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Live in an 1846 Farmhouse in the “Little Alsace of Texas” for $515K

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Shiplap ceilings and a stone pool add to the charm of this house, which is set in a Lone Star town styled to look like France.

A white, one-story farmhouse for sale has two red doors and is surrounded by green grass and trees. There’s a stone wall at the front. Photos by Amanda Terry at Twisted Tours
Price: $515,000
Location: Castroville, Texas

Red poppies, half-timbered houses, and stone churches: At first glance, the tiny hamlet of Castroville, Texas, looks more like the French countryside than a 3,000-person town just west of a major metropolitan area. Castroville was established in 1844 by the French diplomat Henri Castro and was settled by German-speaking Alsatians who built European-inspired farmhouses, shops, and taverns, all within commuting distance (30 minutes) of San Antonio. 414 Florence Street is one of Castroville’s many historic properties — a farmhouse set among oak and pecan trees with direct access to the Medina River. The home is walking distance from downtown restaurants, a short, one-mile stroll from the wooded trails of Castroville Regional Park, and sits within the boundaries of the well-rated Medina Valley Independent School District.

Specs: 3 beds, 3 baths, 2,442 square feet, 0.995 acres

Constructed in 1846, this single-story farmhouse features an elongated central kitchen and original stone and brick floors. Modifications over the decades have added hardwood floors and shiplap ceilings. Renovations in 1998 and 2015 added a back bedroom and updated kitchen, respectively. The back porch was enclosed to create a sun room, and the bathrooms have also received an upgrade. The house also boasts a flagstone patio, a spacious pool, and a guest house that could be used as an office or extra bedroom.

A dining room has a blue table, six wooden chairs, a woven rainbow rug, and wood floors.
In the dining room, shiplap ceilings and wide plank wooden floors add to the farmhouse appeal.
A living room with leather couch, two plaid chairs, and a blue fireplace.
Surprisingly high ceilings, a fireplace, and painted wooden shutters — in the Alsatian style — are showcased in the living room.
A kitchen has a large island, blue cabinets, and two bar stools.
The kitchen is the home’s central hub, with powder blue cabinets, exposed beams, and stained glass windows.
A sun room has wicker furniture, a red couch, and glass windows looking out to the backyard.
The back porch was enclosed to create a sun room.
A bedroom features a blue bed on steel frame with wooden floors and lots of windows.
One of three bedrooms in the house, this room was added on during a renovation in 1998.
A pool and spa area has stone on the patio and lots of trees.
A stone patio and pool area round out the exterior amenities.