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.
Some areas have a certain magical pull, with people who grew up there finding themselves choosing to also live there in adulthood. For Travis Amaro, that area is Terrell Hills. The Kuper Sotheby's agent has been a resident of the Alamo Heights area since elementary school, and two years ago chose to raise his family in Terrell Hills, where he'd already been working for nearly a decade.
That family-friendly sense of community was a major draw not only to him, but to the prospective buyers he works with.
"I love the small-town vibe that you get in Terrell Hills," Amaro says. "When my wife and I are out walking with the baby, everyone waves or stops to talk to us."
Of course, an added professional bonus for Amaro is knowing the history of many of the homes. His passion for architecture also comes into play, as Terrell Hills features everything from Colonial to Georgian to French country.
Another plus of this "big small town" is being so close to the Broadway Corridor: "My wife loves walking down to Sunset Ridge to go shopping at Sunset and Co. and Belles & Beaux."
Amaro offered up a few more of his personal favorites about life in Terrell Hills. Here's his guide to the area:
Where to eat & drink
Bistr09, Silo, and Paloma Blanca top Amaro's list, but one lunch spot has a standing appointment on his calendar. "I often go to Cappy's for lunch," he says, "since it's right across the street from my office."
Where to play
The Quarry Golf Course is a great public course that's fun and challenging, he says, and when it's time for family bonding "we love going to the Zoo and the Botanical Garden — our one-year-old loves feeding the ducks there."
The McNay Art Museum is right around the corner and offers a high-quality cultural experience, and The Pearl is just down the road with all its great dining and shopping.
Where to live
While Amaro has represented many buyers and sellers in the Terrell Hills neighborhood, one transaction in particular stands out to him. Amaro recently represented the seller of 602 Exeter Road. It is not typical of the traditional Terrell Hills style — it's a very contemporary property surrounded by traditional estates, which Amaro says was an interesting opportunity because it took a specific kind of buyer to be interested in that particular style.
"I often see buyers struggle to envision themselves in more modern properties that might not have the distinctive architectural features they're familiar with," he says. "Ensuring we had professional photography was key in the sale of this listing."
The seller, Guillermo N., raves about working with Amaro.
"He sold it in two weeks for full ask. He was considerate in bringing qualified buyers that liked a contemporary home. I so appreciate Travis' abilities that I’m having him sell my current home in Olmos Park and a six-plex in Monte Vista!"
Travis Amaro lives, works, and plays in Terrell Hills. For more information on buying and selling a home in the area, click here, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 210-287-0125.