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Mission Real Estate
Native American Coahuiltecans were the first inhabitants of record in the Mission real estate for sale market. They gathered near the Rio Grande as a water source and the abundance of other natural resources. The Spanish arrived in the mid-18th century, built missions, and brought colonizers. The mission of La Lomita is the inspiration for our town's name.
La Lomita was part of a land grant awarded by the Spanish monarchy in 1767, but by the mid-1800s, it had changed hands several times. The final owner gifted the land to the Catholic Church upon his death in 1861. The chapel that visitors see today is the same structure erected in 1890 and restored by the Catholic Women's of La Lomita in 1945.
The Oblate priests sold the land to John Conway and J.W. Hoit in 1907 for a "colony scheme" as the newspapers referred to it. Irrigated fields for sugar were part of the plan, as were homes, roads, and free schools built by the priests. By 1908, the land was producing almost 100 train car loads of onions in a nine-month period.
Word spread about this fertile crop zone, and within a few months, farmers planted beans, sugar cane, alfalfa, tomatoes, cabbage, and cotton. In 1912, John Shary, a Nebraska native, came from Corpus Christi, where he sold thousands of farming acres in the six years leading up to his move to Mission. He secured 16,000 acres upon his relocation and turned sagebrush into citrus groves.
Fast forward to today and citrus replaced cotton as king of the agricultural crop in this section of the Rio Grande Valley. You will also see dozens of references to John Shary and his contribution to the Mission community, including the Shary Independent School District.
Living in Mission
Mission, Texas has a great city motto, "The Place to Be." This is why Mission real estate for sale is in such demand.
Legendary Dallas Cowboy's coach, Tom Landry, played football for the Mission Eagles. And in 1941 led the team to a perfect season including a regional championship. The mural in Mission created by Manuel Hinojosa received the official dedication blessing in 1995, by Landry himself.
Texas Citrus Fiesta began in 1932 when Paul Ord and his Young Men's Business League paid homage to the fruity delights that infiltrated the land a few decades prior by John Shary. Shary was the first marshal of the festivities. A detailed history of the festivities shines through the costumes and pictures of the participants.
Learning in Mission, Texas
Mission CISD and Mission High School serves 16,000 students, employs 2,300 people through our four high schools, four junior high schools, and 14 elementary schools. Plus, an alternative school to administer to students considered to be at-risk.
The schools that comprise the Mission School District offer the following:
â—Gifted and talented curriculum
â—Advanced Placement courses
â—Classes that earn college credit
This varied arrangement gives students a well-rounded academic, social, and team-based foundation for their future success.
The community and municipal organizations also contribute to education and appreciation for the founders of this historical region. The Mission Historical Museum offers Camp “ARTifact” that helps school-aged children understand history through their creative efforts. Children tour the museum and recreate their lessons through drawings and sketches of their time at the museum.
The City of Mission Parks and Recreation provides organized summer programs for children anywhere from three years up to 18 years old. Tennis, track and field, reading programs, folklorico dancing, and swimming lessons keep youngsters busy during the summer season.
Adults can also participate in summer fun like football, softball and basketball leagues through the Parks Department.
Real Estate For Sale In Mission Texas
There is a lot of variety in the types of real estate for sale in Mission. We have a growing population thanks to our history and overall success of the RGV.
You will see raw land and former farmland now zoned for commercial development, especially mixed use with residential and businesses units in one tract. Investors can transform a citrus grove into a thriving retail center or apartment community, or both.
Luxury homes in Solera Subdivision, or lavish homes with citrus groves complete with outbuildings, guest accommodations, and barns also appear on the real estate for sale in Mission listings.
For buyers looking for rental income property, there are apartment buildings for sale in Mission, along with single family homes and other multi-family units.
We are here to help you secure your spot in this notable community in the Rio Grande Valley. Contact us today for your personal tour.