Salado is a small creek-side village that has become a booming tourist destination in southern Bell County. It lies approximately halfway between Waco and Austin on Interstate 35 and is known for its artistic flare. Home to several distilleries, bed and breakfasts, festivals, galleries, and wineries, Salado is an artistic haven. Think farmhouse destination weddings and glass-blowing or pottery classes. Most of the shopping and (divine) restaurants are independently owned, so if you need big brands like Target and Old Navy, you’ll be looking elsewhere. Foodies have no complaints about the variety of cuisines in this quaint village!


Intellectually curious, artistically-leaning connoisseurs of locally roasted coffee and macaroons flock to Salado. Ok, maybe that’s not fair. The home prices are considered to be pricey for the area, so the military families that you do encounter will likely be very high-ranking. The residents are mostly civilians and commonly dual-income. This is a great spot to consider if you or your spouse will be pursuing employment in nearby Georgetown! Young couples also love Salado for the music, restaurants, and general freedom to enjoy a sophisticated lifestyle unencumbered by children.

Neighborhood Feel

Neighborhoods in Salado have a definite small-town vibe. The landscape is serene with towering trees, plenty of green spaces, and the Salado Creek. Wildlife sightings are common and add to the charm. Mills Creek offers custom builds in a variety of styles, from traditional to vintage farmhouses with shiplap—yes, we’re in Joanna Gaines’s country.

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Neighborhood Location

TJ Mills Gate
Drive Time to Gate
30 to 35* minutes
By Transit

Neighborhood Info

Salado - Fort Hood, TX -

Points of Interest

The Shops on Main Street

Salado Creek Vineyard & Winery

Pace Park

Salado Sculpture Garden

Salado Youth Soccer Fields

Stagecoach Inn

Big Plus

Salado is a charming, artistic community with a robust local retail and restaurant scene. Want to do a pub tour with custom-made mason jars? How about an edgy art walk after a round of golf or afternoon wine tasting? Sophisticated culture with a side of Texas hospitality abounds.

Career-minded spouses will love the proximity to larger cities like Georgetown, Austin, and Waco!

Things to Consider

Homes in Salado are pricey, and the commute is long.

Central Texas gets hot. We’re talking sweltering hot. Transplants from anywhere except the southeastern U.S. report experiencing climate shock. This semi-arid region has warm winters and hot, humid summers. Look for homes with big, shady oak trees to save on cooling expenses. Irrigation systems are also a huge money and time saver if you plan to keep up a yard. Also, be aware that this is part of Tornado Alley.

How’s the Market?

The average Salado home value is $491,025, up 7.0% over the past year, and goes to pending in around 39 days, according to the Zillow Home Value Index (May 2023).

School Scoop

Public schools in Salado belong to Salado Independent School District (SISD). 

Nonresident students may transfer into the SISD by filing an application for transfer each school year with the Superintendent and are only in effect for one school year at a time.  

Salado ISD offers a full-day 3-year-old preschool program to children of military members residing in the attendance zone of the on-post school they will attend. A full-day 4-year-old preschool program is available to children of military members, those who speak a language other than English at home, those eligible for free/reduced lunch, and homeless and foster children.

In 2013, Salado High School was ranked in the top 5% of high schools in the nation by Newsweek, according to the Superintendent of SISD.

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