College Station, situated deep in the heart of East Texas in the Brazos Valley, is the home of the main campus of Texas A&M University. An unexpected population boom has led to increased construction throughout the city and on campus. In fact, as of October 2014, College Station is the second fasting growing city in the nation, ranking only behind Boulder, Colorado, in a list published by Nerd Wallet. Bryan, Texas also ranked high on the list, coming in at number 17. College Station is currently in a state of hyper development, so the city’s real estate market is particularly robust, making it even more important to work with a qualified and skilled Realtor®. It is important to work with a Realtor® who is both an experienced investor and a skilled negotiator, someone who can provide up-to-date, relevant information on the market and available College Station homes.
When thinking about how to prepare for your College Station move, there are a few things you must know beforehand. Knowing a few tips and tricks for moving to College Station will make your transition as smooth and successful as possible. Here’s a quick list we’ve put together to give you an insider’s look at your new town!
- Bryan-College Station, or BCS, is a city steeped in tradition. Texas A&M is College Station’s largest employer and, as such, it plays a huge role in shaping the community’s culture. From the roll call at Muster to the shots fired at Silver Taps, Aggieland has more traditions and rituals than just about anywhere else.
- Downtown Bryan is a quaint cultural hub, and essentially embodies “Main Street USA.” Downtown Bryan is the home of First Friday, a free event that shuts down the streets of downtown for a monthly arts and cultural event.
- Bryan-College Station may be a small town, but it’s BIG on friendliness. Some say that you will “never, ever meet friendlier folk!”
- The roar from Kyle Field can be heard from across the city. “Football” is one of the official seasons in Aggieland. As one of the most intimidating stadiums in college sports, Texas A&M boasts the largest student section in college football.
- Aggie Yell Leaders are NOT “cheerleaders.” Yell leaders don’t perform coordinated routines or cheer. They are figureheads that help Kyle Field maintain its legacy as one of the most intimidating sports atmospheres.
- Fuego Tortilla Grill is not to be missed. Enough said.
- If you wear all blue at Blue Baker, you get free food. No, really. This local café is known not only for its baked goods and bottomless coffee, but also for giving a free meal to anyone who comes in wearing all blue.
So now that you’ve decided that this is the place for you, how to prepare for your College Station move? First there are several important decisions that you will need to make. What type of home are you looking for? Are you searching for student housing, such as an apartment or townhome? Perhaps you are looking for a condominium, which allows for a low maintenance, and often luxurious, lifestyle… or maybe a spacious single family home is better suited for you. Regardless of the type of home you are looking for, Bryan-College Station has something to offer for everyone.
Despite the fact that Texas A&M’s student population outnumbers the permanent residents, College Station is a great place to raise a family. Forbes ranked College Station as #2 in its best small places in the United States for business and careers, and #8 in job growth. In addition to the strong job market, Kiplinger has repeatedly ranked College Station as one of the United States’ best places to raise a family, thanks to its low rate of crime, top-ranked school system, low property tax rates, and affordable housing. There are also plenty of attractions and events in the area that are perfect for keeping the whole family entertained.
If you’re wondering how to prepare for your move to College Station or would like more information on Bryan or College Station, or College Station real estate, please feel free to give me and my team a call. I’m Myke Leatham, and I’m so pleased that you’ve found us at Brazos County Realty. We have compiled the best resources and information on the College Station area, and you’ll find it all here. Browse through our community information and current listings, and then call or connect with us today. We are standing by to answer any questions you may have about Bryan or College Station, and look forward to earning your business!