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Home Sweet San Angelo – San Angelo Recreation

School is officially out, and travel is underway.  If you’ve been following our blog series on “Home Sweet San Angelo”, you’ve learned a few tiny tidbits about our community and what it has to offer.  We primarily want to ensure that anyone coming to the area feels a little more comfortable in their transition through this series of information. But we also hope that those who already call San Angelo home can possibly explore our town more through the information we provide.  On this week’s post, we will highlight the most memorable San Angelo recreation activities that your family can explore this summer.

The primary source of attraction during the summer months is none other than Lake Nasworthy.  Not only is it a great source to cool down and have fun with the family, but it also provides a plentiful supply of fish.  As stated on the Texas Parks and Wildlife webpage, you will predominately find largemouth bass, white crappie, white bass and, of course, our channel and flathead catfish.  For many of us, fishing with family is a past time sketched into our memory books and with the many sources of water we have throughout the city, many memories are to be made here.  One thing you might not know if you aren’t from here is that Lake Nasworthy also has the perfect beach setting, found at Mary E. Lee Park.  With the fun beach atmosphere that offers barbeque pits and tons of space to set up tents and build sandcastle cities, you are in for many days of family entertainment on this shore.

If you are in the area of the beach you might also take a visit into the San Angelo Nature Center, located right next door.  With exhibits of animals ranging from local to exotic, your family will be in for a treat with guided tours and fun events, all throughout the year.  You can also enjoy a day full of water fun by visiting the Twin Buttes Reservoir that offers tons of trails for off-roading while you play.  If you decide to venture downtown, you can enjoy another water attraction, The Riverwalk.  On the Riverwalk, you will find Kid’s Kingdom (playground galore), The Bosque (fun for big and little kids alike), a skatepark, walking trail, the Riverstage and, once again, fishing!  If getting in the water is more up your alley on a hot day, then head right down the road to Love Municipal Pool.  Or, even make the short trip out to Brown’s Pool and enjoy the water and yarded activity area on site.

By visiting the San Angelo Parks and Recreation page, you can find a list of links to many area attractions and parks.  No summer is complete without the roller rink and ours comes with a putt-putt course, laser tag, and arcade!  With the San Angelo State Park, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (with TONS of summer programs) and SO much more, we know that you will find your place somewhere amongst our town’s bustling streets.  The saying goes “There’s No Place Like Home” but we also understand that when you are starting in a foreign place, your heart doesn’t feel at home.  We hope that through our continued series your heart will become more adapted to this new town and her people. And eventually, you will fall in love with the best of San Angelo’s recreation and engage the new sense of “Home is Where the Heart Is”.  Be looking for our next post which will highlight local nightlife for the millennials coming our way!

NextHome Presents The History Of San Angelo

Home Sweet San Angelo – History

Summer is rapidly approaching and with that often comes relocation.  Many will be moving to our small town, sometimes referred to as the “hidden oasis” of Texas, in the weeks to come.  Our primary goal here at NextHome Legends Realty is to earn the trust and business of those that call San Angelo home, including newcomers.  But, what about the city that houses the homes our potential clients are looking to buy? We take pride in our town and want to not only ensure that our clients feel secure in their real estate decisions but also in where they are choosing to set roots. We’re excited to show you the rich history of San Angelo and all it has to offer!

If you are not local to the area, you most likely have no clue that Texas is a world all of its own and changes drastically from 100 miles to the next.  San Angelo is unique not just in geographic features, compared to our Midland/Odessa neighbors, but is a region full of history, culture and a deeply connected community.

Over the next few weeks, we are going to share a series of posts that showcase our beautiful city and what it has to offer.  History is flooding the streets of San Angelo and as you travel her roads, you will be able to venture back in time and understand what sets us apart.  

As with any other town, we began with a few looking to settle unfamiliar land and prosper from the natural resources at hand.  Our beginning looked a little different with Fort Concho being in place, “built to protect frontier settlements, patrol and map the vast West Texas region, and quell hostile threats in the area.”  Not only were the benefits of the region (ample supply of water, ranching, agriculture, and the coming of the railroads) in place but the earnings of soldiers were at hand.  “Downtown” San Angelo flourished as a result of the combined resources offered within the city limits and set the stage for our town’s success. The fort now serves a functional and educational museum benefiting the San Angelo community, the state of Texas and the nation at large.

With San Angelo being located at the juncture of the North, South, and Middle Concho rivers and surrounded by farms in the east and ranches in the west, our town became more diversified than that of many other early frontier settlements.  Cattle and sheep ranching were prosperous and laid the bricks that paved our streets. You can actually find a few original brick roads left that, literally, represent our small beginnings. This article, written by the Texas State Historical Association, gives an in-depth look at how San Angelo came to be.

You can walk down Concho Avenue and feel the nostalgia of traveling through the past while enjoying the luxury of modern shopping and dining.  Eggemeyer’s General Store and Miss Hattie’s restaurant are prime examples of symbols representing downtown San Angelo that attract thousands to our city limits each year.

With a rich wool heritage, San Angelo has also captured that part of our DNA with the sheep statues you will find showcased all over town.  As stated on the dedicated webpage for our sheep statue project, “San Angelo was known as the wool capital of the world, and it is still an important economic base to the city.”  Our history is kept alive through many physical remnants, like these statues, made by the hands and hard work of our people.

Intersecting with historic Concho Avenue is another road that has seen many travels  – Chadbourne Street. Many storefronts have changed in appearance and name but can say they have stood the test of time.  San Angelo National Bank still stands as one of the oldest historical buildings in San Angelo and has witnessed many travelers and events that lock our past in place.  We also cannot forget our beautiful Cactus Hotel, one of the original Conrad Hilton Hotels, that is a treasure trove of our history and a West Texas landmark.

The San Angelo Rodeo, Old Town Historic District, Sanitorium and so many other entities of hidden history tell the story of San Angelo.  You might have lived here your entire life, or, are fixing to start a new one here and will most likely never know everything there is to know.  These foundations were made and have built San Angelo into what it is now. San Angelo is much like the rare concho pearls our region is known for.  We have so much hidden beauty if you take the time to truly seek it out. Next up in our series will be a look at our deep-rooted art culture that came from these humble beginnings.  [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

A homeowner doing a diy repair on his home

How to Know When It’s Time to Call Professionals for Common Home Repairs

As a responsible homeowner, you should and will take care of many maintenance projects on your own. However, there are some jobs that should always be left to professionals, whether it’s for time, efficiency, or safety. It can be detrimental to your future budget and the appraisal of your home when you opt to sell it. To make sure you’re aware of possible risks, here are some common home repairs you should never do yourself and some smart solutions for when you do need a professional.

When You Have a Major Problem with Pests

If you have a random rodent or bug in your home, you may be able to take care of that pest on your own. But for more serious problems, such as termite infestations, you will want to call in the pros – without question. Using pesticides and trying to address pests on your own can expose you and your family to potentially toxic chemicals that you are not trained to handle. Plus, you may not be able to take care of the infestation completely. So, if you have termites or rodents in your home, leave the dirty work to the pros. You should also check to see if your insurance covers termite repair, as well as any other serious pest-related issues around your home. The average cost to repair termite damage is $3,000.

When You Have Big Plumbing or Electrical Issues

Pests are not the only reason you should consider calling in the pros. If you are experiencing major problems with your plumbing, you may be better off calling professional plumbers as well. Those major problems include burst pipes or even low water pressure in your home. If you do not call a plumber to catch leaks or issues early enough, you could be left paying for water damage repair to your home. What’s more, a hefty water bill can cost you a few extra hundred dollars depending on the severity and longevity of your leak. The only DIY plumbing projects you should attempt are the simple ones, such as unclogging a toilet or repairing a running toilet. Electrical work falls under the same set of DIY rules, and a good rule of thumb, you should always hire a certified electrician to deal with any electrical problems in your home.

When You Could Be Legally Responsible for DIY Damages

Okay, so there are a lot of maintenance tasks homeowners can take care of on their own. You can change out your batteries in your smoke detectors or clean the foils under your refrigerator to keep things running smoothly. But there are some repairs and maintenance jobs that won’t save you time or money to do on your own. In fact, they could land you in big trouble. Most of those repairs are actually illegal for homeowners to DIY, and trying to work around the rules could leave you paying for any resulting damages on your own. For instance, if you attempt to cut down a tree on your property and you damage your neighbor’s fence, you could be liable for the costs of those repairs, as well as any resulting legal fees. So, it’s best to shell out a few bucks for a pro when safety is a top priority.

When You Aren’t Completely Confident in Your DIY Abilities

If a repair is not very complicated or illegal to DIY, should you attempt it on your own? Well, the answer depends on your comfort level with handling home repairs. There are tons of online tutorials that can take you through the steps of basic home maintenance and repairs, but you may not have the time or patience to tackle repairs on your own. Whatever your reason, sometimes it’s just best to get help from a pro. You may not even need a full-scale contractor; instead, you can have a handyman service take care of these tasks, which can take a lot of pressure off of you and prevent additional issues for your house. The average cost of hiring a handyman in San Angelo is $929, but costs will vary based on the time it takes to complete the job.

Trying to take on certain home repair tasks on your own can have major consequences. So, make sure you know when it’s okay to DIY and when to call the pros. That knowledge can protect your home, as well as the people living in it.


Ray Flynn | Guest Blogger

Ray Flynn is a civil engineer and co-creator along with Bret Engle of DIYguys.net.

NextHome Corporate Hosted The 2019 Conference In Las Vegas

A Look Inside: NextHome Conference 2019

Each year, NextHome’s corporate office hosts an annual convention as a means for franchise development and to provide individual office recognition for the hard work and dedication produced across the nation. Hundreds of agents, brokers, and executives attend from the over 350 franchise locations. It may seem like a bunch of business-types who don’t know each other, but this conference is easily compared to a huge family reunion.

This year’s convention was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. NextHome members came in and painted the town orange for those few days. Owner/Broker, Rick Hanby, along with Agent Ben Thompson attended to represent the local NextHome Legends Realty office and, of course, to show off a little San Angelo pride.

For those unfamiliar with the history of the San Angelo office, it has been operating for less than two years within the NextHome franchise. During that time, Legends has jumped ahead to be first to earn the business of many here in Tom Green County. The agents are fierce in their desire to assist the local community with their real estate needs and it shows.

Out of the hundreds of teams at the convention, NextHome Legends Realty was recognized alongside some of the best. This location earned the recognition of the “Masters Club Team Award” which means more than $20 million in sales volume or 50 transactions were achieved within 2018. What that equates to for NextHome Legends Realty, itself, is that an impact has been made in San Angelo and it has been proven to many that this office can be entrusted with the buying or selling of homes and properties.

As this year progresses, NextHome Legends Realty commits to being even better than in 2018. The focus will remain on “Family, Community, and Collaboration For a Better Today and Tomorrow”, as it does for all NextHome franchises. The responsibility of helping those in need throughout San Angelo will continue to produce results. The desire to create an experience, not just a transaction, for those served will continue to be a primary motivator. To know you’re in great hands with your real estate needs is to know to call NextHome Legends Realty.

Stay Legendary,

Autumn Barnes
Marketing Manager
NextHome Legends