LAKE LIVINGSTON REAL ESTATE:
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY...
BY: DEBRA A BROOKS
THE GOOD: Lake Livingston Real Estate stands alone. The beauty is that our market is ever changing yet
consistently remaining the same. What changes? The seasons, the faces and the availability of
Lake Livingston Real Estate! Older folks that have had the pleasure of enjoying the Lake and its'
natural beauty are beginning to think of moving on. Their children and grandchildren are grown and off
building their adult lives and aren't finding the time they use to have. Many are ready to settle in full care
facilities or are just looking to move closer to their families.
Good times were had as the children were growing up. Picnics,
cookouts, boating, swimming, fishing, tubing, skiing, and simply filling a bucket with sand have built
memories galore to be shared by families.
What this means to you: The waterfront homes are selling! Grab your piece of paradise while the getting
is good. Ignore the media hype about the bursting bubbles. We are constant.
MORE GOOD: Our wildlife is so bountiful! Lake Livingston and our area will take you away from the concrete
jungles and back into a more relaxing and natural time. Towering Pine trees, thick green Saint Augustine,
huge old hardwood trees and natural blooming wildflowers are a constant "given" out by the lake. Deer,
red fox, raccoons, Armadillos, wild hog, tropical birds, Pelicans, Pink Texas Flamingo's, Egrets, Heron
add to our idyllic lifestyles. We have protected forests where the wildlife can multiply in their
natural habitats. The fishing is awesome!
Predominant Fish Species
Statewide regulations apply to all fishes with the exception of blue and channel catfish. For portions of the lake in Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Walker counties, the daily bag and possession limit for blue and channel catfish is 50.
Lake Livingston is a notable white bass fishery. White bass are plentiful and grow to large sizes. Also notable is the catfish fishery, dominated by blue catfish. Largemouth bass, striped bass, and crappie are less abundant but good catches are possible in areas of the reservoir where habitat is available.
Some native emergent vegetation can be found in the upper areas of the reservoir. Very little cover exists in the lower reservoir due to vertical bulkhead.
Tips & Tactics
White bass are most readily caught in early spring in the many creeks that feed into Lake Livingston. Striped bass can be caught around the 190 bridge area by trolling and vertical jigging spoons or live shad. Largemouth bass are most frequently caught in the bays and creeks from the Kickapoo/Penwaugh area northward. Spring and fall are the most successful seasons for largemouths. Channel and blue catfish can be caught most any time of year on a variety of organic and live baits over the main river channel and in off channel tributaries and creeks.
* Fishing info courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife.
EVEN MORE GOOD: Our market values are now and should remain strong. Baby boomers are coming in to
Retirement age. Of the 34 million boomers, one third want to be on or near the water. We all know they just aren't
making anymore waterfront. This is good news for Lake Livingston Real Estate. The prices should remain firm and
with an increase yearly equal to the recent past. We are not in a soft market. This is not a crunch time in the
Lake Livingston area.
THE BAD: .........this is a tough one. It hardly ever gets cold here. It hardly ever snows. It gets hot in the summer.
people move at a little slower pace here. Ummmm....... this isn't going well.
THE UGLY: Me on a bad hair day!!!!! Got one! Deb