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13 Best Neighborhoods in San Antonio, TX

June 4, 2021

San Antonio is famous for its miles-long River Walk, where pedestrians browse the promenade of cafes, shops, and galleries. San Antonio also offers a relatively affordable price point compared to its big-city counterparts like Dallas. Dining along the San Antonio riverfront is a must, and the beach is just a few hours away. Although San Antonio has a strong culture, you can live in walkable Downtown neighborhoods and take advantage of strolling or biking your way through your community.

Not sure where to move? Here are some of the best neighborhoods in San Antonio.

1. Alamo Farmsteads

Alamo Farmsteads is situated in Northwest San Antonio off Huebner Road. Babcock and Bandera Road border the neighborhood for quick access to the rest of the city. In addition to apartment complexes and single-family homes, there are scores of acreage around Alamo Farmsteads.

It's not unusual to see homeowners with horses on their properties for grazing and riding. You're not far from the 202-acre OP Schnabel Park, with nature trails, athletic fields, and a playground.

2. Olmos Park Terrace

Head north of Downtown San Antonio to find the Olmos Park Terrace neighborhood. English stone cottages and traditional-style homes are the norm, in addition to some apartment complexes and private homes for rent. The neighborhood boasts an artistic and independent vibe where painters, photographers, sculptures, and multimedia experts make themselves at home. Olmos Park Terrace is also home to the Uptown Art Stroll, where patrons can visit artists' homes and studios and purchase works.

3. Stone Oak

The Stone Oak neighborhood is situated in north-central San Antonio and is home to gated communities, oak-lined streets, upscale homes, and apartments. The community boasts a small-town feel within the larger city. Locals swim in the heated Olympic 6-lane pool and explore 30 acres of greenbelt and small caves. There's also the award-winning Canyon Springs Golf Club.

4. Monte Vista

Monte Vista Historic District is an affluent neighborhood in Midtown, San Antonio. It's part of the city's old-school "gilded age," when prominent citizens in oil and cattle industries settled in. Monte Vista spans from San Antonio College to Hildebrand Avenue. Home tours, third Thursday social events, and festivals are the norm around Monte Vista.

Monte Vista is also an ideal location if you want to live adjacent to Downtown San Antonio. You're situated near the waterfront and San Antonio Botanical Garden.

5. North Central

North Central offers a residential neighborhood feel without skimping on restaurants, pubs, parks, and coffee shops. This San Antonio community is popular with families looking for quality schools and young professionals building their careers. Its gated communities boast an upscale feel for residents seeking out peace and quiet while still living in the city.

6. South-Southwest

As the name implies, South-Southwest is situated south and west of Downtown San Antonio. The area is conveniently located for Palo Alto College students and staff, as well as families looking for tree-lined streets and cul-de-sacs in a residential setting. Poteet Jourdanton Freeway is the place to go for shopping, restaurants, and local staples like Georgia's Mexican. You’re never far from a good pub or coffee shop when you live in South-Southwest.

7. Heritage

Heritage, San Antonio is a family-friendly enclave, popular with young professionals and couples. Schools are well-regarded, and the neighborhood has a reputation for being quiet, cozy, and affordable. Strip malls, eateries, and coffee shops are plentiful throughout the community. You’re also a short commute to Downtown San Antonio and the rest of the city.

8. Lackland Terrace

The urban neighborhood of Lackland Terrace is popular with renters looking for an affordable price point with a quick commute to Downtown San Antonio. There's also a strong Hispanic presence in the neighborhood, where Spanish is widely spoken. You'll find plentiful Mexican eateries, bakeries, and shops, all ready to welcome new locals looking for an authentic meal or treat.

9. Braun's Farm

Bryan's Farm is situated near Oak Grove and the Government Canyon State Natural Area. Highly-rated public schools are attractive to families and young professionals looking to settle in for the long run. Parks, playgrounds, and nature trails are favorite weekend pastimes. Locals gather at Bonnie Conner Park, Buddy Calk Trailhead, and Bamberger Nature Park to walk, jog, and watch their kids play.

10. Camelot

Camelot is conveniently situated eight miles northeast of Downtown San Antonio. The cozy neighborhood offers smaller apartment complexes, single-family homes, and an eclectic mix of styles. This San Antonio neighborhood is popular for anyone working at the nearby Fort Sam Houston military base. For amenities and fun, head to Walzem Road for shopping and dining options.

11. Dellview

Dellview, San Antonio, is a desirable neighborhood for young professionals, couples, and families looking for a laid-back lifestyle. You're always close to local coffee shops, ice cream shops, dining, and parks. The San Antonio Airport is conveniently located northeast of the neighborhood. It's an ideal location for anyone who travels for work.

12. Lone Star

Lone Star, San Antonio is an up-and-coming district that offers the best of work, life, and play. The neighborhood attracts innovators and start-ups looking for a like-minded community. Locals walk to restaurants and pubs or head the 1.5 miles to find more options in Downtown San Antonio. The area is still growing and rapidly evolving into a vibrant community where residents take advantage of San Antonio's urban amenities.

13. Jefferson

Jefferson is located near the northwest portion of San Antonio's Central Business District. The area boasts historic landmarks, including Jefferson High School. The neighborhood is known for its tight-knit community where families stay for generations. Commerce and activity can be found on Fredericksburg Road. The strip is home to pizzerias, ice cream shops, and the long-standing Original Donut Shop. Old-school bodegas and coffee shops are also readily available in the neighborhood where the staff knows the locals' names.

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Susan Finch is a freelance writer and content manager focusing on local experiences, travel, and anything relating to really good food and craft brews. Her work has appeared in travel guidebooks and national magazines and newspapers. Read More
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