The Helotes Community


Why Helotes Real Estate

Helotes is a city in Bexar County, Texas. It is part of the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 4,285 at the 2000 census; the July 1, 2009 Census estimate, however, showed the population had grown to 7,960.  Helotes incorporated in 1981, and there was very little in the town. Today, It is becoming one of the most sought after suburbs of San Antonio. Helotes itself includes the newly renovated Old Town Helotes which was completed in 2011.

Background Information

A small farming and ranching community began to develop in the area shortly after the Texas Revolution in the late 1830s.  In 1858, a Scottish immigrant, Dr. George Marnoch, purchased the land that would later become the site of the town. Marnoch's home at one time served as a stagecoach stop and a post office for cowboys driving their cattle from Bandera to auction in San Antonio. His heirs sold a portion of their property in 1880 to a Swiss immigrant, Arnold Gugger, who built a home and mercantile store around which the town of Helotes sprang to life. In 1908, Gugger sold his property to
Bert Hileman, who opened the town's first dance hall. He was also instrumental in getting old Bandera Road paved and opening the town's first filling station. He sold his property in downtown Helotes in 1919, when the town's population declined. In 1946, the manager of San Antonio's Majestic Theatre, John T. Floore, opened the landmark John T. Floore Country Store.  

The town name is derived from the Spanish word helote, which means "green maize," but exactly how the town came to be called Helotes is still a subject of debate. As the urban sprawl of San Antonio expanded and approached the outskirts of Helotes in the 1970s, residents determined to take their fate into their own hands. After a decade of planning and negotiation, Helotes became an incorporated city in October 1981. To this day, residents still struggle with the dilemma of maintaining the city's rugged country charm, while at the same time allowing for the development of modern suburban facilities and businesses.

Helotes Education

Helotes residents are zoned to schools in the Northside Independent School District. They are:

  •     Charles L. Kuentz, Jr. Elementary School (Helotes)
  •     Helotes Elementary School (Helotes)
  •     Bob Beard Elementary School (San Antonio)
  •     Dean H. Krueger Elementary School (San Antonio)
  •     Hector Garcia Middle School (San Antonio)
  •     Wallace B. Jefferson Middle School (San Antonio)
  •     Sandra Day O'Connor High School (Helotes)

Business in Helotes

Downtown of Helotes, which includes John T. Floore's Country Store, All That Glitters, L&M Feed and Supply, Mander Automotive Service, First Baptist Church of Helotes, and El Chaparrel Mexican and other Helotes originals. Other shopping centers off the major thoroughfare, Bandera Road, include: CVS Pharmacy, Dollar General, Dairy Queen, Bill Miller BBQ, Sonic, Starbucks, BBVA Compass Bank, Broadway Bank, and the Helotes Post Office.

At the intersection of Loop 1604 and Bandera Road, in bordering San Antonio, is popular Bandera Trails Center and Bandera Centre Shopping Center. Both shopping centers provide a large variety of shops, eateries, and entertainment. These include: Target, Kohl's, Barnes & Noble, HEB Grocery, Lowe's, Home Depot, Gold's Gym, Santikos Silverado 16 Movie Theater, T.J. Maxx and countless other stores and restaurants.

The Cornyval Festival is an annual tradition in the city of Helotes, bringing in local vendors and thousands of area residents to celebrate the namesake of the town.

Helotes Demographics

As of the census of 2009, there were 7,960 people in Helotes. The 2000 census population density was 1,014.3 people per square mile. There were 1,525 housing units at an average density of 361.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 86.95% White, 2.24% African American, 0.14% Pacific Islander, .06% from other races, and 3.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.49% of the population.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $76,951, and the median income for a family was $80,090. Males had a median income of $50,625 versus $38,362 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,534. About 2.0% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.

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