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Welcome from the Mayor of Van Alstyne!

We appreciate your interest in Van Alstyne, Texas, a still quaint community midway between the Collin and Grayson county seats of McKinney and Sherman, all on the Highway 75 corridor north of Dallas.  Growth has been steady these last few years and the population is nearing 4,000.  Van Alstyne is not an old, crumbling town.  As a matter of fact, there are substantial efforts being made to preserve our old, historic town center.

Passing through Van Alstyne, running north/south, are the railroad upon which the city was founded, State Highway 75, and State Highway 5 then FM 121 runs east/west.  The railroad also serves a spur that helps feed a healthy industrial park located in the southeast.

There are several homebuilders here, and 2017 should see at least 150 new single-family homes built.  The rate of growth is expected to escalate very soon.  Most of the new homes are being built in a southern subdivision named Georgetown, but there are lots available within the older, more central part of the city and builders who create wonderful custom homes on those lots.  Currently these lots average about $30,000.  Homes being built in Georgetown range from 1,531 to 2,913 square feet and base prices currently range from $176,990 to $232,990.

Additionally, construction of a Palladium-built and managed senior living facility is well under way.  This facility will provide 132 housing units for residents 62 and over.  Many of these units will be government subsidized for low income residents.

Van Alstyne had its beginnings in 1873 and has a wonderful history.  We have much to be proud of here:

  • Excellent schools as illustrated by the 2016 rating of Van Alstyne ISD as number 40 of 942 Texas school districts (well within the top 5%).
  • lists fifteen churches in or near Van Alstyne and several are over 100 years old.
  • The fifth oldest Boy Scout troop in the nation: Troop #44, was formed here and is still very active.
  • There are many civic organizations.  There is a Masonic Lodge, an Order of the Eastern Star, and a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
  • There is also a Historical Society and a hard working Keep Van Alstyne Beautiful organization.
  • Van Alstyne has its own police, fire & EMS departments and an excellent city library. We take great pride in these agencies and in our hard working administrative & public works staffs.
  • We have an excellent college for academics and/or vocational students.
  • Dynamic Economic and Community Development Corporations along with other governmental advisory boards, and a busy Chamber of Commerce.

Van Alstyne is a wonderful city, and we are deliberately preparing for the rapid growth that is coming to the entire corridor north of Dallas.  We earnestly hope you will join our community.

Best wishes,

Mayor Larry Cooper