Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Beacon Hill San Antonio

Historical Homes on a Quiet Street in Beacon Hill San Antonio
Beacon Hill is a small, historically rich neighborhood about 2.5 miles from downtown San Antonio.  The area’s boundaries are Hildebrand on the north, Fredericksburg on the south and the Union Pacific railroad tracks between Blanco and San Pedro on the east and the Union Pacific railroad tracks along IH-10 on the west.  There are many Victorian-style and Bungalow homes in Beacon Hill, many of which were built in the early 1900s.

Business District in Beacon Hill San Antonio
Over the last several years the Beacon Hill Area Neighborhood Association (BHANA), a non-profit organization, has been dedicated to the neighborhood unity and revitalization.  Thanks to the organization and community efforts, Beacon Hill is an up-and-coming neighborhood that is beginning to thrive once again.

One project in particular that is really making a difference in the revitalization efforts of Beacon Hill is the completion of Phase I of Beacon Hill Linear Park which was commemorated on June 13, 2013. The park converts several plots of vacant land into a series of pocket parks including a family/play area, basketball court and other green spaces connected by a trail system. Phase II is currently underway.  This project has been a dream of the community’s for over 20 years and is really making an impact and positive change.

Beacon Hill is home to several unique artists, antique shops and restaurants; including Chris Madrid's which is known for serving the best burger in San Antonio. To see more local businesses residing in the Beacon Hill area, please click here.

The historical architecture, active neighborhood association and trendy business district make Beacon Hill an up-and-coming neighborhood in San Antonio and a perfect place to call home.

History of Beacon Hill:

Beacon Hill is one of many unique and historical neighborhoods that came about during San Antonio’s first and largest expansion, beginning in the 1850s and continuing until the Great Depression of the 1930s.  The San Antonio Street Railway Trolley lines that originally provided transportation to San Pedro Springs Park were the main reason neighborhoods like Beacon Hill were developed.

Farm and ranch lands, located in the hills north of the city center, were transformed into residential subdivisions including Beacon Hill.  Distinctive turn-of-the-century architecture was used in the area’s development and many prominent San Antonians lived here at the turn of the century. Beacon Hill was one of the first modern platted subdivisions developed in San Antonio and holds the same name of the modern-day neighborhood association. To read more about the history of Beacon Hill please visit the BHANA History Page.

Carol Dintelman is the creator of and a Realtor at Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty. 

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