4 Acres – Industrial – Robert S. Light – Buda

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This industrial lot is for sale in a rapidly developing part of Buda. Robert S. Light has been approved to be extended to the west to connect with FM 2770. This extension will include an overpass over the railroad track. City funding is in place and right-of-way has been acquired.

A convenience store is planned for the Corner Lot (Lot 1) of Robert S. Light Blvd and South Loop 4. Two 10,000sq ft industrial buildings have recently been built on Lot 2 which fronts on South Loop 4.

See attached package for more information.
4 Ac Robert S Light Pkg

The Buda Stagecoach Park Story

Buda’s Stagecoach Park on Main Street is a wonderful place with historic buildings, trails, playgrounds, and even an Amphitheater. The park is also a monument to Texas charm with its trails lined by Pecan, Live Oak, and Blueberry Juniper trees. But this great place was not always meant to be- in 1998 the site of Buda’s Stagecoach Park was on track to become an overnight RV park. As towns grow they can often to lose track their country landscapes, this is the story of the part I played in preserving some of Buda’s natural beauty.

At the beginning of 1998 the old stagecoach house property and site of future Stagecoach Park on Main Street (52 acres) was listed for sale by an Austin Realtor. The owners were two Stanzel Brothers – Victor & Joe.

The Austin Realtor had a buyer for the property that wanted to turn it into an RV campground. At that time, I was a member of the Buda Old Town Association and our organization had worked diligently to have the old stagecoach house part of the property (1.9 acres) gift deeded to our organization. This is the historic home built for postmasters of Buda. We had no idea what would happen to the remaining 50 acres.

By June 1998 Gray White, the Buda Mayor, became alarmed that the sale to the RV Park developer might go through. He and I met to discuss the property. He complained that the Austin Realtor would not take him seriously about the City of Buda wanting to buy the property. The realtor was not returning Mayor White’s telephone calls.


I told Gray that there was a state law that said that a listing broker had to present a written contract offer to the owners. I told him that if we wrote up a contract to buy the property then the listing Realtor would have to present to offer to Victor & Joe Stanzel and the Realtor would also have to talk to the city.

By a stroke of luck the Stanzel brothers had a niece named Helen Niesner who lived in Hays Country Oaks subdivision just to the west of Buda. When Helen learned of the two options for the property, she talked with her uncles and helped to persuade them to sell the property to the city instead of to the RV park developer.

At this same time, Grey White then made the remarkable decision for the City of Buda to buy all of the property.   He had found the necessary money somewhere in the city budget and we scheduled the closing for August 1998. The sale closed on August 28, 1998 at the Law offices of Robert Giberson (Hays County Abstract) located at 317 North Railroad Street Buda, Texas.

There was some continued talk about the Old Stagecoach House and the original post office building being donated to the Buda Old Town Association, but in the end the city decided to retain all of the property.

stagecoach park map

In February 2004 Texas Parks & Wildlife made a $500,000 donation to the City of Buda “to acquire by donation 1.2 acres and develop 50.4 acres of city-owned non-parkland as Buda Stagecoach Park located on Onion Creek in the east area of the city. Proposed development includes a 1.2 acre wetland dedication, 5.0 acre open space dedication, 1.91 mile hike/bike trail, 0.15 mile nature trail, wetland garden, lighted amphitheater, pavilion, playground, nine picnic stations, 10 benches, pond, three camp sites, council ring, creek observation overlook, wetland observation overlook, park overlook, creek access areas, wildflower meadow, xeriscape gardens, three educational/information kiosks, interpretive signs, and program signs. The local match consists of the value of the city-owned non-parkland, Hays County grant funds, and private donations of land and labor.”

As a member of the Hays county Parks Advisory Board I was pleased to cast a vote to approve the above described “grant funds” from Hays County for the Stagecoach Park development.

The Old Stagecoach house is now the location of the city of Buda Parks & Recreation Department as well as the city tourism office. The remainder of the land is now a city park, The Stagecoach Park.

Growth across Central Texas has changed many communities and separated us from our natural histories. Often our discussions of land are in the utilitarian language of zoning, parking, and site planning. At Stagecoach Park on Main St. in Buda we managed to preserve, for generations to come, some of the wild beauty that preceded our town.


John B. Sanford, Realtor, Representative for the City of Buda for the purchase of the Old stagecoach House and Buda original post office.

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.

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