BY HEIDI FRYAR, Realtor
With San Antonio’s three-century history and rich culture, it’s easy to imagine living in our thriving, bustling city filled with natural beauty and world famous landmarks around every corner. Historic yet modern, and the now seventh largest city in the nation, San Antonio has developed into a competitive metroplex — ranked one of the most desirable places to live. Within it you will find many pockets of diverse areas in value and beauty. I want to share my favorite with you–Northwest SA!
Located west of I-10, north of Highway 90 and Loop 410 and straddling North Loop 1604, Northwest San Antonio offers so much to families and singles alike. It has been wonderful for our growing family with so much to do and see. As we searched for a place to call home, the number one factor for us since we have now five, yes FIVE teenagers, was public schools. We quickly fell in love with the Northside School District and so focused our search there. Now, years later we grow more and more impressed at the NISD’s attention, dedication and commitment to student development.
For thrill seeking and entertainment the NW quadrant of SA has mere minutes access to theme parks, SixFlags and SeaWorld, as well as outdoor city parks and rec centers. For the shopper there is LaCantera, a unique outdoor mall, as well as the Rim and Bandera Point for those big name brand needs. If you prefer the small, under-the radar hip scene this is where the NW thrives. You can relax and enjoy concerts, festivals, and farmer’s markets. Old Town Helotes offers niche shops and places you just want to be. There are art and craft fairs, the famous Cornyval festival and Rodeo, the Scottish Heritage festival, and live country music spots including the world famous John T. Floores Country Store and Dance Hall, where Willie Nelson performed regularly and so many famous names visit. Did I mention food? Let’s also not forget all the places one can find — no kidding — LOCAL eats right alongside those convenient chains. The UTSA (University of Texas-San Antonio) area has become a mecca for vibrant cool places to hang out, offering stops like “The Block”–a food truck park and bar with giant Jenga on picnic tables to play while you eat. There’s “Indy Coffee” and “Kung Fu Tea” for swanky sips. And then there is “the Sandbox” for those that love to play sand volleyball with friends over food and drinks. This just scratches the surface but you get the idea!
THE biggest rock climbing wall in San Antonio is here, although you have to be a UTSA student to scale the big heights on their campus. But don’t worry if you aren’t a student and love to be active and adventurous–there is plenty to experience in NW SA. If you love the outdoors you can hit the trails on Leon Creek Greenway for walking, running, biking, hiking, skating and dog jogging. The NW hosts the 12,000 acre Government Canyon National Park, O.P. Schnabel Park, golf courses galore, and huge fitness-minded communities. With the edge of the Hill Country within a 15-minute drive, there are a ton of local winery spots, breweries and distilleries to spend weekends visiting, relaxing and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Along with the gorgeous growing wildlife that surrounds this beautiful part of town comes a growing interest for business and development. With I-10 offering the fastest commute to downtown than any other highway in San Antonio it is a prime spot to settle in with less stress and time in traffic. The Medical Center, USAA, & Valero are huge influencers in the NW as the tech industry is starting to make a major home here too.
If variety is the ‘spice of life’ then you can’t get spicier than the home choices in NW. You will find a higher concentration of condos, town homes and garden homes here than in any other part of the city outside of downtown. Single family homes range from older homes on larger lots in established neighborhoods to modern new builds in master planned communities. Check out the hilltop estates with stunning views! Right now prices are affordable compared to other cities so if you are wanting to find a community that is worth investing in, I would highly recommend exploring the amazing neighborhoods around where I call home sweet home — Northwest San Antonio!