The San Antonio suburb of Castroville may be small in population — roughly 3,000 residents — but it’s big on reputation. Realtor.com has named Castroville one of the top 20 suburban hot spots among the country’s 50 largest metro areas.
Castroville is along U.S. Highway 90 about 25 miles west of San Antonio in eastern Medina County. According to the Texas State Historical Association, Castroville is a national and a Texas historic district whose highlights include the Landmark Inn State Historic Site, the St. Louis Catholic and Zion Lutheran churches, and the Steinbach House.
Henri Castro founded Castroville in 1844. The Castroville Area Chamber of Commerce says the first European settlers in the area were mostly Catholic farmers from the French region of Alsace; they came to Texas to fulfill Castro’s contract to colonize vacant land.
Thanks to its proximity to San Antonio, “Castroville is the perfect place to settle your family and still be able to find plenty to do on the weekends,” the Chamber of Commerce says.
To come up with its ranking, Realtor.com classified ZIP codes in the 50 largest metros as either suburban or urban, based on household densities. Suburbs then were ranked based on a combined score of household growth, listing price growth, and housing supply and demand. One ZIP code was included for each metro area.
“Fueled by escalating prices and demand in their surrounding urban areas, each ’burb on the list has become a hub for increasing prices, fast home sales, and tough competition among buyers,” Realtor.com says.
Suburbs in the Denver, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and San Francisco metro areas topped the list.
“Suburbs are traditionally viewed as meccas for young families, willing to trade in shorter commute times and urban nightlife for better schools and larger homes,” says Jonathan Smoke, chief economist at Realtor.com. “But the relationship between the suburbs and urban areas is far more intertwined. In recent years, rising home prices and inventory shortages in urban centers have made affordable suburban home prices more appealing for buyers.”