San Antonio History:
- “San Antonio, at the head of the San Antonio River in Bexar County, is on Interstate Highway 10 (east-west) and Interstate Highway 35 and 37 (north-south). The city is also served by five U.S. highways, numerous state highways, San Antonio International Airport, two freight railroads (the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific), and two AMTRAK trains. The area was explored by Spanish expeditions in 1691 and 1709, which named the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek. The town grew out of San Antonio de Béxar Presidio, founded 1718, and the villa of San Fernando de Béxar, chartered by Canary Islanders in 1731… In 1773 San Antonio de Béxar became the capital of Spanish Texas. In 1778 the settlement had a population of 2,060, including mission Indians. Its circumstances were described as “miserable” by visitors. The population was poor and heterogeneous, made up of Europeans, mestizos, and a few black slaves. The missions were all secularized by 1795, and San Antonio de Valero Mission (later, the Alamo) became a military barracks. San Antonio declared for Mexican independence in 1813; it was recaptured by Royalist forces after the battles of Alazán Creek and Medina, and the population was decimated by purges.”
San Antonio Population Growth:
- 1.493 million (2016)
San Antonio Real Estate Growth:
- Per Trulia, the average listing price for homes in San Antonio is $294,072. According to NeighborhoodScout, the median home value is $132,231. The homeownership rate in San Antonio is 53.5% owners, 46.5% renters, and 8.7% of homes are vacant. In today’s current market, the average market rent per month is $1,102. The highest appreciating neighborhoods in San Antonio since 2000 are City Center, Fm Road 2696 / Dietz Elkhorn Rd, & State Loop / Hall Blvd.
Major Attractions in San Antonio:
- The Alamo Mission: The historic landmark of Texas that held the pivotal “Battle of the Alamo” that included Texas legends James Bowie and Davy Crockett. It is now a friendly complex that includes a walk-in museum on the history of the Alamo.
- San Antonio Riverwalk: The city’s most popular destination; a riverway located one story beneath the streets of San Antonio that is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River.
New Businesses in San Antonio:
- IKEA: The Swedish furniture store will open a location in Live Oak, off Loop 1604 near I-35 with an expected opening date in 2019. The 290,000-square-foot Ikea store aims to break ground in early 2018, and many local residents are excited about the European chain’s arrival.
- Buc-ee’s: The legendary Texas pit stop will be located on I-10 in Boerne, and it will officially be open likely in 2019. They expect to break ground on the 53,000-square-foot store in 2018
Fun fact: San Antonio is reportedly the 8th largest city in the United States.