Live in Castroville, Texas
Thinking about relocating to Castroville, Texas? This historic little town has a rich cultural heritage and is nestled in the Medina River Valley. Known as "The Little Alsace of Texas" because of its European origins, you are just steps away from historic homes and buildings and beautiful landscapes. With its close proximity to San Antonio, just 15 short miles off U.S. Hwy 90, Castroville (pop. 3,027) is the ideal spot to call home. Live here, work here, play here!
Castroville is rich in history dating back to 1844 when the town was founded by Henri Castro. The first European emigrant settlers in this area were mostly Catholic farmers from Alsace, a region of France, brought over to fulfill Castro’s contract to colonize vacant Texas Land. Calling themselves Alsatians, they were mostly of German decent speaking a dialect of German and French. Beginning as a farming community, the city of over 3,000 people now boasts agriculture, civic, commercial and industrial advancements. Castroville still has strong cultural ties to Alsace as many of its citizens are descendents of the original settlers who journeyed here from Alsace in 1844. It’s the home to many who can trace their ancestry back to their sister city, Eguisheim, Alsace, France. For more history, visit our Heritage and History page.
Castroville is nestled in the Medina River Valley and is just a short 20 minute drive to downtown San Antonio. With so many attractions so close by, Castroville is the perfect place to settle your family and still be able to find plenty to do on the weekends. The San Antonio River Walk is just 25 miles east and features an amazing array of restaurants, shops and attractions. Or check out Sea World which is just a short 20 minute drive. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is also in close proximity to Castroville, just 30 miles. If you like to spend your days on the water, head to Medina Lake, just 25 miles north of Castroville. And for those of you camping enthusiasts, check out Paradise Canyon at the Lake or head northwest to Garner State Park, just an hour away. Experience country living with the city close by!
Castroville is Home of the Panthers and Medina Valley ISD, a "Recognized District." The district was formed in 1959 by the consolidation of the schools in Castroville and LaCoste. The boundaries of Medina Valley ISD extend north to the Medina Lake area, south to Lytle and Natalia, west toward Hondo, and east to San Antonio. The district includes 5 schools; 3 elementary, a middle school and a high school. It is a 4A UIL District with approximately 3,000 students and more than 450 employees. MVISD stands as a leader in academic excellence with outstanding classroom teachers, exemplary schools and programs that support student achievement.
Castroville also has two religious schools including St. Louis Catholic School and Daystar Academy. St. Louis offers grades 3K through 5th and their goal as an educator is to prepare young children for the future and to meet the challenges of life as Christians. The school ministers to the "whole child" helping them to develop to his or her potential spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically. Daystar offers classes 4K through 3rd grade and was founded on the intent of providing an excellent academic program in a setting that promotes strong values and nurtures character development in their students.
There are also several certified daycares located in Castroville. Please visit our member businesses page to go to these company's websites.
Castroville offers four local clinics with several doctors on hand each day to meet your needs. We are also just a short 15 minutes drive from Medina Regional Hospital located in Hondo, Texas. Their newly remodeled facility offers a wide range of services including a 24 hour emergency room and general acute care. Located in Castroville are three dentists offices, one optometrist, one chiropractic facility, a physical therapy clinic and an oral and maxillofacial surgery association.
Our emergency service district has received much praise for always being there when needed. The Medina County EMS has been recognized for outstanding cardiac pre-hospital care. The Air Evac Lifeteam, located at the Hondo airport, is the largest independently-owned and operated air ambulance service in the U.S. with 20 plus years of service and trained medical staff.
All major denominations are represented with over twelve places of worship in and around the Castroville area. Our famous St. Louis Catholic church is the oldest in the area being completed in 1870.
Castroville is booming with organizations for you and your family to be involved in. For the youngsters we have three 4-H Clubs, several boy scout and girl scout groups, martial arts, a dance studio, cheer and tumbling, and several youth athletic teams. If you're interested in helping preserve the look of Castroville, join the Castro Colonies Heritage Association, the Castro Garden Club, the Castroville Conservation Society, Friends of the Regional Park, Friends of the Landmark Inn or the Medina County Historical Commission. We also have a Rotary Club, Amateur Radio Club, Line Dancers and several others. A complete list can be found on Area Organizations page.
Castroville has three weekly newspapers, the Castroville Bulletin, Castroville Anvil and Medina Valley Times. They provide newsworthy information to the area each week. Cable, satellite and Internet services are available in the area. We also have a full service post office open 6 days a week.
Located in Castroville are both a Regional Park and State Park. There are also several playgrounds located at the Regional Park as well as camping, an RV Park, sand volleyball courts, an Olympic size pool, soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and access to the Medina River. The town also features the Alsatian Golf Club, an 18 hole golf course with a newly renovated clubhouse and grill. There is also a baseball/softball complex located by the airport and also at the Lions Sports Complex.
Looking for a place you can live, work and do your business? Although Castroville may not have any of the "big box stores," we have a large selection of businesses in town where you can not only work but do your local shopping. No need to drive to San Antonio, everything you need is right here. From auto services and accountants to gift shops and insurance services, you can locate almost any business in Castroville. For a complete list of businesses in Castroville visit our Member Businesses page.
To download a relocation packet, complete with information on real estate, schools, churches and more, click here. (update to come)
We'd like to be the first to welcome you to our wonderful and quaint community!