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Galveston is known for its historic neighborhoods, which provide homeowners many unique opportunities. With hundreds of historic structures on the National Register of Historic Places and thousands of historic houses, Galveston is one of the country's most important concentrations of late 19th- and early 20th-century architecture. From stately mansions to quaint cottages to the conversions of downtown buildings to residential lofts, Galveston's older neighborhoods offer a wide range of housing options to fit any budget.

The Galveston Historical Foundation's preservation programs are actively involved in preserving the city's historic buildings, especially stabilizing older neighborhoods and fostering appreciation for Galveston's architectural heritage. A variety of innovative programs are available through the preservation programs, including Paint Partnership for low- and moderate- income owners, and a salvage warehouse for the resale of historic materials. For those home buyers more attracted to water than Victorian architecture, choose from a modern home on Offatt's Bayou in town, or a high-raised house overlooking the beach or the bay on the island's west end past the seawall. The island also offers more traditional housing: ranch-style homes built from the 1950s to 1980s- in neighborhoods throughout much of the island.

Renters will also find a variety of housing styles from which to choose. Because rental property is in high demand, plan on allowing at least a month to find just the right place for you. The median cost of a 900 square foot apartment is about $600 per month.


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