The county seat of Bell County is the picturesque city of Belton. With a history that dates back to the mid-1800s, Belton is full of historical treasures and long-running family names. The quirky downtown pays homage to its pioneer roots, with a couple of the historic stores still owned and operated by the founding families. There are fantastic restaurants, a wine bar, a day spa, and more at “The Landing,” a popular river-front shopping center and event venue. Farmer’s markets buzz with young families buying local foods and wares. Community events like the annual 4th of July Parade and rodeos foster a hospitable and family-friendly atmosphere. Nolan Creek and Lake Belton also provide opportunities for watersports and “lake living.” Name-brand retail shopping is plentiful.
Retirees love Belton, and you’ll find many of the military variety in the gated communities on the lake. Higher home prices make it difficult for anyone other than higher-ranking military or dual-income families to live in Belton. You’ll see more civilian professionals and their families living here than in the areas closer to post.
Homes in Belton are much larger than in the communities closer to Fort Cavazos. Brick is common, most have fireplaces, and some have pools (or lake access if you can afford it). Big, fenced-in yards with sprinkler systems help keep the lawns looking pristine. Mature, shady oaks help with the unrelenting Texas heat. Traffic is light, and neighborhoods are family-friendly. Downtown has some inventory that doesn’t see as much turnover but is still a unique place to consider. The funky historic district has colorful bungalows and stately Victorians – all within walking distance of a lively downtown.