Driving into Texas from the West, the first sight you see is the city of El Paso. It opens up from the horizon and the gorgeous Franklin Mountains in the near distance. This 27,000-acre mountain range extends from El Paso to New Mexico and has over 100 miles of trails, wildlife, and breathtaking geological features. At night, you can’t miss the glimmering and brightly lit star on the south side of the mountains overlooking the city.
For those new to the Southwest, the pink sunsets and desert plants make for an impressionable evening. Surrounded by the expansive desert lands, the border city of El Paso is equally welcoming and friendly as its landscape. In recent years, El Paso has seen considerable expansion and development, which has brought a surge of new and varying real estate opportunities.
We thought we’d explore the deeper reasons behind the appeal of buying a home in the desert and why the El Paso area, in particular, offers the best real estate in the Southwest.
Low Cost of Living and Low Crime Rates
El Paso has a relatively low cost of living, which means homes are affordable compared to other desert cities. The average value of a home in El Paso is about $129,000. When compared to other Texas cities, the cost of living which includes amenities, entertainment, and other comforts are also relatively inexpensive.
In 2018, The El Paso Times reported that the city was one of the best markets to buy a home. El Paso ranked “36th Best Metropolitan Area” where buying beats renting in a list that included more than 200,000 areas. This is a city where people are able to build equity at a reasonable price and build their assets. In addition to its low cost of living, El Paso also enjoys a relatively peaceful atmosphere. It’s often ranked the safest city in the United States; despite its location.
Quality Homes and Development
Many parts of El Paso have seen considerable development over the past few years. Thanks to expansion and population growth, several parts of the city have extended outward. For example, the northwest has seen considerable growth and development, from new subdivisions, shopping centers, walking trails and parks, and entertainment centers. There is also expansion taking place in the far east side of El Paso in areas including Eastlake and Horizon City. In late 2018, it was reported that the city is at a steady pace of growth with development. When it comes to house hunting and new homes, the area has real diversity. You can find solid production home builders and builders who are consistently building with energy efficiency standards and floorplans for the modern homeowner.
An Eclectic Lifestyle: El Paso is a Diverse Border Town
El Paso sits on the border between the U.S. and Mexico and therefore sees a lot of back and forth traffic. This means a lot of commerce and trade is constantly moving back and forth. The city is also home to Fort Bliss, one of the U.S. Army’s biggest military installations. This brings a lot of families into the area, adding to the already rich culture of the area. Since El Paso is close to the neighboring city of Las Cruces, the culture and lifestyle of these two regions blend in beautifully, often revealed in the arts, food, and scenery.
For people who enjoy the outdoors, the El Paso-Las Cruces area provides plenty of opportunities to get out into the wild. Whether it’s hiking the Franklin Mountains, the Organ Mountains, or rock climbing Waco Tanks. These trails, parks, and open spaces provide plenty of outdoor adventures. In the summertime, the Franklin Mountains sees the full bloom of poppy flowers, turning the already beautiful landscape into a flowing sea of yellow petals.
Find the Perfect Desert Home With Summus Realty
Summus Realty has hundreds of properties and expert real estate agents who are ready to strategically help you find the perfect fit. Whether you’re looking for a single family home, one with an expansive backyard or a unique floor plan, our team will find the right fit for you! Connect with us today to get started.