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City Guide
San Antonio
Tips for Happy Hunting

San Antonio is huge! It's the 3rd fastest growing city in the U.S. and has the 2nd largest population in Texas. Its borders encompass 412 square miles, a few small cities, and hundreds of neighborhoods, each in a world of its own. So, here are some tips for finding your niche in this ever-expanding city.

Exceed Your Expectations. Don't settle into the first place you come across. Finding an affordable apartment is no problem here, with low rental rates and move-in specials aplenty. Even the more upscale and trendy neighborhoods feature apartments from $400/mo. Location and comfort easily trump price when trying to find the perfect home in old San Antonio. So, what is it that you want? Suburbia? Culture? An easy commute? An historic vibe? Something bike-able? Do you want to look out your window and see rolling hill country? Or do you want to look down on the city from a modern high-rise and pretend you're batman? Well go for it, and don't settle for anything less.

Ask Around. Talk to taxi drivers and police officers downtown. They can tell you all about the neighborhoods, traffic issues, as well as the best places for food and entertainment. If you plan on using public transportation, then hop on a bus and make friends with the person sitting next to you. Their advice on getting around without a car will be invaluable. In suburban neighborhoods, try taking a walk through the nearest park to meet potential neighbors. Talk to anyone. Most of the people in San Antonio will provide you with extensive advice in friendly Texas fashion.

Consider Commute. Where is work? Triangulate for the most convenient location. Public transportation and traffic are especially stressful when commuting from outside the 410 Loop into the urban core. If you plan on living or working up north, then try to avoid IH 35, infamous for its traffic and speed traps.

Nuances of Renting. Most apartments in San Antonio require you to make at least three times as much as the rent. While many places have great move-in specials, be prepared to pay a hefty deposit in the more coveted locations.

Let Me Show You the Ropes

Downtown: Swanky City Living. The Alamo, the Riverwalk, the Rivercenter Mall, and the revolving restaurant/bar atop the Tower of the Americas are the main attractions here.

South Alamo: Starving artists and castle dwellers. South of downtown, you will find the most eclectic and culturally rich neighborhoods San Antonio has to offer. It is here that local art and music is showcased every first Friday and second Saturday. You can also find old mansions, haunted hotels, and elegant riverside condos.

Uptown: Classy, upscale, old money communities. Uptown is home to many celebrities, such as Tommy Lee Jones and Thomas Gibson. It has some of the best restaurants and shopping in the city. So, put on your fancy pants and explore the opulence of popular neighborhoods such as Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills, and Uptown Broadway.

Midtown: Old San Antonio. This area is known for its historic architecture and convenient central location. The popular Monte Vista neighborhood is located here, as well as some more affordable up-and-coming neighborhoods, such as Beacon Hill and Alta Vista.

North Central: San Antonio Suburbia. This area includes the coveted neighborhoods of Castle Hills, Hill Country Village, and Oak Park.

Northwest: Popular, pricey, and brand-spanking-new. These neighborhoods are still sprouting fresh, new homes as the city continues to expand. While this area is mostly residential, the Floore Country Store and the Helotes Cornyval provide plenty of live, down home entertainment. Also, the Guadalupe River is a short drive away for all your fishing/camping/tubing/kayaking adventures.

Northeast: Cities within the city. This area is made up of incorporated cities that have become part of San Antonio's suburbs. Quiet, family-oriented communities such as Selma and Universal City are short on apartments, but have plenty of house rentals available.

South: Flatlands and families. Home to the China Grove neighborhood, made famous by the Doobie Brothers, this area is full of older buildings and has a very friendly vibe.

San Antonio Survival

Keeping Cool. Beware the cost of cool in San Antonio's summer heat. Be prepared to fork over at least $100 to the electric company each month — at least. If you have a bigger home and like it nice and cool, don't be surprised to see a $200 - $300 electric bill from May through November. However, clear, cold, spring-fed waters of the nearby Comal and Guadalupe rivers provide plenty of relief from brutal Texas heat.

Getting Around. Life is tough without a car in San Antonio. The bus system is ridiculous anywhere outside the urban core, and a summer without a ride to the river can be excruciating. Then again, life is tough with a car as well. Getting from one end of town to the other is a long, long journey. For a round trip, you're looking at about 100 miles, $20 to $30 in gas, and 1 to 5 hours out of your day depending on the traffic. Not to mention, people seem to lose their minds while driving around central San Antonio. And why wouldn't they? It is here that three major interstates connect with congested highways and city loops, creating a wasp nest of disgruntled commuters and lost tourists. It's not uncommon for someone to cut across multiple lanes of traffic using their horn and middle finger instead of a turn signal.

Staying Sane. It may sound obvious, but be sure to relax and have some fun every once in a while. People get way too wound up over work, or lack of work, these days. It's free to get a good dose of art and music at the Blue Star's First Fridays and Second Saturdays. Take an inexpensive mini vacation to the Comal River or the Guadalupe River on weekends. Explore the Riverwalk, especially during holidays and festivals.... but beware of where you step. Approximately 500 people fall into the polluted San Antonio River that runs through this downtown boardwalk every year.

So there you have it. That's my general advice for living in San Antonio. Be sure to take it with a grain of salt and a shot of tequila.

-By Katy Comal

Rent Report
San Antonio

September 2017 San Antonio Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2017 San Antonio Rent Report. San Antonio rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Antonio rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

San Antonio rents increased slightly over the past month

San Antonio rents have increased 0.2% over the past month, and are up moderately by 2.8% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Antonio stand at $840 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,060 for a two-bedroom. This is the seventh straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in January. San Antonio's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.5%, but trails the national average of 3.0%.

Rents rising across cities in Texas

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of San Antonio, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Texas, 8 of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 1.5% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the state, Plano is the most expensive of all Texas' major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,420; of the 10 largest cities in Texas that we have data for, Houston and Corpus Christi, where two-bedrooms go for $990 and $1,030, are the only two major cities in the state to see rents fall year-over-year (-2.4% and -0.9%).
  • Arlington, Fort Worth, and San Antonio have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (9.0%, 5.6%, and 2.8%, respectively).

San Antonio rents more affordable than many other large cities nationwide

Rent growth in San Antonio has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases; in contrast, rents in a few cities have actually declined. San Antonio is still more affordable than most comparable cities across the country.

  • San Antonio's median two-bedroom rent of $1,060 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 3.0% over the past year compared to the 2.8% rise in San Antonio.
  • While rents in San Antonio remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Seattle (+5.4%), Phoenix (+4.9%), and Denver (+3.0%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,710, $1,020, and $1,350 respectively.
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in San Antonio than most similar cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,070, which is nearly three times the price in San Antonio.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

Methodology:

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

San Antonio Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how San Antonio ranks on:
B+ Overall satisfaction
B Safety and crime rate
A Jobs and career opportunities
B+ Recreational activities
A- Affordability
A- Quality of schools
B+ Weather
B- Commute time
A- State and local taxes
B- Public transit
B Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
Full data available when viewing on a non-mobile device.
Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for San Antonio from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“San Antonio renters are generally satisfied with their city overall” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “Most categories received average or above average ratings.”

Key findings in San Antonio include the following:

  • San Antonio renters gave their city a B+ overall in satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated category for San Antonio was its local jobs and career opportunities, which received an above-average score of A from renters. Other highly-rated categories included quality of local schools (A-) and affordability/cost of living (A-).
  • Renters seem to be generally satisfied with safety (B), pet friendliness of the city (B), and access to public transit (B-).
  • The major source for dissatisfaction in renters was access to major roadways and freeways (C+).
  • San Antonio did relatively well when compared to other Texan cities such as Austin (B+), Houston (B-), and Dallas (C+).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.

Renters say:

  • “I love San Antonio; it’s diverse and welcoming. Being homosexual I have felt welcomed along with my partner and always have so much to do! The people here are like family. San Antonio is full of history and beautiful sceneries! A great place to lay down some roots.” —Brittany
  • “San Antonio is by far a great little big town. There is enough to do to keep busy but also the comfort of a little quiet if you like. Over the past few years San Antonio has transformed greatly, becoming more health conscious with plenty of free health/exercise events for the whole family at many parks and libraries. There have also been a lot of developing urban living & dining places throughout the city. While this city is not done developing, it’s on its way to being a much better city overall at less than half the cost of LA.” —Stephanie S.
  • “The first thing I hate about this city is that…driving down the street or on the highway is a death match. The second thing, the weather is absolutely terrible…It's January and some days are in the low 70’s. Third thing, commuting to work and to school is a NIGHTMARE. The fourth thing, people are rude.” —Abigail A.
  • “There's nothing to do here because everything's been done before. Traffic sucks, construction on most things here is unnecessary and holds up traffic everywhere. Things that do need to be fixed never are, and nobody knows how to drive here at all, let alone if there's even the slightest bit of precipitation.” —D’Anthony J.