Often referred to as, "The gate to Randolph Air Force Base," Universal City has become home to more than just the military.
With a total area of 5.7 square miles, this small city in Bexar County (say it like "bear" if you want to fit in with the locals) just 15 miles northeast of San Antonio is becoming increasingly popular with city dwellers who seek to escape the madness of traffic, packed streets or neighborhoods, and the incessant drone of the big city. Established back in 1960, Universal City is the perfect gateway to excellent camping and hiking, mouth-watering BBQ and a quality of life that fosters growth and development for the residents who choose to call this place home.
Moving to Universal City
When you begin your search for rental apartments or housing for rent in Universal City, create a checklist to use as a guide for what you will likely need to have available. For instance, you need to make a list of amenities you require (number of bedrooms, washer/dryer, bills paid, pets allowed, serviced apartments, etc...) so that you can reduce the time you spend searching. You will also need to have your credit and job references, as well as prior rental history available to share with prospective landlords, and money available for any and all fees or deposits.
Neighborhoods of Universal City
Knowing your way around Universal City can be extremely helpful when you are house hunting. There are four distinct neighborhoods, each with a style and charm all its own. Knowing a little about each one will help you narrow your search based on your personal needs and where you wish to be located for purposes of commuting and living.
Pat Booker Road/Coronado Boulevard: Located close to I-35 and Loop 1604, this suburban neighborhood is an ideal place for home rentals for anyone who enjoys living close to, but not in the middle of, a bustling big-city metropolis. Thick with mature red oaks, live oaks and Shantung maples, many of the homes are well established, with adorable gardens and landscaped yards.
FM 1976/Patsy Drive: Just inside of Loop 1604, this small suburban neighborhood offers medium (two to three bedrooms) and large-size homes (three to five bedrooms), as well as apartments for rent. Another notable fact about this area is that most of the properties were built after 2000, so everything looks fresh and new. Also, the landscaping is stunningly beautiful and obviously a point of pride with the residents of this neighborhood!
City Center: The City Center is located between Loop 1604 and Pat Booker Road and is at the heart of Universal City. If you are looking for a small to medium-size (think studio to two bedrooms) rental apartment or home, this is the perfect area to search! This area also features many properties that were built between the 1940's and 1970's.
Life in Universal City
Life is good in Universal City. In a place where 5K runs take place every other month, Movies in the Park happen all summer long and Stardust Casino Night comes like clockwork every May, why would you want to live anywhere else? Universal City is a close-knit friendly community where neighbors often enjoy Sunday brunch together at Olympia Hills Golf and Event Center. This famous course is an excellent gathering place for a friendly, albeit challenging, round of golf with friends or associates. Because of dramatic elevation changes on at least seven of the holes, Olympia Hills offers all golfers, even the most seasoned of professionals, a fun and continuously challenging game!