San Antonio has a proud military heritage that is a big part of the city's culture and identity. Thousands of military personnel are stationed throughout the area's bases, and each year military families from all over the country make their home in the Alamo City.
Moving from abroad is hard enough, but military families also bring with them specific requirements when searching for a home. These include:
a home within close proximity to the military base
quality school districts
neighborhood safety. Here are our picks for the top 3 neighborhoods for San Antonio military families.
1. Olympia Hills
Olympia Hills is a golf course community in Universal City, just 20 miles northeast of San Antonio. Close to Randolph Air Force Base as well as Ft. Sam Houston, this highly desirable neighborhood also offers a wealth of amenities for the entire family.
Take advantage of the community pool, private residents-only clubhouse, and playground. There's also nearby shopping at The Forum and plenty of outdoor lake recreation. Students of Olympia Hills attend top-ranking schools served by the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District, which boasts an impressive 96 percent completion rate, the highest in the state.
Homes start in the $400,000s, so this area is for the military family looking to move up to a more prestigious address.
If you're interested in Olympia Hills, you may also want to look in Kirby, Converse, and The Fairways of Woodlake.
Alamo Heights homes are definitely on the more upscale sides of things, but have all the desirable features military families are looking for. 7 minutes away from Fort Sam Houston, the neighborhood offers a quick commute. Parents can also live with peace of mind, as Alamo Heights ranks as one of the safest areas in San Antonio. The area also offers residents access to gourmet restaurants, designer boutiques, art museums and more.
If you're looking for a safe investment, Alamo Heights home values have increased year after year, making this a smart investment opportunity for the right buyer. Charming homes on mature tree-lined streets translates into excellent resale value for homeowners looking to sell in a few years.
3. Stone Oak
Stone Oak homes for sale are ideal for those homebuyers stationed at Camp Bullis or at the Brooke Army Medical Center. 12 miles from the base, this upscale master-planned community is also close to the San Antonio International Airport and downtown San Antonio amenities and entertainment. With homes starting in the $200,000s, there's something for every price range in this popular area. If you're looking for the safety and security of a gated community, you can find plenty to choose from in Stone Oak. Throw in a highly acclaimed school district (Northeast Independent School District), ample shopping, and nearby North Central Baptist Hospital, and you can see why this a great choice for military families.
4. Universal City
Universal City homes for sale border the northeastern end of San Antonio. This community is located directly across Highway 78 from the Air Force Public Affairs Agency. It is also only 30-minutes to the San Antonio Military Medical Center and 35-minutes to downtown San Antonio. Military families will find this area convenient to other bases in and around this area. If you are stationed in Camp Bullis it is only a 30-minute drive away.
Your family gets the benefits of fantastic local amenities just outside of the hustle and bustle of San Antonio. There are good schools in this area such as Rose Garden Elementary, as well as some small parks for the kids to run around and play in. The majority of shopping and restaurants are located on Pat Booker Road, which is just minutes from most of the homes in this community.
As for housing in this area, you’ll find a full range of affordable condos and single-family homes to newer homes with excellent upgrades.