is a haven for native and migratory wildlife. Birdwatchers will enjoy Dr. Ned and Fay Dudney Clear Creek Nature Center.
- Trails. League City’s current 20-mile trail system is set to expand to 212 miles, connecting neighborhoods, parks, schools and business centers.
- Museums and Historic Sites. Highlights include century-old live oaks at League Park, Walter Hall Park and Helen’s Gardens.
- Sports. League City has something for everyone including three golf courses (Beacon Lakes, Magnolia Creek and South Shore Harbour Country Club), and three amateur athletics complexes (Big League Dreams Sports Park, Chester L. Davis Sportsplex and Hometown Heroes Park).
- Parks. League City community parks include Countryside Park, Heritage Park, League Park, Newport Park and Rustic Oaks Park.
- Shopping. There are four shopping centers in Leagues City (Bay Colony Town Center, League City Towne Center, Victory Lakes Town Center and Historic Shoppes), plus many more within a 10 mile drive.
- Annual City Events. A year-long calendar includes the Clear Lake December Boat Parade and Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, Weekend Concerts in the Park through the spring and summer, the April Wellness Walk and Southwest International In-Water Boat Show each March.
- Medical Facilities. World-class medical care in League City includes an 11,000-square foot University of Texas Medical Branch Specialty Care Facility.