Living space at CityVista in Midtown
Intro and neighborhood guides by Emily Starbuck Crone
Despite being the second most populous city in Texas, San Antonio is often eclipsed in the news by stories of Houston’s up-and-down energy industry and Austin’s burgeoning growth and hipness. But the Alamo City, already a very culturally rich destination due to its Mexican heritage, has been quietly becoming hip itself, attracting many young professionals and families.
San Antonio may be most famous for The Alamo, the River Walk and, of course, the championship-winning Spurs basketball team. But trendy, growing areas such as Southtown and developments including the
- Year Built: 2015
- Number of Units: 349
- Number of Layouts: 18
- Rent: $1,176-$2,576
- Highlights: Combining both contemporary and industrial design, these riverfront apartments feature wood flooring throughout, 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and modern frameless glass showers. A courtyard pool, yoga studio and direct access to the River Walk are a few key amenities.
Interior at The River House
- Year Built: 2014
- Number of Units: 261
- Number of Layouts: 13
- Rent: $1,118-$3,154
- Highlights: These modern apartments highlight water views with bay windows and balconies; other interior features include kitchens with quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. There’s an infinity pool with beach entry, and a community terrace on the fourth floor overlooks both the river and downtown.
Kitchen at Cevallos Lofts
- Year Built: 2012
- Number of Units: 252
- Number of Layouts: 17
- Rent: Call for pricing
- Highlights: Cevallos Lofts boasts a long list of community amenities, such as a center courtyard pool deck, three fitness centers and a third-floor lounge with a wet bar. The contemporary apartments and two-story townhomes are available in a variety of finish options, including granite countertops and walk-in closets.
The Runners Up
Alamo Heights is one of the most affluent neighborhoods in San Antonio, with what’s widely acknowledged as one of the city’s best school districts (Alamo Heights ISD). The area is residential and peaceful, yet still very central, only around 5 miles north of Downtown.
It’s the perfect location for families or professionals who want to be close to the center of town, whether for work or play, but don’t want to sacrifice a yard or spacious home. Alamo Heights isn’t very walkable, and rent is pricey in this area. But it’s a safe part of town with a family-friendly attitude and tons of shopping and dining options.
Things To Do
On the edge of Alamo Heights, you’ll find The McNay Art Museum, which features nearly 20,000 works of American and European art. The neighborhood is also bordered by The Alamo Quarry Market, which has a Whole Foods, a movie theater and more than 75 shops and restaurants.
Several golf clubs and driving ranges are within a few miles of Alamo Heights. Brackenridge Park is also close by; it’s home to various family-friendly attractions such as the San Antonio Zoo. Top dining in the area includes gourmet Mexican restaurants Soluna and Paloma Blanca, plus local staples like Cappy’s Restaurant and BIRD Bakery.
Alamo Heights is most easily accessed by car, with plentiful free street parking throughout. It’s quite bike-friendly, since it’s predominantly residential, and some of the major roads have bike lanes. The VIA bus system serves the Alamo Heights area well throughout the major roads, but there aren’t as many stops deep inside the neighborhood.
Alamo Heights Apartments
Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,055
Kitchen at Alcove at Alamo Heights
- Year Built: 2015
- Number of Units: 107
- Number of Layouts: 6
- Rent: $1,175-$2,055
- Highlights: Chef-friendly kitchens include custom espresso cabinetry with under-cabinet lighting and granite countertops in these new apartments, while community features include an outdoor kitchen, fire pit area and pool with cabanas.
Kitchen at Brackenridge
- Year Built: 2014
- Number of Units: 282
- Number of Layouts: 12
- Rent: $1,035-$2,185
- Highlights: Located near the popular shops and dining of the historic Pearl Brewery, this complex includes access to a resort-style pool, pet park and several community entertainment spaces. Sophisticated residences are designed with granite countertops throughout, walk-in closets and private balconies.
Kitchen at Artessa
- Year Built: 2008
- Number of Units: 280
- Number of Layouts: 25
- Rent: $1,479-$5,278
- Highlights: Overlooking Quarry Golf Course, these apartments include custom built-ins and crown molding, while community features include several courtyards, a pool and a tech-equipped clubhouse. This property is across from a Whole Foods Market, cinema and other shopping and dining.
The Runner Up
Just north of Downtown, Midtown is known for its beautiful historic homes. It spans from south of Alamo Heights to north of Downtown, encompassing several smaller, eclectic neighborhoods, such as Monte Vista Historic District, Alta Vista, Beacon Hill, Tobin Hill and Five Points. It’s bordered by several other neighborhoods, including Government Hill.
Trinity University is located in the north end of Midtown. Thanks to the rising popularity of this area, and its mix of urban and residential living, new lofts and apartments are springing up throughout — and rents are rising accordingly.
Things To Do
Midtown is filled with entertainment and dining options. The main attraction is the Pearl Brewery, where Pearl Beer was once brewed. In addition to apartments and a boutique hotel, the historic buildings now house trendy boutiques, hip bars and gourmet restaurants, such as Southerleigh, The Granary and La Gloria. The Pearl also hosts a farmers market and events.
Along (and just off of) North St. Mary’s Street throughout Midtown, you’ll find a variety of bars and restaurants, such as New Orleans-inspired The Cookhouse, live music venue and beer garden Tycoon Flats and the trendy Candlelight, a coffeehouse and wine bar.