Known for its rural country charm, Helotes is a thriving community with a rich history and a family-friendly environment.
Helotes started as a small farming and ranching community after the Texas Revolution in the late 1830s. Less than 20 years later, Scottish immigrant Dr. George Marnoch purchased the land and built a post office, transforming the new town into a stagecoach stop for cowboys who were driving their cattle from Bandera to the auction in San Antonio.
Helotes became an unincorporated city in 1981 and has grown into one of the most desirable suburbs in San Antonio. Over the years, Helotes has continued to bloom with a current population of close to 9,100 residents. Also with the best school district in San Antonio, Northside ISD.
Helotes sits on the Northside of San Antonio just outside of Loop 1604, about 20 miles from the downtown area with a straight shot into the city on Interstate 10. Because Helotes is on the outer edge of San Antonio, it not only provides easy access to San Antonio but many of the nearby Hill Country communities.
Most Helotes residents own their home, with only 7 percent of residents who rent. The median home value is around $421,000 with some home price tags into the millions.
Helotes is most known for the John T. Floore Country Store, a dancehall that was originally built in 1946. Still an incredibly popular spot, the music venue has seen country greats grace the Helotes stage such as Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Bob Dylan, B.B. King and Elvis Presley. Helotes has put itself on the map after it revitalized the downtown area in 2011. Named Old Town Helotes, downtown Helotes is home to coffee shops, antique shops, boutiques, restaurants and even the Helotes Creek Winery. During the summer, Helotes hosts tons of events including the weekly Helotes Music Nights, the Helotes Marketplace and the Independence Day Celebration.
But don’t worry, fun can be found even outside of Old Town Helotes. The Oak Valley Golf Course is
extremely popular and is even South Texas’s first course to be fully lit at night. Helotes is also close to the Rim, La Cantera, Six Flags and other great attractions.
Helotes is a great family community, in 2013 it was named as the best Small Town in Texas to Raise Kids by the Bloomberg Business Week and named as the Coolest Secret Location in Texas by Reader’s Digest in 2019.
Ask the residents, and they will tell you that Helotes is a great place to raise a family with friendly neighbors, great schools and plenty of parks and places to run and play. Helotes is close to Government Canyon State Natural Area for avid outdoor families and there are also several parks around town.
The children of Helotes attend schools in the highly rated Northside Independent School District. There are three elementary schools and one high school located within the Helotes community and several additional schools nearby in San Antonio city limits. Just a short drive from Helotes is also the highly acclaimed University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA).
For military families, Helotes is a good option for those who commute to the bases. Just a short drive from Helotes down Loop 1604 is Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland or Camp Bullis can be found less than 20 miles away heading north on Loop 1604.
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