The word trace can be…well, traced back to the Middle English usage, meaning “a path that someone or something takes.”  This meaning serves as a foundation for the Trace master planned community that is taking shape south of Austin in San Marcos.  Located just a stone’s throw from the historic El Camino Real de Los Tejas, a National Historic Trail once traveled by Spanish explorers and missionaries in the 1700s, Trace is embracing the site’s heritage and writing a new chapter in the story with the theme “Rich in History, Rooted in Texas.”

Located on 420 acres at I-35 and Posey Road, Trace is poised to bring almost 1,000 new single family homes along with 850 multi-family residential units to San Marcos, which has recently been recognized as the fastest growing city in America.  The median age of San Marcos residents is 23.7 years, well below the state average of 34 years.  Trace will be targeting this younger demographic, providing a live-work-play community complete with a 9-acre central park, miles of trails, a planned school site, and over one million square feet of business and commercial uses.

“We have been working with RVi and other members of the project team to create a distinctly artful and modern feel at Trace.  For example, rather than having individually branded neighborhoods like you might see in a traditional development, Trace aims to promote connectivity and a greater sense of community without borders,” says Caren Williams, Vice President of Development for Highpointe Communities.

Trace is expected to break ground later this year, with a planned opening date in Spring of 2017.