Victoria is located 30 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico and is within a two-hour drive of Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. Known as the South Texas Crossroads, Victoria is a regional hub for a seven county area and serves a retail trade area of over 250,000 people.
The Victoria of today is a modern city, but its history is rich and multi-faceted. Founded in 1824 on the Guadalupe River as Guadalupe Victoria, it was named for the first president of the republic of Mexico by Martín De León. It developed an early importance as a stop on the La Bahía Road as well as a ranching center and shipping point with its strategic river location. Today, as a regional economic and cultural center, Victoria offers a quality of life that parallels major metro cities with a symphony orchestra, a fine arts association, a nationally recognized Bach Festival, numerous historic homes, museums, and libraries, a branch of the University of Houston that complements Victoria College, and the Texas Zoo, designated the National Zoo of Texas in 1984.
Victoria's downtown still retains a small town atmosphere and benefits from the diversity of industries as well as being the seat of Victoria County. Downtown revitalization efforts are led by Victoria Main Street which has been a designated Texas Main Street city since 2011. The program has worked to ensure downtown contributes to the community's overall quality of life by providing opportunities for economic growth as well as entertainment.
Victoria is an easy place to do business with a variety of incentives and flexible development standards including a preservation incentive program to support business and property owners with facade restoration and other improvements. Most of downtown is located within the Original Town Site Historic District which provides protection against demolition, but property and business owners are not subject to a design review process for proposed exterior alterations. In addition, the city offers more flexible parking requirements for properties within the downtown core (this is the Central Business District on the linked map).
For more information on investing in downtown Victoria or on available properties, contact Victoria Main Street at 361-578-0060.
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