Brownsville may be the seat of Cameron County and the largest city in the Rio Grande Valley, but it holds pride of place as a center of history and culture in the Valley. The city's 185,000 residents live on the border of Mexico, creating a city rich with Spanish culture and a history that includes events from both the Mexican War and the Civil War.
The city's many tourist and historical attractions make it a fascinating spot for exploration and education. However, Brownsville's beautiful weather and year-round access to the Gulf of Mexico's beaches and to resort locations (such as South Padre Island) are what appeal to many vacationers.
Those who live in quiet and peaceful Brownsville enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities, a low cost of living, affordable housing, and an environment and culture that earned it a ranking from U.S. News and World Report as the 4th-best place to live for quality of life in the nation.
The real estate market in Brownsville is growing steadily. Since 2000, the market has grown at an average annual rate of 2.6% and has enjoyed a total appreciation of more than 61%. While the rate of homeownership in the city is slightly lower than the national average, more than half of residents, about 61 percent own their own homes.
About 70 percent of these homes are single detached residences. However, you can also find townhomes, mobile homes, and condos. The majority of these homes are older construction, dating to before the 1960s.
Currently, the median home price in the city is around $113,00. However, homes near the beaches or on South Padre Island can cost more. Because of its healthy growth rate, low prices, and desirable location, Brownsville's real estate provides an appealing option for those who want to purchase a home that will likely appreciate.
Get around in Brownsville
If you live in Brownsville, you will need a car. While the city's 100 grocery stores and 500 restaurants provide plenty of places to shop and eat, they are only walkable to a few of the homes in the area.
Fortunately, traffic is not usually very heavy around the city, and parking is ample. The average commute is only 20 minutes.
For those who do not wish to drive, downtown Brownsville is served by public bus. The Brownsville South Padre International Airport also provides convenient access to points that are not easily drivable.
Life in Brownsville
Brownsville itself is not the bustling big city of larger metro areas such as San Antonio or Houston. However, the city's rich cultural and historical offerings include multiple attractions and a diverse culinary experience.
In addition, Brownsville's beautiful eather, with an average temperature of 74 degrees, encourages active outdoor living. Bike trails, parks, beaches, and more are enjoyed by Brownsville residents all year long. Museums and live performances along with other entertainment options mean that there is something to do for everyone.
Low unemployment, steady job growth, a low cost of living, an affordable real estate market, a vibrant and diverse culture, and plenty to do create a beautiful, peaceful place to live.
Real Estate Facts
Average Home Value
$285,100 Average Listing Value
Real Estate Market
- R. Toledo
- L. Tejeda
- C. Quintanilla
- Alejandro Montante
- R. Gonzalez
- Julie Arriola
- A. Hinojosa
- R. Cadet
- D. De Leon
- A. Longoria
- T. Guerrero
- Jana Brown
- Blanca Galvan
- R. Britt
- David y Dacia Garcia