The seventh most populated city in the US, Alamo City or San Antonio has more than 1,400,000 residents making it the second largest city in Texas and one of the top 10 largest cities in the US. It is on the southwestern side of the Texas Triangle. It is famous for the Alamo and the battle with General Santa Ana in Feb-Mar 1836. No Texas defenders survived that battle. San Antonio prospered as the center of the cattle industry and in 1877 was connected by the railroad making Texas the first state to have cities developed by railroads rather than waterways. Its also been called Military City because of the large number of military installations present during the 20th century some of which have been combined as a Joint Base. It is still home to Air Force Basic Training at Lackland AFB. Stellar attractions such as the downtown River Walk, Six Flags and other amusement parks, the San Antonio Children's Museum and NBA San Antonio Spurs Basketball make this a favorite family destination. Some favorite neighborhoods of the 375 are highlighted below.
Considered the #1 neighborhood in San Antonio, apartments, condos, town homes and single family residences in varying sizes provide housing choices. Intersected by the I-10 and I-37 it is easy to get around the city. It's about 15 minutes to the airport and 25 minutes from downtown. There are several public and private schools for K-12. This is a very family oriented community with the Oak Meadow Swim and Tennis Club available for swimming lessons, the Stingrays Swim Team and other activities. Median home prices start about $193,000 with rents just over $800. The Embers Wood Fire Grill on W. Interstate 10 serves certified Angus Beef and other favorites and is a neighborhood favorite and also TGI Fridays on W. Interstate 10 for casual dining and drinks or happy hour.
Off the Wurzbach Parkway and Lockhill Selma Road, Whispering Oaks is a popular family community. It’s close to nature and hiking areas for outdoor activities and has a Tennis and Swim Club. There are shopping malls nearby such as North Star Mall at San Pedro Avenue or High Point Shopping Center on W. Interstate 10. Good Schools and easy access to downtown in under 30 minutes make it an ideal location. A combination of apartments, condos or single family homes and home prices are starting at $222,000 plus for 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Median income is estimated at $93,000. Willie's Grill and Icehouse on W. Blanco Road is great for casual family dining or you might be in the mood for some French cuisine at Frederick's Bistro on NW Military Hwy. Golf is very popular in San Antonio which hosts annual PGA tournaments such as the Valero Open each year. You can check out the local course at Silverhorn Golf Club on W. Bitters Road.
West of US 281 and Stone Oak Parkway, the neighborhood of Stone Oak like all San Antonio communities has a rich and diverse population and family atmosphere with schools and parks. Larger three and four bedroom homes are median priced at $293,000 and up with rents over $1100 on cheerful and safe streets. The River Walk downtown is about thirty minutes away and a great choice for date night to find a great restaurant and take a ride on the river. The Cross Eyed Seagull on Stone Parkway is a fun place with a beach theme specializing in seafood. A great popular night spot with the locals is Bar Louie. Owners from Chicago wanted to create a fun place for food, music and drinks and they have on US 281 N. Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River aren't far off US 281 to the north for a day boating, fishing and enjoying nature or take the family to Six Flags for the day. San Antonio is a great place to call home.