Area Information

A Closer Look at Longview and Canton and Northeast Texas

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United Country Real Estate | H5 Auction & Realty operates one office in Longview, Texas, and another just over an hour’s drive west in Canton. The two locations are within Northeast Texas, a region largely defined by thick forests of pine trees.

These “Piney Woods” as they are known, extend into Louisiana and Arkansas — giving East Texas a climate, terrain and southern culture more akin to these two neighboring eastern states than to the rest of Texas.

The area offers excellent opportunities for outdoor adventures at its many lakes, state parks and wildlife preserves. But the geography and cities here are diverse enough to attract a variety of lifestyles. You’ll find very rural, remote properties in the region, as well as homes in town. Canton’s population for example, is less than 4,000, while closer to 83,000 people live in Longview.

Water-Recreation Paradise in Northeast Texas

A lot of East and Northeast Texas is characterized by various rivers and creeks cross the rolling, forested woodlands and form bayous like those flowing into popular destination Caddo Lake State Park. Other places such as Lake Tawakoni State Park in Wills Point provide great fishing and hiking.

The Upper East Texas is a dream destination for water-recreation enthusiasts, with many large lakes for camping, boating, swimming and other watersports. It’s the perfect place to find lake houses, country homes, hunting properties and timberland for sale. Stretched over some 18,700 acres, Longview’s Lake of the Pines is a must see, while Lake Palestine near Tyler is impressive in its own right.

For those who prefer to hit the lakes for their recreation, there’s the Van Zandt Country Club in Canton. Or, head east and find several golf courses in Longview. Really, the entire region has dozens of good courses, so you’ll benefit from a bit of research if golf if your passion.

Laidback Country Living and Historic Charm

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With a population of more than 80,000, Longview is one of the largest cities in the region and may be best known as “The Balloon Capital of Texas.” Each June, hot air balloon pilots across the globe flock to the city to compete in the Great Texas Balloon Race. The city also features a fine arts museum, historical sites, area nature trails and some highly-recommended restaurants and cafes.

In Canton, it’s all about First Monday Trade Days, the largest free flea market in the United States. Attracting as many as 100,000 visitors in a given weekend, the market covers hundreds of acres and is a great source for home décor, antiques, clothing, jewelry and more.

But the town is also known for holding the annual Van Zandt County Fair and Rodeo, and the Annual Bluegrass Festival. While Canton’s lively and historic downtown district stands out, the lakes, parks and other attractions in the area contribute to the feeling of laidback country living here.

Experience and Innovation in Upper East Texas

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