Nimitz’ Long Influence on the Culture of Fredericksburg Texas

Fredericksburg Texas

World War II Museums

Most especially during the Veterans Day honors, one of the favorite sons of Fredericksburg Texas leads celebrations.  Chester William Nimitz spent the first five years of his life with his grandfather Charles Henry Nimitz in Fredericksburg.  The elder built and operated the iconic Nimitz Hotel, now the site of Adm. Nimitz Museum, and Historical Marker 10089.  The complex was renamed Adm. Nimitz State Historic Site – National Museum of the Pacific War.

Veterans Day Fredericksburg Texas

This week, the Veterans Day program will be held in Memorial Courtyard at the National Museum of the Pacific War.   At 11 AM Saturday, November 11, 2017 the Veterans Day program commences in the Memorial Courtyard at the National Museum of the Pacific War.  Capt. Michael tax is the keynote speaker.  At 2 PM on Saturday and 10:30 AM and 2 PM on Sunday will be the World War II Pacific combat program at the Museum.  See

Nimitz History

As commander-in-chief of the US Pacific Forces during World War II, Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz became the namesake of the Admiral Nimitz foundation in 1964.  The foundation restored the original design of the hotel.  In 1968 it was renamed the Admiral Nimitz Museum by the Texas Legislature as a tribute to Admiral Nimitz.  In 2000, it became dedicated exclusively to the Pacific theater battles of World War II.

Museum of Pacific War

Visitors from around the world come to honor veterans of the Pacific Theater.  They note the conning tower from the USS Pintado (SS-387) standing at the main entrance to the museum.  They learn about Pacific Combat, Quonset Hut Hospital, PT Boat and Base, Japanese tank, and machine-gun placements.

And the Peace Garden evokes forgiveness.  In 1976 during the 130th anniversary of the founding of Fredericksburg, a symbolic gesture took place.  The Japanese government gifted a Japanese Garden of Peace.  Adm. Nimitz personally admired the Japanese Adm., Marquise Togo.

The Museum includes a Living History, Veterans’ Walk of Honor and Memorial Wall.  Outdoors is a plaza of the presidents, dedicated on the 50th anniversary of the Japanese surrender delivered to Adm. Nimitz aboard the USS Missouri (BB-63).  The plaza pays tribute to the 10 US presidents who served during World War II.  Also on the premises, are the George HW Bush Gallery and the Nimitz Education and Research Center resources.

Nimitz Influences

Adm. Nimitz continues to influence the culture of our small community.  His legacy provides perspective, education, and a deep understanding of the importance of bravery and chivalry as values of the United States.  So, we see busloads of tourists from across the nation and throughout the world stopping here in Texas Hill Country.  It is not unusual for some of them to return and buy Fredericksburg homes.

SAGE Premium Texas Real Estate – Fredericksburg

For information about possible vacation homes and other real estate in Fredericksburg Texas, contact Dale E Cook at (830) 992-0056SAGE – Premium Texas Real Estate is located at 405 N. Llano St, Fredericksburg, Texas, 78624

A Big Bite of Dodd Frank Slows Down Real Estate Transactions

The Dodd Frank Act passed in 2010 and strongly affects real estate transactions.  Attempting to control “the financial stability of the United States,” Dodd Frank imposed over 3500 pages of rules.  The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University investigated how the new rules impact timelines pertaining to real estate transactions.Real Estate Transactions

The legislation is formerly referred to as the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  It is the government’s attempt to intervene and solve the problems that created the so-called Great Recession.  Its advocates insist that the new mortgage regulations have since prevented another nationwide mortgage default.  However, the millions of dollars it takes for banks to follow the Dodd Frank rules have driven many smaller banks from the mortgage industry.  So, there are consequences.

Objections to Dodd Frank

While proponents of Dodd Frank insist that the legislation stopped greedy bankers and predatory lenders, all kinds of experts believe it overreaches.  Many of them advocate less government intervention.  They also believe that the Fed’s artificially low interest rates create more problems.  We can all scratch our heads because government agencies like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were the ones subsidizing most of the risky loans, leading to a recession.  The list continues, citing continuing difficulty for first-time homebuyers and new retirees to get mortgages.

Measurable Transaction Time Frames

Ali Anari and Gerald Klassen, researchers at the TAMU Real Estate Center, studied the length of time it takes to sell homes and close transactions in two major markets.  1) Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land and 2) Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington.  These markets account for 55 percent of home sales in Texas.  Researchers drew three initial conclusions:

  1. “The length of time to sell homes in the two metro areas has trended downward” since the Great Recession.
  2. “The length of time to process home sale transactions after an offer is accepted has trended upward.”
  3. “… The percentage of time devoted to closing transactions has been trending upward to the extent that processing the transaction accounts for more than 40 percent of the time needed to sell a home.”

As part of the project, researchers looked at days on the market (DOM), days to close (DTC), and days to sell (DTS).

Suggestions for Borrowers Real Estate Transactions

The Real Estate Center and their article entitled “More Regulations, More Days to Close,” with a few suggestions for mortgage borrowers.  Gather the necessary paperwork up front.  This includes documentation for income, expenses, and credit history.  If borrowers are ready, they may be able to make up for the extra seven days it now takes to close.

Realtors – SAGE Premium Texas Real Estate

For information about real estate in Texas Hill Country, call Dale E. Cook at (830) 992-0056.  SAGE – Premium Texas Real Estate is located at 405 N. Llano Street, Fredericksburg, Texas, 78624

Investment Land in Fredericksburg Texas

Nicely located in the southeastern city limits, this residential lot in Fredericksburg Texas is zoned for multi- family residential use.  City utilities are available to the property.  The vacant land is flat and covered with native pasture and backs to mature trees.

Home to 11,000 residents, Fredericksburg is part of Gillespie County, Texas.  The vibrant community sits about an hour west of Boston and north of San Antonio. The destination getaway boasts a charming downtown and historic districts full of wonderful shops, restaurants, live entertainment, and galleries.  Fredericksburg also offers a moderate cost of living, good schools and medical facilities.

investment land

Details – Vacant Land for Sale in Fredericksburg

This 0.17-acre vacant land is Tract #11-A (Henry #2 Block C Lot 11-AR replat) in the HC Maier Addition.  The investment land is zoned R-2.  This is mixed residential use.  The zoning provides for possible multiple rental units, B&Bs, or other creative uses.  Consult with city planning office for unusual uses.  In the seller’s estimated taxes $770.  The listing price for this plot is $58,500.

Fredericksburg Texas Opportunities

Heart of Texas Hill Country real estate, Fredericksburg plays a key role in the area.  Currently, it is ripe for investments.  The community primarily features single-family homes and could use some low-maintenance options.  Fredericksburg has been on the list of Best Places to Retire.  This property is also favorable for someone who desires to build a good-looking duplex and live in one unit while renting out the other.  Possibilities are endless for this well-placed vacant lot.

Recreational activities enhance the lifestyle.  The Pedernales River flows through the southern portion of the community not too far from this plot.  Enchanted Rock State Park is north of town.  The Museum of the Pacific War and Peace Garden, Johnson Ranch, and other noteworthy attractions are close by. Ladybird Golf Course and Boot Ranch Golf Course offer year-round golf.


Families living in this neighborhood are served by the Fredericksburg School District.  There are also private schools and college programs available in Fredericksburg.


From Downtown Fredericksburg, take Main St and turn south on Hwy 87/Washington.  Turn right on Hale St.  The property is on the corner of Hale and Ettie St.  Note the cut for the driveway on Ettie.

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For information about the vacant land for sale on Hale St in Fredericksburg, call Dale Cook at (830) 992-0056SAGE – Premium Texas Real Estate is located at 405 N. Llano St, Fredericksburg, TX, 78624

Get Ready for Fall Festivals in Texas Hill Country

Are you in Austin or San Antonio?  Bring the whole family to the heart of Texas Hill Country for wholesome fun.  It is a great daytrip or unique getaway to one of the quaint bed-and-breakfast establishments in Fredericksburg.  You may find the endearing community a great place to own a second home.  Or maybe start a little farm.

Oktoberfest, October 6-8, 2017

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Oktoberfest, October 6-8, 2017

The 37th Annual Oktoberfest begins Friday, Oct 6.  The German music, morsels and refreshments will keep you toe tapping into the evenings.  Hop on the Texas Line Trail or stroll through the welcoming downtown Fredericksburg historic districts.

Texas Mesquite Art Festival, October 13-15, 2017

Come back for more.  The world’s finest Mesquite artisans will be in town showing off their collections of sculpted wood.  Fine one-of-a-kind pieces to accent your home decor.  There will be beautiful handcrafted furniture, unique crafts, and creative gifts available for early Christmas shopping.

Knights of Columbus Bestfest, October 21, 2017

Do not miss the celebration at the Marktplatz when the Knights of Columbus get cooking.  Polka bands and dancing for all at the casual celebration.  It is all-you-can-eat German-style side dishes!  Philip with craft beer and specialty sausages.

Food & Wine Fest, October 28, 2017

The annual Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest is a homage to Texas food and wine.  Several special events make this a do not miss occasion.  Buy tickets in advance.  Texas gourmet chefs and Texas Hill country wineries will be on their game.  Special events include wine pairing dinners, culinary demonstrations at the Grape Expectations Cooking School.  Come out for the Gargantuan Great Grape Toss, the silent auction, live music, and other fun activities.

Food & Wine Fest, October 28, 2017

Food & Wine Fest, October 28, 2017

Wildseed Farms Planting

Wildseed Farms goes into full gear with autumn planting season.  Drop by to taste the wine and learn about Texas wildflowers, sunflowers, seniors, and grape varietals.  All crops thrive in the unique climate of Texas Hill Country.  If you are short on time, be sure to stock up on scenes from the gift shop – Autumn Beauty, Chocolate Cherry, Gray caps type, Lemon Queen, and other collections are on display.

Texas Hill Country Real Estate Agents

If you are taken by the spirit of Fredericksburg and desire to find out about homes, land, or ranches in Gillespie County, please call Dale E. Cook, Broker/Owner Sage Premium Texas Real Estate, at 830-992-0056;  405 N. Llano St. , Fredericksburg, TX 78624.

Build New Homes in Texas Hill Country Subdivision

Come build your new homes in Texas Hill Country.  In Fredericksburg, we’ve got a great selection of vacant subdivisions lots for you.  Do you want to be in the city?  Ask about a parcel backing to gorgeous woods along Baron’s Creek.  [See “Fabulous Barons Creek in Town Fredericksburg Lot for Sale” posted June 24, 2017.]

Vacant Stone Ridge Fredericksburg Lot for Sale

Would you like to be a little distance from downtown?  Ask about this one-third acre vacant lot in Stone Ridge.  Surrounded by beautiful homes, this large lot on Summit Forest nestles into a quiet location at the end of a cul-de-sac.  HOA fees are under $50.

Address:  2354 Summit Forest, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
MLS#:   74004
Price:  $79,000

New Homes in Texas Hill Country

Encompassing 16,117 square feet, the sizable sloping lot features native pastureland and wood fence.  It is kind of a pie-shaped parcel.  And the property is ready for your new home in the popular Stone Ridge subdivision.  Utilities are present, including natural gas, telephone, CTEC Electric, water and sewer.  Other available services include electric, underground cable, and telephone.

This property is 6 minutes northeast of downtown.  Take Llano St./Hwy 16 north.  Turn left on Lower Crabapple Rd and bear right to stay on it.  Turn right on Ellebracht Dr.  Back of the Lot is on the left.

Top Places Includes Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg is in the cooler hills, about an hour west of Austin and north of San Antonio.  It features a charming walkable downtown, historic districts, and world class Museum of the Pacific War.  Several publications have pointed the way to this Texas real estate.

Forbes ranked Fredericksburg as a top 25 best places to retire, noting the high-quality lifestyle, desirable location, low crime, and affordability.  The city of 11,000 is a Hill Country hub.  It sits amid open areas, rivers, farms, and ranches.  The cost of living 5 percent below the national average, including home prices and taxes, boasts the family friendly community.


Students attend Fredericksburg Elementary School, Middle School & High School.  There are also private schools, including Heritage School and Fredericksburg Christian School, and university programs in Fredericksburg.

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Please contact Dale Cook of Sage Premium Texas Real Estate at 830-997-1035 for more information about builders and excellent places to build new homes in Texas Hill Country.

Great New Fredericksburg Townhome for Sale with Tennis

Come here to the heart of Texas Hill Country.  Clean modern lines and lots of space will be yours in this great new Fredericksburg townhome for sale.  The two-story beauty sits on a corner lot in Windcrest Subdivision near tennis courts.  Owners enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle.  Quiet Windcrest nestles off Hwy 16 southwest of Downtown Fredericksburg.   Charming Fredericksburg is located about an hour west of Austin and north of San Antonio.

Address:  501 Winding Way Court, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
MLS #:  74130
Price:  $389,000

Fredericksburg Townhome for Sale

Details – New Fredericksburg Townhome for Sale

This attractive property features 2214 sq ft with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, and an office.  Streamlined open living space with high end finishes.  Distinctive detailing accents the streamlines the living space.  High-end finishes grace the open floor plan, including stainless appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, travertine, stonework.

On the first floor are the entry foyer, bonus room, utility room with sink, storage, and a 320-square-foot garage.  The main living area is upstairs where we find the living room, kitchen, bedrooms, office, storage, and a large balcony.  Out back is a patio and lawn.  Wired for an elevator, it could be added in the future.

Windcrest Amenities

Benefitting from years of experience, the friendly Windcrest community boasts a well-organized HOA.  Popular amenities include a clubhouse, swimming pool, and a tennis court.  HOA fees of $220 per month ensure maintenance for common areas, exterior building maintenance, and landscaping.

Why Retire in Fredericksburg TX?

Named a Best Places to Retire, the one-of-a-kind German village of Fredericksburg is home to 11,000 residents.  Known for world-class museums, lively festivals, wineries, galleries, live theater, great restaurants, and beautiful climate, town is also a tourist destination.  Hundreds of quaint bed & breakfasts assure visitors a sense of place harkening back a century.  Seat of Gillespie Co., Fredericksburg also boasts noteworthy medical facilities and reputable schools.

Long the cooler escape from the lower elevations, the rolling hills, rivers, and wildflower meadows of Texas Hill Country calm the soul.  This is the place to ride bikes, golf, hike, hunt, float the river and relax.


Fredericksburg School District serves the community.  In addition, there are private schools and satellite college campuses.


From downtown Fredericksburg, take West Main St and continue onto Hwy 16 S.  Turn right on W Windcrest St and then left on Winding Way Ct.  501 Winding Way Ct is the first townhouse on the left.

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Please contact Dale Cook of Sage Premium Texas Real Estate at 830-997-1035 for more information about Windcrest townhomes in Fredericksburg TX.

How to Encounter Celestial Skies in Fredericksburg

fredericksburgNight skies in Fredericksburg bestow some of the best stargazing in the nation.  Lying far from metropolitan interference, Fredericksburg is close to the heavenly lights.  The open clear skies of Texas reveal universes untold.  View constellations, planets, stars, and even satellites from the backyard.

The ability to peer into celestial glory is possible because of a minimal intrusion of artificial light.  How can one experience this wondrous encounter?  Head west from Austin or north from San Antonio for about an hour.

Fredericksburg Applies as Dark Sky Community

On May 15, 2017, Fredericksburg City Council passed an important resolution.  The Council affirmed its support for Fredericksburg’s application for designation as a Dark Sky Community to the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).  In its resolution, the council stated the cultural, natural, and economic value of Fredericksburg’s night skies.  In addition, the City agreed to continue the Outdoor Lighting Ordinance and to reach out to the community through education.

Dark Sky Communities in Texas

International Dark-Sky Association also recognized other Texas cities and towns, parks and reserves.  Near Fredericksburg, Enchanted Rock State Park is one of only two designated International Dark Sky Parks in Texas.  In 2011, Enchanted Rock reduced man-made glare and began a program to save energy and benefit visitors.  This park is formed around a giant pink granite dome created by the Llano Uplift.

Fredericksburg TexasHome to 1500 people, the town of Stonewall is known for peach farms, vineyards, and outdoor activities such as stargazing.  Educational programs stress the importance of preserving the pristine night skies.  Regular stargazing programs and other events engage and educate the public.

Dark Sky Places Program

The Dark Sky Places Program was established in 2001 to recognize excellent stewardship of the night sky.  Boasting huge expanses of open land, Texas has since become a national leader in the Dark Sky movement.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) audits the night skies above the 95 Texas state parks.  Partnering with the McDonald Observatory and Texas chapter of the IDA, TPWD works to reduce the impact of light pollution and make it easier to see into the upper atmosphere.

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For information about Texas Hill Country recreational properties and acreage for sale, please contact Dale E.  Cook of Sage Premium Texas Real Estate at 830-997-1035.

Fabulous Barons Creek in Town Fredericksburg Lot for Sale

This parklike property features a unique building site on Barons Creek. Build your own Texas cottage on this fabulous Fredericksburg lot for sale. Boasting beautiful privacy and serene views, the quiet half-acre parcel backs to thick woods and wildlife habitat on the opposite bank. Yet Downtown Fredericksburg Texas is a short walk away.

The in-town Fredericksburg real estate is a child’s dreamland. Imagine tiptoeing over the wet rocks, catching tadpoles, and hanging from the branches. A new home offers tremendous, unblocked views of nature spanning hundred and 80 degrees. Get some shade under the bushy trees and photograph the occasional hawk, heron, white-tailed or axis deer.

Address: 511 E. Ufer St., Fredericksburg, TX, 78624
MLS: 73954
Price: $290,000
Details – Creekside Fredericksburg Lot for Sale

fredericksburg lot for sale

This Fredericksburg lot for sale totals 0.5136 acres on a quiet, non-through Street. Part of the Langerhans subdivision, the exceptional property offers 190 feet of Barons Creek frontage. The rear boundary runs through the middle of the creek. The property slopes down to the water but the existing building pad is not in the flood zone. The surface land features improved grasses.

Utilities are in place. Underground natural gas, city electric, city water, and sewer or ready to go. Cable is available.

Is Fredericksburg Texas for You?

We’ll let you decide if the Texas Hill Country real estate in Fredericksburg will help you reach your goals. Will you fit into the lifestyle? Fredericksburg began in the mid-1800s when a group of German immigrants settled the area. The hard-working settlers created a strong foundation and ethnic presence that still influences Fredericksburg’s identity. Elements of TexMex add to the eclectic personality.

Fredericksburg is a full-service community of 11,000 residents. It is a destination along the Texas Wine Trail with a vibrant array of shops and restaurants in its historic districts. The community hosts a series of destination events and festivals. Outdoor recreation and sightseeing energize the area. Beautiful golf courses, fields of wildflowers, River activities, hunting expeditions make the best of Hill country.


Families are served by the highly regarded Fredericksburg School District at Fredericksburg Elementary, Fredericksburg Middle, and Fredericksburg High school. University programs may also be accessed in Fredericksburg.


From downtown Fredericksburg, proceed Southwest on East Main Street/Highway 290. Turn south on S. Elk St. Take a left on East Creek Street and a right on E. Ufer St.

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For more information or a showing of this stunning Fredericksburg lot for sale, please contact Dale E. Cook of Sage Premium Texas Real Estate at 830-997-1035.

Choice Day Trips from Fredericksburg Texas Homes

Texas Hill Country’s banquet of pleasant daytrips knows no bounds.  From Fredericksburg Texas homes – in the heart of Hill country – it’s fun to pack a picnic lunch and take off in any direction.  Picturesque scenery along the bumbling terrain enhances the drives between the one-of-a-kind small Texas towns, parks, rivers, and waterholes.  Be sure to keep a blanket, towels, and binoculars in the trunk.

Destinations Close to Fredericksburg

frederickburg texas homesEnchanted Rock State Natural Area encompasses an ancient monolithic dome of pink granite.  A meeting ground for native tribes, the rock emerges from nondescript surroundings.  Enchanted Rock beckons anyone to the top for long range views.  Follow the trails, hire a guide, or try a little rock climbing.

Just down the road southwest of Fredericksburg, venture over to Luckenbach.  Take Highway 290 to right on FM 1326.  Perhaps you’ll notice historic dance hall and post office during off-times but chill here the music wafting in the late afternoon breezes other times.
Johnson City includes the Texas White House of President Johnson and the Lady Bird Golf Course.  Enjoy lots of bucolic acreage and the cattle ranch.  Lots of history lessons can be gleaned in the museum.

Between Fredericksburg and Austin

Explorers eventually come upon the many stunning features on the east side of Hill Country.  About 60 miles from Fredericksburg is Hamilton Pool, a gorgeous swimming hole.  Natural waterfalls are reached along a short trail through a stream-fed canyon that opens to an amazing grotto.

Approximately the same distance from our Fredericksburg Texas homes is Krause Springs and a series of swimming holes.  This is a destination for swimming as well as camping.  In Colorado Bend State Park, seasonal waterfall tumbles 60 feet over limestone rock into a lush green canyon.  Cap off any day trip here with an inner tube or boat journey down the Comal or Guadalupe rivers in New Braunfels.

Between Fredericksburg and San Antonio

Go southwest from Fredericksburg on Highway and happen upon the haven for summer campers in Kerrville.  Play in the Guadalupe River, Kerrville Lake, and visit the Inn of the Hills.  Hop on Hwy 173 south to Bandera, the “Cowboy Capital of the World,” to enjoy live country music, gigantic chicken fried steaks, and the Frontier Times Museum.

Off I10 at Junction, TX, the Llano River is a great place to spend time.  The North and South Llano converge along with plenty of old-fashioned Southern hospitality.  Keep on moving through the many choices hidden in the hills and dales around Fredericksburg.

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