74 apartments for rent in Victoria, TX
It’s impossible not to love a city that is host to the oldest deli in Texas, a community art center modeled after a bordello, and an extraordinary “Nose Gallery” of paintings, photos, and sculptures of large or unusual noses from 58 countries, displayed in the oldest house in town.
Fossati’s Delicatessen is not only the oldest deli in Texas, but one of the oldest restaurants in the United States. Opened in 1882 by Italian immigrant Fraschio (“Frank”) Napoleon Fossati, Fossati’s was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 20, 1991. Besides serving as an important gathering place for Victoria’s citizens, many famous musicians have played at the deli including legend Willie Nelson. Texas Governor Rick Perry held a gathering here in 2010 during a campaign stop in Victoria.
Victoria’s colorful characters may be a reflection of the rich, dramatic past that extends back to the town’s founding as part of a Mexican colony. In 1824 Martin De Leon received permission from the government of Mexico to establish a settlement between the Guadalupe and Lavaca Rivers. He called the settlement Nuestra De Guadalupe De Victoria. Following Texas Independence, the name was shortened to Victoria. De Leon planned the city after the fashion of most European and Mexican cities, around a market square. Nine friends of the founder also built their homes along Main Street, hence its name LaCalle De Los Diez Amigos, or the Street of Ten Friends.
After the Texas Revolution, Victoria began to be more anglicized. The city received a charter under the new Republic of Texas, and Victoria County was created on May 17, 1836 with the city of Victoria as the county seat.
Today, the city of Victoria boasts a wealth of magnificent old homes, with many of them listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Through ranching, oil, several chemical plants and other commerce, three advanced hospitals, a warm year-round climate and an abundance of natural resources and water, Victoria continues to grow at a remarkable rate.
Victoria apartment renters enjoy a bounty of amenities, including Riverside Park, 562 picturesque acres along the Guadalupe River. Within the park is a 27-hole public golf course, an exercise trail, the Texas Zoo, the Duck Pond and numerous picnic and playground facilities. Along the river road are the well-known Rose Gardens, containing more than 1000 roses.