River Bluff Views, a Fantastic Quality of Life – Victorian Style
The Medina River Valley was put on the map by Spanish Explorers in 1689. It is all yours with panoramic views from the deck and bedrooms of River Bluff Views.
The city was founded by Alsatian settlers in 1844, led by Empresario Henri Castro, who held land grants from the legislature of the Republic of Texas founded in 1836 – “Remember the Alamo” in nearby San Antonio.
The property consists of a double city lot and offers over half an acre of privacy at the far and quiet edge of the River Bluff subdivision. The home is surrounded by mature trees, including live oaks, a Texas elm, and others, which offer wonderful shade during a Texas summer. The rustic nature of its own arroyo and trees are home to songbirds year-round, while its spacious yard is ideal for placing a pool or a gazebo. Enjoy spring season along the Medina Irrigation Canal with stands of bluebonnets and fragrant acacias.
The custom-built, two-story Victorian-style home has a wrap-around porch uncommon in the neighborhood. Its full-height grand foyer shows off the best chandelier and has a winding staircase as its centerpiece – just one of two that was hand-built by a local craftsman.
An open-design floor plan downstairs combines a modern kitchen, a cozy dining nook, and a spacious living room. The kitchen features butcher-block counters and a bar, the dining area has bay windows with great views. The living room has a gas fireplace and opens to the private porch and deck for relaxation and enjoying nature with a panoramic view. A keeping room/pantry connects the kitchen to the reception room, the latter offering bay window views for invited guests. A secluded office ensures productivity for work from home. A half-bath and a laundry room for gas and electrical appliances are there as well.
The master bedroom suite upstairs features a full bath, walk-in closet, and a Medina Valley panorama through its bay windows. Three other spacious bedrooms accommodate family or guests and offer views through bay or cathedral-style windows. A full bath rounds out amenities on this floor. The attached two-car garage provides ample space for vehicles and other necessary gear for exploring Texas – remember, it is big, like a whole other country.
In addition to the 2,254 heated and finished square footage, there are 480 square feet in the attached garage, 558 square feet on the covered wrap-around porch, and 168 square feet of deck.
Live here, work here, retire here – after all, there is no State Income Tax. Castroville offers excellent schools at Medina Valley Independent School District. A commute to major employers in San Antonio, including universities and military installations, or a drive to the San Antonio International Airport is less than 45 minutes. San Antonio is a confluence of Anglo, Hispanic, and German cultures, and its architecture and city celebrations reflect these traditions.
Explore, dine, and shop in wonderful downtown San Antonio and nearby: the historic Alamo and other Spanish Missions, the famous River Walk with La Villita, the classic Victorian King William district upholding German traditions, the fortified Spanish Governor’s Palace, and the cosmopolitan Hemisfair Plaza from 1968 with the Tower of the Americas – the latter featuring a rotating restaurant at almost 600 feet above the city with up-close fireworks on Independence Day and New Years. The Mexican Mercado is a visual and culinary delight and is famous for affordable, central American folk art. Colorful city festivities include Fiesta with flower-covered barges on the San Antonio River and the Folk-life festival honoring Texas’ immigrants.
As for exploring Texas, the German-settled Hill Country and the State Capital of Austin are not far. See the old West in Bracketville with the “Alamo of the movie” or Langtry, where Judge Roy Bean held court west of the Pecos. Go hiking in Big Bend National Park along the Rio Grande. Hit the Gulf coast and Corpus Christi for an outing at the beach, or see Houston with the amazing Johnson Space Center and Galveston Island just a bit further.
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|Address:||131 River Trail|
|Bathrooms:||2 full, 1 half|