Your Expert Guide
Oak Park: Namesake trees surround rapidly rising property values
There are so many great places to live in San Antonio that it helps to have an expert on your side. The Neighborhood Guide presented by Kuper Sotheby's International Realty gives you insider access from the agents who live and work there, providing in-the-know info about your possible new community.
You know you're making the right choice in a neighborhood when even your Realtor has invested there.
Kuper Sotheby's International Realty agent Megan Perez has lived in Oak Park for the past four years, drawn by the tree-lined streets, family friendly community, convenient location — 281, 410, the airport, and Alamo Heights are all nearby — and collection of midcentury modern homes that are ripe for loving renovations.
"The values here have substantially increased over the years," says Perez. "Plus Oak Park pays the Bexar County property tax rate, not the Alamo Heights property tax rate, making a home here an even smarter investment."
She has invested in her personal home, completing a significant interior renovation. Perez is also an owner in a local boutique development business called MP2 Urban Development, where her expertise is in residential new construction and historic renovations in the urban core.
Her background and team of contractors are especially valuable when her clients are preparing their micentury-era Oak Park homes for the market.
She offered up a few more of her personal favorites about life in Oak Park. Here's her guide to the area:
Where to eat & drink
You won't go hungry in Oak Park. Some of Perez's favorites include Theory Coffee, Revolucion Coffee+ Juice, Twin Sisters Bakery & Cafe, Boss Bagel, and Naco Mexican Eatery for breakfast, La Fonda Alamo Heights for the Fajitas, and The Barn Door for Texas-style steaks and home cooking.
Head to Mama's Cafe for Texas-style comfort food, Bangkok 54 for Thai cuisine, and Soluna for the chispas and ribeye tacos.
Where to play
"I love that the Greenway Trail connects Oak Park to other parts of the city," Perez says.
Haskin Park, Northridge Park, Northwood Park, and Quarry Golf Course all also offer ways to get in touch with nature.
What to see
"Oak Park is home to one of the most significant caves in Bexar County, the Robber Baron Cave," she says.
The McNay Art Museum is also a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
Where to live
The majority of the homes were built between 1955 and the 1980s, and are predominantly ranch-style and midcentury modern.
"There is a variation of lot sizes, with several large lots still intact," says Perez. "100-plus-year-old oak trees shade the streets and yards, and the neighborhood is easy to navigate in and out of."
Oak Park is a very walkable and friendly neighborhood, and it's not unusual to see kids and pets out playing, people walking and jogging, and neighbors hanging out in their front and backyards.
Among Perez's most significant recent sales are 258 Cave Lane and 111 Oakhurst Place.
Megan Perez lives, works, and plays in Oak Park. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 210-748-3616.