As the city of H-Town grows, Houston’s southern suburbs continue to expand along with it. The famous branding for Pearland is “Where Town Meets Country” and nothing could say it better. Beautiful, affordable homes line this wonderful suburban community, providing residents with reasonable commutes to the city of Houston. Also in Brazoria County slightly south of Pearland is one of the oldest settlements in the area, Alvin, which gives Texans access to lovely housing on plenty of open land.
A Polish settler named Witold von Zychlinski first purchased land in the area. When considering what to name the community, he was struck by the plethora of pear trees. The discovery of Brazoria County oil in the 1930s originally didn’t do too much to grow the city. However, since 2000, Pearland quadruled in size, going from a population in the 30,000s to hosting more than 125,000 total residents.
Pearland Town Center
Spread out over more than 1 million square feet of retail space, the brilliantly designed Pearland Town Center has served as a community go-to since it’s opening in 2008. Featuring a mix of nearly 100 different popular restaurants and shops, the space also includes residential units, office space, a Marriott hotel, and several connected walking paths. Not too far is the famous Killen’s Texas Barbeque.
Alvin Antique Center & Marketplace
Residents and tourists alike deliberately seek out this massive consignment mall, discovering American and European treasures that include furniture and household ornaments. You never know what you might find!
Recreation Center & Natatorium
This Center is your one-stop shop for fitness and fun. The 107,000-square-foot facility provides members with a number of options to create a wellness routine. Amenities include courts for Pickleball, Badminton, Racquetball, Volleyball & Shuffleboard, an elevated indoor track, weight and cardio room, Zero Depth entry pool, 50-meter competition pool, Kidz Korner and an activity and dance Room.
Bayou Wildlife Zoo
A family-friendly attraction that sits a short 5-mile drive east of Alvin on 517, the Bayou Wildlife Zoo mimics the style of safaris by providing tram rides from which over 500 different species of animals from all over the world can be observed and fed.