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Cibolo / Schertz Real Estate

Cibolo has a rich history in the development of south Texas. Cibolo is located in the extreme western corner of Guadalupe County in south central Texas. Situated along Farm Market Road 78 and north to south along FM 1103, and paralleled by two major interstate highways, IH 10 to the south and IH 35 to the north. The City of Cibolo is within easy access of Seguin and San Antonio. Cibolo lies approximately 13 miles east of the San Antonio metropolitan area.

Cibolo is part of an area known as the Metrocom, the Northeast corner of Bexar County and the Southwest corner of Guadalupe County. The sister cities of the Metrocom include Universal City, Schertz, Selma, Live Oak, Gardenridge, Converse and Kirby. In this area you will also find Randolph Air Force Base a major pilot training facility for the United States Air Force.

The city’s master plan focuses on a 1,000-acre new city center—a central point that partners old city with the new. It will feature natural elements, culture, open spaces, civic and cultural centers, retail, businesses, corporate headquarters, single-family homes, public structures, and plazas—all in a walk able location adjacent to rail. The Cibolo New Town Center features a 300-acre park that will connect several sections of the city to other parks, trails and cultural activities.

The City of Schertz is located between the Cities of Austin and San Antonio, on Interstate 35, and on Interstate 10 between San Antonio and Houston. The corporate limits extend into the Counties of Bexar, Guadalupe and Comal. The largest portion of the City is within Guadalupe County.

The first settlers came to Schertz around 1843.  Some of the families on the immediate land surrounding Schertz were the Boettigers, Schertzs*, Schneiders, Seilers, Maske, and Mergele. Members of the Schertz family still reside in the City. The first name of Schertz was “Cibolo Pit”, then “Cut Off”; the reason for this name was when the Cibolo Creek flooded, the settlement was cut off.

The first settlers planted wheat, oats, and corn, which did not need special equipment to harvest and process.  In later years, cotton was planted, and proved to be very productive and a cash crop.  In fact, so much so, that there were two cotton gins in Schertz at one time.  In 1870 the first gin was built by the Schertz family.  It was powered by mules and then in later years by stream.  This gin was located where the post office is at the present time.  

Randolph Air Force Base was arguably the biggest boom to Schertz in the late 20’s, although it changed the lives of many people.  A lot of farm land was bought as the air force needed 2,000 acres for the air academy.  There were 3 sites considered.  The present site was chosen because after research, the site here showed the fog was less in the area and lifted earlier in the day, and meant more flying time.  All of this boosted the economy not only for Schertz and surrounding communities but also the areas of New Braunfels, Seguin, and San Antonio.

Schertz offers a number of recreational facilities. You can visit the Natural Bridge Wildlife Park, Schlitterbahn Water Park, and San Antonio Zoo during your leisure hours. The Guadalupe River State Park, Sebastopol House State Historic Site, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, and San Antonio Children’s Museum are worth visiting.

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