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Waco's Best Kept Secrets

Wednesday May 26, 2021


SpaceX, L-3 Communications, MarathonNorco Aerospace, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Baylor University, Caterpillar Logistics.

From rocket development and Snickers candy to top-tier education and heavy equipment, these are a few of the companies that round out the Waco region’s list of corporate residents and esteemed employers.

Throw in HGTV “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market, the Dr Pepper Museum, and Lake Waco, and it is easy to see why this North Central region is one of the hottest housing and retail markets in Texas.

In addition, families are drawn by several stellar school districts including the Midway Independent School District which was ranked No. 1 in Niche’s “2021 Best School Districts in the Waco Area” list. 

3-2Conveniently located in the heart of Texas along the I-35 corridor, between the Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin metros, Waco has been making a name for itself on the Lone Star landscape since its founding in 1849. With a population of roughly 140,000, Waco and the surrounding region have been experiencing phenomenal growth over the last several years.

Offering the best of small-town charm, logistical convenience, and livability paired with proximity to big-city amenities in myriad Texas destinations, this scenic area is a thriving backdrop for John Houston Homes.

Read on to explore select new and existing John Houston communities perfect for your luxurious Waco-area dream home!


Now Selling Communities

Lake Forest – Woodway, TX – Peace and tranquility define the established Lake Forest subdivision nestled into the rolling, wooded land along the shores of Lake Waco. Life in Lake Forest is enhanced by the natural beauty, vegetation, and wildlife afforded by the nearby waterfront. The community is situated within the esteemed Midway ISD and offers easy access to popular shopping and dining destinations in the Waco region. Homes in this community are priced from the high $300s to high $500s and range in size from 1,800 to 3,300 square feet. Gas is available in this beautiful, low-maintenance community which had a home showcased in the Heart of Texas Builders Association Parade of Homes 2021. Favored for its scenic beauty and safe environs, Lake Forest has limited remaining lots available.

Callan Village – Waco, TX – Located within the city limits of Waco, Callan Village is a master-planned community that was unveiled in 2020.  Zoned to the highly acclaimed Lorena ISD, Callan Village offers quarter-acre home sites and will feature amenities such as a resort-style pool, playground, pavilion, and more. Perfect for growing families, Callan Village homes start in the high $300s. This exclusive community is taking shape in the southern portion of Waco at the intersection of Ritchie Rd. and Panther Way, and will offer easy access to Hewitt Drive, Highway 84, and I-35. Set amidst pastoral surroundings, Callan Village will be an ideal place to relax, unwind, and enjoy time at home!

Sunwest Village Ph. 10 / Sunwest Village Ph. 11– Waco, TX – “Nice and quiet” is how Sunwest Village is often described by residents. Situated on the outskirts of southwestern Waco, Sunwest Village is a well-established subdivision that is now into its 10th and 11th phases of development. Located in the sought-after Midway ISD, and serviced by the top-rated South Bosque Elementary School, Sunwest Village is an upscale community well-suited to families and empty nesters alike. Homeowners enjoy gas and electric service, no HOA, and proximity to the nearby 2.5-mile-long Cotton Belt Trail ideal for hiking, biking, and running. Sunwest Village floor plans encompass 1,700 to more than 3,000 square feet and home prices range from the mid $300s to high $500s. This charming community is conveniently located along the Highway 84 corridor between Old Lorena Rd. and Harris Creek Rd.

Sunflower Ridge – Hewitt, TX – A newer community in the Waco area, Sunflower Ridge has been welcoming residents for four years. Located in the coveted Midway ISD, the community showcases 60 homes, no HOA fees, and offers gas and electric service to homeowners. Sunflower Ridge boasts expansive 85’ x 125’ home sites with floor plans spanning from 2,000 to 3,700 square feet. Home prices range from the upper $300s to $550s. Beautiful architecture and side-entry garages give these homes enduring property value. This community has limited space remaining so don’t miss this final opportunity to be a part of this upscale community!


Upcoming Communities

Renaissance – Waco, TX – Lot reservations will be accepted during Summer 2021 for phase 6 of this quality community. Renaissance lots in the newest phase are 60’ wide by 120’ to 139’ deep and will accommodate homes from 1,800 to 2,500 square feet. Home prices are expected to range from the mid$300s to the mid $400s. Tucked away in a picturesque enclave of Waco, the Renaissance community will offer residents zoning for the coveted Midway ISD as well as proximity to popular shopping, dining, and recreation destinations in the Waco area. 

West End at Val Verde – McGregor, TX – For the ultimate in custom homebuilding, look no further than the prestigious, master-planned community of West End at Val Verde. Located west of the McGregor Airport and northeast of the intersection of Highway 84 and Val Verde Rd., this brand-new community is enticing homebuyers with its promise of striking homes, fun playgrounds, walking/biking trails, a swimming pool, amenity center, entry pond, greenbelts, and more! Located on the scenic, rural outskirts of the southern Waco area, West End at Val Verde will feature 2,300- to 4,600-square-foot homes ranging in price from the high $400s to the low $700s. Make no mistake, this exclusive community will offer the finest in luxurious living including half-acre lots, natural gas, and stunning homebuilding options. Additionally, the West End at Val Verde is in the esteemed Midway ISD. We expect to begin selling in this community in July 2021. 

In Closing…

If you are considering a move to the Waco region, we invite you to explore the exciting and diverse residential options offered by John Houston Homes in the Waco-Hewitt-McGregor-Woodway area. For more details or to schedule an appointment for one of these communities, contact a New Home Advisor today at 866-251-0910.


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