Mid Valley Realty


Forming part of Hidalgo County and located in the esteemed Rio Grande Valley is Mid-Valley. It comprises the cities of Weslaco, Mercedes, and Donna. This area is close to the Mexican border and within close proximity of cities like Harlingen. With populations of less than 39,420, Mid-Valley boasts a blend of family life and things to do. Residents who live here enjoy a low cost of living, high economic growth, and very pleasant winters.

As the logistic center of the Rio Grande Valley, Weslaco has the growth and commerce of a thriving metropolis. It is the hub of the Mid-Valley’s nature tourism and is home to three nature parks including the World Birding Center, the six-acre Valley Nature Center or Frontera Audubon.

Mercedes, also known as Queen of the Valley, promotes an outdoor life, with easy access to six wildlife refuges, including the noteworthy Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. It is ideal for those who enjoy activities like hiking, fishing, bird watching, or game hunting. However, with the popular Mexican port of call city of Progreso close by, you can visit the authentic local market, variety of restaurants, and world-class beaches.

The city of Donna was named after Donna Hooks, daughter of TJ Hooks, the man who started developing the land in 1900 in the then-frontier world. It is a family-friendly city that is also home to the Las Palomas Wildlife Refuge and the Estero Llano Grande State Park.

Real Estate

Mid-Valley is a popular area with families, so the most dominant housing style is free-standing homes with two or three bedrooms. However, there are also smaller apartment buildings. Because families settle here, the homeownership rate in Weslaco is 64% with a median property value of $78,400. In Mercedes, it’s 62% with an average home cost of $62,500 and with home appreciation in Mercedes being up 4.3% in the last 12 months, now is a good time to buy. Donna has a homeownership rate of 59% and an average median cost of $55,800.

Getting Around in Weslaco, Mercedes, Donna

Residents in Mid-Valley generally get around by means of their own car with a minimal percentage of people using public transport. Around 80% of residents in Weslaco have their own cars and with the US Highway 83, the daily commute is only about 22 minutes. It is conveniently located 15 minutes to the east of McAllen and 15 minutes to the west of Harlingen on U.S. Expressway 83.

Most people in Donna and Mercedes also get around by driving and less than 1% of people in these communities rely on mass transit. The main roads of US Highway 83, I-2, E Expressway 83 and S International Blvd run through these cities and make getting around easier.

Life in Mid-Valley

Some of the prominent industries to work in here include health care, education, and retail, so there is no shortage of schools around Mid-Valley. Here you will find major retail chains and ample shopping opportunities, but with a small-town charm. There are regular events like live jazz music, art displays, and the Texas Onion Fest.

You can also visit one of the museums or attend a show at theatres like the Tower Theater and Mayor Eugene A Braught Memorial Theater. Mercedes boasts the region’s largest factory outlet mall as well as two golf courses, a public planetarium, and one of the state’s top 10 largest livestock shows. Living costs tend to be low and the weather is mostly warm. Expect to see an abundance of birdlife during fall, winter, and spring as the area hosts migrating birds.

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Average Home Value

$265,473 Average Listing Value

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