SH 45 Extension – September Update

45swTravis county voters approved the SH 45 extension connecting FM 1626 to Mopac in 1997.  It is now completely funded and under construction as a toll road.  There had been a last-minute effort to stop this road with a lawsuit, but on August 4th the Federal court decisively ruled in favor of the Mobility Authority and TxDOT.  Work is now being done on overpasses at Bliss Spiller Road, Bear Creek, and Danz Creek.  The scheduled completion of this important road is Late 2019.

When completed SH 45 Southwest will knock 9 to 17 minutes off the drive time for area commuters traveling from Buda into central Austin.  The road opening will also reduce traffic and shorten drive times on Brodie Lane.

For Hays county residents, this road will also improve connectivity between Dripping Springs and the Buda-Kyle area.  This new east-west travel option will replace traveling on narrow country roads that have many twists and turns.

A retail and mixed-use development called Hays Commons is planned at the intersection of SH 45 SW and FM 1626.  Over 100 acres is planned for a commercial area that  could include a grocery store and complimentary retail.  As a part of the development agreement with the city of Hays 113 acres of parkland will be donated to the city.

John B. Sanford, Broker

The Sportsplex Land Story – Buda, Texas


Development doesn’t always go in a straight line. The paths that turn vacant land into shopping centers, grocery stores and homes are full of unexpected twists. In the mid-2000s I was involved in developing a significant commercial corner in Buda that opened up land for over a thousand homes. It is important to keep histories of Buda’s past alive as the city grows, this is one story of how Buda came to be.

In 2004 The land at the Northwest corner of FM 967 and FM 1626 was undeveloped and owned by the Dahlstrom Family.  On the tax rolls, it was in the name of Cecilia Austin.  Knowing the potential for the property I called her to discuss it. Mrs. Austin explained that the land was tied up in a complicated family partnership and selling the property would be difficult due to conflicting interests.

After several months of family negotiations, I successfully listed the property for sale.  Michael Thames and Terri Wimmer then bought the property.

In 2005, Michael Thames and Terri Wimmer, donated the land just west of the intersection for the Fire & EMS station that is now there.  They also sold the corner lot to Sac-N-Pac for a convenience store which has since been bought by Stripes.

Thames & Wimmer sold the majority of the remaining land (98 acres) to the Buda Economic Development Corporation. I was one of the agents that negotiated the land sale.   In July of 2005, the Buda EDC then donated 14.19 acres for the Hays Communities YMCA.  The Buda EDC then started developing the baseball fields as a Sportsplex that could hold baseball and softball tournaments.  In 2008 the Sportsplex baseball fields were completed. The EDC also developed 7.5 acres of frontage lots which were bought by many businesses.


As part of developing the 7.5 acres of commercial lots the Buda EDC extended the city sewer lines to this property.  The first commercial lots were sold in 2006.  The sewer line for the commercial lots also provided city sewer for the land that was later developed into Garlic Creek, Elm Grove, Whispering Hollow, and Summer Pointe residential subdivisions.

To many the growth in Northwest Buda around FM 1626 and FM 967 may seem like a natural process of time. But in fact these changes required dozens of actors all working in concert for many years.  Buda has come to be the city we love in spurts and twists. In this case it was from a phone call that turned vacant land to a commercial corner that provided sewer access to many new residents.

John B. Sanford, Realtor  –  Community Builder

SOLD – 206 Canyon Wren – Leisurewoods – Buda

Beautifully updated Leisurewoods home- New Roof, New Septic (coming soon), fresh interior paint, new tile floors in bedrooms, no carpet, new granite in kitchen including laundry room sink. Secluded acre lot with numerous mature trees, some fruit bearing. Large back porch perfect for get togethers has been recently re-stained.

4 bedroom – 2 bath
Listed at $345,000

Call J.D. Sanford at 512-924-1459 for more information

Acerage at the Entrance to Green Meadows

Green Corners aerial
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Corner of Green Meadows Lane & CR 118, 3.16 Acres. Entrance to Green Meadows subdivision and across from Stonefield. Great location for neighborhood retail.

C-Store to be built on the lot immediately south of 3.16 Acres. Goforth water and city sewer at site. Electricity is by Pedernales Electric. (Ag Exempt.)

Price: $579,500   $4.20/ sq ft owner/agent

See the attached package for more information.
3.16 Acre PKG 2017

Call John B. Sanford at 512-922-5633 for more information.

Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions

We are happy to be a part of the growth of Hays County! Below are some recent sales that we have completed and that you may see around town.

  • Leased a 15,000 sq ft warehouse in The Park 35 South industrial development to Austin Materials
  • Sold 5 acres located at 2041 FM 2001 for a new 46,000 sq ft warehouse building. This is the new home for Buda Woodworks.
  • Sold 4 acres on Robert S. Light Blvd (Buda Truck By-Pass) to Liquid Waste Solutions. They will build their new facility at this location
  • Sold 503 South Loop 4 (aka FM 967 South) Office / Retail building to an investor.  This commercial building has two lease spaces
  • Sold a hotel site on White Wing Drive (new FM 2001) A new Studio Six Hotel is now being built on this site. (Cabelas Overpass – East side)
  • Sold 2 acres on S. Loop 4 (FM 967 South) to an investor who is building two 10,000 sq ft buildings. We are now looking for tenants.
  • Sold 1.8 acres on Old Goforth Road just to the south of Green Meadows Drive. A new neighborhood convenience store is being built on this site.

State Hwy 45 Southwest – Update

Today a federal judge in Austin denied the injunction against the future toll road planned on State Highway 45 that will connect Mopac to 1626 in Hays County.

Construction will now be allowed to begin on the 3.6 mile tollway that will give Buda residents another route into Austin.

You can read more here on the Austin American Statesman


Private rural residence – UNRESTRICTED – 9.94 Acres – $360,000

Nice country home, shows well. Room to build additional structures. Unrestricted so this is a good home for a family that wants to raise 4-H animals. Land in process of being subdivided. Closing can occur shortly after subdivision completed.

1,664 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths

Contact John B. Sanford at 512-922-5633 for more information.

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