San Antonio, TX, has its own “Estonian” neighbourhood

The city of San Antonio in southern Texas has a neighbourhood called “Estonia” with street names like Tallinn Trace, Viljandi Moon and Kardla Forest.

San Antonio is the seventh most populated city in the United States and second most populated in the state of Texas. South from the state capital, Austin, it’s home to over 1.4 million people – which makes it bigger than Estonia. The entire San Antonio metro area has a population of over 2.3 million – and among them also the residents of the Estonia neighbourhood.

Estonia neighbourhood in San AntonioEstonia is located in the western outskirts of the city, by Texas State Highway number 151, near shopping centres and entertainment facilities. According to Meritage Homes, one of the real estate managers at Estonia, the community features a park, a playground, a recreation centre (which basically means a gym), a swimming pool and hiking trails.

One of the Estonia houses listed on the Meritage Homes website is for sale for USD239,995. The house has two storeys, three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, “a California kitchen overlooking the huge family room and a formal dining room. Upstairs is an impressive master suite with walk-in closet as well as a game room,” the website says. Unfortunately, there are no photos of the house.

The Estonian newspaper, Eesti Ekspress, wrote back on 2008 that according to one of the developers, the community was named after “a friend of a friend of one of the engineers visited Europe and was astonished by Estonia’s beauty”. After the development was named “Estonia”, the street names were a logical next step, he said.

The Estonia neighbourhood in San Antonio, TX

Among the street names at the Estonia community are Petseri Park (even though the town of Petseri is nowadays technically in Russia, it used to be Estonia before the Soviet occupation), Estonia Gate, Vormsi View, Rapla Crossing and Torva Bluff.

Google Street View image of the houses on Jogeva Way

Viewed on Google Street View, the houses at Estonia look like common American residences – and surely the entire neighbourhood is considered just one among many. Perhaps apart from the fact that the street names may not be so easily pronounced for native English speakers.

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Images by Google.

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About the author: Sten Hankewitz

Sten Hankewitz is a lifelong journalist and Deputy Editor of Estonian World. Having lived in Estonia, Spain and the UK, he now resides in the United States. He loves to write and besides contributing to Estonian World and some occasional blogging, he writes for other media outlets in Estonia, Israel and elsewhere. He has strong convictions and he shows them unashamedly. You can follow him on Twitter, friend him on Facebook or check out his personal blog. You can write to Sten at sten@estonianworld.com.

  • Call me Bee

    I imagine they pronounce Tallinn as “Tay-linn” 🙂

    • Frederik Declercq

      hahaha I love you

    • Stone

      Estonian Taani ‎(“Denmark”) and linn ‎(“town”). Taanilinn – Tallinn.
      tɑːlɪn
      tælɪn

  • Tom Swift (and his…)

    I take it there are no Estonians living there (?)…

  • Peeter Susi

    Perhaps by the ice rink, the street should be “Jäääärne Lane” That will drive the Texans CRAZY trying to pronouce it

  • Margot

    They also should have Muhu saar. That’s where I’m from 🙂
    One day I wanna go and see that place myself. Cool!

  • Sven

    Many of the roads are spelled wrong: Vormis instead of Vormsi, Padie instead of Paide

  • Leo Siemann

    Nice story 🙂 We are such a small folk that having a few streets here or there wouldn’t make a lot impact anywhere except for ourselves having a little Estonia reserved out there just in case … http://www.estinventor.com