Looking for a place in Texas outside the big cities to call home, where you can just “get away from it all”? Lake Livingston is one of the many treasures the Lone Star State has to offer people who are brave enough to relocate for a more suitable lifestyle. If you’re into “the great outdoors” with boating, fishing, hiking, camping, and golfing, then come on down for a weekend to see if the surrounding beauty speaks to you!
Where Is Lake Livingston, TX?
Lake Livingston is located 60 miles north of Houston, surrounded by Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker counties. Small towns surrounding the lake include: Coldspring, Goodrich, Livingston, Onalaska, Point Blank, Trinity and Sheppard. Texas wildflowers line US Highway 59, Highway 45, Interstate 150, and Highway 190 – whichever road you use to access the lake, depending on where you’re coming from.
Lake Livingston Counties
The lake is a big draw for relocation, but its sheer size gives you many counties to choose from:
San Jacinto County: This County includes the west and south sides of Lake Livingston, including the Sam Houston National Forest. With a population of over 26,000, the major cities are Coldspring, Point Blank and Shepherd. People who love history will enjoy the quaintness of Coldspring (population 850), which features more than three dozen historical markers, antique shopping, and a historic heritage center. Some of the best boating can be found here.
Polk County: This County includes the eastern portion of Lake Livingston, with over 45,000 people living in cities like Goodrich, Livingston and Onalaska. Livingston (population 5,335) has big city amenities like a college, hospital, airport, retail sector and restaurants. Goodrich (population 271) is a bit more “small town.” Onalaska (population 1,174) is in the heart of Lake Livingston and has become a popular place to reside since the 1970s.
Walker County: This County includes the west side of Lake Livingston where it connects with Trinity River. The population has reached more than 67,000. This area is covered in rolling hills, open prairies and forests, known for its thousands of protected acres of land. Though 70 percent is forested by hardwoods and pines, there is excellent fishing as well. Prisons, education and agriculture drive the local economy.
Trinity County: This County includes the north side of Lake Livingston and a population of 14,000+ people. The most popular cities and towns include Trinity, Carlisle, Sebastopol and county seat Groveton. With great school districts, easy highway access, historic haunts, ample restaurants, and antique shops, you can see why so many people have settled here. There are, however, some rather sizable alligators in the north sections of the lake near White Rock Creek.
Lake Livingston Park
With 82,400 acres of tall pines and shady oaks surrounding the second-largest lake in Texas, it’s no wonder why so many travelers have fallen in love with Lake Livingston, and decided to call this place home. This popular park fills up with campers over the weekends who come down to enjoy the 2.5 miles of lake shores, the swimming pool and activity center, boating opportunities, 5 miles of flat terrain hiking and winding biking, and enjoyable horseback riding trails. Fishermen line grass and gravel, hoping to catch largemouth, white or striped bass, flathead, crappie, perch, or blue catfish.
Sailing on Lake Livingston
Boating is a popular lifestyle for people relocating to Lake Livingston. The extraordinary size of the lake guarantees that it’s never too crowded. Most of the races, cruises, and lessons take place in the deeper waters of the south. You’ll want to look into joining the Cape Royale Boating Association, which runs one of the best marinas on the lake and offers some of the nicest lakeside residences in the area.
In addition to Lake Livingston State Park, you may also be interested in:
- Big Thicket National Preserve near Woodville
- Sam Houston National Forest near Coldspring
- Livingston Sporting Facilities such as: baseball fields, bowling alleys, 18-hole golf, lighted tennis courts
- The Polk County Library and Memorial Museum
You can also access all that Houston has to offer just an hour’s drive away, including the NASA Johnson Space Center, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Zoo, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Children’s Museum, the Houston Symphony, or the rodeo.
Lake Livington, TX Weather
Many people come to Texas in general for its warm climate year-round. Spring and fall are the busiest seasons for sailing in Texas, as the sun tends to be less scorching. Summer daytime temperatures can get up into the 90s, while winter temperatures are typically in the mid-forties to mid-fifties, with highs in the sixties or seventies. Spring and fall seasons bring balmy temperatures in the seventies and eighties that are ideal for enjoying the sunshine and the outdoors.
Lake Livingston Real Estate
You’ll find a number of beautiful, established waterfront and luxury real estate communities – many with some desirable lots still available for building custom homes. A few of the more popular neighborhoods include:
Leisurewood on the Lake is a deed-restricted, master-planned community featuring large secluded homes on a-third-to one-acre of land, surrounded by woods. You can choose from waterfront, water-view, or dense woodland lots. Waterfront home purchases come with private, covered boat slips, so it’s ideal for people who need to be on the water. Half the interior lots back up to a 400-acre wildlife preserve. Architectural styles are light, airy, coastal, and geared toward maximizing your enjoyment of the sunsets.
Four Corners offers large luxury custom estates in a pine forest setting, minutes from Lake Livingston. It is the ideal community for families that own horses to nestle down on one to nine-acre home sites and enjoy the deed-protected scenery all around them, while still living close to the water.
The Peninsula at Cedar Point is a gated community offering 56 wide, waterfront peninsula lots surrounded by rolling terrain and hardwoods. If you are looking for commanding views of sunrise or sunset over the open water, you’ll find it here! Homes are built to the highest standard — with chef’s kitchens, outdoor living rooms, master suites, fine woodwork throughout, and flexible floor plans. The Peninsula’s Facebook page claims it is “the best place for families on the lake.”
Cape Royale families relish in their morning walks alongside deer and songbirds. In addition to the surrounding beauty and waterfront views, homeowners in this gated community are treated to amenities such as: full-service marina and boat ramp, as well as tennis courts, a community pool, clubhouse, exercise facility and golf course.
Westwood Shores is a 1,200+ acre waterfront resort community near Trinity, Texas that features townhome living, mobile homes, and estate homes. Homeowners live just three miles from schools, shopping centers, and the local hospital, but live a recreational lifestyle with golf, tennis, swimming, clubhouse meeting space, and regularly planned activities, exclusive to residents. Whether you want a lot in the woods, in a corner, on the golf course, next to the lake, or with a view of the lake, there are lots available to suit your preference and budget.
You can visit http://experiencelakelivingston.com/html/developments.html or http://www.subdivisionslakelivingston.com/ for comprehensive lists of subdivisions to get an idea of what’s available in the area, but ultimately, working with an expert Realtor is the best way to narrow down the field and find the perfect lakeside community that best meets your needs.