by Alex Lewis
on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 at 11:30am.
If you’re considering finding a home to rent or buy in Central Texas, San Antonio is probably on your radar. But which neighborhood is best?
We want to spotlight Alamo Heights as a particularly good choice for buyers and renters in Central Texas.
Quick look: Alamo Heights is known for accessibility, short commutes, growing economy, top-rated public schools, verdant and walkable streets, luxury shopping, and loads of cultural activities. Keep reading for more details!
1. Conveniently located for work
Alamo Heights is centrally located and highly connected to the main industries in San Antonio.
The 78209 area code represents prime San Antonio real estate. It is highly accessible, only 3 miles south of the San Antonio International airport and 5 miles north of the San Antonio downtown area. Alamo Heights is known for its tall, deep-rooted trees, and its green walkways. Most homes in this neighborhood were built mid-century, lending this area a classy, urban feel.
Many people choose to live in Alamo Heights because it is close to several highways. Residents report that being close to work is a huge reason why they chose Alamo Heights. According to Neighborhood Scout, people in Alamo Heights largely work in white collar sectors. Top industries include management (19.41%), healthcare (12.48%), and in business/finance (10.87%).
2. Superior school district
If a strong public school district is a deciding factor for you in your Central Texas home search, AHISD (Alamo Heights Independent School District) should be on your radar. The educational accolades speak for themselves:
· According to Newsweek Magazine, Alamo Heights High School is among the “Top 1% of High Schools in the U.S.”
· AHISD has also been awarded the “Top School District in the Region” by the readers of the San Antonio Express-News.
· Niche.com rates it a “Top 10 School District in Texas” out of 1,024 districts.
· The district itself boasts “Spanish Immersion, Dual Language, Gifted/Talented, and Special Education Programs considered among the best in the region” on its website.
From Pre-K through high school, Alamo Heights prioritizes educating its children well. AHISD teachers have an average of 14.1 years of experience, and 93% of high school students are college bound as a result of the excellent teaching available at all levels. The University of the Incarnate Word is also in the Alamo Heights city limits, and Trinity University is located slightly southwest.
3. Prime Access to Boutiques and Restaurants
No neighborhood is complete without its practical amenities.
For grocery shopping, locals have some major name-brand options. Families in Alamo Heights have some healthy and convenient grocery stores: Whole Foods, H-E-B, Natural Grocer’s, Trader Joe’s, and Central Market—where there are regular cooking classes such as Risotto 101 or Spanish Tapas Intensive.
For breakfast, consider checking out Snooze (an A.M. eatery from Denver, Colorado), Bird Bakery, Twin Sisters Bakery & Café, and CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery for a European café experience.
It’s also very easy to grab a cup of coffee in Alamo Heights. We recommend Revolucion Coffee + Juice for co-working, bottomless coffee, and a bright, hip spot to meet a friend. For a cozy corner coffee bar, try Local Coffee. Sip a cortado from Theory Coffee trailer for some expertly brewed craft coffee.
As for eating out, there are several Tex-Mex options such as Chela’s Tacos, Chapala Taco House, and Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine to get a taste of the city’s regional roots. There are also dozens of restaurants, bistros, eateries, and steakhouses to choose from for a night out.
4. The McNay Art Museum
Did you know that the first modern art museum in Texas is in the heart of Alamo Heights? The McNay Art Museum opened in 1954. The McNay maintains a strong emphasis on European and American Modern Art. The collection contains work by names like Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, Marc Chagall, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse. The McNay also features North American artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Diego Rivera, Mary Cassatt, and Edward Hopper.
Having a museum of this caliber just around the corner enriches this Central Texas neighborhood and makes for a wonderful afternoon out.
5. Fun for the whole family
Of course, we can’t forget the stuff kids care about. Alamo Heights is a great place to raise a family. Not only are there great schools nearby, there are also parks, movie theaters, and museums for them to enjoy.
Brackenridge Park is located just to the south of Alamo Heights. Brackenridge provides opportunities for fantastic biking, playgrounds, picnicking, and swimming. The park also boasts a Japanese Tea Garden, golf course, San Antonio Zoo, and miniature train that kids love!
The Greenway Trails System features many running paths throughout Brackenridge and in the Alamo Heights neighborhood.
Alamo Quarry Market is a great place to shop. A renovated cement factory, The Quarry has shops like Restoration Hardware, Whole Earth Provision Co., Whole Foods, Regal Cinema, as well as other top stores that are great for window shopping. Just across from Alamo Quarry is Quarry Village, boasting the likes of Trader Joe’s, farm-to-table restaurants, and boutique retail shopping like Kendra Scott Jewelers and a Birkenstock General Store.