Your Expert Guide
Fredericksburg: Mother-daughter team explore the gem of the Hill Country
There are so many great places to live in San Antonio that it helps to have an expert on your side. The Neighborhood Guide presented by Kuper Sotheby's International Realty gives you insider access from the agents who live and work there, providing in-the-know info about your possible new community.
As the stepdaughter of Charlie Kuper, who founded Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty in 1972, Madelyn Houser grew up learning first-hand about all sides of the real estate world. So it only made sense when she and her mother, Elizabeth Kuper, teamed up, focusing on introducing others to the wonders of Fredericksburg and the Hill Country.
"As natives to the Hill Country ourselves, Fredericksburg is the true gem, featuring quaint, small-town feels with deep-seated ties to its German culture," says Houser. "It has lively eateries, beautiful art galleries, great live music, wineries, and a vast array of boutiques — all without the big-city attitude."
The market here is diverse, Houser says, and "whether buyers are looking for large luxury ranches or intimate cottages in town, Fredericksburg delivers on all fronts."
An equestrian family with a deep passion for horses, Houser and Kuper are also familiar with ranching, and bring their love of Texas nature to both professional and personal endeavors.
Houser and Kuper offered up a few more of their personal favorites about life in Fredericksburg. Here's their guide to the area:
Where to eat & drink
"Vaudeville has hands-down some of the best nosh in Fredericksburg," says Houser. "We suggest the Power Bowl with pork belly. Also Pasta Bella for wonderful Italian food. Did someone say lasagna?"
Other favorites include Woerner Warehouse, August E's, and Rathskeller.
Where to play
Baron's Creek Vineyard, Luckenbach Dance Hall, and Blue Moon Ranch Trail Riding top the list, along with the National Museum of the Pacific War and Enchanted Rock.
Where to live
"We had one buyer who decided to make the move to Texas earlier this year with the request of a vibrant small town filled with rich culture outside of the bigger cities," says Houser. "Space for her horses and ample trail-riding opportunities were also a must. Because inventory is so limited at the moment, we went out on a limb by showing a property already under a contingency contract — of course, our buyer fell in love!
"4706 Goehmann Ln. is a prime Fredericksburg location, and the cozy ranch house coupled with the red horse barn, guest casita, and flat ground all painted the ideal picture for our buyer," she continues. "Our contract was able to hit the escrow table in such a competitive climate."
Madelyn Houser and Elizabeth Kuper live, work, and play in Fredericksburg. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 210-630-3814 or 210-296-7189.