Horizon consists of many communities.
The existing settled areas began as separate villages, which have proceeded to grow and become increasingly interdependent. Around these there are several large, mostly undeveloped subdivisions, extending all the way to the Hueco Mountains. Each community and subdivision has its own character and circumstances.
The Town of Horizon City was incorporated in 1988.
An estimated 7,000 people now live in Horizon. Horizon Heights and Horizon Manor are the two original subdivisions of the town. Horizon Heights was built around the Emerald Springs Golf Club and features custom-built houses within walking distance of the golf course and clubhouse. Horizon Manor is the adjacent residential subdivision to the southeast. Other subdivisions within the town include the Eastlake, Horizon Mesa, Paseo Del Este, and Emerald Estates.
Development generally is spreading along Eastlake Drive.
Most notably it includes the new Paseo Del Este development to the north of the incorporated area. Other developing subdivisions outside the town include Horizon Hills to the west and Horizon View Estates to the south. There are several other communities within a five-mile radius of the core area. They are El Paso Hills, Agua Dulce, Lakeway, Colonia Revolucion and Sparks.
Most area businesses are on or near Horizon Boulevard.
Commercial floor space is presently undergoing a major expansion. Retail activity is becoming increasingly concentrated around the Eastlake Commercial Center, on the corner of Eastlake Drive and Horizon Boulevard. There is also an established industrial area on the western side of Horizon Manor.
Growth continues to transform our communities.
The 2000 U.S. Census confirmed that the Horizon area was one of the fastest growing urban centers in El Paso County in the 1990s. Since then, the growth rate has exceeded 10% annually and looks set to continue.
The 2004 Census estimated that 20,000 people make up our population. This includes incorporated and unincorporated areas. Experts expect this figure to reach 65,000 by the year 2020.
Horizon attracts young residents.
Early development around the golf course gave the area a retirement character. Young families now predominate, but the incorporated area still has a higher education and income profile than the rest of El Paso. The average family income in the Horizon core is equal to that of other Southwestern cities, including Tucson, Denver and Phoenix.
In 1999, Horizon Communities, in partnership with B&G Land Management, a local developer, commissioned a special community survey to supplement outdated 1990 census figures. The University of Texas at El Paso conducted the survey. Results showed that the central urban area has a higher-than-average income and a high rate of home ownership. The vast majority of respondents were married, and most were in their 20s and 30s.
Our Good Life
Our core communities offer all the advantages of small-town living, friendliness, safety, good schools, local shops, and peace and quiet. Horizon’s residents know each other and watch out for one another. Neighbors can meet up at the country club, which offers an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool, elegant dining, and entertainment. Old-fashioned community values are alive and well here.
Big City Amenities
The city of El Paso is less than a 15 minute drive west of Horizon. Some of El Paso’s newest shopping malls, outlets, and restaurants are located on El Paso’s rapidly growing eastside. For a more exotic shopping experience, cross the Zaragoza International Bridge and enjoy what Mexico has to offer. We are also 10 minutes from Mission Valley, once settled by the Spanish in the late 16th century. The old churches that line the historic Mission Trail mark the birthplace of El Paso. And with such close access to I-10, road trips spanning the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean is easy.
Here in the high desert, our average high summer temperature is 95 degrees. The average winter high is about 60 degrees. Low humidity and moderate rainfall, 8.65 inches annually, combine to create an ideal climate.
In winter, sunshine and warmth are aplenty. Concerned you might miss the snow? Don't worry. Some winters deliver up to six inches of snowfall overnight (the all time record for El Paso was 22.4 inches in 1987). But wake up early to build your snowman. It will probably melt by noon.