Active Option Contract
Background on Abilene, Texas
Abilene is in both Taylor and Jones County which is part of West Texas. The population here as of 2015 was just under 122,000. Abilene is located a little more than 150 miles West of Fort Worth, Texas. According to the United States Census Bureau, Abilene is a total of 110.6 square miles in size. Roughly 5.5 miles of that is water. Abilene is the principal city of the Abilene Metro Statistical Area. Abilene was established in 1881 and incorporated in 1883. This city was actually named after Abilene, Kansas when it was first founded. The history of the early settlers here is quite interesting. According to reports from a Dallas newspaper, nearly 800 people camped at the townsite before lots in the town went up for sale. Then on March 15th, 1881 the auction of lots began. On the first day nearly 140 lots were sold totaling approximately $24,000. The next day another 178 lots were sold for a total of $27,550. Fast forward to the year 1900 and there were around 3,400 people living here. During that decade the Board of Trade decided to change its name to the 25,000 Club. The reason for this was because Abilene hoped to reach 25,000 residents by the next census. The growth between 1881 and 1900 was showing that this area was highly sought after and likely going to reach that number. Sadly, when the next census took place in 1910 the population here was just 9,200. By the year 1960 the population here was more than 90,000.
Climate in Abilene
Abilene has a humid subtropical climate. That means that the summers tend to be hot and humid and the winters tend to be very short, cold and often dry. The summer months can see daily average temperatures in the high 80’s with a low of about 74 degrees. Between the end of May until mid-September you can expect it to be hot and very humid but not oppressive like in other cities in Texas. The cooler months are from the end of November until the end of February when the daily average high is a very comfortable 64 degrees. The low for this time of year is around 35 degrees. The winter months do tend to get a little chilly but most people that live here do not seem to mind that since the summers offer up plenty of warmth and lasts longer than the cold season here.
Economy in Abilene
Back when Abilene was founded the economy was supported by livestock and agricultural. But over time the economy here has since shifted and is now strongly supported by the government, education, healthcare and manufacturing. The petroleum industry is also a prevalent industry here as well. The top employers here in Abilene according to a 2014 poll are as follows. Dyess Air Force Base employs 5,400, Hendrick Health System employs just under 3,000, Abilene Independent School District employs more than 2,400 people, the Abilene State Supported Living Center employs almost 1,500, the City of Abilene employs 1,200, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice employs almost 1,200, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Claims Center employs a little more than 1,000, Abilene Christian University employs 850 people, the Abilene Regional Medical Center employs 760 and Taylor Count employs almost 600.
Points of Interest in Abilene
-The Abilene Zoological Gardens is one of the main attractions here in Abilene. This zoo is relatively small coming in at just 16 acres. This zoo has more than 1,000 animals that span more than 250 different kinds of species. This zoo is funded by both the City of Abilene as well as the Abilene Zoological Society. In the very near future this zoo is going to expand to include an African project that is going to be built on 24 acres of undeveloped land that the zoo owns just North of the current zoo. This expansion is going to more than double the size of the current zoo and cost an estimated $20 million to construct.
-The Grace Museum features five different art galleries that have rotating art exhibitions as well as a permanent collection that can be viewed year-round. This museum has a history gallery that features artifacts from Abilene, Taylor County and West Texas. This museum showcases the rich history of Abilene and its surrounding areas. There is also an interactive gallery for children if they want to immerse themselves in the culture of Abilene.
Abilene is a portion of Texas that is full of history and culture as well as a booming economy. Make sure to check this area out when thinking of moving to Texas!
ByOwner.com offers For Sale By Owner listing services throughout the country. By posting home with ByOwner your property will get the same exposure you’d receive from a traditional real estate company. Our Abilene, Texas Flat Fee MLS listing Service saves you from paying the traditional 6% commission charged by most real estate offices, but gives you the same worldwide exposure.
Your home will be found on the local MLS, plus all the major search engines and popular real estate portal sites, including: Trulia, Zillow, Realtor.com, MSN, AOL, Bing, Yahoo, and of course Google. Additionally when your home gets added to the MLS, your FSBO listing will listed alongside of the homes listed by ReMax, C-21, Coldwell Banker, ERA, Redfin, Movoto, Keller Williams and all the other nationwide brokerage sites. These sites often display “all” of the MLS postings, not just their own, which means your home will be on these sites also.
The average seller who uses our Flat Rate MLS Listing, will save over $15,000. We give you the tools and exposure you need as a ForSaleByOwner to compete with every other listing in the MLS. But you are in control of the savings and the fees you pay.
Currently Abilene has 399 properties on the market for sale. The inventory was last updated 04/14/2021. Of these properties, 189 single family homes are for sale by their owners in Abilene, and 2 condos are for sale by their owners in Abilene. The average price of the single family homes for sale in Abilene, is $379,556, the average condo price in Abilene, is $321,295. The average price per square foot of the active inventory is $56. This is based the living area square footage.
Over the last year, there have been 6,550 of properties sold in Abilene. Of these properties, 5,994 single family homes have sold by their owners in Abilene, and 76 condos have sold by their owners in Abilene. The average sales price of the single family homes sold in Abilene, is $178,560. Single family homes have been selling for 110 per square foot of living area. The average sales price of the condos for sale in Abilene, is $152,519. Condos have been selling for 74 per square foot of living area.
The most active subdivisions with listings for sale in Abilene, are: National Golf (22 For Sale), South Ridge Add (20 For Sale), Ot Abilene (12 For Sale), Griffith Lake Estates (12 For Sale), Creekside (7 For Sale), Elmwood West (7 For Sale), National Golf Add (7 For Sale), Brookhollow (6 For Sale), Fairways (5 For Sale), Butterfield Meadows (5 For Sale)
If you are thinking of selling your Abilene home, try our flat fee listing service, Our list fees start at $449, and may save you $15,000 in real estate commissions. Click here to start saving.
Disclaimer: Listing broker has attempted to offer accurate data, but buyers/lessees are advised to confirm all information IDX information is provided exclusively for consumers' personal, non-commercial use that it may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing, and that data is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS. The MLS may, at its discretion, require use of other disclaimers as necessary to protect Participants and/or the MLS from liability.
This data up-to-date as of 04/14/2021