Shopping in the Hill Country

With the cooler weather, I usually get an itch to go shopping around the hill country. I am always on the look out for furniture or ornate salvage pieces. If you are visiting the Texas Hill Country, I encourage you to take some time to visit a local antique shop. We have some wonderful stores in the area. 8th Street Market is at the top of my list. This multi-dealer has been a shopping go-to for years. The store is huge and filled with old, pretty things.

The 8th Street Market is a curated, multi-dealer shopping community with an eclectic mix of architectural, industrial, repurposed, and vintage lifestyle antiques and art. Our extensive collection of unique finds are always changing!

The Comfort based store is rich with history. It was originally a Ford dealership from the 1940s. The roof was constructed with steel silos from the World War II era. You can see the exposed ceiling in this picture above. How neat is that?!

The store is already decorating for Christmas. I recommend you visit 8th Street Market for holiday shopping.

Isn’t this fall-themed center piece so beautiful? All the store displays are so pretty and well thought out.

And this tablescape…

Be sure to browse around outside. There is so much to see and rummage through. Garden structures, light fixtures, large salvage pieces.. and so much more. They have a new section too. Possible VRBO in the works…. The owner would not disclose but I am looking forward to the reveal.

My front yard needs these vintage street lamps.

Comfort Coffee Co. is also located inside 8th Street Market offering tasty shopping fuel a.k.a. coffee and sandwiches.

Go visit 8th Street Market! Contact me when you need a home to fill all your goodies.

Fall-Bucket-List in the Texas Hill Country

Fall season in the Texas Hill Country is a beautiful time of year. I encourage you and your family to take a hill country drive. Carve out some time to get outdoors. The cooler temperatures are such a treat after making it through the hot August month. I pulled together some of our favorite fall activities. Everyone in the family will get something out of these.

1. Visit Lost Maples State Park to see the leaves changing.

It is quite a site to see if you catch the colors at the right time. Lost Maples protects a special strand of Uvalde bigtooth maples. The show varies, depending on weather conditions. Also, take a hike, go fishing, campout, stargaze… it’s fun no matter what you decide.

2. Catch a sunset at the Empty Cross.

This is the highest, public hilltop in Kerrville that I know of. We usually can catch the sun going down after dinner. Watch for your turn. Turn onto Benson Drive which runs parallel to I-10. I always turn too soon and end up on I-10 and have to circle back around.

3. Harvest Pumpkins at Bridget’s Basket in Hunt, TX.

Bridget’s Basket offers a beautiful atmosphere with in/door sitting at the restaurant. Event date TBD but they will be offering a real pumpkin patch. Check back for more details.

4. Watch Bats fly out of Old Tunnel Road

At Old Tunnel Road near Alamo Springs Cafe, you can see 3 million bats fly out just before dark. It is incredible and hard to forget. If you have kids, they will love this.

Beautiful Hill Country Sunset

Thinking of relocating to Kerrville?

Moving to Kerrville? If you are thinking of relocating, Kerrville is a beautiful town. It is a great place to raise a family, transition into retirement or transfer a business. I moved back in 2008 and I have witnessed the steady growth. It is a lively little town but offers the slower pace.

Guadalupe River
Guadalupe River

This beautiful hill country has so much to offer. The Guadalupe River is available for all your water sports like kayaking, fishing and swimming. Hill country sunsets are available at every corner of the county. A new Junior High is near completion. The local tennis court and pool went under new renovations.

Splash pad at Louis Hays Park
Splash pad at Louis Hays Park

In 2012, the first segment of the river trail was complete. Extensions now stretch to Schreiner University and on past Dietert Center, a total of 5.4 miles. The city really did a great job executing the master plan for the river trail. More plans for maximizing the river amenities are in the works. Other facilities include Peterson Regional Medical Center, Hill Country Youth Event Center, Kerrville – Kerr County Airport, Callioux Theater, Acradia Live, The Point theater, Museum of Western Arts and so much more.

Jake Asbury playing live
Jake Ashbury playing live at Joanne’s
Bridget's Basket in Hunt, TX
Bridget’s Basket in Hunt, TX

I am so proud of this community and I am so blessed to see it flourish. Please contact me if you have questions about Kerrville or the surrounding areas. I am always available to help you track down a local coffee shop, lunch spot or the right people that can make whatever happen fast.

Jaylynn Perkins – 830-928-5766

Photographer credits go to local photographer Cassie Wilson.

Has Covid-19 changed your office space?

What does your office look like compared to pre-pandemic? Have you started working from home primarily versus going into your office? If you’re anything like me, this past year has presented lots of new challenges to my “at work” status. One thing that has become very clear is that I am not nearly as organized as I thought I was.  I was so sure I was organized, but carting my laptop everywhere I went to get my job done made me realize that this system was not very effective for me. In fact, I really needed to reevaluate how I was going to work and where I would be able to actually accomplish my work related goals.

What does your current home office look like? Are you able to work anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection and great coffee? Or, are you like me and require a designated area for all things work?

So, I needed to create an office workspace in my home. This mobile work situation wasn’t going to suffice anymore and thus, I ordered a little desk and chair.  Like many of you, this pandemic brought out the “do-it-yourselfer” in me and I got started creating an office space in the master bedroom. Unfortunately, I didn’t think through how much space I would need (you remember I said I wasn’t as organized as I thought I was) and I quickly outgrew the little nook I had created in my room.  I’m going to need more space so look out guest room, I’m coming for you next.

If you’re needing more space to work, or just dreaming of a quiet office space in your home, you must check out 226 Northwest Hills Drive in Kerrville, TX. The Hill Country Charmer (pictured above) includes a perfect office nook just off the master bedroom. The space is tucked away from the main living areas and ready for all your work projects. It has plenty of storage with floor to ceiling built-ins and just by stepping into this space I feel more productive. Can you picture yourself, right there, with your coffee in hand as you tackle your to-do list? I can. 

Please contact me if you would like a closer look at the lovely, office nook located at 226 Northwest Hills Drive.

Jaylynn Perkins, REALTOR®, TRLP