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Historic Hilltop Farm House

26 High Street, Comfort, TX 78013  |  Virtual Tour #1261098

SE Front of Home

SE Front of Home

26 High Street - The Gass Family Farm Homestead Located just 1/2 mile from the Guadalupe River and just over a mile from the center of the Comfort, Texas Historic District is this hilltop homestead. Probably the second home for Charles and Laura Schleyer Gass but certainly the last. Charles and Laura were married in 1906 and owned a farm in Comfort in 1910 according to the 1910 Census. Charles was the son of a German born immigrant (Jacob Gass) who lived the American dream by becoming a blacksmith and then a very prosperous one at that. Charles was one of at least 10 children and was the first son. Charles and Laura's farm was quite large and at least went to the Guadalupe river and back a mile or more and to the east well beyond where IH-10 now lies. According to his last surviving child, Laura "Pete" Gass Beaty, he designed the home and built it or contracted it himself. The home is fairly unique in that it was built on a hilltop when everyone else was building as close to the bottom land as safely possible. Charles did not like the cut stone that was used everywhere and preferred fired clay brick instead. He did build a true masonry home meaning that the brick walls are solid brick (no wood). Charles used a concrete slab system instead of a perimeter beam and that system has had very little in the way of shifting. The home is situated to take advantage of the morning sun, the prevailing cooling south east breeze and shaded from the western sun. The ceilings are very high, finished in original tin and with windows and transoms plus doors with screen doors all along a massive porch (649 sf KCAD) meant that air conditioning which did not exist was not necessary either. The roof may be the original or may be the second roof but it is a hand crafted, hand crimped, standing seam metal roof. With minimal maintenance, this roof is proving to be very long lasting. The layout was and is designed to use the wrap around porch as not only a cool shady spot but also as a long hallway to get from bedrooms to living, dining, kitchen and even the bathroom. The finished home was probably one of the largest homes in Kendall County when completed. Yes, 2,180 sf was huge back then and that does not include the utility/mud room (135 sf KCAD). The Outbuildings: Because this property has been in the same family since it was improved, we have more information than normal. Behind the home and across from the large carport appears to be an original garage (24'X10') made primarily of wide slabs of rough sawn cypress. Closest to the home is what was called the "Battery House." We tried to find something on what a battery house was and one person came up with a good description. His family had a property with a battery house (9'X24') that dated to before public electrical service was available. The building housed car batteries that were charged by a windmill outfitted with a generator and the stored electricity powered the lights for the home. So, the Battery House has yet another structure to the back and that was Mr. George Wortman's quarters (1940 Census). Tiny, but the executor of the estate remembers Mr. Wortman. Farther from the home is another wood framed building with clear roof panels that we will call the garden/greenhouse (10'X12'). Beyond that is the very large and unique barn. Unique in a really good way. In addition to having the lower open stalls below plus the feed/tack room, this barn has a very large and usable room above. At least back in the 1950's, part of the upper room was used as living quarters for hunters to rent when hunting on the farm. The 3 sides of the barn surrounded by the hill are poured concrete retaining walls that apparently date back to the time of the building of the house. You just have to look closely to appreciate how much work went into building this barn. All by hand! To the right of the home as you drive up is the much newer three car carport with storage/workshop area (699 sf Carport, 300 sf storage KCAD). All around the property you can find evidence of former structures and that makes sense since this was the main house and Charles knew blacksmithing and that meant he had to have at least one building dedicated to the craft of a blacksmith. While we don't look at this home as habitable by today's standards, it was a very habitable home of a prosperous farmer for decades as it is now and even without the central heat and air. However, we are marketing this as a ready to renovate home and are more than happy to answer questions. Please ask questions and don't make assumptions as this home could easily be a phenomenal renovated showplace.

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom
  • 3 Garages
  • 2,180 sq. ft.
For more information, contact:
Scott Billingsley

Scott Billingsley

Western (Back Side) of Home

The back side has the only add on and that is an enclosed utility room/mud room.

Front of Home
Sitting atop a plateau overlooking the Guadalupe Valley & Texas Hill Country.

A true brick masonry home built in the mid-1910's.

Massive Porches
Designed for comfort with transom doors going to the large porch from each room (except the kitchen).

Most of what you see is original and was built to last for generations.

NW Side of Home

The entire home was built on a concrete slab that is still doing a great job!

The Home was the main residence for the very large Gass Family Farm.

Front Porch
The attention to detail and craftsmanship is quite good.

Facing East
Situated to capture both the morning sun and prevailing SE breezes while protecting against the Western Sun.

Multiple buildings. Greenhouse to the left. Battery house center and SW side of Home.

The buildings are in surprisingly great shape!

Battery House
The battery house was just that. A battery storage house that supplied electricity to the property. On the left is a worker's living quarters.

3 Car Port and storage
The newest structure is large and well built. Plenty of room for vehicles and stuff.

If you look around you can see glimpses of long range views.

The old garage to the left, worker quarters center and greenhouse to the right.

Old Garage

Large Oak with Swing

Large Barn
Hand cut into the hill is this large barn with storage above and stalls below.

This has to be seen up close as it is in pretty good shape and very usable.

The feed and tack room on the lower level of the barn.

Well & Water Storage

Front Door & Dining
Let's start our home tour from the front door off of the porch.

Living Area
Next to the Dining Room and to the East is the Living Room.

Large Bedroom
To the East of the Living Room is a large Bedroom (possible master).

From the Large Bedroom looking back to the Living Room, Dining and Kitchen.

Living Room
Looking West to the Dining Room/Entry and Kitchen


The built ins are old and the wood stove was in use in the kitchen up to just a few years ago.

The light fixture is old and may be original to the home.

Looking West through the Dining to the Kitchen.

The Kitchen
A cabinet with sink and the original cook stove are about all that is left.Ready for a Renovation!

Facing to the Dining Room

Facing South
Through the white door is the Utility/Mud Room.

Utility/Mud Room
Recently rebuilt and using reclaimed lumber for the ceiling.

Looking North to a Bedroom
Still in the kitchen and going to the other 2 bedrooms and full bath.

Large Bedroom
Looking NE to the full bath and third bedroom.

To the left is the working central heat and air system (Trane).

Third Bedroom
Facing NE and looking out the front towards High Street (Old San Antonio Road).

Bedroom 3
Not pointed out earlier. The original tin ceilings are throughout the home.

Thank you!
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