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 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.
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 part of Estonia before the Soviet occupation), Estonia Gate, Vormsi View, Rapla Crossing, Valga Hill, Anstla Sands, Viljandi Moon and Lahemaa Falls.
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.
Images by Google.
8 thoughts on “San Antonio, TX, has its own “Estonian” neighbourhood”
I imagine they pronounce Tallinn as “Tay-linn” 🙂
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Estonian Taani (“Denmark”) and linn (“town”). Taanilinn – Tallinn.
I take it there are no Estonians living there (?)…
Perhaps by the ice rink, the street should be “Jäääärne Lane” That will drive the Texans CRAZY trying to pronouce it
They also should have Muhu saar. That’s where I’m from 🙂
One day I wanna go and see that place myself. Cool!
Many of the roads are spelled wrong: Vormis instead of Vormsi, Padie instead of Paide
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