The City of Live Oak just concluded “Celebrating 50 Years of Community.” Incorporated in 1960, city founders considered the Interstate 35 and Loop 1604 interchange a perfect location for a community. Live Oak evolved from a rich farming and ranching tradition to developments of peaceful residential neighborhoods, multiple shopping centers, a major hospital and medical complex, college campuses and financial resources.
Many residents have lived in Live Oak for 10-plus years. New families continue to locate here, increasing the population to over 13,131. Within its 5.5 square miles of city limits, Live Oak offers a variety of motel, single-family residence and apartment options. Live Oak Villas, La Quinta Inn, Great Value Inn and Value Place provide locations for temporary stays. Bridlewood Park subdivision is nearing completion with 450 housing units constructed by Ryland Homes, D.R. Horton and New Leaf Homes. KB Homes is completing a development of 750 housing units in Auburn Hills within the Woodcrest subdivision. Heritage at Live Oak, Mira Loma and The Springs of Live Oak Apartment Communities have added over 1200 units to our community.
Be sure to visit our family-owned restaurants and businesses, who know Live Oak as a business-friendly community. One of the largest open-air shopping centers in Texas, at the interchange of I-35 and Loop 1604, the Forum at Olympia Parkway features major retailers, many popular chain stores and a diverse array of restaurants in over 1.5 million square feet of space. The Village at Forum Parkway has restaurant and retail choices to complement other shopping centers, and Live Oak Crossing is anchored by an 18-screen Regal Cinema theater with even more retail shopping and restaurants.
Emerging Mixed-Use Developments
The new Gateway Plaza Shopping Center, still under development, is a 129-acre mixed-use project with a community of luxury apartments in addition to several popular retail shops. The proposed Live Oak Town Center, a 112-acre, mixed-use project, is under assessment.
The medical industry grows through the expanded Northeast Methodist Hospital facility with a capital investment of over $50 million, creating over 100 jobs and retaining 500+ jobs. Medical professional offices and clinics continue to locate near the hospital forming a regional healthcare hub.
Two separate independent school districts serve Live Oak. Judson ISD is the most diverse school district in the San Antonio area, spanning eight cities including Live Oak. Almost 21,000 students and over 2,800 employees occupy the various campuses throughout the 56.69-square-mile district. Northeast ISD spans not only San Antonio, but also several surrounding cities, including Live Oak. Over 63,000 students and over 10,000 employees occupy 63 campuses and 8 alternative schools.
Alamo Colleges is expanding higher educational opportunities for residents through the completion of the Northeast Lakeview campus, at a cost of over $125 million, encompassing approximately 238 acres of property. By constructing Judson Early College on the Northeast Lakeview campus, select high school students can graduate with a diploma and an associate’s degree in four years. In the fall of 2010, five universities began offering classes for more than 20 degree programs at the Alamo University Center on Pat Booker Road. Citizens in the Metrocom area will have a more convenient option to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree program closer to home.
As the only major financial institution in Live Oak, Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union invested over $15 million and consolidated 400 jobs for the corporate headquarters. By breaking ground for a second building at the same site, the corporate location will almost double in size, which will increase the number of employees to 1,000. One of the community branches located in Live Oak recently was remodeled and updated to provide better service to its customers.
Live Oak Civic Center, in the heart of the Metrocom, serves as a conference facility for Northeast Bexar, Guadalupe and Comal Counties. At Loop 1604 near I-35, 20 minutes from the downtown area and 15 minutes from San Antonio International Airport, the civic center is a highly sought-after venue to accommodate events. It offers free parking and about 30,000 square feet of floor space.
With just under 100 acres of parks and open space, Live Oak offers several recreational opportunities for any age family member. The largest, City Park, contains a 20-acre lake that is the focus of an annual children’s fishing event. Walking trails, a disc golf course, playscapes, pavilions for rent, sports fields, a swimming pool and clubhouse are a few amenities offered. The city pool is available for private parties and offers season passes. The clubhouse is available for small parties, reunions and meetings, and is undergoing a major renovation to offer a more up-to-date venue. Woodcrest Park opened in June 2009 with a large playscape, restroom facilities and concrete trails in a natural woods setting.
Live Oak’s attraction is the ability to offer full city services, educational, financial, medical and retail opportunities within the atmosphere of a small cohesive community. With convenient access to major thoroughfares to navigate the metropolitan area of San Antonio, as well as, easy access to Randolph Air Force Base, Fort Sam Houston, New Braunfels, San Marcos and Austin, Live Oak’s location is perfect!