Homes, History and Life in Kerrville Texas
Moving or relocating to Kerrville Texas? Want to know a little about the area? Start here for history, news, real estate, school information and general details newcomers would need to know. Have a question about Kerrville that’s not listed here? Give me a call anytime!
History of Kerrville
The history of Kerrville may not be an exciting topic to some but for others, knowing some of the background of an area creates a little more of appreciation for the city and the location.
Located in Kerr County Texas, Kerrville is the county seat with a population of about 23,000 residents. It was named after James Kerr, a major in the Texas Revolution. It was settled by cofounder Joshua Brown, who started a shingle making camp in Kerrville. Because it’s within the Texas Hill country, Kerrville is known for gorgeous parks and recreational spots along the Guadalupe River.
Kerrville got its start around the mid-1850s and during the Civil War, Kerrville’s economic boom and ethnic diversification continued as demand for grew in nearby San Antonio for lumber, produce and craftsman. In 1887, the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway came through Kerrville and the town was incorporated in 1889. In 1894, the Kerrville waterworks company began providing water for residents and telephone service was introduced in 1896. Paved roads came later in 1912 and in 1917 the city commissioned a form of government.
Kerrville continued to grow through the 20th century and businesses, agriculture, light manufacturing, transportation, education and tourism all drew more residents and visitors to the area. In the 1990s the Wall Street Journal described Kerrville as one of the wealthiest small towns in America even though the population was still under 18,000 at this time.
The population reached over 20,000 sometime in the year 2000 consisting mainly of affluent business people, young professionals and retirees.
Today, Kerrville remains a bustling small town with modern commerce, stable infrastructure and unique culture.
Kerrville has its own Independent School District and includes four elementary schools, an early childhood center, the BT Wilson sixth grade school, the Hal Peterson middle school, the Hill Country high school and the Tivy high school. The highest rated schools is the Fred High Tally elementary school coming in a 8 out of 10 from great schools.org followed closely by the Tom Daniels Elementary school, the Nimitz elementary school and the Peterson elementary school. Overall it has a district rating of 7. (The 4 local elementary schools are Tally, Starkey, Tom Daniels, & Nimitz; BT Wilson is 6th grade for entire city; Hal Peterson is the Jr High 7-8th grade for the entire city; Tivy is the High School for the city)
Children within this district may also attend charter schools and low income students are eligible for scholarship funding to attend private schools. The schools have a wide range of academics, resources, athletics and special programs.
Things to Do
Kerrville has a variety of events all year long including golf tournaments, Easter festivals and business expos. Just about every weekend there’s some art show, museum exhibit, music festival, farmer’s market, wine tasting, dance or family event happening throughout the city and surround areas. Check with the city’s calendar of events to find out what’s going on this weekend.
Kerrville also has a wide range of dining options to choose from fancy wineries like that of the Bending Branch Winery to Asian fair, pizza and billiards, drive-ins, fast food, nationally well-known Cracker Barrel, ice cream shops, Mexican restaurants and seafood shops.
Some of the favorites include the Grape Juice wine bar with fantastic unique eat such as antelope nachos and sliders, quail tacos and of course a wine pairing to go with each. Side note- one of my best friends from HS owns the company. Broken Arrow Ranch in Ingram, that sells all the antelope/venision & quail to Grape Juice and Buzzie’s BBQ, which has won Pit Masters a few years back for ribs that simply fall off the bone and delicious potato salad with ice cold beer. Mary’s Tacos is perfect for a quick bite on the run with some authentic tacos and delicious Carne Asada. And don’t miss the Sake Home Cooking and Sushi Bar for stuffed jalapenos, delicious custom roles in some of the freshest seafood in town. Other local favorites are Mamacita’s, 1011 Bistro, Rails, Azul’s, & Bonzai.
Kerrville has numerous neighborhoods and residential communities spread out throughout the Hill Country. With over 300 homes for sale at any given time there’s something for everyone in prices from $100,000 to over $12 million estates.
The average listing price is about $290,000 with rents coming in at about $1200 per month for similar homes. Because crime rate is low, we have some of the best schools in the area and low cost of living, Kerrville makes an ideal place to call home just outside of the more expensive San Antonio Metro area.
The median house size is approximately 2700 ft.² and there are very few distressed properties on the market. For beautiful ranches to simple condominiums, lots and parcels for custom building to homes in gated subdivisions, Kerrville has a wide range of homes and styles to choose from.
If you’re planning on buying a home in the Kerrville area it certainly pays to have a buyer’s agent. This is an agent that represents you, not the seller of any one particular property. Buyer’s agents works solely for you at no cost negotiating on your behalf for your price and terms.
Don’t have a buyer’s agent yet? Contact my office today. I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have about the Kerrville area and help you find the right home for your needs and your budget.
For more information about Kerrville, surrounding communities, towns and subdivisions feel free to browse the listings on my website that are updated daily and if you’d like to schedule a showing contact me directly anytime at 830-377-0007 or send me an email at Tommy @ TexasforSale.net. I look forward to talking to you about your next Kerrville home.