Lavaca and Friends
The San Antonio neighborhoods of Lavaca and King William are wonderful places to live and to visit. They encompass the entertainment areas of Blue Star and South Alamo Street, patronized by both locals and visitors. They are true neighborhoods where people know each other; where they greet each other when walking their dogs; where they get together to socialize in neighborhood spots; where kids go to school and enjoy nearby playgrounds; and where neighbors work together on projects to improve community life.
This web site is aimed at two audiences: our neighbors — people who live here and want to connect with the neighborhood and enjoy what it offers — and visitors to San Antonio who would like to experience the city like a local. So check out the website, check out our events newsletter, and, if you’ve got the time, join us some Thursday for our Lavaca and Friends happy hour.
The oldest neighborhood in San Antonio
Lavaca is the oldest residential neighborhood in San Antonio. Historically, it was a neighborhood of artisans and small business people; it makes sense that a key street running through the heart of Lavaca is named 'Labor Street'.
Lavaca is full of small wood frame homes and caliche stone houses built in the style of the Texas Hill Country. Many of those homes have been lovingly refurbished in the past decade or two.
Historic homes and the river
Like Lavaca, King William is a historic neighborhood, but it was settled by wealthy businesspeople who built imposing homes and gardens. Walk the tree-covered streets to enter another era. Two of the homes are museums you can visit.
The river -- including some of the most beautiful stretches of the Riverwalk -- runs through the neighborhood.
The center of everything
South Alamo and its cross-streets, such as Presa and St. Mary's, make up the heart of the neighborhood. This is where you'll find restaurants, galleries, and shops.
If you're visiting, get a ride to the neighborhood (parking can be difficult, especially on weekend evenings) and you can see everything on foot.