Rent to Own Homes in Corpus Christi, TX

Corpus Christi feels like a small town, but with a population of 312,195 people, it is anything but small. Founded by Colonel Henry Lawrence Kinney in 1839, Corpus Christi began as a small trading post, selling supplies to a Mexican Revolutionary army that had an encampment close by. From those humble beginnings, the city has slowly grown over the past 150 years to enjoy a thriving economy and become a tourist destination. Connected by a series of bridges, the city is laid out in an organic fashion that follows the coastline and connects one island or inlet to the next. One of the prettiest drives in the country is along Ocean Drive, a street that follows Corpus Christi Bay from downtown in a horseshoe fashion and out to Texas A&M University, which sits close to the Naval Air Station. This particular drive makes a stunningly beautiful commute for many locals each and every day.

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Corpus Christi, TX 78415

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Corpus Christi, TX 78414

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Corpus Christi, TX 78411

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School: Montessori School-Corpus Christi
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Corpus Christi, TX 78415

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Corpus Christi, TX 78418

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Corpus Christi, TX 78400

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Corpus Christi, TX 78412

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Corpus Christi, TX 78418

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Corpus Christi, TX 78416

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Housing Statistics

Out of all Corpus Christi residents, 63.4 percent own the homes they live in while the other 36.06 percent choose to rent or rent to own instead. The median home value is currently at $110,300, which is not too bad when compared to other large cities in Texas. The average cost of rent is $807 per month, and the rental vacancy rate hovers at 9.5 percent. If you're looking for rental homes here, you'll find a nice variety of choices.

School Systems

Corpus Christi has an excellent school system. From preschool through college, a top-notch education is available to all children, teens and young adults, regardless of race, demographics or financial hardship. Corpus Christi also has two middle schools and one high school involved with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. This program is designed to help students advance and prepare for life and education at the university level. Texas A&M Corpus Christi, also known as The Island University, supports the IB program in keeping with Senate bill 111 that was passed in 2005.

Tourist Attractions

Corpus Christi offers unique, fascinating tourist attractions that keep visitors and locals busy all year round. The Texas State Aquarium is located on North Beach, a short 5-minute drive across the Harbor Bridge from downtown Corpus Christi. Bisecting downtown from North Beach is the Port of Corpus Christi, the 5th largest port in the nation. Cargo ships and barges travel in and out of the Bay on a daily basis, bringing in raw materials and goods from all over the world. The USS Lexington, also known as The Blue Ghost, rests in a shallow sand bank just off of North Beach and is open for tours, movie nights and educational programs throughout the year. These are just a few of the many attractions that Corpus Christi has to offer, but the true treasure of this coastal town is its miles of beaches, bird sanctuaries and protected natural habitats. Visiting Corpus Christi is like taking a vacation into a sub-tropical climate, where the water is warm, sparkling and calm; the fishing, wind surfing and kite boarding are world renowned; and life's stresses slide off your shoulders and away with the tide.

Corpus Christi Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods in Corpus Christi are not laid out in a grid-like fashion, so it can be difficult to navigate through the area without a map or some sort of navigation app if you are new to the area. The city was developed around the Bay of Corpus Christi. The Bay is shaped like a warped horseshoe, with a strip of land protectively flanking the entrance from the Gulf of Mexico.

North Padre Island: This part of the island protects the inlet to the Bay and has some of the most beautiful beach houses, condos and island homes along the South Texas Coastal region. The average rental price in this area is not inexpensive, but with some determined searching, most people will find something they both love and can afford. There is a very high vacancy rate in this neighborhood, at 37.4 percent, but this is likely due to a large number of vacation homes, military personnel coming and going, and college season rentals. This is a truly stunning area of town to live in, if you enjoy ocean sunrises and sunsets and if you don't mind a 30-minute commute to work. La Palmera is the area's regional shopping center, and Crossroads Shopping Village and Weber Square Center provide additional shopping opportunities.

The Bay Area: This is another gorgeous part of town in which to find rental houses. It's an area that curls around the Bay of Corpus Christi, getting a continual breeze. In fact, it is always 5 to 10 degrees cooler than neighborhoods further inland. The average rent in this area is very affordable, with a much lower vacancy rate of 9.8 percent. Many of the homes, apartments and condominiums in this area were built between 1960 and 1990. As the city has grown, it has expanded in the only direction available: inland. The Black Diamond Oyster Bar and Yardarm Restaurant are among the many popular eateries here.

South Side: This very popular area of town is usually quite congested with traffic, but that is because the bulk of the shopping centers, malls and city businesses are located in this area. It features a wide range of restaurants as well, including Southside Barbacoa, Andy's Kitchen, and Saigon Cafe. With an 8-percent vacancy rate, it is a good thing this neighborhood is considered affordable. Generally speaking, you get more square footage for your dollar on the South Side of town, and many choose to live in this area for exactly that reason.

Tierra Grande: This is located far inland and south of the South Side, so to speak. This area becomes very hot in the summer because the coastal breeze never quite reaches this far inland, but since A/C is a way of life here, the locals don't seem to mind. The average rent in this area is quite a bit lower than what you can expect to find closer to the Bay. You will also find that your money will buy you more space the further south you decide to live. Residents frequently shop at the area's Mission Plaza and Pharaoh Plaza.