Longview is a vibrant community of genuinely friendly people, enjoying watersports, hunting, fishing, golf, dining, shopping, vineyards, arts and entertainment. Festivals, such as the annual Great Texas Balloon Race, exemplify the many diverse offerings of East Texas. Every summer, the sky over Longview is filled with over 100 colorful hot-air balloons, along with a grand gathering of people enjoying food, fun and outdoor evening concerts. Longview also offers all the amenities of a well-respected, private university; Letourneau University is home to the Belcher Center, a state-of-the-art performance center that attracts an impressive array of diverse musical and theatrical presentations, from “Beauty and the Beast” and “Don Quixote” to the Moscow Festival Ballet and Matchbox Twenty.
In addition to numerous festivals and cultural events, East Texas offers shopping, dining, beautiful vineyards, and many scenic parks and trails, encouraging outdoor fitness and relaxation in every season. The warm, sunny climate and ample East Texas shade trees create the perfect backdrop for numerous outdoor athletic events. Longview hosts sporting events such as triathlons, bicycle races, softball tournaments, and running events year-round.
There are a variety of residential opportunities easily affordable in Longview -- you can live on the waterfront of one of East Texas’ beautiful lakes, or find your retreat on an expansive ranch. Either option is just ten minutes from town. If you choose to live in the city, where traffic is never a problem, both work and play are only five to ten minutes away, leaving you more time for yourself. With Shreveport less than an hour away, and Dallas less than two hours away, you have access to all the amenities of big cities without all the hassle.