Welcome to Azalea District
Oil booms and flower blooms
Imagine riding lazily through a historic Texan neighborhood fit with cobblestone roads, single-family landmark homes, and a breathtaking backdrop of blooming azalea bushes. The scenery depicted is everyday life for residents of the city of Tyler's Azalea District.
Charming brick streets, historic homes, architectural heritage, and lush gardens separate the Azalea District as a distinct East Texas community boasting an extensive residential concentration of Tyler's early- to mid-20th century dwellings. Each home in the district is notable in its own right, and together they create a neighborhood that stands out. All 36 known provinces in the community showcase mixed subdivisions and architectural designs, with unique structures including Craftsman, Classic Revival, International Style, Queen Anne, and Ranch.
The Azalea District displays both Tyler's rapid expansion with the discovery of the East Texas Oil Field and its architectural legacy from the first 53 years of the 20th century. As the area expanded, the community added schools, churches, and limited commercial spaces to accommodate its growing population. These new additions helped to create a more lively and thriving community. In addition, brick roadways, utility systems, stream channelization, and new public parks paid for by the city and the private sector contributed to the area's growth. As a result, the Azalea Residential Historic District Nomination was authorized and established as a National Historic District in June 2003.
What to Love
- Historic district full of old-school charm
- Single-family homes and condominiums in various architectural designs
- Brick roads, landmark houses, and pristine azalea gardens
Much of the Azalea District's local lifestyle is based on its identity and name, which come from its gardens of abundant flowering azalea shrubs and pecan, oak, and maple trees.
Life as a resident of Tyler’s Azalea District is rich with a beautiful sense of cohesion and pride in the community. Everyone works together to keep the neighborhood looking pristine in preparation for springtime when Tyler welcomes tourists with more than 10 miles of residential gardens and historic home sites adorned with azaleas, tulips, wisteria, dogwood, and other flowering plants.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Dining near Tyler's Azalea District doesn't get better than the premier steakhouse Prime 102 and Tyler’s specialty coffee shop, Brady’s Coffee. Their high ratings are a reflection of the excellent food and service offered at these establishments. You're guaranteed to have a fantastic dining experience at these popular spots.
Things to Do
Each year, during the months of March and April, the Azalea & Spring Flower Trail is held. It's one of the most magical times to take a leisurely walk through Tyler's brick streets and enjoy the city's natural splendor in the spring. This annual spring festival is perhaps the biggest event of the year for the community. It truly is a flowering spectacular and a photographer's dreamscape.