Johnny Carpenter's deep roots in far west Texas dates back to 1947 when Carpenter Real Estate was opened by his father, Harry W. Carpenter who moved to Alpine in 1944. The Bell County native was advised by his doctors to relocate to a higher and dryer climate due to serious health issues that could shorten his lifespan.
As a career civil servant, Harry accepted a job with the IRS in El Paso, Texas which was the only government position open at the time. After one year of training, he was assigned to Alpine and the surrounding counties in 1944 and became one of the “most unpopular” people in Alpine.
His health improved dramatically and his love for Alpine inspired Harry to resign from the IRS in order to open a public accounting office.
Over the years, Harry gradually won the favor and popularity in the community by helping those that had never kept records or filed a tax return. As Alpine began to grow, he saw the need for a real estate agency so he sold the accounting business and opened Carpenter Real Estate in 1947.
Selling homes and large ranches were Harry’s specialty and selling ranches in the Alpine area in this time period came with its share of challenges. Few paved roads existed and off road tires had yet to be developed, so in those days; food, water, tire patches, and an air pump were essential tools for Harry’s ranch brokerage trade.
Seeing the need for housing as Alpine grew, Mr. Carpenter purchased 75 acres from Herbert Kokernot on the north side of town and developed Carpenter Addition. It remains one of the nicer in town home subdivisions and the only one to this day with curb and sidewalk streets. The subdivision now has 75+/- brick and stucco homes.
In 1965 Mr. Carpenter invited his son, John W. (Johnny) Carpenter, to join him in the business as a salesman, who later became an Associate Broker in 1968. Since that time, Johnny has sold over 70 large ranches totaling over a million acres and countless Alpine and country homes.
There are few ranches within a 100 miles radius of Alpine that Johnny has not been on and his knowledge of the country is almost unequaled. Johnny also built over twenty homes in the Carpenter Addition and other areas.
Johnny graduated from Alpine High School and Sul Ross State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business. He has served as President of the Student Body at Sul Ross State University, President of Alpine Lions Club, President of the Alpine Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of the Brewster Memorial Hospital and many other Chamber & Economic Development Committees.
Johnny Carpenter plans to continue working as a Broker at Legacy Broker Group while taking frequent and well-deserved breaks along the shores and upon the waters of Lake Amistad, out on the golf course, and with his paints and canvases.