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9 best San Antonio neighborhoods to buy a house right now

9 best San Antonio neighborhoods to buy a house right now

San Antonio home house Alamo Heights
Alamo Heights remains one of the best neighborhoods to buy. Photo courtesy of Phyllis Browning Co.

In the market for a new home? We've got expert insight into the top neighborhoods to consider. Here's a peek at some of the best up-and-coming neighborhoods to buy in San Antonio right now, in terms of affordability, location, popularity, and potential for appreciation — not to mention those locations that are currently under the radar.

78209 — Alamo Heights/Terrell Hills
With houses listed anywhere from $200,000-$600,000, Alamo Heights and Terrell Hills continue to offer attractive, upscale options for homeowners looking in this price range. In addition, new high-density housing and duplexes are contributing to resurgence in nearby Oak Park and Northwood near the Northeast Independent School District and Alamo Heights Independent School District. Nearby amenities include linear parks and walking trails, such as Tobin Park along the Salado Creek Greenway.

78258 — Stone Oak
This neighborhood near U.S. 281 and Bulverde Road sports properties in the $300,000-$600,000 range. It’s an attractive area with shopping; amenities; and additional housing at Timberwood Park, Grand Estates at Cibolo Canyon, and Valencia Hills. It’s also near schools like Johnson High School and Tex Hills Middle School in the Northeast Independent School District.

78247 — McAllister Park
Urban centers like this one offer homebuyers affordable family housing along with proximity to parks, shops, restaurants, and schools, all with easy access to Interstate 410 and Loop 1604. Housing can currently be found in the area for under $200,000 and will continue to appreciate in value as San Antonio grows alongside Austin, noted Jennifer Shemwell, real estate broker and president of Phyllis Browning Co.

78232 — Hill Country Village
This San Antonio enclave in Hollywood Park offers residents a small-town atmosphere with prices in the $200,000-$300,000 range. The village is at the corner of U.S. 281 and Loop 1604, offering a plethora of nearby amenities, shopping centers, dining, and entertainment.

78230 — Elm Creek/Shavano Heights
This neighborhood offers residents homes in the $200,000-$400,000 price range, as well as access to Phil Hardberger Park, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the Shops at La Cantera. It’s also close to Loop 1604, U.S. 281 and Interstate 410, giving residents a quick route to the San Antonio International Airport and nearby shops and businesses.

78154 — Schertz
This suburb is located just outside Loop 1604 about 10 minutes from Randolph Air Force Base, making it attractive to military families. Neighborhoods within Schertz, Selma, and Garden Ridge are under the radar but growing rapidly, said James Sheridan, a real estate agent with Keller-Williams.

“The area is definitely in its growing stage, and it’s amazing how everything is so conveniently close to it,” he said. "Most of the homes still have this beautiful charm about them."

78208 — Government Hill/Dignowity Hill
Southtown leads the city in terms of walkability and nearness to the King William Historic District, so prices have risen high in Lavaca and surrounding neighborhoods, leading people to look east to Government Hill and Dignowity Hill. “The Southside is experiencing a resurgence, but the Eastside is too,” said Debra Maltz, a broker and realtor with Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty and Centro Properties.

For affordability in Southtown, shoppers might look at the up-and-coming Durango and Roosevelt neighborhoods south of Lavaca for homes set at $200,000 and under, she suggested.

78212 — Five Points/Tobin Hill
Both the Five Points neighborhood just north of downtown and Denver Heights and Collins Gardens are up-and-coming neighborhoods offering homes under $200,000, although prices are rising here as well as near Probandt Street and Lone Star Boulevard, Maltz said.

“These areas are good for people who don’t have to be right downtown but are looking for something fun,” she said.

78216 — Shearer Hills/Ridgeview
Located behind North Star Mall, this area offers less expensive midcentury modern ranch-style homes priced around $130,000. Shoppers looking off the beaten path can find older fixer-uppers in lower price ranges in this area — especially if they’re handy.