I retired from Austin, Texas to Tyler after living in Austin for 27 years. I was looking to get away from Austin's heavy traffic, expensive property taxes, overcrowding, and the City's micromanagement of its citizens. I'd put an offer on a house in Arkansas, and it fell through at the last minute, so I scrambled to find another house/city that I felt I could live in, and I picked Tyler. I moved there in February, 2015. (My Austin house had already sold.) Unfortunately, this was a very costly mistake.
Tyler traffic is horrendous, almost as bad as Austin's; however, in Austin, I had time to learn where the back streets were to get around the heavy traffic. If you Google "Loop 323 Tyler, TX fatalities" you'll see how dangerous it can be. The main street called Broadway is pretty bad as well.
After living only a week in Tyler in the house I purchased, I decided it wasn't for me. I never actually unpacked. Instead, I moved to a smaller town about an hour away, and I put my Tyler house on the market. All of this moving was very expensive.
In the spring of 2015, the Tyler newspaper said the housing market was strong, but I honestly believe this was all hype because not only did my house (with a new roof) not sell, but the houses I would drive by that were on the market months before mine in different neighborhoods didn't sell either. I read recently that the average time it takes a Tyler house to sell is 9 months.
I paid for an appraisal of my house so my asking price was on the mark.
The real estate agents who showed my house also damaged it. Someone broke the ladder to the attic. They left the A/C on at 65 for the month of July and the bill was as bad as the Tyler traffic. Someone used the toilet and didn't flush.--It was awful. Someone left the house key under the front mat.
I decided reluctantly to rent the house and to repair the garage, which has a small room upstairs with a bathroom and a closet. The garage was built at the same time the house was built (1930's). I'd hoped I could rent the room above the garage to a student. However, when I called the City about pulling permits for the renovation, I was told I would be in violation of the property's current zoning if I rented it. It seems to me the garage and its room should be grandfathered in since it existed before the current City zoning was in place, and I'm not giving the garage a different address.
I'm still working with the City of Tyler on this issue, but it may be that I won't be able to rent it, even though I only want to bring what currently exists (plumbing, electricity, roof, staircase, etc.) in the garage up to current code and to recoup some of my money.
Tyler has great gardening soil and the people are relatively friendly. The Tyler Library is absolutely awesome.--I love those folks. However, if I had it to do over again, I wouldn't. Retiring in Tyler was not a good choice.
P.S. Tyler has a very loud tornado siren!
The city of Tyler, Texas, or the Rose Capital, is a beautifully landscaped city with an approximate population of 100,000. After residing here for 15 years, I've found it to be the perfect size and location for those who desire the luxuries of big city fun yet prefer the peaceful comforts of small town living.
Tyler conveniently lies between two large metropolitan cities, Shreveport and Dallas. With each city located only 80 miles from Tyler, the big city is easily accessible to adventure seekers. If one is less inclined to travel, Tyler has plenty to offer.
The Tyler Rose Garden showcases the beauty of the city's namesake. Antique shops abound throughout the city. The Caldwell Zoo provides a fun afternoon of animal watching for the little ones. Catch an afternoon matinee at one of our four movie theaters. For a more interactive experience, an IMAX theater is located inside the Carmike Cinema and a newly constructed Movie & Grill allows you to enjoy a movie while dining at the same time. Pinot's Palette is the perfect excursion for a girl's night out, combining painting with wine drinking. The men can gather for a fishing trip to either Lake Tyler or Lake Palestine.
There's very little to not like about Tyler. If you can withstand the intensely hot summers where temperatures can rise upwards to 110 degrees, then you can adapt well to our climate. Crime is relatively low due to the tough laws of Smith County, where Tyler is known to "throw the books" at its lawbreakers. For this reason, Tyler is an ideal place to raise a family.
My wife is a florist, and each October we travel to Tyler, Texas, "The Rose Capital of America" for the Texas Rose Festival. Tyler earned its title because the region produces 20% of the nation's commercial roses. We also enjoy the Azalea & Spring Flower Trail, which you can drive or walk through. We stay at a hotel near the city's historic downtown square, which often hosts summer music festivals. Tyler has a well-earned reputation as a golfer's paradise, and I always take the opportunity to hit the links or watch the regional junior golf tournament.
Tyler is the East Texas hub of retail, agriculture and health care located 90 miles equidistant from Dallas and Shreveport. The area's top employer is the East Texas Medical Center, and many residents also work in the fields of manufacturing and education.
Tyler's low cost of living, stable business climate and higher education institutions make it a great option for families looking to relocate. The median asking price for homes in 2008 was just over $130,000. This is below the Texas average, making Tyler an affordable place to live. The city has a youth recreation program that includes baseball and soccer leagues, and college options include Tyler Junior College, a two-year institution with a reputation for excellence in athletics, and the University of Texas at Tyler.