I have lived in San Antonio for 20 years. Originally from the northeast and the Caribbean, I found that San Antonio felt like a combination of a city and country in one. Someone in another review stated you need to know Spanish to get a job. This is not so. Although Hispanics are not a minority here, there is a diversity of cultures infused in the city as well. My husband and I moved here shortly after we got married and found that San Antonio allowed us to progress immensely. We were able to further our careers by finishing certain degrees. We were also blessed with specific jobs in civil service. In addition to this, the housing market was perfect for us. We were able to build a 2200 sq. ft. home for a very decent price. Though the site has rated crime to be terrible in this city, there are specific parts of San Antonio that are extremely safe. We have lived here for 2 decades and have never been broken into, not even once! There are more than plenty of things to do around here as well if you are single, married, or have a family. You will never run out of things to do. There are a vast number of restaurants to choose from, malls to go to, and shows or live concerts to enjoy. Though the summers are long and hot, the rest of the year's weather is very pleasant, especially in comparison to other states in freezing weather. One of the things I like the most here are the people. In general, people here are hospitable and will help you even if you are a stranger. I would recommend moving to San Antonio to anyone who would like to progress and thrive.
Moved here from NW - Seattle. San Antonio is flat, horribly hot and humid. Not much to look at or do outdoors. The air is smelly from the ocean and the tap water is filled with metals and silt, hard water. We installed water filters but it does not help much. We buy drinking water every week. 70% of the population is Mexican so you have to know Spanish to get a job. The customer service is slow wherever you go. It's like a big village. People chat forever at the check out lines. Prepare to pay more in rent if you want a decent housing. Drivers are very rude and they drive like they would like to get into accident. Rarely people use blinkers and jump in front without warning, or tailgate. I have seen road accidents or parts of cars on highways every time I go driving. There is even a sign on I -10 how many death so far this year - 1549. I have seen dead dogs and furniture on freeways!! The only close grocery store is HEB which is the monopoly here in TX. No Safeway, QFC or Kroger or Grocery Outlet nearby. We have been here for 4 months and planning our exodus out of this God forsaken place already. Whatever you do DO NOT MOVE to San Antonio.
Wow! walk, bike, drive 3 blocks from your home. See downtown beautiful Tower of the Americas fireworks, Only at Denver Heights Neighborhood. Prices of homes are so affordable, walk to all concerts, events, Fiesta carnival, river walk, access to all mayor freeways perfectly center new homes are bursting up, great Urban/Historic homes much better than any other area for the $ is low prices compare to 4 blocks Dignowiti is expensive and Lavaca is expensive. It has the most amazing views guarantee of Down town here!!! See more you get views you won't find anywhere else in down town San Antonio, Tx
I live in The Alamo City also known as San Antonio, Texas. It is one of the most beautiful places in Texas. It is also known for having the first Tex-Mex restaurant in America. Gringos is a Texas institution, and no chips and salsa is served before meals. However, the home of the reigning world championship San Antonio Spurs. The summers are very hot. Because of this, much of the activity that takes place for adults is at dusk and continues into the night. For children, Fiesta Texas located on our outskirts is one of the best amusement parks in this part of the country.
Most of the night activity takes place along our famous River walk. There are restaurants and activities, and it makes for a really relaxing evening. We have several military installations in and around the city. This means that there is a very eclectic mix of people. However, it melds into everything good that is said about the city. In the last twenty years, San Antonio has seen a renaissance on the national level. People from other areas in Texas formerly made up the entire mass of tourist, and most of this tourism was surrounded by San Antonio's historical significance.
Recently, people from around the country have found our quiet elegance, but the history is still our main significance. Phil Collins, the famous international mega star of the group Genesis and then a successful solo career in the 80's and 90's, is an Alamo and Texas history buff. He owned the largest personal collection of Alamo artifacts in the world. Mr. Collins recently donated that collection to our local Alamo organization. It is acts such as these that keep our city new and very current, but with a nod to our very storied past.
I have lived in Texas all of my life. In my life I have had the privilege of traveling all around this great state. There are many wonderful places to visit and see. Out of all of the cities and towns in Texas, my favorite by far is San Antonio. I have traveled to San Antonio, Texas many times and I have been always pleased and overjoyed with my visits. For anyone interested in traveling to San Antonio here are just a few things to look forward too.
I usually begin any visit to the city by stopping by the downtown and taking in the sights and sounds of the Mexican market. Located near many historic sites, the market offers some of the best shopping to be found in the entire city. Usually after that I will head over to the world famous Alamo. The grounds are well kept and maintained. There is truly a feeling of history the moment you enter into those hollowed walls. Usually after spending some time there I will head on over to some of the other Spanish missions. San Antonio has many old and beautiful missions to explore. After a full day of history and some shopping I will usually head back downtown again for a trip down the river walk. This is a wonderful place to shop, eat and just be mesmerized by the beauty of the river.
Sometimes when I come to the city I like to take in a sporting event. My favorite event to go to is a San Antonio Spurs game. Tickets can sell quickly, so it is best to order ahead of time if possible. Other times, when not in the mood for sports, I will go over to one of the many art galleries found throughout the city. There is truly everything and anything to find and explore in San Antonio.
I've lived in San Antonio now for nearly 10 years, previously living in the Boston/Hartford areas. San Antonio is a great place to raise a family, or even relocate a business for several reasons:
1. The city is slower-paced, even with 1.5 million people and growing. Compare this to California or other metro areas where your children seem to grow up way too fast. San Antonio has good community living and is a better place to raise a family. I wouldn't want to raise a family out of a high-rise in a major metropolitan area.
2. The economic climate here is better than most states or cities. Look at California, or even Chicago. These cities (and states) are in dire need of economic help and government stimulus - but not Texas. Texas is "open for business" and is currently a prime location for businesses in California to relocate to. The work force is probably less sophisticated, but with Toyota Motor Manufacturing here, we are building a better, more sophisticated job force.
3. This is a stable environment from a geo-climatic standpoint. Yes, we have hot summers, but winters are mild at best, we haven't had snow since 1985 and there is no threat of hurricanes, earthquakes or other natural disasters. This is why Rackspace, the global leader in web hosting, continues to operate out of San Antonio for this reason, and many others, such as lower energy costs.
4. There are plenty of things to do in San Antonio. We have places like the Alamo, Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld, exclusive shopping at La Cantera, The Rim and the outlet malls in San Marcos. We have great theatres, our own symphony orchestra, and we have the NBA World Champion San Antonio Spurs (who at the time of this review are the #1 team in the league). We also have the Dallas Cowboys training center, and we are looking to get either a pro football or baseball team in the future.
5. Traffic is far less worse than in other cities. If you drive the highways in San Antonio, you may be pleasantly surprised that you can get around pretty easily. Compare this to even Houston or Dallas, where it takes you an hour to go just a few miles. In fact, this is why San Antonio does not have a plethora of downtown living (although there are some choices), as longs as traffic is reasonable, and people can drive 30 minutes to their ranch, there is no real reason why you would want to live downtown (yet).
My husband and I live in Austin, Texas, which is just over an hour drive from San Antonio. When looking to get away for a weekend without driving far or spending a lot of money, we often join up with friends and spend at least a day in San Antonio. Frequently we include a hotel stay so that we can enjoy the great restaurants and atmosphere along the River Walk without worrying about the drive home. The portion of the San Antonio River in downtown San Antonio is lined on both sides with great restaurants, lively bars and pubs, interesting shops and great shopping.
We always make a pass through the historic Alamo, which is just two blocks away from the lively River Walk area. There are also many old Spanish missions in the area that I love to roam through. Just about two miles away is a huge authentic Mexican Mercado filled with Mexican arts, crafts, and tacky little trinkets. My girl friends and I shop while our husbands sip cerveza or margaritas in the nearby cantinas.
San Antonio is a big city and once you get beyond the tourist-oriented areas, is not the prettiest place in the world. But it is a great place for mindless weekend getaways.