A Friendly Community, Convenience, and Excellent Schools
Whitehouse is located in Smith County, Texas, just of Tyler, Texas.
Tyler is the commercial and cultural capital of the East Texas region, a large area of “piney woods” and traditions more reminiscent of the South than the dry, dusty plains Texas is more famous for. The area came to prominence with the huge oil boom of the 1920’s and 1930’s, and that wealth and exuberance left an imprint on the city core still evident today.
With a small town’s low cost of living, and an active and growing economy, living in Whitehouse is affordable and employment opportunities are plentiful, particularly in Tyler, the cultural and commercial capital of East Texas. Nearby in Flint, families can enjoy the Water Park at The Villages, a year-round indoor, water park and popular vacation destination for families.
The closest preschool to Villa Diann is Color My World Child Care which is 3.4 miles west of the park on Western Ave. Messiah Lutheran 2.3 miles west, off US Route 53 offers Pre-K and Kindergarten classes as well as a Day School. There are many other Kindergarten and early education centers throughout Eau Claire as well. You may find a full list at ECASD Early Learning Program website. Locust Lane Elementary School is a mere 3 miles northwest of Villa Diann with a large playground area bordered by trees, while Northstar Middle School nearby is only 2.3 miles away. The closest high school is Eau Claire North High School a little further west of the middle school and 3.4 miles away from the park.
North High School offers five foreign languages, several AP courses, and has a foreign exchange program. The AP participation rate is 26%, there is a 15:1 student–teacher ratio, and has an 88% graduation rate. The school earned a Bronze Medal from US News and World Report, and scores slightly above the state in mathematics.
Crestview Academy, a Christian school is just 0.6 miles south of the park off Peterson Ave. Just a little further south and on the opposite side of Peterson Road is Babes in Toyland Childcare, which is one mile south of the park on Peterson Avenue.
Messiah Lutheran: http://www.clclutheran.org/mlc/school.html
ECASD Early Learning Program: https://www.ecasd.us/Prairie-Ridge-Early-Learning/Program-Options/Eau-Claire-4-Tomorrow/EC4T-Sites
Locust Lane Elementary School: https://www.ecasd.us/Locust-Lane-Elementary/Home
Northstar Middle School: https://www.ecasd.us/Northstar-Middle-School/Home
Eau Claire North High School: https://www.ecasd.us/North-High-School/Home
Crestview Academy: http://crestviewacademy.com/
Babes in Toyland Child Care: http://childcarecenter.us/provider_detail/babes_in_toyland_childcare_center_eau_claire_wi
A Kwik Trip/Kwik Star convenience store is less than a mile away from the park at 1506 Black Ave. Located south of the roundabout where WI Hwy 312 becomes Olson Drive, it is open 24-hours a day, and sells food, fuel, natural gas, and has a car wash, and ATM. Website: https://www.kwiktrip.com/
Babes in Toyland Childcare is 0.9 miles due south of the park at 4430 Tower Dr. It is a licensed group childcare facility and accepts children aged 1 week–13 years. It is open 7:00 am–6:00 pm.
Eau Claire Alterations is located 1.2 miles due south of the park off Peterson Ave. The address is 995 Peterson Ave. They do alterations and tailoring for casual clothing, business suits, prom dresses, bridesmaids and wedding dresses, and other formal attire. Website: http://www.eauclairealterations.com
Building Hope Building Materials Store is located due west of the park at 2108 Western Ave. A business run by Hope Gospel Mission, it sells quality new and used building materials to contractors, developers, home improvement specialists and homeowners at 40%–60% below retail price. They also offer tax deductible receipts for donated reusable building-related items. They are and open Monday to Friday, 8:00 am–6:00 pm. Website: http://www.hopegospelmission.org/business/building-hope
JH Larson Electrical located 2.9 miles west of the park at 1809 Western Ave. sells electrical, plumbing, HVAC and DataCom products and is a family-owned and operated company. They are open Monday to Thursday, 6:30 am–4:30 pm, and Friday, 6:30 am–4:00 pm. Website: https://www.jhlarson.com
Senior Review is a newspaper focused on senior issues in Eau Claire. It is located half a mile due north of the park at 2483 Woodhaven Rd and is a ten-minute walk from the park. Website: https://www.seniorreview.com
Oakwood Mall is Eau Claire’s premiere mall with over 100 stores, restaurants, and a food court. It is located 5.7 miles due south of the park at 4800 Golf Rd. off US Route 53 and is open from 10:00 am–9:00 pm, and 11:00 am–6:00 pm on Sundays. Website: https://www.oakwoodmall.com/en.html
Woodman’s Food Market is a large, employee-owned, 24-hour supermarket which hosts a convenience store, gas station, car wash, and oil change service. They offer lower prices than other groceries and accept cash, check, EBT, and PIN-based debit cards. They do not accept payment by credit card. Various shopping carts available to customers include electric carts for the elderly and those with mobility issues, oversize carts for large items, and carts for special needs customers. The store also provides parcel pick-up service. The company offers employees excellent benefits, competitive salaries, and company stock. Their website is https://www.woodmans-food.com.
Woodman’s Food Market is located south of the park on US Route 53 at 2855 Woodman Avenue in Altoona, approximately 3.1 miles away, just northeast of the Eau Claire Golf and Country Club.
Just Local Food Coop is 5.2 miles southwest of the park at 1117 S. Farwell St. near the center of Eau Claire. It is a full-service, customer-owned, natural foods grocery store. It sources local, organically grown, whole foods and natural home products for its members. It sells produce, dairy, bulk goods, wellness products, baked goods, meats, groceries, and has a liquor and deli department. They post job openings on their website at http://justlocalfood.coop. They are open from 8:00 am– 9:00 pm.
La Nortenita is a small, family-run Mexican grocery store located 5 miles south of the park at 3001 London Rd. It sells groceries, Mexican cooking supplies, has a meat counter, and a fresh Mexican bakery. They also sell some clothing and other products. They are open from 9:00 am–9:00 pm.
Pizza Del Re is located 3.6 miles southwest of the park off the freeway at 911 N. Hastings Way. A popular pizza place, it serves thin-crust pizzas, pasta, soups, salads, and garlic bread. Locals tout this as the best pizza joint in the area. The restaurant also offers a pizza buffet and has several arcade games for customers to play. Prices are affordable and they deliver.
Mom’s Kitchen is slightly northwest of the park at 3035 N Hastings Way, 2.6 miles away from the park. This family restaurant serves affordable home-style meals with prices ranging from $4–$10. Classics items include soups, sandwiches, burgers and more hearty fare like meatloaf and braised pork dinners. They also offer all-day breakfast and a popular fish fry.
Deb’s Café, 1.9 miles northeast of the park off N. 50th Ave. at 1120 122nd St. in Chippewa Falls. A highway stop that offers lighter items like salads, wraps, sandwiches and smoothies, as well as dessert items. Their website is https://www.debscafe.com
Pan Asia Kitchen is a popular Asian restaurant located 2.8 miles southwest of the park, off Birch St. at 2633 Birch St. The kitchen serves fusion Asian cuisine and Thai/Hmong dishes. Favorites include Pho, Pad Thai, Bibimbap (Pan Rice Bowl), Drunken Noodles, and spicy curries. They also serve Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches on French baguettes, appetizers like spring rolls and Crab Rangoon, and a selection of tropical drinks, juices, slushes, and Thai Iced Tea.
Marshfield Clinic Eau Claire Riverview Center has the closest pharmacy to the park. It is located on the eastern edge of Dell’s Pond, just 3.3 miles southwest of the park at 1000 Starr Ave. just off N. Hastings Rd. The center is generally open from 8:00 am–5:00 pm on weekdays, and from 10:00 am–7:00 pm on Tuesday. The pharmacy is open from 9:00 am–5:00 pm, and closed for lunch from 1:00 pm–1:30 pm. The Riverview Center focuses on psychiatry and behavioral health and provides mental health services to individuals, couples, and families. Website: https://www.marshfieldclinic.org
The Mayo Clinic Health System Pharmacy is 4.5 miles southwest of the park at 325 E. Madison St. and is open most days 8:00 am–6:00 pm, and 9:00 am–5:00 pm on Saturday. They are closed on Sunday. Website: http://mayoclinichealthsystem.org/locations/eau-claire/services-and-treatments/pharmacy
The closest 24-hour pharmacy is a CVS pharmacy located at 2200 Brackett Ave., 4.7 miles south of the park. off S. Hastings Way. It has a drive-thru pharmacy and offers immunizations and photo services. Website: https://www.cvs.com
Nearby, at 1819 S. Hastings Way, is Walgreens Drugstore. It also offers immunizations and has a pharmacy, a drive-thru pharmacy, offers photo services and is open 24-hours a day. Website: https://www.walgreens.com
Another pharmacy nearby is Value Center Health Mart. It is located 4.4 miles south of the park at 2421 E Clairemont Avenue, and is easily reached by taking US Route 53 south. Merge right onto E. Clairemont Avenue/US Route 12 traveling west briefly, then turn left on London Road and take an immediate right onto Frontage Road which parallels E. Clairemont. The pharmacy is in a plaza at the corner of Frontage Road and Blakely Avenue. Website: https://stores.healthmart.com/valuecenterpharmacyeauclaire/stores.aspx
Common recreational activities include attending high school football games and parades or shows. The city park has playground equipment, a stage, pavilion, and picnic tables and is a popular place for families to go. Between April and September, the city splash park opens and is loads of fun for children and their parents. Amenities include covered pavilions, lounge chairs, restrooms, and a concession stand. Gardenview Park has picnic tables and a natural creek in a serene, peaceful setting. There is also a YMCA, Community Center, and the Whitehouse Sports Complex.
Outdoor recreational activities at Lake Tyler include hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, boating, and picnicking. In nearby Tyler, the famed Rose Parade and garden attracts many visitors, as does the Azalea. A popular destination for families is the Water Park @ The Villages in Flint, TX