San Marcos mixed-use development TRACE marks milestones

The complete TRACE development plan includes 1,000 single-family homes and up to 850 multifamily homes. (Courtesy Trace)
The complete TRACE development plan includes 1,000 single-family homes and up to 850 multifamily homes. (Courtesy Trace)

The complete TRACE development plan includes 1,000 single-family homes and up to 850 multifamily homes. (Courtesy Trace)

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The complete TRACE development plan includes 1,000 single-family homes and up to 850 multifamily homes. (Courtesy Trace)
TRACE, a $475 million, master-planned community in San Marcos, announced Dec. 2 that new commercial and multifamily developments are underway.

A 420-acre mixed-use development, TRACE will include retail buildings; single-family residential and multifamily homes; commercial projects and corporate campus land, according to an email from a TRACE spokesperson.

The Dec. 2 announcement also noted that home builder Chesmar Homes has joined the community's lineup of other builders, which includes Waterloo Homes by Brohn, Pacesetter Homes and Buffington Homes.

“We are very excited that construction is well underway on our first commercial and multifamily uses at TRACE,” said Steve Vliss, president of Highpointe Communities, the developer of TRACE. “Having nearby conveniences like gas stations and restaurants are part of what makes a community thrive. The Class A multifamily apartment homes will bring added residents, which in turn will attract more retail and restaurants to the area."

Chesmar will build 89 homes that will begin in the high $200,000s with floor plans of 1,723 square feet to 2,573 square feet. A model home is planned to open early 2021.


"We are also thrilled to welcome Chesmar Homes to our growing roster of quality builders giving homebuyers even more choices when selecting their dream home," Vliss said.

Other features of the community include a 13-acre retail site with I-35 frontage, a nine-acre retail site and a 43-acre site for a business park or corporate campus with up to one million square feet of commercial or office space.

A 326-unit apartment complex, Emerson @ TRACE, broke ground in September and will feature a private clubhouse with a fitness center, a great room with an entertainment kitchen and a coworking space. Additional amenities include a community garden, a dog park and a resort-style pool.

The complete TRACE development plan would add a total of 1,000 single-family homes and up to 850 multifamily homes, with community access to an amenity center, featuring another resort-style pool with a covered pavilion; playscapes; basketball and sand volleyball courts; Nacogdoches Park and Tejas Park; up to three miles of trails and an on-site elementary school.

1028 Esplanade Parkway, San Marcos. www.tracetexas.com
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.


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