Best San Antonio Neighborhoods to Visit and Live in

The City of San Antonio is located in the south-central part of the State of Texas. It is the second most populous city in Texas, and seventh most populous in the United States. San Antonio has a rich colonial heritage which is represented through the various museums and monuments displaying the great history of Texas. With a population of just under 1.5 million, it is the seat of Bexar County, and one of the historically fastest growing cities in the United States.

San Antonio is a vibrant and lively city, great for both the tourists who come visiting in great numbers, as well as for families. It is a quiet and friendly town, but it also has a lot to offer when it comes to fun and entertainment. Here we have compiled a list of the best neighborhoods to visit and consider living in.

1)    Alamo Heights

Alamo Heights is one of the oldest neighborhoods in San Antonio, but it has also managed to maintain a certain modern vibe and develop many urban, big-city amenities. Alamo Heights is a beautiful, well-off neighborhood where you can enjoy some great restaurants, shops, museums, and bars.

Location: 10 minutes from downtown

Cost of living: Homes cost about half a million dollars on average

The neighborhood has a good reputation where well-established families live

Education: Good schools

Activities: Quiet, vintage boutiques and some of the best restaurants and museums in town. Don’t miss the Witte Museum, Brackenridge Park, and McNay Art Museum.

House style: Great architectural styles

Alamo Heights is actually an integrated city in Bexar County, Texas, located within the city of San Antonio. It lies about 2 to 5 miles north of San Antonio’s downtown. The neighborhood has a good education system and some great schools. For the youngest and preschool children, there is the Howard Center just outside the neighborhood, while the Cambridge Elementary School, as well as the Alamo Heights High School,  are both located in Alamo Heights itself.

For those who prefer private schools over public ones, there are two great private schools to choose from, St. Luke’s Episcopal and St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic School. When it comes to higher education, there is the University of the Incarnate Word, which is partly located in Alamo Heights. Overall, Alamo Heights is seen as safe, it has a good reputation, and a large number of families are settled there.

When it comes to entertainment in Alamo Heights, you can find great restaurants and museums such as the McNay Art Museum in the Brackenridge Park. For shopping, you can go to the Alamo Quarry Market, Lincoln Heights, Central Market, Quarry Village, or the North Star Mall.

2)    Stone Oak

This neighborhood can be described as a multi-use development with a fast-growing population known for its secure, gated communities.

Location: in the far north central part of San Antonio

Cost of living: Average suburban cost; it is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods

Education: Attractive public schools

Activities: Trendy bars and the Canyon Spring Golf Club

House style: Cookie cutter style homes

Stone Oak neighborhood of San Antonio is situated north of Loop 1604 and west of 282. Ever since the year 2000, this neighborhood has been growing fast. The living cost in Stone Oak is 22% higher than the average cots in San Antonio and 9% higher than the national average.

The public school system in Stone Oak is very attractive, as there are two independent School Districts to choose from, that serve several Elementary and Middle Schools as well as a couple of High Schools. The neighborhood provides a quality and well-rounded education at all levels and is therefore great for families with children.

This area has cookie cutter style homes, and is best for families with dual incomes, as the cost of housing in Stone Oak is 55% higher than the national average. Many of these communities are gated. You can feel safe there with your family as the crime rate is at 21% in Stone Oak, and relatively low compared to the national average. Most communities are well protected, with 24-hour security, which can give you a great piece of mind when it comes to safety.

For your shopping needs, there are many shopping centers in this area, both big and small, that will satisfy all of your needs, and for the golf enthusiasts and residents that like the outdoors, there is the Canyon Spring Golf Club.

3)  Whispering Oaks

The beautiful neighborhood of Whispering Oaks has a long and rich history, as it has been populated by people since before the 1800s, mostly by the Apache and Tonkawa Indians.

Location: north-central San Antonio

Cost of living: Higher living cost compared to the San Antonio average

Education: Good schools

Activities: Malls, restaurants, and stores within walking distance; nature activities

House style: Old renovated homes on a large lot surrounded by nature

Whispering Oaks is situated near the San Antonio River and Olmos Creek that divided the former Chittim family ranch. The living cost is 9% higher in compared to the average in San Antonio but also is 2% lower than the national average.

Homes here can cost between $100 and $200,000. They are very charming because most have been preserved by homeowners to keep the original look with upgraded features. Houses are usually on a large lot and surrounded by big trees. Whispering Oaks is considered fairly safe as there is a 1/45 chance of becoming a crime victim.

Whispering Oaks provides the residents with numerous activities and entertainment possibilities. Churches, malls, shopping centers, restaurants, stores and other facilities are at your disposal in Whispering Oaks, yet the area is peaceful enough to attract families and those who are ready to retire there. The residents of Whispering Oaks would describe its hills, oak trees, and headwaters as a wonderful area to raise a family.

Furthermore, Whispering Oaks has a Garden Club, Swimming and Tennis Club and an active Homeowners Association that is there for the community and all of its needs. The river and abundance of Oak trees are a great escape for the outdoor lovers, who can also enjoy the open fields and trails of the Longview Park.

4) Mahncke Park

Mahncke Park is a diverse urban neighborhood, as well as a long narrowed strip park that consists of undeveloped green spaces situated between Parland and Funston Streets.

Location: Eastern part of Midtown, 10 minutes from Downtown

Cost of living: 13% lower than the national average

Education: Great schools

Activities: Attractions include San Antonio Botanical Gardens, Brackenridge Golf Course, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio Zoo, Lions Field Park, Brackenridge Park, and the Witte Museum.

House style:  Affordable bungalows, cottages

Mahncke Park is located north of Downtown San Antonio, in the eastern part of Midtown San Antonio and connects the Brackenridge Park and the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.

Living cost of this area is lower than the national average by 13% and the San Antonio average by 3%, partly due to very affordable homes in the form of bungalows. Homes can be bought in Mahncke Park at prices 18% lower than the national average. Homes from the 1920s to the 1950s range from 1,000-2,000 square feet, but most new housing options consist of smaller cottages which are considered green, sophisticated and modern.

When it comes to education, it is of great quality as the average school test scores in Mahncke Park are 26% higher than the national average. And as far as security goes, Mahncke Park is safer than 26% of the cities in Texas, but compared to the national average, the crime rate is slightly higher.

The San Antonio Botanical Gardens, Zoo, Fort Sam Houston, Brackenridge Golf Course and Park, the Witte Museum and Lions Field Park are all within walking distance of Mahncke Park. Going shopping or a night out is just a 10-minute drive to Downtown and Uptown San Antonio.

5)    King William

One of the oldest historic districts in Texas is the neighborhood, King William. Its history goes back to the 1860s when prominent families built very big homes.

A flood in the 1920s caused the residents of King William to migrate to nearby neighborhoods. Luckily, organizations like San Antonio Conservation Society, the King William Association, and the City’s Office of Historic Preservation helped the King William District to revive and develop, and to become a gorgeous place for visiting and raising a family. This neighborhood is now a great combination of new, old and urban.

Location: overlooking the San Antonio River, 25 blocks from Downtown

Cost of Living: Homes cost more than half a million

Education: Public schools improved, but most children go to private schools

Activities: King William Fair, river walks, and river tours

House style: Most elegant district with distinct architectural style

King William neighborhood is located near the San Antonio River and downtown. The living cost in King William is higher by 12% compared to the average of San Antonio. There are public schools available for children, and they have improved over the years, but many parents still prefer to send their children to private schools.

Homes have a distinct architectural style and consist of a mixture of run-down homes and bungalows. Large, restored historic homes are also available for purchase here. King William is considered relatively safe with the crime rate being 21% lower than the national average.

The main attraction of King William is its historical background which can be experienced by walking through the streets of this historic district, fine dining at one of the many restaurants or visiting the latest art scene in Southtown. Downtown is just a few minutes away, and there you can find other luxuries and attractions.

Final Thoughts

Among the many areas and neighborhoods in San Antonio, these five are some of the best and safest. Apart from a great quality of life and a great education system, they contain numerous amenities and provide various entertainment and cultural activities. Whether you are just visiting or considering making San Antonio your permanent home, you cannot go wrong with these neighborhoods.


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