Older homes dwindling in Gregg County

Older homes dwindling in Gregg County
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 10:14am

When Gary and Bolivia Andrews were looking for a Longview home four years ago, they couldn’t find the character they wanted in a new house.

A colonial home built in 1931 in the Nugget Hill area northeast of downtown proved to be the perfect sanctuary.

“During the home search, new construction just didn’t have the character, and then you were paying twice as much. It doesn’t make any sense,” said Bolivia Andrews. “Even though we had to (do maintenance) ... it was a labor of love.”

The Andrews live in one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods. But homes like theirs are becoming a rarity.

According to Census data released last week, the stock of Gregg County homes built before 1940 is dwindling — and already is much smaller than that found in some other Northeast Texas counties or statewide.

According to 2012 data from the Census’ American Community Survey, just 1.4 percent of all Gregg County homes now standing were built in 1939 or earlier. That compared to 4.6 percent in Smith County and 9.4 percent in Harrison County. Statewide, 4.1 percent of homes had reached that age. Nationally, 13.4 percent of homes were built before 1940.

The survey only included information for municipalities or counties with populations greater than 65,000. Larger Texas metropolitan areas like Dallas, Harris and Travis counties had 3.9 percent, 3.1 percent and 2.6 percent, respectively, of homes built before 1940.

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