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Considered as the first and oldest incorporated city in Brazoria County, the city of Alvin was incorporated in 1893, and got its name from one of its first residents, Alvin Morgan. The city was actually first named Morgan, but it was changed to its final name of Alvin when it was discovered that Morgan was already the name of another Texas city. While Alvin has steadily grown throughout the years and has become accessible to larger metropolitan centers like nearby Houston through major highways that pass through the area, the city still has that warm and family-friendly hometown feel, making it a welcome respite from the hectic pace of city life.

Things to Do

Legendary Major League Baseball player Nolan Ryan is Alvin’s most famous resident, so it’s no surprise that a museum dedicated to him is one of the city’s top attractions. Opened in 1999, the Nolan Ryan Exhibit is housed in the $1.2 million Nolan Ryan Center located in the campus of Alvin Community College. The exhibit features photos, videos, interactive displays and a hall of records depicting Ryan’s baseball career.

Bayou Wildlife Park provides a 45-minute mini safari tour from the comfort of a tram, over 80 acres of prairie and woods, where you’ll get to see more than 500 animals and birds from 60 different species. The park also offers a petting zoo and pony rides.

Alvin Homes for Sale, Rentals and Houston Real Estate

Alvin’s real estate options comprise a good selection of homes that will appeal to every type of homebuyer. Single-family residences dominate the market in this city, with many older homes located on mostly wooded lots, including ranch-style housing, mobile homes, and estate properties. Newer homes and the occasional townhouses can be found in more recent developments like Forest Heights, Hamilton Square, Kendall Lakes, Midtown Park, Mustang Crossing, North Pointe Trails, and Stonegate at Alvin, while those who prefer to build their house from scratch can purchase vacant land and lots ideal for new construction.