Are you looking to retire? Move to El Paso. Want to start a business? Move to El Paso. Ready to raise a family? Move to El Paso. You get the picture by now, right? The west Texas city is a fixture at the top of major publications’ best cities lists. Sun City is also the place for those who love mild winters and toasty warm summers. Temps average 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and 91 degrees Fahrenheit from May through September. The area is also extremely affordable, with El Paso homes for sale currently listed at a median price of $162,500. El Paso homes for sale can be found in such popular neighborhoods as Las Palmas, Cielo Vista and Las Tierras.
El Paso offers residents the best of both the U.S. and Mexico, thanks to border proximity. Mexican culture is evident everywhere, from the authentic cuisine to the architecture. (Be sure to hit up the Historic Mission trail to see centuries-old adobe churches). And then there are the quintessentially Texan activities. The Southwestern International PRCA Rodeo has been held for 85 years in El Paso, and is widely considered one of the most prestigious in the world. El Paso is also believed to be the birthplace of the margarita, so imbibe responsibly if you so choose.
There’s no shortage of outdoor awesomeness to behold in El Paso. Franklin Mountains State Park is the country’s largest state park within an urban setting. It features more than 100 multi-use trails that run through the high-desert mountains. Risk-takers can even climb North Franklin Peak to enjoy a view of El Paso, Mexico and New Mexico. Not much of a climber? Take the Wyler Aerial Tramway to the top of Ranger Peak and enjoy an aerial view that way.
The art scene is also alive and well in El Paso, although arguably the most impressive isn’t located in a gallery. Casa de Azucar (“House of Sugar,” so dubbed because it looks like it’s made of sugar) is one couple’s labor of love. To behold it is to believe it. Also, be sure to mark your calendar for Fiesta Del Las Flores (Festival of the Flowers), the longest-running Hispanic festival in the Southwest.