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San Antonio Street Names Defined

San Antonio and its surrounding areas are built on a rich historical background. One of the oldest Spanish colonizations of the European settlements, San Antonio, was for decades Texas’ largest city. The majority of buildings have history behind their names and many of the streets downtown are named for the ‘Founding Fathers of Texas’; Houston, Travis and Navarro as well as defenders of the Alamo; Crockett and Bowie.

We wanted to look into some of the street names that are uniquely Texas and even ‘San Antonian.’ Recently we published a blog about ‘Memorable Street Names‘ and this is another chapter in the story of street names. Here are some of our listings with names that have a story to tell.

sabor1150027zd874 SANTA CRUZ • MISSION HILLS RANCH:  Santa Cruz translates to “Holy Cross” in Spanish. Santa Cruz de San Saba was one of the Spanish missions in Texas established in 1757. Inspired by the name of this historical site, 874 Santa Cruz is a Hill Country Gem in the gated Enclave at Mission Hills Ranch, and is 0.85 acres on a greenbelt with backyard privacy to enjoy the heated pool and spa. 

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22502 VIAJES • SAN ANTONIO: Pronounced ˈBee-AKH-heys‘ this word means to take a trip or journey in the English translation. So take a trip over to this Mediterranean style home. The Arezzo floor plan is one to be admired with the Master bedroom (boasting a jacuzzi tub and large closet) on the first level.

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230 TRAVIS ST. • KERRVILLE:  Located just a short drive from San Antonio, this home in Kerrville touts one of the classic South Texas historical names. William “Buck” Travis, born August 1st 1809 is famously known for his heroic death at the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution. Prior to being a solider however, Travis was an American lawyer. At the age of 26 he achieved lieutenant colonel in the Texas Army.

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1018 LA TIERRA • THE 7th AT SONTERRASimply stunning home centrally located and on beautiful Sonterra Golf Course dons a name that translates to “the earth” in English. This piece of earth is our ‘PostWorthy Pick’ with the combined home elements and decor streamlined throughout, it can be your slice of heaven on earth.

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644 SAN MARCOS TRAIL •  WAGGENER RANCH COMAL: The word San Marcos translates to Saint Mark in English. Aside from this street name there is also a well known city and river that go by the same moniker. In 1689, Spaniard Alonso de Leon led an expedition from Mexico to explore Texas and establish missions and presidios in the region. De Leon’s party helped blaze the area now known as Old San Antonio Road and Old Bastrop Highway. De Leon’s party reached the river on April 25, the feast day of St. Mark the Evangelist; the river was thus named the San Marcos.

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46 OLD SAN ANTONIO ROAD • BOERNE:  This 1930’s home with approximately 2,700 sqft. offers 4BR 2BA and a 2nd home at approximately 2,200 sqft. that was built in 1997. Also a 704 sqft. quarters was contructed in 2006 plus a full size church, built in 2000.

The Old San Antonio Road is considered part of El Camino Real De los Tejas National Historic Trail. Sometimes called “El Camino Real” or “Kings Highway” this historic roadway that extends to Louisiana was based on traditional Native American trails. The generally accepted “birth year” of the road was in 1691 following Spanish explorer Alonso de Léon’s trail blazing. Rather than a single road, it was a network of trails based on weather and Native American threats.

Here is a map, courtesy of Wikipedia:El_Camino_Real_de_los_Tejas_National_Historic_Trail

 

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Memorable Street Names

Once in awhile a home comes through our Marketing Department that has a noteworthy name. Actually there are some very interesting street names… we thought we would share some of those with our readers. In this series “Memorable Street Names” we are taking a quick look at a few of the most recent listings.

Our favorite recent listing is brought to you by Bradley Graves and is located at

sabor11274741119 Lion King – The marketing team behind Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® PowerHouse Marketing Program spent the day singing the lyrics to a movie with the same name.

In fact, The opening lyrics of “The Circle of Life” are lines translated into and sung in A REAL LANGUAGE; one that is spoken by over 10 million people, including 95% of South Africa. The opening of “The Circle of Life” is in Zulu, the language of the Zulu people. This inspired us to research further into the lyrics being sung:

Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba [Here comes a lion, Father]

Sithi uhm ingonyama [Oh yes, it’s a lion]

Nants ingonyama bagithi baba

Sithi uhhmm

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Siyo Nqoba [We’re going to conquer]

IngonyamaIngonyama nengw’ enamabala [A lion and a leopard come to this open place]

The verse above contains the actual words, along with the English translation.

sabor11272962618 Just My Style:

This listing by our Sales Associate Missy Stagers & Partners is a stylish 1.5 story property with second living up and inviting curb appeal. Fresh paint and recently clean carpets make this home move in ready! And with a name like “Just My Style” it might be yours.

501 Naked Indian Trail:

This was a listing by our Sales Associate Mary Ann Rhodes is a Single-Family Home located in New Braunfels, TX. With 2 ½ baths and approximately 2,424 square feet this rock home features hill country views. The property was built in 1986. Although we did some research it is currently unclear where the name originated from. The other streets in the neighborhood however also share similar themed names like, ‘Indian Chief Trail’ and ‘Tom Tom Trail.’

sabor1118512113 Garrapata Lane:

This listing by our Sales Associate Debbie Backlund is a great Hollywood Park home is a two story gem with balcony. Additionally, this Spanish name translates to “tick” or “mite” in English.

On a gorgeous summer day however, one would just call it ‘home’ and with a beautiful balcony it’s easy to see why.

Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 1.01.48 PM21 San Isidro:

This listing by Libby Ross, of The Ross Group, offers hill Country Elegance within minutes of the city! This one of a kind rock 1.5 story custom masterpiece sits on 6.27 private acres in guarded Sendero Ranch.

One of the most celebrated holidays of Madrid Feast Day of San Isidro is held on May 15, and is the city’s patron saint as well as the patron saint of farmers. The traditional festival and feast are held in an open-air area known as the Pradera del Santo.

sabor1127991 7311 Obbligato: 

This listing by Parisa Sanchez is a beautiful home in the Rolling Meadows subdivision has an unusual name after a classical music term. Obbligato usually describes a musical line that is in some way indispensable in performance. It can also be used, more specifically, to indicate that a passage of music was to be played exactly as written, or only by the specified instrument, without changes or omissions.

Obbligato includes the idea of independence, as in C.P.E. Bach‘s 1780 Symphonies “mit zwölf obligaten Stimmen” (“with twelve obbligato parts”) by which Bach was referring to the independent woodwind parts he was using for the first time. These parts were also obbligato in the sense of being indispensable.


 

If you have an usually named street that you would like to see highlighted in our blog send it to pr@cbharper.com