Welcome to Weibel
Weibel is a neighborhood located in the southeastern part of Fremont, California. This neighborhood showcased the last vestiges of the area’s agricultural history until the mid 1990’s. Driving along Mission Blvd in South Fremont, Nicole Herrmann of the Marinelli Real Estate Team remembers asking her dad, Anthony, about a large, gradually sloping hillside of Champagne grapevines. Her awareness to ask was driven by her grandfather, who at the time, was making wine. Even at 7 years old, you could tell that to Nicole, the vineyard added greatly to the cachet of the Mission San Jose area.
The neighborhood is named after Louis Weibel, a Swiss immigrant who settled in the area in the late 19th century and established a dairy farm. In 1946, the opportunity arose to purchase 100 acres of historical vineyards in Fremont, California—and the Weibel family grabbed it. The Mission San Jose vineyards held a rich history, first being owned in the 1800’s by California Governor, Leland Stanford. The grounds, however, were in a state of decay when acquired by the Weibel family. With a determination to restore the land to its former glory, the Weibels revitalized the production facilities, replanted the vines, and put Oscar Habluetzel, Fred’s brother-in-law, in charge of winemaking—a position he had held for 37 years.
The Weibel neighborhood has a rich agricultural history, with farming and ranching playing a significant role in its development. The area was once known for its orchards, particularly its apricot and cherry trees. The neighborhood also had several dairy farms, including the Weibel Dairy, which was established by Louis Weibel and was one of the largest dairy operations in the area.
In the mid-20th century, the Weibel neighborhood began to see a period of growth and development, as the San Francisco Bay Area experienced a population boom. The area transitioned from a primarily agricultural community to a suburban residential neighborhood, with the construction of new homes and the establishment of new schools and community facilities. With the exception of the Vintage Grove development, homes in Weibel range from 1100 to 4000 sq ft on lots largely 6000 to 15,000 sq ft. and built-out from 1961 through 1989.
Years later in 1995 Summerhill Homes purchased the land and built the Vintage Grove development. Marinelli Real Estate represented many owners selling their Ardenwood Homes or Niles Homes to trade up and into the spacious beautifully designed floorplans.
The Weibel neighborhood is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, with a strong sense of community and a variety of local events and activities. The neighborhood is home to several parks and open spaces, including the Weibel Park, which offers recreational opportunities for residents and sits at the foot of the vast Mission Peak Trail Head.
Overall, the Weibel neighborhood is a vibrant and growing area, with a rich history and a strong sense of community. Its mix of residential and commercial uses, its family-friendly atmosphere, and its proximity to major employers and recreational opportunities make it a popular destination for future residents and visitors alike. Not to mention, Fremont was named happiest city in America in a February report from WalletHub in 2023 for several years running. To say Weibel Homes are desirable is an understatement.
- Elementary: Weibel
- Junior High: Gomes
- High School: Irvington