Stonewall Texas Kite Day at LBJ State Park

Stonewall TexasMake an old-fashioned kite with Courtney or bring your own to the Annual Kite Day in Stonewall Texas. Have you or your children even before navigated a kite?  Learn how at this memorable family friendly event coming up the second Saturday of March.  Hopefully, March winds will prevail.

The family friendly events kick off on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at LBJ State Park from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Free.  Texas Parks & Wildlife Department supplies the materials and enthusiasm to help kids let their creations soar.  As we said, kites from home also welcome.

This is also a great time to find out the history of kite flying and facts about kites before flying one. Just come with inquisitiveness, an interest in learning about them and be willing to send yours or an old-fashion 1900s model into the skies.

Tour the LBJ Ranch

Stonewall TexasAt the same time, learn more about President Johnson, an enthusiast of air travel, and his involvement in the NASA Space program.  The Lyndon Baines Johnson State Park and Historic Site south of Fredericksburg in Stonewall Texas provides the opportunity to dig in to exhibits and the natural surroundings.  Across the Pedernales River from the LBJ State Park is the LBJ Ranch.  It is part of the LBJ National Historical Park.

Take a self-guided tour of the Ranch.  Start at the LBJ State Park Visitor Center.  It is a history lesson par excel lance.

  • Check out the adjoining Behrens Cabin built in the 1870s.
  • Peek into the Junction School that President Johnson attended in 1912.
  • View the Texas White House in Johnson City.
  • Go through the pasturelands and see the historic Hereford cattle.
  • Head out on the nature trail to see the botanical exhibit and wildlife enclosures.

Other Local Events March 11, 2017

Stonewall TexasMar 11-18, 2017 – Spring Break at Pioneer Museum:  Frontier-style living history family fun, hands-on activities, demonstrations, reenactments, storytelling.  At Pioneer Museum, 325 W Main Street, Fredericksburg TX. 10a-5p. Fee: $5 adults.

Mar 11-18, 2017 – Texas Hell Week:  50-mile, 70-mile, and 100-mile bicycle tours of Gillespie County. Starting at Sunset Inn, 900 S Adams, Fredericksburg TX. Bicycle tours every day.

If you come from out of town, come early.  The Original Texas Star Trail Ride and American Airlines DC-3 Flagship Detroit will be held the week before.

Realtors Fredericksburg Texas

Please contact Dale Cook of Sage Premium Texas Real Estate at 830-997-1035 for more information about Stonewall Texas properties.  The rural Texas community is located off Highway 290 about 17 miles east of Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg Tops 10 Best Places to Live in Texas

FredericksburgCasual yet somewhat sophisticated, Fredericksburg Texas captures the heart.  The latest honor comes from Movoto.  Fredericksburg ranked #1 Best Places to Live in Texas. The small Texas Hill Country Hamlet outperformed hundreds of other communities from the Lone Star State with populations over 10,000.

A Friendly Country Community

On full display is the strong German heritage in Fredericksburg.  Boasting hundreds of charming shops and eateries, live entertainment, and the Museum of World Peace, the vibrant historic city oozes with both culture and camaraderie.  Here are a few demographics. The population of Fredericksburg in 2016 totaled 11,094. The median age is 52.2. The community is largely European and Hispanic.

The study looked at measurable criteria.  Fredericksburg boasts an awesome number of amenities, beautiful neighborhoods, golf courses and recreation, etc.  A broad range of elements contribute to the quality of life.  These include cost of living (107) median home price, median rent, median household income, and student-to-teacher ratio.  Rate of crime, sales taxes, income taxes, and unemployment came into play.   Commute times, the moderate weather, and great air quality also boosted Fredericksburg’s scores.

FredericksburgCome out during gorgeous blue bonnet season to see the pastoral countryside.  Hike Enchanted Rock, tour the Texas White House and Museum of the Pacific War.  Put them all together and our Hill Country community comes out on top!

History Melds the Community

Founding father Baron Otfried Hans von Meusebach aka John O. Meusebach led 120 German immigrants to the Fredericksburg settlement in 1846.  They came to secure land purchased through Mainser Adelsverein, the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas which sought to settle the Texas wilderness.  Settlers coming to town received a plot of land intown and 10 acres outside town.  Descendants of early families remain in the area today.

FredericksburgHill Country Wine Region #8 in USA

At the hub of the Texas Wine Trail, Fredericksburg also gained attention for its outstanding varietals.  In this regard, Lonely Planet ranks the community as #8 Best Places to Live in the United States.  Try out the selection of Malbecs, Cabernets, and more in the local tasting rooms.  And don’t miss the Wine Road 290.

Fredericksburg Texas Real Estate Agents

Please contact Dale Cook of Sage Premium Texas Real Estate at 830-997-1035 if you are interested in moving to Fredericksburg.  The local real estate market has something for everyone – ranches and estates to cottages and low maintenance second homes.

Slice of Real Estate in Texas Hill Country, Anyone?

How about 10 acres or 30 acres of serene real estate in Texas Hill Country?  Retire, vacation, or raise a family here.  Not too close to Austin or San Antonio, our Gillespie County properties keep you and your business at arm’s length.  Right where you want to be!

Real Estate in Texas Hill CountryGillespie County, home to ranches and farms surrounding historic Fredericksburg, is an hour from those big cities.  But the vibrant self-sufficient community of 11,000 residents remains a world away.  Where else can you find award winning attractions in Hill Country?  Tourists from around the globe come to explore the National Museum of the Pacific War, Texas White House, and Wildseed Farms.

Acreage Real Estate in Texas Hill Country for Sale

Hunt or relax with family and friends and simply enjoy the peaceful small town ambience.  Would you like to take steps towards some worthy dreams?  Today in the Gillespie County real estate market, the following parcels could pique your interest.  Some give you the horse property you’ve been wanting, others will accommodate businesses here—maybe a farm, high tech company, or small manufacturing operation.

Take a glance down this list of some present options.  Several of these properties have homes and/or barns, other listings are undeveloped acreage. Real Estate in Texas Hill CountryEach property just needs the ingenuity only you can add.

  1. 31.2 +/- acres about 6 miles east of Fredericksburg on Highway 290.  Great for business or development.  $995,000.
  2. 13.2 +/- acres about 5 miles from Stonewall.  Good for cattle ranch, horses, hunting, leisure.
  3. 10.5 +/- acres fully fenced with a 2700 square foot home and old barn north of Fredericksburg.
  4. 40 +/- acres about 4.5 miles from Fredericksburg with modern home and hay barn.  Adjoining acreage with barn also available.
  5. 141.55 acres with older home and pretty views.  Only 2.5 miles from Main Street Fredericksburg.  Limitless potential, hay pasture, cattle ranch, spring fed creek, large Cypress trees, 3 wells.  $1.8 million.
  6. 61.4 +/- acres between Fredericksburg and Kerrville off Highway 16.  Retreat home that sleeps 18.
  7. 12.84 acres about 10 miles from Fredericksburg in Gillespie County.  Bear Valley Ranch tract with live oaks and post oaks.  $295,000.
  8. 50 +/- acres with hilltop views of Enchanted Rock from a Laughlin built tall rock, tin roof home, large barn.  Newly fenced.  $1.75 million.
  9. 12.6 acres 6 miles from Fredericksburg, a wonderful hilltop location with long views, live oak, post oak, and wildlife.  $210,000.

Real Estate Agents Fredericksburg Texas

Please contact Dale Cook of Sage Premium Texas Real Estate at 830-997-1035 for more information about Gillespie County real estate in Texas Hill Country.

Stone Ridge Fredericksburg TX Homes for Sale in Hill Country

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Options for Fredericksburg TX homes for sale include this impeccable 3-bedroom beauty in Stone Ridge subdivision.  The sought-after Stone Ridge neighborhood presents lovely manicured yards and a park-like setting. This home sits on a manicured 9746 square foot lot.  It is a great place for a weekend getaway, seasonal home or full-time living.

Stone Ridge sits on the northwest side of town inside Fredericksburg city limits.  Although secluded, the quiet location is wonderfully convenient to shops, restaurants, schools, and medical facilities Fredericksburg offers.  Need the big city?  Austin is 80 miles east of the area, San Antonio 72 miles south.  International airports in these two cities provide worldwide access.

Address:  118 Stone Hollow, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
MLS#:  R73044A
Price:  $338,700

Fredericksburg TX Homes for Sale

Details – 118 Stone Hollow – Fredericksburg TX Homes for Sale

Built in 2005 with traditional Hill Country appeal, this spacious real estate offers an open floor plan.  It features 1850 square feet of living on one level.  A combined living, dining, and kitchen areas combine into a Great Room.  A stone, wood-burning fireplace anchors the living room.  A nice-size kitchen boasts granite counters, tile backsplash, plenty of cabinets, and a pantry.  Sliding doors open to the back deck.

The master suite is designed with double tray ceiling and walk-in closet.  The adjoining bath offers a separate tub and shower.  Two more bedrooms and a second bath finish out the quarters.  There is a laundry room and attic storage. The attractive home features an oversized 2-car garage.
Outdoors is a large composite deck in the privacy fenced back yard.  The parcel’s sloping terrain spans 0.22 acres. Front and back yards are fully landscaped.  A sprinkler system allows for easy maintenance.

Why Folks Love the Texas Hill Country Lifestyle

Texas Hill Country stretches west from Austin and north from Interstate 10.  Known for its rolling hills, lovely rivers and lakes, native trees, and stunning wildflowers, the region offers all kinds of recreation and relaxing pastimes.  Higher altitudes and more moderate climates have driven vacationers into the hills for a century and more.

Fredericksburg is one of the unique and exciting small towns in the rural areas.  While the festivals and events in Fredericksburg are right at hand, there are all kind of special events and worthwhile day trips to get in.  Texas Wine Trail, golf courses, historic landmarks, and lots of orchards add to the rewarding lifestyle.

Schools

Fredericksburg School District serves families.  College programs are also available through local satellite campuses.

Directions

From Highway 16, turn right on Ellebracht, left on Hedgestone, and right on Stone Hollow.  The property is on the right.

Realtors Fredericksburg Texas

Please contact Dale Cook of Sage Premium Texas Real Estate at 830-997-1035 for more information about Fredericksburg homes for sale in Texas Hill Country.

Texas Land Markets Doing Well Despite Oil Decline

Texas landAs oil markets waver, the Texas land markets forge ahead.  The Lone Star State’s strong economy probably has something to do with it—at least over the long term. Year over year land prices increased 2.25 percent by Q2 2016.  Smaller parcels are selling now, driving down the total dollar volume.  Values for Texas land now surpass $2500 an acre.  Compare that with $444 a half century ago.

Energy Sector Effects Land Prices

Energy prices declined over the past few years.  Cautionary research shows fewer Texas land sales in every region.  In their article (12/8/16), Charles E. Gilliland, Tian Su, and Clayton Watson addressed the effect of the changing Texas energy sector on land prices.

“Weak performances in Far West Texas, Gulf Coast-Brazos Bottom, and South Texas reflected downward market pressures from energy price declines.  Nevertheless, annualized price increases in the Panhandle and South Plains, Northeast Texas, and Austin-Waco-Hill Country regions offset results in regions with price declines. “

Personal Incomes Drive Prices Up

texas landThe authors also mentioned the long-term impact on land markets.  They expect that the 10 percent jump in Texas personal income will drive Texas land prices up 2.5 percent.  They also expect a 2 percent increase in total acreage sold.  Get this.  In contrast, a 10 percent increase in oil prices produces a 2 percent decline in total acreage transferred.  To read it from the horse’s mouth, look up “Down to Earth: Land Prices Changing Slowly,” from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.

Regional Income Effects

Combine the minimal impact of oil with the rising personal incomes per capita.  What do we get?  Wayne Day and Luis B. Torres (12/5/16) reveal how incomes in Texas are outpacing the prices for real estate.  Regional patterns in this the large, diverse state of Texas also effect incomes.

For the past four decades, Texas personal incomes moved along with the national growth rate.  This year 2016 the Texas incomes have exceeded the U.S. average.  The Midland, Texas region far surpassed other regions.  Interestingly, the U.S. exceeded Texas in housing price appreciation except during oil booms.

Paycheck Reality

In an article entitled, “Paycheck Reality,” Day and Torres explain how interest rates, employment, changes in demographics, taxes, capital markets, availability of developed lots, and income all effect housing prices.  If the real estate market can only keep to the reality of the moment and not get ahead of itself, then the proverbial bubble can be avoided.  Nonetheless, an overall regulator of conditions is nowhere in sight.  Thank goodness.

Back to Texas Land

texas landWe have plenty of vacant land (supply) in Texas.  It is just waiting development (demand).  Gilliland, Su, And Watson graph stats over several decades.  For 2016 Q3, the prices per acre of $2544 was down a bit from Q2.  The 5-year growth rate is 6.36.  There were almost 5000 sales averaging 1,349 acres.

Real Estate Agents Texas Hill Country

Please contact Dale Cook of Sage Premium Texas Real Estate at 830-997-1035 for more information about Texas Hill Country real estate in Gillespie and Kerr counties.

Find Your Niche in Fredericksburg Texas Property

Fredericksburg Texas propertyHave you found yourself wondering if Fredericksburg Texas property may be in your cards?  Rich heritage, recreation, climate and low cost of living entice newcomers into faraway Texas Hill Country.  Are you one of them?

To fulfill your lifestyle and family needs, it pays to tour the many varieties of Texas real estate found in the Hill Country.  We do have historic properties downtown, some are Bed & Breakfasts.  Subdivisions in town or rural, some with low maintenance options.  In Hill Country, more land is zoned equestrian than not.  There are ranches, farms, and golf course properties with big views.  This may be the best place to build your own dream home on five acres or 20.

Character Plus

Our full-service community is the seat of Gillespie County.  Everything you need is right here and any the extras are only an hour away in Austin or San Antonio.  Entertainment and all.  How about live music and live theater?  Wine tasting, anyone?  The Texas Wine Trail passes through.  Vineyards, peach orchards, and Wildseed Farms nestle into the outlying areas.  Family friendly events and festivals are held throughout the year.

Fredericksburg Texas Property

Vereins Kirche Museum

Although Fredericksburg is a small town 11,000 residents, it is not a new town.  Its interesting lifespan can be charted by visiting the wonderful historic districts and awesome museums.  In conjunction with the iconic Vereins Kirche Museum, the old community church in the heart of the city, they certainly add depth and culture to Fredericksburg.  Founded in the mid-1800s, the Sauer Beckmann Living History Farm shows how far we’ve been.  The Nimitz Museum pays tribute to a local resident, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, who also inspired the local site of the National Museum of the Pacific War.  The Texas White House, home of President Lyndon B. Johnson is nearby in Stonewall, too.

Recreation, Fresh Air, Great Climate

And Fredericksburg can be a seasonal or weekend escape.  Do you long to get your hands dirty on a farm.  Full-service vacations at Boot Ranch Golf Course to cottages for weekends away from the city—we have many choices.

Fredericksburg Texas propertyIf you live in Austin, why head to the beautiful rolling hills to your west?  For starters, the slower pace allows time for deep breathing.  And the hills provide a higher altitude with cooler summers than those in the Texas metro areas.  Ride bicycles past the fields of spring bluebonnets.  Tee off at Lady Bird Golf Course or picnic in the park.

Low Cost of Living

The regional cost of living is 10 percent lower that the United States average.  In fact, by some accounts, the Hill Country can brag about holding the lowest cost of living in the nation.  Fredericksburg’s housing comes in at 130, with 100 being the average.  But grocery ranks 87, healthcare 96, utilities 95, and transportation 98.  Livability ranks Fredericksburg with A+ amenities and crime rate, A for weather, A for education, and B for cost of living, most likely because of newer housing on large lots!  There is a niche for everyone.

Real Estate Agents Fredericksburg Texas

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Rentals Lead Fredericksburg Investment Properties

fredericksburg investment propertiesConsidering wide open space in Texas Hill Country check the options for new Fredericksburg investment properties.  If you haven’t heard the bulldozers on the corner of North Llano Street and East Lower Crabapple Road, we will bring you up to date.  Richard Zowie reports about the new Orchard Grove Apartments in the Fredericksburg Standard (11/02/16).

Movement to Texas Hill Country is fueling the demand for long-term rentals.  Retirees, students, entrepreneurs as well as growing populations and opportunities in Fredericksburg make this a desirable choice.  The small-town charm, serenity, and

Orchard Grove Apartment

Upon completion, the Orchard Grove Apartments complex will be the largest apartment building initiative in Gillespie County.  Dozers are digging into the 18.88-acre parcel on the north corner of Llano and Lower Crabapple for the first phase.  It includes the construction of the first 96 units in Orchard Grove.  These apartment homes feature beautiful views of the forested hills.

Builder MacDonald Companies of Kerrville, the rental office and a few buildings will be ready early next summer.  The rest of the 96 should be finished by November 2017.  Another 80 of these prime Fredericksburg investment properties are “waiting in the wings.”  Monthly rental fees will follow the market rate.  Presently they fall in the $1000-$1350 range for 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units.

fredericksburg investment propertiesOther Apartment Complexes in Fredericksburg

Earlier this year, the 36 units at Sunrise Townhomes opened.  Sunrise is comprised of one- or two-story townhomes with 2 or 3 bedrooms.  Other larger complexes include Brentwood Oaks on S. Eagle St with 74 units 1-3 bedroom units.

fredericksburg investment propertiesThen there are luxury complexes with amenities such as covered parking.  Terraces at Creek Street with sophisticated 1-3 bedroom units with lots of amenities–onsite fitness, swimming, clubhouse, business center, playground, and management.   Highland Oaks Apartments on Friendship Lane also includes 2-3 bedroom units on one level.  These 19 buildings come with fitness, swimming, playground and management plus picnic area and volleyball court.

Real Estate Agents Texas Hill Country Investments

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50 Acre Ranch Land Harper Texas for Sale

In the Hill Country west of Fredericksburg, spread out on 50 acres of ranch land Harper Texas. Drive out the cattle or sheep. Raise horses. Or, set up your hunting grounds off the beaten path. Secluded in the gently rolling hills, this Harper Texas ranch for sale is a quiet escape with far-reaching views of surrounding hills.

Harper is located in Gillespie County on Highway 290 but this land is a few miles north in Kimble County. The rural community of 1250 residents enjoy the country lifestyle. Great real estate prices with lots of space, small schools, and a nice climate at 2000-foot elevations are some of the qualities that attract residents. The community is 5 miles from Interstate 10 W.

Address:  Tahoe Ranch Road, Harper, TX 78631
MLS #:  A70687A
List Price:  $260,000

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Details – Land for Sale on Tahoe Ranch Road

Comprised of native pasture, open areas, and mature Live Oak trees, this 50-acre tract is appropriate for a variety of uses.  The land features a variety of soils, a wet weather creek, and a drop feeds into a wet weather pond. It is partially fenced and cross fenced.

The parcel is unimproved and requires utilities, water, and sewer. Manufactured homes are permitted. Some very light restrictions will be drawn up prior to closing.

Schools

Families are served by the Harper Independent School District.

Real Estate Agents Texas Hill Country

Please call Dale Cook of Sage Premium Texas Real Estate at 830-997-1035 for more information about this 50-acre ranch land Harper Texas.

Boot Ranch Hilltop Lot Fredericksburg Texas

Here’s a storybook setting in the prestigious Boot Ranch Golf Club:  Sensational views and a marvelous hilltop lot Fredericksburg Texas.  Relax and kick your feet up or get them moving.  About 6.3 miles north of Fredericksburg, Boot Ranch Golf Club spans over 2,000 acres in the heart of Texas Hill Country.  Austin is about an hour to the east and San Antonio an hour south.

Boot Ranch is a stunning rural neighborhood surrounding a highly rated Hal Sutton-designed golf course.  A beautiful full-service clubhouse provides sophisticated amenities in a casual atmosphere offering culture, beauty, and recreation—along with camaraderie. This is a perfect spot to build a full time residence or vacation home and a great place to make memories.

Details – Large Boot Ranch Tract for Sale

This lot includes 13.44 acres of native pasture, trees, and rough rolling hills.  It is visited by a seasonal creek.  From this hilltop parcel, the calming views go on as far as the eye can see.

Address:  2642 Boot Ranch Circle, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
MLS Search #:  T72008A
Listing Price:  $989,000, Membership included
HOA Fees:  $2150 annually

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Boot Ranch Golf Community

Amenities are here for the picking.  Pristine natural scenery hugs the soul from every inch of the property.  The 7000+-yard Boot Ranch Golf Course wraps around countryside, leaving unique challenges for every golfer. Excellent golf instructors, pro shop, and fun golf tournaments are par for the course.  The 30,000-square foot clubhouse offers formal and informal dining.  A variety of social events—Memorial Day BBQ, Big Bang at the Boot, weekend and Friday night socials—fill the calendar.

  • Swimming pools
  • Spa
  • Tennis center
  • Basketball
  • Outdoor sports park
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Equestrian center
  • Trap and skeet
  • Kids Boot Camp

Fredericksburg Texas

A destination for visitors, historic Fredericksburg presents a vibrant array of shops, restaurants, entertainment, and cultural attractions.  The Museum of the Pacific War and Luckenbach are two of the most well-known attractions.  Texas Wine Trail winds through the city of 11,000 residents and its 300 hundred bed and breakfast establishments.

Fredericksburg School District serves families in Boot Ranch.  In addition, there are several college programs available in Fredericksburg.

Directions to Boot Ranch

From Downtown Fredericksburg Texas, proceed southwest on N. Adams Street toward W. Main Street. Turn right on N. Milam Street and continue on Ranch Rd. 965.  Turn left toward Boot Ranch Circle and right to stay on Boot Ranch Circle.

Realtors Fredericksburg Texas

Please contact Dale Cook of Sage Premium Texas Real Estate at 830-997-1035 for more information about this premium Boot Ranch lot Fredericksburg Texas.

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