Tobin Hill Community Association
TOBIN HILL is a unique community in the San Antonio area. Known for it's recent exponential growth in population and diverse living, the area continues to be a featured living community for many who desire a modern style of living.
"Uniquely poised to appeal to people from various economic and social backgrounds who are looking to live, work and play in a neighborhood that reflects diversity in every sense of the word. Tobin Hill represents, art, culture, entertainment, music, family, commerce education, growth, potential, and most of all, pride."
- Tobin Hill Community Association
Tobin Hill Area in San Antonio, Texas
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Now and then...
Tobin Hill's history began with a portion of the city once known as the Old Main Association, started in 1731 and finished in 1798. In 1777 the Upper Labor Acequia irrigation canal was finished and located at the southern boundary of today's Tobin Hill. Although public distribution of the land by lottery began in 1777, development didn't begin until 1877, after Colonel Augustus Belknap bought the San Antonio Street Railway Company Stock granting a franchise for a "horse railroad" and built a route from Houston Street to San Pedro Springs Park.
In 1883, William G. Tobin, father of Mayor John Tobin, purchased a home site on a hill on Maple Ave. in 1883, and one of San Antonio's first suburbs was established. By 1925, "the hill" was into its third generation of Tobins, more than 51 percent of Americans lived in suburbs, and the Progressive Era was revolting against Victorian excesses by building smaller, simpler cottages known as Craftsman or Bungalow Style.
In November of 2007, a group of Tobin Hill residents walked block to block in an effort to preserve this history. They succeeded in creating the Tobin Hill Historic District, which contains Victorian and Neo Classical mansions of more than 4,000-square-feet and Craftsman bungalows ranging from 900 to 2,700-square-feet. Stately historic apartment buildings are also interspersed throughout the Historic District.
If there were one word today to choose to describe the personality and evolution of Tobin Hill, I would say eclectic is the most fitting. It varies from historic homes being continuously renovated, to urban infill residential containers being developed now, and luxury apartment homes or townhome row homes. And too, sustainability guru's who love solar and have their own macrobiotic back yards burgeoning-to artists, and free-spirited fixie riders blazing up McCullough, with their loaded back packs, blase' non-chalance and no apparent evidence of physical hardship climbing hills in 100 degree weather. True Texas "never surrender" style and grace...
The success of the iconic Pearl Brewery, has done much to bolster the gentrification of this very individualistic, spirited, and culturally rich neighborhood of San Antonio. And the neighboring Trinity University allows for a consistent mix of intelligence and character.