SOLD – 804 Laurel – Coves of Cimarron

Beautiful large lot home in the Coves of Cimarron! Well manicured yards are ready for gardening and enjoying the quiet of the outdoors on the back porch. Upgrades include all new flooring on the 1st floor, silestone countertops in Kitchen and bathrooms, remodeled master bath, and fresh interior and exterior paint. New roof Summer of 2018 and foundation repair in Spring of 2018. Assigns to Carpenter Hill Elementary and will soon have easy access into Austin with the new SH 45 Extension. Easy access to South Austin shopping and downtown Buda restaurants.

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1000sq ft for Lease – Retail / Commercial – 970 FM 967, Buda


Rent: $20/sq ft, NNN Estimated at $6/sq ft

Traffic: 17,456 VPD (TxDOT 2016)

Superior office/retial location near downtown Buda with many professional and medical offices in the immediate area. Easy access from major neighborhoods in Northwest Buda. Unfinished space, tenant improvement allowance negotiable. Vacant and ready for immediate occupancy.
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Sold! 12802 Lazy Oak – Coves of Cimarron

Beautiful Home on over a half acre in The Coves! Large trees cover this lot on a low traffic road and classic pillars line the front porch. Large back yard features a covered patio and 2nd story deck. Interior features include a large kitchen that is open to the living room, new laminate flooring in common areas, dining room, and study. Large master on the first floor. Natural light fills every room of the house. Assigns to Carpenter Hill elementary

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LEASED – FM 967, Buda

2020 FM 967, Buda, TX 78610

1,452sqft, 4 offices 1 conference room.

Rent: $2,178 Triple Nets Estimated at $670/month

Traffic: 10,380 VPD (TxDOT 2015)

Large lighted sign on site, tenant must get approvals from city of Buda. 11 Parking spaced including one handicapped. One acre lot offers room for additional parking if needed. Property is handicap accessible with access ramp. Superior location just 2 miles West of Buda’s Original Main St. Many medical and professional businesses in the immediate area. Vacant and ready for immediate occupancy.

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The Lehman High School Story

Hays County has always been a place of community effort. That effort was crucial to establishing the school district’s second high school site and I’m proud to have been a part of it.


In 2001 The Hays CISD Administration office hired John B. Sanford Real Estate to assist the district in finding two new school sites.  Student growth had caused the need for a new high school.  We had several early meetings about the process.  The staff informed me that when a district changed from one high school to two high schools that this was more difficult than moving from two high schools to three.  We had to take in account the location of Hays High School which was in the middle part of the western half of the district.  The new high school site could not be too close to Hays High school.   This requirement caused the search to be in an arc from FM 1626 and the Travis County Line over to the east side of IH 35 and then south to the extreme south end of the district.  The school district already owned a large enough land tract on FM 967 just to the west of FM 1626, so this site was included as the first option along the arc.

As I contacted land owners along this arc, at times I received the response, “John do not consider part of my property, move along to your other choices.”  It was becoming clear that not everyone wanted a new high school as a neighbor.  Eventually we found a list of eight land tracts along the arc that were far enough away from Hays High School.  The staff wanted to narrow it down to the three best choices and then let the school board make the final decision.

The final decision came down to a tract of land owned by Ted Lehman off of Bunton Creek Rd in Kyle.  As I sat across from him at his kitchen table and discussed the possible sale of some of his farm land he told me, “Mr. Sanford if it was anybody else wanting some of my land I would not sell, but because it is for the school district I will try to make this work.”   At that time, I did not realize that he was a former Hays CISD School Board President.

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Mr. Lehman was very particular about where the boundary line would be since he would still own the adjacent land.  He did not like the location of one of the surveyor’s stakes and on a rainy muddy day he told me to find a jeep and he and I would drive out in the mud and drive a stake at the exact point where he wanted it.  After we finished, he asked,” Mr. Sanford, Where did you get this jeep.”  I told him that I had borrowed it from Michael Thames.”  He commented, “Those Thames boys are good boys.”  I answered, “Yes sir.”  He added, “They both played football for Hays.  That John Thames would really hit you if you carried the ball around his side of the field.  Be sure and tell Michael Thank you for the loan of the jeep.”

All through this process there was concern in the community about football coach Bob Shelton and his opinion about opening up a second high school. In other districts football coaches have been known to oppose new high schools out of a fear of dividing up athletic talent.  I knew coach Shelton because we both volunteered on the board of the North Hays Optimist Club.  One day I asked him, and he said, “John, I’m not going to be one to object to a second high school.  Right now, I have three boys to a locker for freshman football.  The second high school is needed.”

As we moved closer to the time of the sale, Mr. Lehman, decided that he would make a donation of a part of the land.  The site ended up being a total of 53.46 acres.

The Lehman High School campus opened in 2004 with 960 students in grades 8 through 10.  The school was named after the family of Ted Lehman.   Today a 455 seniors will walk the stage to graduate from Lehman.


Growing from small farming communities to suburban ones has at times been hard for Buda and Kyle. But the great efforts of our people helped move us forward in 2001 and again now as we look forward to the opening the district’s 3rd high school. More people may come, but I have faith that the people of Hays County will always do what it takes for the next generation.

Buda’s Carrington House Story

Buda is a city that changes with the times. From a small railroad stop to a thriving residential community Buda has always managed to carry some of its history with it. We can see these changes reflected structurally in one of Buda’s oldest and prettiest buildings- The Carrington House.

The old revivalist style home is one of the first buildings to greet you as you drive in on Main St and has been home to some of Buda’s important residents and seen its biggest changes.


The Carrington House was built as a hotel in 1882 by L.D. Carrington on 320 N. Main St. It was one of the first structures built on Main Street and intended to serve passengers on the new railroad stop in Buda which at the time was known as DuPre.

The hotel may be partially responsible for how Buda got its name. In the late 1800s that Texas had another DuPre and so the city would need a new name. One story of Buda’s origin is that the town was named after the Mexican widows, the “viudas,” who cooked food at the Carrington Hotel

The house would later be owned by W.S. Birdell, Dr. J.J. Horton, and the Millers. These were important figures in Buda’s history and many of their names have been memorialized in the streets of some of our newer residential subdivisions.

In spite of this history there was a time when the Carrington House was in such bad condition that it almost could not be restored.  In 1977 it was offered for sale and I drove down from Austin to see the property.  The price was under $30,000.  I was tempted to buy it, but I had brought a builder friend along with me and he advised me that it was too far gone.  He told me that it would cost so much to restore it that I could never make any money on the investment.  I took his advice and I passed on the opportunity.

In 1993, when I moved to Buda I met the amazing couple who had bought the home in 1977.  Neil and Lois Franklin had purchased the house and “brought it back.”  When I met them, they were living in the house and Neil was running his surveying and engineering business out of one of the downstairs front rooms.

They told me about all of the work that they had done to the Carrington House. They started with the foundation and then moved on to rebuilding the porches.  They added new electrical wiring, plumbing with new fixtures and a new central air conditioning system.  In the process they replaced a lot of damaged and deteriorated wood work and painted the house a tan color.

After Neil died, Lois decided to sell the house.  When she made this decision, I got a second chance to buy the property.  I bought it with 3 partners and we converted it to commercial office suites.  During the time that our partnership owned the property we rebuilt the porches (again) and added a new metal roof.  Of course we also replaced damaged wood and did more painting.

After many years of care and restoration the Carrington House could be a contributing structure in Buda’s National Historic District designation.

In January 2018 our partnership sold the property to a new owner who plans to maintain the property and continue its proper care.

The charm of Buda can be found in its history. Preserving the buildings and legacies that make Buda unique will be the main challenge in keeping the city a special place as we continue to grow.

John B. Sanford

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