Navasota Real Estate
Navasota is a city, named by the Texas State Legislature as "The Blues Capital of Texas," in Grimes County. The Bidai tribe of Native Americans was the first inhabitants of this area, dating back to thousands of years before any official records were kept.
Europeans arrived in Stephen F. Austin's settlement in the early 1800s. Farmland, water, and flat prairie land encouraged agriculture from the onset of what is now Grimes County. Corn and cotton dominated the cash crop production, and farmers also took to stock farms with herds of cattle, hogs, and sheep.
Frances Holland was the first landowner on record in Navasota, which was at that time named Hollandale in honor of Mr. Holland. Another notable resident was James Nolan, who migrated from Mississippi in 1858. Mr. Nolan acquired his land holdings by "squatting" until he could buy the property he inhabited. The house Mr. Nolan built became the first stage stop in Grimes County.
The railroads arrived in 1859, bringing post-war settlers from neighboring states, and as far away as Georgia. This decade also welcomed Europeans from Poland and Germany, which is why you find so many residents with Germanic last names in this region.
Rail lines also fed commerce. Thanks to the central location of Navasota, cotton, lumber, and livestock arrived and departed via the Navasota marketplace. Trains are still a part of our Navasota culture. In 2012, Union Pacific Railroads named Navasota a Train Town USA.
In 1980, Navasota was chosen to take part in the National Main Street Program, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This new development sparked a revitalization of downtown Navasota, which suffered an economic downturn during the Great Depression and the years following.
Fun In Navasota
We can always find some excuse to gather and celebrate. Here are a few of our Navasota favorites:
- Navasota Blues Fest is a Navasota tradition 20+ years strong. Grimes County Expo Center, Lynn's Rendezvous Room host live music and a lesson or two. In case you're interested in learning how to hum on a harmonica, or play a cigar box guitar, this is the place to get started.
- Bernhardt Winery is 17 miles from town and offers more than just grapes. Although, the grape stomp in an "I Love Lucy" replica vat is pretty spectacular. The vineyard hosts live music, special events, and a Bed & Breakfast for overnight visits.
- Houston's Lamborghini Festival makes a stop in Navasota along their bull-charging route. This turbocharged event usually takes place in the fall. You can gather along the downtown streets to catch a glimpse of these Italian masterpieces that can hit top speeds of over 200 miles per hour.
- Treats on The Streets is a candy-centric event hosted on October 31st, by the Navasota police department. Trick or treaters fill their bags full of sugary delights along the 200 block of Holland St. We typically have over 2,000 participants for this occasion.
- Home For The Holidays brings the North Pole to Grimes County. Lights, ice-skating, and even a Christmas train entertain families and get everyone in the holiday spirit.
Living in Navasota
Washington-On-The-Brazos State park is seven miles from Navasota, the site of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836. This 293-acre preserve attracts thousands of visitors each year, including school-sponsored field trips. The site is a way to make history accessible to young Texans.
Navasota Independent School District, our mascot is the Rattler (rattlesnake), educates over 3,000 students each year and holds an average of 95% graduation rate for high schoolers. We combine capable academic performance with tenacious, athletic pursuits. Student athletes participate in sports ranging from football to golf for both young men and ladies.
Real Estate in Navasota
Because we're only 20 minutes from the Bryan/College Station area, we are an attractive option for those who work in those cities. Here you'll find newly built, single-family houses on lots ranging from half an acre to multiple acres. And, you might find a barndominium or two.
In case that's a new term for you, a barndominium is a living space built on the upper level of a storage building, like a barn. These evolved housing options are usually heavily insulated, made of metal, with plush interior living spaces.
On the opposite end of the real estate spectrum, Navasota also offers historical, pre-war housing for sale. For you old home lovers, this is the place to live. Whatever your style of home, we can help you find it. Reach out today.