Your Expert Guide
Fredericksburg: Peaches, wine, and so much more in 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.
Sean Gillispie may not live in Fredericksburg, but he considers it his home away from home — and favorite "office view."
"I love everything about Fredericksburg and the surrounding area," he says. "I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, and the people and the sense of community are very similar."
The real estate agent and his wife stay so regularly in Fredericksburg, in fact, that they are even looking to purchase a home there in the near future.
"It's Texas' true hidden gem," Gillispie says.
He offered up a few more of his personal favorites about life in Fredericksburg. Here's his guide to the area:
Where to eat & drink
"My top two picks would be Vaudeville for both brunch and dinner and Woerner Warehouse for lunch," says Gillispie.
Of course, it wouldn't be Fredericksburg without a visit to a winery or vineyard, so just take your pick there.
"And last, but certainly not least, you have to get the the blueberry-peach pie at Fredericksburg Pie Company," he says. "It's life changing!"
What to see
Pay a visit to the National Museum of the Pacific War before going shopping downtown, Gillispie advises.
"My buddy Rob owns Headquarters Hats on Main Street, and it is definitely one of the coolest and best spots in town," he says.
Where to live
"Real estate in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County is quickly becoming highly sought-after, both for land and ranching as well as residential," Gillispie says. "The town's proximity to both Austin and San Antonio makes this area perfect for a second home or investment property, and a great place to have a family compound for hunting or weekend retreats."
Short-term rentals are quickly becoming a huge part of real estate in Fredericksburg, with more than half of all real estate there classified as such.
One such investment property that Gillispie helped with was near Heiner James Road, which his client bought in May 2021 and then sold by February 2022.
Combined with the two tracts purchased close to Reeh Road, that makes just over 650 acres bought and sold — for a total of $11.5 million — in Fredericksburg in the last year.
Sean Gillispie works and plays in Fredericksburg. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 210- 274-0837.