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Lake Livingston Real Estate and "What size shoe do you wear?"

Lake Livingston Real Estate by Deb Brooks

Lake Livingston is located within the Piney Woods of Texas and borders the Sam Houston National Forest. Our beautiful "protected" lands were purchased by Franklin D. Roosevelt in the year 1936 and were reserved with the multi-use philosophy for timbering, cattle grazing, farming and protecting our wildlife.

The World Wide Fund for Nature considers the Piney Woods to be one of the critically endangered eco-regions of the United States.[1]

West Wood Shores, Goose with Pelicans...Photo by Deb Brooks

The Flora and Fauna of the region is diminishing at a rapid pace due to oil production, timbering and over population. Builders have utilized much of our timber land to provide homes within subdivisions. A select few of our builders are donating a percent of proceeds to preserve our wildlife. What better reason is there to move our way?

The Sam Houston National Forest is a haven of hope and promise for our wildlife.

Our wildlife is being herded deeper and deeper into the Timberlands which is causing an overpopulation of sorts. Homeowners find that they must be very careful about what they plant in their yards due to the fact that much of what we find beautiful is quite tasty to White Tailed Deer!

Lake Livingston and the Piney Woods is one of the most beautiful areas in Texas!

On any given day within the Piney Woods you can see an abundance of wildlife. You may witness wild hog packs crossing the highway, a red fox running across the road, Emus,Photobucket(occasionally mistaken for an Ostrich by a select few) Armadillo (although usually with their feet in the air by the side of the road), opossum, skunk, bats, squirrel, deer, rabbits, Cougars, Bobcats and a plethora of bird sightings from the Texas Pink Flamingo, Heron, Bald Eagles, Pelicans, Woodpeckers and the Texas Mockingbird (our state bird).

Westwood Shores is a 5 STAR RESORT bordering Lake Livingston , The Piney Woods and is also a bird sanctuary. Texas Tropicals land on your picnic tables awaiting goodies that you might feed them. Squirrels will eat birdseed right out of your hand and the birds will eat the seed on the table with you as you have breakfast. A long-necked Goose, misplaced within a passel of White Pelicans, will awaken you with the sun, honking for you to come out and play.

Recently, there has been talk of reintroducing the Black Bear into our Piney Woods. Yikes! This could play havoc with the many hiking trails and picnic areas!

The woods are big, deep and dense but it makes you wonder whether these two would get along together...

Believe it or not, our great Piney Woods in our very own East Texas is well known (in some circles) as a popular sighting area for BIGFOOT.

Yes, you heard it right. BIGFOOT, otherwise known as the Sasquatch. Bob Hallmark Reports: Is Bigfoot In East Texas?

Texas, because of the density of our great Piney Woods, is an area of intrigue for many a hunter. Not just for the deer or the ducks or the sight of beautiful tropical birds but the infamous, yet to be proven, sightings of the myth and legend carried forward from tales of our American Indians, and early European Settlers.

Hunters of Bigfoot have the most difficulty deciding whether or not the Myth or Legend is in fact true. A suggestion to the hunters might be...


If it's a size 44 then we can be certain they found the real thing!

Besides, everything's BIGGER in Texas! *wink* ;-)

Photos of Lake Livingston by Deb Brooks

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Comment balloon 27 commentsDeb Brooks • February 05 2009 11:50AM


Deb - This is an excellent post about Lake Livingston.  We have a lot of wildlife in Shepherdsville as well, but I have yet to see any wild hogs running across the road.

Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) over 10 years ago

Erik, thank you! I have had to slow down in the car to watch the herd of wild piggies run across the highway! It is really amazing out here. I just love it. Why don't you write one about Shepherdsville? I would love learning about it!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Deb what a fabulous post about your area!  You have the neatest wild life ever!!  Your images are great too.  Here's to all the BIG sales coming your way in 2009!

Your Raleigh Realtors


Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) over 10 years ago

Lee and Pamela, thank you so much! I could find myself doing nothing but taking pictures around here. Of course, that won't pay the bills!

I wish you the very same success for 2009!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Speaking of the reintroduction of the black bear - I had a beaver at the pond in the front of our development. It was downing TONS of very mature trees. I think it went for the biggest first! Luckily (and I think beavers are really cool) it was hit by a car. He was on his way to eatin all our fish in the pond too :-/

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) over 10 years ago

Steve, I don't wish that even on a beaver but,...LOL<LOL<LOL

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

What beautiful pictures, looks like a great place to call home.

Posted by Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO, (RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR) over 10 years ago

Great area info with flora and fauna in abundance! What a beautiful place you live in Deb....I would love to experience the serenity of the lake :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 10 years ago

Deb, I would LOVE to spend some time in Westwood Shores...not for bigfoot (although that would be fun for sure) but for all the lovely animals....most of which are gone from my area :(  I have definitely been in too long, getting out and walking through a forest sounss like heaven!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 10 years ago

Mary, thank you. It is a great place to be. My home!

Sally, It has its own charm and is one of the last frontiers! I have always dreamed of seeing Hawaii too. Talk about beautiful! I guess we are just two lucky people! Come see me sometime!

Carole, one little plane flight would get you to Houston and I will pick you up from there. I will wine you and dine you and help you find Bigfoot! So come on my friend. Let me get you out of the doldrums!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

DEB, This is a wonderful post about Lake Livingston.  I learned a lot of things I did not know.  I sure didn't know FDR bought the land.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 10 years ago

Marchy, thanks! Yep, he did. Thank heavens he did. I still need to give you a tour of the lake you know. And, you still need to take us out in that sailboat! Okay, we'll let it get a little warmer first and I don't do bikinis! LOL

Later in the rain!


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

 hi Deb, wow what a nicely illustrated post and one close to my heart. I sometimes participate in auctions/fundraising for WWF (serious animal lover here).

Besides, everything's BIGGER in Texas! *wink* ;-)

 I had a very cute comment but since this is a "family show" I better keep it to myself. ;-)

Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... ( over 10 years ago

beautiful the pic of the bear..looks so relaxing there no big city hustle bustle..

but to answer you question i wear a size 8 shoe

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 10 years ago

Deb- What a great post, I wish I had more time so I could get all that fun stuff on my blogs! I really love your photos.

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 10 years ago

marti, LOL! You made my mind wonder and wander! I support the WWF also. *wink* ;-)

Hannah, well I'm sorry but you just don't qualify. If I let the hair on my legs grow out with my size 9's I might just get away with it! LOL

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Robert thanks! It did take a bit of work I'll admit. But, I think it was worth it in the end...

I'm glad to hear that you're busy.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Hi Deb,

Great travel guide!

Posted by Suzanne Gallegos, Realtor - Salt Lake City, Utah Homes (Equity Real Estate - Advantage) over 10 years ago

Robert, It takes extra time to do this but I think it makes it so much fun! I will show you how to do anything you might not know how to do! Let me know. I and others enjoy your posts very much just as they are!

Suzanne, thank you. I guess it could be a part of my travel guide "What's hot about our Spot?"

Thank you for reading and commenting!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Lake Livingston Real Estate is one of my major passions. If you are thinking of retiring soon contact me for more information about our area!

Debra Brooks,

Brooks Prime Properties


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Hi Deb!  What a fabulous post for the consumer about your area!  You are truly THE expert in the Lake Livingston area and you most certainly will get my referrals that are moving to the area!

Great photos by the way!

Debe in Charlotte

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 10 years ago

Deb - Great post about your area and the slide show was a nice touch.  Have you had the opportunity to visit the FDR library in Hyde Park NY?  The name Livingston is also a well known one in the Hudson Valley the Family owed a lot of land.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 10 years ago

Deb, with a size 44 shoe, even Bozo's shoes look small compared to Mr. Big Foot. A terrific post highlighting a very beautiful area of our state with the trees and the wildlife. Super photos!!

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Deb:  Very nice post with fabulous photos.

Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) over 10 years ago

Deb - is that bigfoot guy Harry from Harry and the Henderson's movie?

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 10 years ago

Deb, this is one of the best localism posts I have seen. You did a terrific job describing the Piney Woods of East Texas, and your photography was excellent. Your "shoe-size" query made me question what the post could possible be about, but it worked, because I clicked through to read. Congratulations. Job well done.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 10 years ago


What a great hyper local post!!! Now I know why you get so many visits to this blog :-) congratulations!

Posted by Ann Nguyen, Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) almost 8 years ago