As the original San Antonio
neighborhood, Lavaca emanates a vibe all its own. Boasting a unique blend of history, art, culture, and authenticity, Lavaca draws in everyone from spunky millennials to artists to architecture enthusiasts to couples and families. Though it is indeed an urban center, residents love Lavaca’s strong sense of community and neighborhood togetherness.
Lavaca’s roots can be traced back to the early 18th century, when the neighborhood began as farmland for the Mission San Antonio de Valero farms. Eventually, working class families settled down on the land, just a few blocks from their affluent neighbors in the King William neighborhood. Now, marked by César E. Chávez Blvd. to the north, South St. Mary’s Street on the west, IH-37 to the east, and the Missouri-Kansas Railroad Line on the south, Lavaca holds a population of around 1,800.
Due to its convenient central location, Lavaca is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the city, easily within a few blocks of grocery stores, restaurants, schools, and parks. Its location on I-37 also means the rest of the city is just a quick drive away from The Pearl, Alamo Heights, etc. The northern edge of Lavaca borders HemisFair Park, the venue for the 1968 World’s Fair and home to plenty of other cultural institutions. The Tower of the Americas observation tower, Institute of Texan Cultures, and UTSA HemisFair Park Campus are all in close proximity.
Besides easy access to higher education like UTSA at HemisFair Park Campus and San Antonio College, Lavaca is located within the San Antonio Independent School District. In the immediate Lavaca area, students are zoned to Douglass Elementary, Herff Elementary School, Page Middle School, Bonham Academy, and Brackenridge High School. Brackenridge High School is one of the best in its district, boasting above-average graduation rates and good ratings. Within SAISD, specialty magnet programs and schools throughout the city are available to students with specific interests or career paths.
Homes in the Lavaca neighborhood are known for their historic charm. Many of the original 19th-century vernacular homes still line the streets, and notable styles include caliche block cottages, Victorian, Neoclassical. From famous architects to local uppers, Lavaca’s residents have been slowly but surely restoring the historic integrity of the neighborhood, infusing them with modern touches and sustainable amenities. Land in the area is available from $46,000 to $120,000, and historic homes range from $240,000 to $388,000.