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Every time we walk a first-time homebuyer through the process of finding and purchasing a new home, it’s cause for celebration.

At JB Goodwin, we recognize purchasing a home is a big commitment — and a very exciting decision. There are so many factors to consider including location, number of bedrooms, style of home, price range, amenities, forecasted rates of appreciation, property taxes, and more.

If San Antonio is your choice for a first home, expect to enjoy a blend of affordable city-living with a deep Texas pride connected to one of its most popular locations. Alamo City is definitely up-and-coming, with new restaurants and developments being added every day.

First-time homebuyers in San Antonio have a lot to think about. The property should satisfy several key criteria that aligns with their lifestyle. Homebuyers should ask questions like:

  • Is it a good investment?
  • Does it offer ample room for starting a family?
  • Will it make it easy to enjoy a lifestyle you love?

Homebuyers should also consider commute times as well as traffic levels. Fortunately, San Antonio has less traffic compared to cities of comparable size.

Whatever you’re looking for in a new home, you may consider some of these San Antonio neighborhoods and surrounding areas for affordability, access to highways, and a community where you can build a family:

Affordable San Antonio Neighborhoods for New Homebuyers

Leon Valley

In Northwest San Antonio, Leon Valley is a happening cultural area that’s ideal for young families. This community is 20 minutes from SeaWorld, and blocks from a movie theater, multiple parks, and popular shopping centers.

The median home price in Leon Valley is $160,100.

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Lafayette Place

CultureMap San Antonio reports that Lafayette Place has ranked as a top U.S. neighborhood for “Having It All” — affordability, liveability, quality schools, etc. With a median home price of $162,500, this northwest neighborhood just north of Balcones Heights may be worth serious consideration.

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Live Oak

Live Oak has events for the entire family, good school options, and access to the I35 Highway. This area is a residential suburb of San Antonio that may appeal to first-time homebuyers.

The median price of a single-family home is $141,200.

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China Grove

This small community falls just east of San Antonio on a map. With a country feel and affordable housing within proximity to the Alamo City metro area, China Grove is a nice area to consider as you look to own a home in Texas.

In addition, The Doobie Brothers inadvertently created a song called “China Grove” about this tiny San Antonio suburb. The median home price is $212,800

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40 minutes outside the city center, the town of Seguin has Texas Hill Country charm without the exorbitant price tag. Boasting the world’s largest pecan tree, Seguin is a big producer of pecans, a staple of down-home Texas cooking. Seguin‘s median home price is around $124,000.

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Just east of 35, Windcrest is a great option for families who want to live in northeast San Antonio. With plenty of recreation including trails and a golf course, this small Texas town will quickly win your heart. With a median home price of $191,900, Windcrest could be a wonderful place to settle down and start a family.

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*Median home prices come from

Hopefully this article has helped to guide your search for an affordable home in San Antonio. Let us know what you find — we’re here to help.

San Antonio is a wonderful city to call home. Let an experienced JB Goodwin agent help you find the best property for your family by contacting us today. We look forward to meeting you!
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