We Serve the Greater McAllen Area
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We currently provide our services to select areas in the McAllen area but may expand to others down the road.
Cities We Serve
Alamo, Texas is located just miles from the United States-Mexico border. It’s known as the “Refuge to the Valley” because of its proximity to the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, which has a variety of plants and wildlife unique to the area. The town is located in southern Hidalgo County and is part of the Rio Grande Valley.
Alamo was founded in 1909. As of 2010, it has a population of about 18,000. The town is very culturally diverse and has a large Hispanic presence. There are several elementary, middle, and high schools in the area, as well as three colleges within 30 miles: McAllen College, the University of Texas-Pan American, and Texas State Technical College-Harlingen.
Their history museum has artifacts and exhibits relating to the town’s history and culture. Visitors and locals can also visit the Chamber of Commerce, which always has up-to-date information on the town and the surrounding area. Another popular destination is the country club, which has a golf course, swimming pool, and tennis courts.
The town has a warm climate year-round, with the average daily temperatures in July and August reaching about 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The fall and winter seasons are much more temperate, usually reaching between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. More than 30,000 people visit the town every year in the winter. About 20,000 of these people are “Winter Texans” who spend up to eight months living in the town in the cooler months. There are several Winter Texan RV and mobile home parks throughout the town.
Donna, Texas is a city in Hidalgo County having a total area of 5.1 square miles and a southern boundary just a few miles north of the Rio Grande, which is the international border between Mexico and the United States. The Rio Grande Valley is well-known as one of the best bird-watching areas in the nation.
The 2010 Census showed a population of 15,798, which increased to 16,448 in 2014. Seasonal residents flock here during the winter to join the residents in enjoying the generally mild weather.
The town is named for Donna Hooks Fletcher, a divorcee, the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Hooks. In 1900, he began significant land development in the frontier, which included purchasing 23,000 acres in Hidalgo County, part of which was given to his daughter, then age 21. She played a prominent role in developing the town including establishing a cattle ranch and running a successful butter business.
This international bridge goes across the Rio Grande and links to the city of Río Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, that has a population of approximately 150,000. Opened on December 14, 2010, it took a long 29 years of stalling to begin construction after it was issued its presidential permit.
Located near the Mexican border, Edinburg, Texas is a growing city of 83,000 residents. Founded in 1908, it was named in honor of John Young who was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is the county seat of Hidalgo County. Due to its proximity to the Mexican border, it has a sizeable Hispanic influence. Another interesting aspect of its population is a large, single and educated workforce. It continues rapid growth because of the many activities it has to offer, the many top employers in the area as well as well as strong infrastructure, the top schools and universities in the area and a vibrant real estate market.
The residents of Edinburg never face boredom with the many activities and things to do. The Museum of McAllen History occupies over a city block, and has many exhibits such as an ice age mammoth, exhibits about local Native American tribes, Spanish exploration of the area, the Mexican War and the U.S. Civil War. For book lovers, it boasts a large public library. Sports lovers will enjoy the Roadrunners, an independent league baseball team in the North American League. Bird lovers enjoy the Scenic Wetlands.
Large employers are the life blood of communities by providing residents with stable employment as well as attracting new residents. It has their fair share of great employers for their residents to insure it continues to thrive. The top employers include Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg Consolidated School District as well as Hidalgo County. With two major airports nearby as well as Interstate 69C, its infrastructure continues to attract new employers and investment to the area.
With its many top rated schools, the Consolidated Independent School District serves local residents quite well. The Independent School District has magnet schools in the area as well to better serve the community. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley serves the residents of Edinburg. It provides top-notch education with a fully accredited medical school.
Edinburg continues to be a thriving community. Its many activities, great employers, great schools and growing real estate market attract many to the area. With its continuous growth, it will continue to be a great place to live, work and play for many years to come.
Located in the southern tip of Texas, La Joya had 3,985 residents as of 2010, according to the United States Census Bureau. Although a small town, it is part of the McAllen–Edinburg–Mission Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which is the sixth most populated metro area in the state. “La Joya” means “the jewel” and refers to the way the sun shining onto nearby Walker Lake looked like jewels to early settlers of the area.
Numbers of females and males who reside in the town are about equal, and about 95 percent of residents are of Hispanic origin. It’s a young town in terms of age, with the median age being about 29.5, as compared to the statewide median age of about 32.
There are many interesting and enjoyable things to do in the town and in nearby places. Rancho El Charco near Walker Lake and the Rio Grande offers mule-powered covered wagon rides, an archaeological dig, unique animals, concerts, wonderful cuisine, a waterfall, archery, fishing, and a swimming hole. The International Museum of Art and Science in nearby McAllen provides an excellent time spent learning for all ages.
It’s definitely possible to get a great deal on a home purchase, with the town’s median listing price being only about $77,000. This is considerably lower than house prices throughout the rest of Texas and the United States. However, there is a wide range of home prices and types available. Close to 70 percent of residents in the town own their homes.
Rentals are also reasonable at about $570 per month, which is also quite a bit lower than average rent throughout the state. As is the case with home prices, there is a wide range of rental prices available.
Located near the southwestern tip of the great state of Texas is the city of McAllen. Although to date this city is still relatively small and unknown, it is perhaps a treasure waiting to be discovered. It is no wonder visitors to this gem of a city fall in love with it.
Nicknamed City of Palms, McAllen ranks 21st on the list of most populated cities in Texas. Situated in the Rio Grande Valley it accounts for the bulk of the population of Hidalgo County. In its earlier days it was primarily rural and was heavily involved in agriculture. However in the 1980s and 1990s people began to discover the wonders of this region and it saw a boom in population as well as economic development. This catapulted it into its current status on the list of the most rapidly growing cities in all of the United States.
This city boasts a subtropical mild climate all year round, similar to that of the rest of the southwestern United States. The annual precipitation rate here is less than 22 inches with the heaviest rainfall totals coming in the warm summer months. Conversely the lightest amount of rainfall occurs in the winter.
As of 2012 the population of the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area of Texas exceeded one million. The majority of the people reside in the smaller cities of this county. The ethnic makeup and age range of people in the region is highly diverse. An interesting statistic is that almost sixty percent of the population consists of married couples.
There are several places of significance to visitors of the city. One is the Heritage Center Historical Museum. Here they will learn virtually everything about this city’s history and culture. The Heritage Center offers a series of exhibits, presentations and activities. As of earlier in this decade an extensive expansion of the Center was planned.
Another attraction of equal significance is the Museum of McAllen History. It features many of the same historical attributes as the Heritage Center. People should also make it a point to see the inspirational Veterans War Memorial and the incredible Sacred Heart Church.
Other cultural attractions in this delightful city include the Symphonic Band and the Symphony Orchestra. There are also several theater groups and a professional opera. Afterwards patrons can dine at one of a plethora of restaurants and diners scattered across the city, any of which are excellent choices.
Along with the population explosion in McAllen has come a huge spike in their real estate market. There are homes and condos of superb quality available for around $150,000+ while those of a more luxurious nature are going for $400,000+. It is also feasible to rent a place to dwell. Renters can expect to pay $650+ for an apartment and $1500 – $2500 for a house. These trends are expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
Mercedes, Texas, located in Hidalgo County, was founded in 1907 by the American Rio Grande Land & Irrigation Company. Nicknamed “The Queen City of the Valley”, the town is one of the oldest in the Rio Grande Valley. With just over 15,000 residents, it possesses the small town charm that was once so prevalent in the southern states.
The town is perhaps best known for its highly praised schools. The town is separated into two school districts based on geographic location. Eastern Mercedes is a part of the Mercedes Independent School District and Western M is a part of the Weslaco Independent School District. The town is also home to The Science Academy of McAllen and McAllen High School for Health Professions.
Mercedes is also a shopping mecca of the region. The Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets opened in the town in November 2008 and provide residents and out-of-towners alike with numerous choices for clothing, accessories, home goods, electronics, and more. The large selection of stores and restaurants cater to many different types of people across all ages, shapes, and sizes.
In the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, Mission, Texas provides a quaint oasis for families, tourists, and winter inhabitants. Founded in 1908, Mission is a vibrant part of the greater McAllen-Edinberg metropolitan area. With over 80,000 people, it sits in the southern tip of Texas in Hidalgo County. Because of its location, this traditional old town boasts warm weather year round, boulevards lined with palm trees, and makes a perfect destination for winter vacations or winter rentals. Lovingly known as “Home of the Ruby Red Grapefruit”, Mission remains a prime location for citrus growers and features an annual hometown parade celebrating the area’s rich culture.
Throughout the year, one of the largest viewable collections of butterflies in the United States can be seen at the 100-acre National Butterfly Center. In addition, nature abounds at the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, site of the World Birding Center. For the active set, four world-class golf courses reside here that enjoy perfect weather year-round.
With plenty to keep busy, Mission is the perfect getaway. Many retirees call this place home for the winters because of the temperate weather and lush environment. This small city is off the beaten path but not too far from large cities and an airport. For those looking to winter here, condos and townhomes are few but very reasonably priced at $2200 for over 3000 square feet. Many rental properties will put you in or near McAllen, the nearest big city to the east and commuting between the two is easy on Interstate Highway 2. As of February 2016, 31 new homes were constructed and on the market. Most are additions to housing developments, list at $130k and up, and sit just north of the scenic Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park.
Lying on the shores of the Rio Grande that creates the Texas/Mexico border, the confluence of cultures provides an abundance of delicious Tex-Mex foods and art. With a predominantly Hispanic and Latino population, there is a median household income of $43,542. A relatively young city, 23.6 percent of people have a bachelor’s degree or higher and the population is steadily growing with a 6.1 percent increase from 2010 to 2014. Median rent from 2010 to 2014 was $717 and the average value of an owner-occupied house during the same time was $96,100. Most of the newest rental properties are popping up on the east side of town where new construction and ever-growing metropolitan population hunts housing. Over 300 homes reside on the market, both in town and more remote. This special place is a heritage town, rich in Hispanic culture, and looks to be a prime location for winter homes and condo rentals.
This small, southern Texas town was settled around 1520 making it one of the oldest towns in the United States with a rich history. The Rio Grande River and Mexico border are just a few miles away. The 3,000 acre Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area protects wetlands, nesting areas and farmland in the Rio Grande Valley. The tiny Hidalgo County town hosts several festivals throughout the year including Veterans’ and Halloween events. The schools are in the La Joya district with satellite programs available to larger cities and nearby towns. This border town is close to McAllen and Edinburg, and many residents find employment related to the port of entry at Reynosa.
At the latest census in 2010, Penitas only has about 4,000 people with a median income of about $34,000. The cost of living is well below the national average in all categories, especially housing. The economic outlook for the region is good. The average commute time for jobs to nearby cities is around 30 minutes. The majority of the residents are of Hispanic origin, and many can trace their roots back generations to families living in the area.
Pharr is a city in far-south Texas in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metro area. The city was estimated in 2014 to have a population of 75,382. Its location close to the Mexican border gives it a strong Mexican cultural influence. The city is a popular place for wealthy Mexicans to come over the border to vacation and shop, driving a strong retail economy. There are also many seasonal residents who come down from the Northern U.S. and Canada. The city is located on the Texas side of the wide and flat Rio Grande Valley, and is surrounded by fields growing vegetables and citrus.
The town was founded in 1910 by Henry N. Pharr and John Connally Kelley on land that had previously been owned by the Louisiana-Rio Grande Canal Company. The city was first envisioned as a home for plantation workers, but Kelley’s plans for sugarcane plantations in the area failed soon after the town’s founding. Pharr was a very small city for much of its existence, but started growing quite rapidly at the dawn of the 21st century. The city’s youth means that most of its housing stock is relatively new, with over 50 percent of homes less than 40 years old. The home ownership rate in the city is 61 percent. Most residents live in single-family homes, with only 20 percent of residents living in multi-unit buildings. The median monthly housing cost for renters is $346.
As one would expect because of its proximity to the balmy Gulf of Mexico, the city has a humid sub-tropical climate. Temperatures in the winter are quite mild, with average highs in January in the 60’s. The area is quite hot in the summer, with highs over 100 from June to September.
Unemployment in the city is slightly higher than the national average at 6.9 percent, but this will probably improve, as jobs have increased 1.5 percent over the last 12 months and are forecast to increase 36 percent in the next decade. The average home price is increasing at a rate of .5 percent a year. The population has grown over 45 percent since the year 2000, and population growth is expected to continue.
This McAllen town scores well by many metrics of livability. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metro area is one of the most secure large metro areas to live in, and the cost of living is 25 percent less than the national average. The median home price in Pharr is $70,100, and the average worker commute is 19 minutes.
Located on the Mexican border in Hidalgo County, Texas, Progreso is a relatively small community. The most recent US Census estimate in 2014 puts the population at 5,801 residents. The town is mostly blue-collar, with many jobs being in the service industry. Only 3 percent of its residents hold a college degree and 51 percent live at or below the federal poverty line. The town borders the Mexican city of Nuevo. Progresso and has been a Port of Entry into the United States since 1952.
A new international bridge was built in 2003. Texas Border Tours are offered for those interested. Tourists and residents can have the unique experience of crossing onto the Mexican side of the border by foot and spend a day shopping and eating. It is known as one of the safest crossing points in the state. In 2014 the FBI investigated a political corruption scandal which involved members of the local government. Officials were accused of giving bribes and kickbacks to other parts of the community. All guilty parties were sentenced.
Rio Grande Vally - RGV
Located in the southern most part of Texas, the Rio Grande Valley includes the counties of Willacy, Hidalgo, Starr, and Cameron. The Gulf borders the east as the Rio Grande River borders the south. Brownsville takes claim as the largest city while McAllen takes second. Despite the multiple counties, the Rio Grande Valley is not overpopulated and remains comfortably pastoral with a population at just over 1.3 million. As an added bonus, despite a population of over a million, the Rio Grande Valley ranks below the United States average in total crime.
Living and Housing Statistics
The Rio Grand Valley extends from the mouth of the Rio Grande for just over one-hundred miles. The lower area, or Lower Rio Grand Valley, provides excellent agricultural land. The variations of soil throughout this delta range from sandy to clay. From 1898 to 1904 irrigation and the railroad saw a vast developmental period that extended another twenty years after.
As the population grew from 2,734 in 1850 to nearly 1.3 million today, the 100 some mile stretch allowed the area to remain rustic while growing steadily. Housing costs remained low while agriculture and tourism rose.
Today, the average income equates to about $43,835 while the median reaches approximately $31,430 and an average household net of $270,978.
Purchasing a home in the Rio Grande Valley depends largely on the location, but pricing remains reasonable throughout the valley. When looking for a home, the median sale price is only $89,195 with household expenditures averaging $39,893.
A single family home with two bedrooms and one bath in McAllen can cost only $79,900 while a four-bedroom home with two bathrooms can run at $167,000. This leaves the Rio Grand Valley as a beautiful and affordable area to live.
Housing rentals are more inexpensive than one might expect from a popular area for tourism, but the rates are steady without unexpected rises. The prices take in the current economy while maintaining a community feel.
A house rental with three bedrooms and two baths range from $875 to $2,000 a month. A two bedroom, one bath home averages a range of $525 to $1,450. Meanwhile, a four-bedroom home with three baths can run $1,800 a month in the lower valley.
Rental properties are widely available and offer a variety of options available throughout the valley. The lower valley runs a bit less than the upper valley, but either area makes a bold, and proven, claim of dependable, affordable, safe living.
A school system, whether for self or family, matters to the Rio Grande Valley. The whole area puts a steep importance on the value of education. The education system in Rio Grand Valley ranges, but includes the higher level universities such as:
- University of TX Rio Grande Valley
- University of TX–Pan American
- and Brownsville University of TX
- TX Southmost College
- Brownsville, Regional Campus for the University of TX The School of Public Health (UTSPH)
Rio Grande Valley high schools have the added benefit of listing as some of these schools among the best in the country and receiving national gold medals:
- Lamar Academy
- IDEA Academy and College Preparatory School in Donna
- IDEA Frontier College Preparatory in Brownsville
- The Science Academy of South TX in Mercedes
- Brownsville Early College High School
- IDEA College Preparatory San Juan
- IDEA Quest College Preparatory in Edinburg
- McAllen High School for Health Professions in Mercedes
- IDEA College Preparatory Mission
- South TX Academy for Medical Professions in San Benito
- South TX Business Education and Technology Academy in Edinburg
- IDEA College Preparatory San Benito
Education in the Rio Grande Valley ranges from no high school to graduate degree with the some college ranking at 21.9%.
Historic Landmarks & Attractions
Renowned for its birds, weather, and orchards, the Rio Grande Valley has an abundance of shopping opportunity, attracting people year-round. While anglers and beach-goers thrive within the Gulf ports, the region offers far more than the waters:
- Orchards and Self-pick Farms
- The lost Spanish treasure cave of Hidalgo County remains a particular historical site of great interest.
While the Rio Grande Valley isn’t technically a valley but a delta, early 20th century settlers nicknamed the area Magic Valley. As a result, it has since earned the derivatives:
- The Magical Valley of Rio Grande
- El Magico Valle del Rio Grande
- El Valle
- The Valley
- The Lower Valley
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San Juan is located in Hildago County in southern Texas, just a few minutes away from the United States-Mexico border. The city began appearing on maps in 1904 and became an incorporated town in 1917. According to the 2010 census, the city has a population of 33,970, which is almost a 30 percent increase from its population in 2000.
The city is home to many local shops and restaurants as well as several annual events. Around Christmas, the city hosts a festival and parade, a toy giveaway, and a “Reindeer Run” 5K race. They also have an annual Halloween festival and costume contest, a Memorial Day ceremony, a Veterans Day celebration, and a springtime street festival.
The city is best known for the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle, a Basilica of the Catholic Church. The Basilica has a rich and extensive history, and they have several masses every week. The city also has several high schools and colleges in the area as well as a public library with almost 25,000 books.
Summers in San Juan are very warm, with average daily temperatures in July and August above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall, winter, and spring have more comfortable temperatures, with daily averages between 60 and 75 degrees. In the summer, about 80 percent of days are sunny.
The 2010 Census showed a population of 4,002 in Sullivan City, Texas, and in 2014 it was 4,152 with 92 percent urban and 8 percent rural. The main industries are Construction (23%), Manufacturing (15%), and Retail Trade (12%). There are 79 grocery stores, 6 club stores and/or supercenters, 240 convenience stores with gas, and 337 full-service restaurants. The average listing price of homes is $92,666 and the rental index as of March, 2016 was $899 a month.
Sullivan City, Texas, is located on 3.58 square miles of land at the southern tip of the state. As part of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Region of Texas along the Rio Grande and the Gulf of Mexico, the Valley is an international border between Mexico and the United States and has 15 points of entry.
In the extreme southwestern part of Hidalgo County, the city was named for a World War veteran, Captain Ed Sullivan, a local ranch owner, and part of his ranch became a loading station for the Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1927. Formally opened in 1908, the town was incorporated in 1911.
International Museum of Art & Science
In nearby McAllen, this family and children-friendly museum presents an outstanding collection of folk art, fine art, crafts, and scientific objects from all around the world. There is a permanent collection of one of the largest collections of 16th-century European paintings and Mexican folk art. Temporary exhibits have included a tribute to the motorcycle and a collection of silver objects from Colonial Mexico.
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
This 2,088-acre tropical world was established in 1943 for the protection of migratory birds and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It is positioned along a north-south and east-west juncture of two major migratory routes for numerous bird species and at the northern-most point for a number of species whose range extends into Central and South America. Also featured are butterflies, other rare species, and 14 miles of trails.
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