Tuesday, July 30, 2013

King William District San Antonio

The King William District is nestled in a quiet section of San Antonio, just south of downtown, along the river’s edge.  Large, stunning historical homes line the streets amid well landscaped yards and park areas filled with mature trees and lush greenery.  Some of the best restaurants, bars and cafes of San Antonio are found in King William and you’ll find local and tourist alike congregating at one of these well known establishments.

Restaurants and Bars in and around the King William District San Antonio:

Azuca Nuevo Latino
Beethoven Maennerchor
El Mirador
La Focaccia Italian Grill
La Frite Belgian Bistro
Liberty Bar
Madhatters Tea House & Café
Rosario's Cafe y Cantina
The Friendly Spot
The Guenther House
The Monterey

Live in King William San Antonio:

The quiet neighborhood atmosphere mixed with the appeal of the striking historical architecture, all located in such close proximity to the downtown business district make King William one of the most sought after neighborhoods in San Antonio.

Click here to find homes for sale in King William San Antonio.

History of King William District San Antonio:

The history of the area extends back to late 1700s when the land that is now known as King William was divided among resident Indian families from the mission or sold at auction.  In the 1860s the area was divided into lots and laid out as a subdivision.

Soon after, many German immigrants who came to Texas began to settle there and the area became known as “Sauerkraut Bend”.  The development of the neighborhood resulted in the construction of large and impressive homes of Greek Revival, Victorian and Italianate styles. The name King William was given to the main street in the neighborhood in honor of King Wilhelm I, the King of Prussia in the 1870s. 

In the early to mid 1900s the King William area declined as many of the original inhabitants passed away and their children moved to other parts of San Antonio.  Many of the large homes were converted into apartments and only a few of the original settlers remained.  But then around 1950 a group of people were attracted to King William because of its proximity to downtown and they recognized a potential in restoring the historical homes and cottages.  The area slowly became desirable again and in 1968 it became San Antonio’s first designated historical district.  In 1972, King William was listed as a National Register Historic District.

For more information on the history of the King William District please visit The City of San Antonio website

Click here to download a free walking tour of King William San Antonio courtesy of the King William Association

King William Historic District Walking Tour

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

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