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Living a Lakeside Lifestyle in City of Athens, Texas

Athens is surounded by  lakes: Lake Athens, Cedar Creek Lake, Lake Palestine and Purtis Creek . These recreational resources make it a boater's and fisherman's paradise. Athens is in Henderson County in the Prairies and Lakes area.
 The historic square is still the hub of activity with businesses surrounding the courthouse, just as it did in the early years. Athens has an interesting history. It was the home of Fletcher Davis, the inventor of the Hamburger, as well as the Black-Eyed Pea Capitol of the world.
Athens is a recipient of the "shining Star Award" as a hard working rural community.  It has the aura of a small town yet is close enough to enjoy the offerings of big cities like Tyler 35 miles to the east and Dallas 75 miles to the northwest.
 The Henderson County Fair Park Complex presents an equestrian event every week-end. East Texas Arboretum delights the nature lover and those who wish to hike the trails.

Where to Retire in City of Athens and Home Prices

There is at least one active adult community in the area.

The median listing price in Athens was about $206,308 in early 2023, according to Zillow.

What Is Special about City of Athens

Trinity Valley Community College offering adult programs, Burger & Barbeque Cook-Off and Festival, Fall Festival at the East Texas Arborteum,area golf courses public and private, Cain Center has fitness facilities and an olympic size swimming pool.

What Is Not Special about City of Athens

Summers tend to be hot and humid.

Climate and Physical Environment

Athens is connected to Tyler 35 miles to the east, Corsicana 35 miles to the west, Palestine 35 miles to the south and Dallas 75 miles to the northwest by major state highways.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Henderson County Performing Arts theater, Henderson County Historical Museum, Trinity Valley Community College, Lakeland Community Concerts


Crime in Athens is low.

Medical Facilities

East Texas Medical Center Athens, Trinity Mother Francis Clinic. Within 35 miles East Texas Medical Center Tyler, Trinity Mother Francis Hospital. Numerous medical facilities 90 minutes away in Dallas.


Athens Municipal Airport, Tyler Pounds Regional Airport 35 miles away, Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport 93 miles away Love Field in Dallas and a Mini-Van Service for age 60 +

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