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In a place like San Antonio, with a thriving culture and beautiful landscapes, it is difficult to find a neighborhood that doesn’t embody those things. Here, there is an abundance of locally owned businesses and restaurants, great schools, and lots to do, making life in San Antonio is a treat.  

San Antonio is one of those cities that has something for everyone, and a major benefit is that it won’t cost an arm and a leg to be here– it is among the most affordable of Texas’ biggest cities with the average price of a single-family home is just over $360,000.

The question soon becomes: where are the best places to live in San Antonio? And while all the neighborhoods in San Antonio are great, some stand out above the rest. 

Here we have some of the best ones, ranked by Niche. The website, which released its 2022 Best Neighborhoods to Live in San Antonio list earlier this year, looked at factors like the quality of schools, the nightlife, the diversity of its residents and whether it is good for families to determine where the best areas to live were.

These five neighborhoods all received an A+ grade.

Alamo Heights

The historic Alamo Heights is located northeast of downtown San Antonio and known for being a safe and beautiful community. Alamo Heights hit high marks for the quality public schools, nightlife, level of health and fitness and is a good place for families. 

Alamo Heights is also a stone’s throw away from some of San Antonio’s most popular attractions including the McNay Art Museum, the San Antonio Zoo and the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. 

Alamo Heights is an affluent neighborhood, so the cost of living was the only low mark the neighborhood received. With the median home price nearly $600,000 and median rent at $1,300, more than 70 percent of its residents own their own home. 

Terrell Hills

Sitting next to Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills received similar marks as its neighbor city. The dense suburban feel of Terrell Hills makes it one of the best neighborhoods to buy a house in. The residents say that the neighbors are really friendly, and people are often spending their time outside walking, running or biking. 

Terrell Hills is home to plenty of bars, restaurants and boutiques, ensuring the residents won’t be bored. Because of its location, Terrell Hills is close to lots of attractions like the Japanese Tea Garden, the Historic Pearl and the Witte Museum.

Like Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills is an affluent neighborhood and was dinged for its high cost of living. With more than 75 percent of residents owning their own home, the median home value is slightly less than Alamo Heights at $570,000.

Oakland Estates

Oakland Estates is known as one of the most diverse neighborhoods in San Antonio received high marks for the commute, job opportunities and the nightlife. 

Located near Medical Center, Oakland Estates is good for everyone from young professionals to retirees. It is close to some of the major hospitals and best medical care in the city. Oakland Estates is also a short drive to major attractions like Six Flags, Top Golf, The Rim and Medical Center. 

Oakland Estates was ranked high for its job opportunities, its diversity and is good for families. But despite plenty of parks located in Oakland Estates, it got low scores for the number of outdoor activities available. With the median home value lower than the national average at just over $200,000, it is an affordable option. 

Monte Vista

Monte Vista offers the perfect mix of urban feel with a suburban setting. Sitting north of downtown San Antonio, Monte Vista is close to some of the city’s major parks like Olmos Park and Brackenridge Park and near many of the top attractions like the River Walk. 

Home to many young professionals, Monte Vista is made up of only 46 percent homeowners. The median home value is $438,161 with the median rent at $1,159. It is also a great place for college students with Trinity University located inside its neighborhood limits and other colleges found nearby.

While Monte Vista received high marks for its health and fitness, nightlife and diversity, it didn’t fare as well for its schools, cost of living and outdoor activities. 

Fort Sam Houston

The Fort Sam Houston neighborhood surrounds the military base by the same name. Located northeast of downtown it is known as one of the most diverse neighborhoods in San Antonio and one of the top places to raise a family in the city.

Many of Fort Sam Houston’s residents are families and young professionals and the neighborhood has plenty of bars, restaurants and parks for everyone to enjoy. The median home price is only about $87,000 but the neighborhood is comprised of 82 percent renters. 

Fort Sam Houston received high marks for their schools, diversity and commute to the base and to downtown San Antonio.  

The residents say that there is a sense of community through the culture and diversity and is the perfect place for military families. 

Kelley Martin of Ascend Elite Realty is a Top Producing agent in the communities, and can share more details on the homes in and around these neighborhoods with just a call. Call Kelley Martin at 210-887-9392

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