Buying your first home can be a daunting task! With such a big decision at your fingertips, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. We want to help you along in the process because we know how much it can be to handle it on your own.
Let’s start with the basics: where do you want to buy? If you’ve determined that Corpus Christi is the place for you, we’ve found a few areas that are first-time buyer gold mines.
Central City is a great area for those who want to be within a short distance of the many shops and restaurants in town. It’s an ideal neighborhood for those wanting to buy an affordable first home – many of which you will find priced between $100,000 and $200,000. In Central City, you are near restaurants like Frank’s Spaghetti House and loads of Tex-Mex places, as well as plenty of grocery options. If you are a connoisseur of the arts, you are also in luck: The Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures and even the Selena Museum are all within the neighborhood. Do you have kids? There are great schools in the area for your child to attend, such as the top rated Kolda Elementary School, Adkins Middle School, and Veterans Memorial High School. Most of the homes in this neighborhood are single-story, modest homes that with generous yards.
This neighborhood, situated alongside Corpus Christi Bay, calls for the small family looking to break away from the cycle of renting and wants to finally break into home ownership with similar families doing the same. Ingleside offers an eclectic mix of houses where the average home cost is about $132,000. Kids living in Ingleside will be educated well at Sheldon Elementary School, Taylor Junior High School, and Ingleside High School.
Love water? You’ll enjoy being near the bay for a slew of water activities and by Cole Park, which has great spots for picnics and hosts outdoor concerts on occasion. Ingleside will be a great place to make new friends with married couples in a tight-knit community, and it’s just a short drive from downtown for all the entertainment and fun you can want.
If you are a family who wants to buy their first home in an area that you can live in for decades to come, Calallen is the place for you. Calallen is known as the quintessential neighborhood in Corpus Christi to raise a family because of its large population of middle-class families who have school-aged children. There are only about 20,000 residents here, and homes range in price but sit around the $200,000 mark. Calallen has some of the best schools in the area, so if you are that family looking to buy your first home, know that the kids will be taken care of at Magee Elementary School, Calallen Middle School, and Calallen High School. The Calallen High School Band has actually gotten a bit of fame in the area, and teens aspire to be a part of the great program. Wal-Mart and HEB are in the neighborhood, as well as the Five Points Shopping Center for quick outings for groceries and other items. Calallen is the farthest inland from most other Corpus Christi neighborhoods, which allows for a bit of peace and quiet.
Flour Bluff is a neighborhood located on the Encinal peninsula and borders Corpus Christi Bay on the north, Oso Bay on the west, and Laguna Madre on the east. South Padre Island Drive divides the neighborhood into two parts: North Bluff (which is mostly occupied by the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station), and South Bluff, (which is predominantly urban development). The John F Kennedy Memorial Causeway cuts through Flour Bluff and will take you straight to Mustang Island for some fun at the beach.
Homes in Flour Bluff have an average price of around $192,000, and for first-time home buyers who want to live within spitting distance of Mustang Island, this neighborhood is perfect. Once again, the schools in Flour Bluff are wonderful, and if you have young ones running around the house, they’ll be at Flour Bluff Elementary, Intermediate, Junior High, and High Schools through their years. Waldron Park has a nine-hole golf course to enjoy, and the Gulf Winds Golf Course is on the North Bluff with a full eighteen holes.
Northwest Corpus Christi sits between Central City and Calallen and provides lots of living space in large subdivisions. Living in the northwest, you will be right near the airport, which means there is plenty of open fields and properties with ample plots for you to grow crops or simply have the space to do whatever you would like. For most families buying their first home, they are looking for a good price and an excellent location with great neighbors. Homes in this neighborhood average in price at around $187,000 and are normally three bedrooms. If you are a small family who is looking for a home, West Guth Park is a fantastic place to spend the weekend on a picnic while the kids run around. There is an eighteen basket disc golf course, duck pond, and running trail available to community members. The kids will go to Tuloso-Midway Primary, Intermediate, Middle, and High Schools.