What’s it Like Living in San Antonio? Top Ten Reasons to Move Here.
Is living in San Antonio calling to you? What an exciting time. You are thinking of moving to San Antonio – a city with lots of history. What will it be like to make San Antonio your home? You’ll have plenty to do from visiting the famous Alamo, the River Walk and Hemisfair Park, home of the 1968 World’s Fair and now a park with a master plan. How does 50 golf courses sound? Or enjoy the parks plus 140 miles of outdoor trails. Consider the top 10 reasons why living in San Antonio is perfect for you.
Reason #1 to Living in San Antonio: The Warm Weather
Do you hibernate a few months a year because of the brrrrr cold weather? Then you’ll love living in San Antonio. Where else can you ride your bike, walk, hike and golf year-round? Yes, check that one. Ice on the roads? Rarely. Snow? Try once in 30 years and that was the 5th day after I arrived here in 2017.
I bet you’ve heard about our hot weather. Yes, it’s true. As long as you as you have air conditioner for summer in your car and home, you’ll be fine. Try exercising at a gym or early morning outside in the summer. Some people love our warmer weather -especially after living in cold climates.
If you’re used to cold weather and no humidity like I was, it may take some adjusting. But if I can do it, you can too. I’ve been told I have a one degree tolerance for temperature. And now I can enjoy the heat so much more.
Does it get dark at 4:30 or 5 in the winter where you’re coming from? Not to worry. The sun is out longer in the evening in the winter. It is such a delight to have longer days and not be dark at 4:30 PM!
Reason #2: The Great Outdoors
One of the items on my wish list for home wants in San Antonio was to be close to a trail. I didn’t realize I was walking distance from a very elaborate trail system until after I moved in. What a blessing! San Antonio has a labyrinth (okay I am exaggerating) of walking/riding trail systems of 70 miles. The Greenway Trails connect parks and also consists of 1,450 acres of open spaces and natural areas. There are over 40 trailheads where you can start your walk, run or ride (bicycles not motorized). You’ll be one-with-nature while enjoying the trails. Download a map here.
Parks & Recreation
The City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department maintains more than 240 city-owned parks and is responsible for maintaining over 150 miles of trails. If you’re an outside kind of a person, or just love to go for picnics, there will be a park close by where you can pack your picnic and enjoy the weather.
Reason #3: Year-round Golfing
Is it an art or a sport? You tell me. I’ll admit, I’m not a golfer, but people LOVE their golf and play year-round when they live in San Antonio. Public courses include:
- Brackenridge Park Golf Course
- Canyon Springs Golf Club
- Hyatt Hill Country Golf Club
- The Quarry Golf Club (shop or eat at the Quarry instead if you don’t want to golf) and
- La Cantera Golf Club.
Get information on more public golf courses at Alamo City Golf Trail.
Contact me to request a 12-page San Antonio Golf booklet so you can check out a heck of a lot more.
Reason #4 – We Know How to Have Fun: Festivals
It’s Fiesta in San Antonio. You’ll have so many fun events to partake in if you visit and after you move to San Antonio including the Ford Mariachi Festival, coronations – you name it! Fiesta contributed $340 million in 2017 to the economy. Get ready to see something exciting and a lot of local culture.
Love strawberries? Attend the Poteet Strawberry Festival – just south of San Antonio. Visit a Charreada – a Mexican rodeo. Drink craft beer at the Boerne BierFest, head over to the New Braunfels’ Wurstfest or eat at Zoo-La-La! A Taste of San Antonio. Check out other cultural festivals, culinary, family and art events at Visit San Antonio.
Reason #5: The Famous River Walk & Downtown
History of the River Walk
Did you know that the River Walk was originally built to prevent flooding in San Antonio? There was a disastrous flood that came through the city that prompted plans to prevent future floods. Originally they thought of paving over part of the downtown river areas. But the architect Robert Hugman conceived the River Walk in 1929. It took ten years to get funded and was done as part of the New Deal program by the Works Progress Administration.
Hugman’s original plans took into account shops, restaurants and bridges. But the river fell into disarray until the World’s Fair, Hemisfair, came to the city in 1968. Then the shops were built along with more hotels and the River Walk prospered. Find out more information on my website at Downtown San Antonio.
A Tour of the River Walk
Now you can meander on the banks of the river and stop by and have lunch, dinner or a cocktail on either side. Fiesta Noche del Rio will host the 64th season at the Arneson River Theater at La Villita. The tickets are very reasonable. It’s a fun experience sitting across the river from the show. Oh and don’t forget to discover La Villita as well.
Keep rambling towards Hemisfair and you’ll be able to see the Tower of the Americas plus the original homes – some of which have been renovated. Hemisfair has free community programming year-round and a wonderful public playground named Yanaguana Garden with a lot of amenities. You’ll also find the UTSA Institute of Texan Culture that has different exhibits.
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The Best Reason #6 for Living in San Antonio: Homes are Affordable!
San Antonio is still considered affordable compared to other cities in the United States including one of our neighbor’s just north of here: Austin. The average price of a home sold in June of 2020 was $289,084 while the median price was $249,499. Eat your heart out, Austin. Their average price of a home was $518,145, according to Texas A & M Real Estate Center.
Find out about different areas and neighborhoods on the pages I’ve set up. You’ll find a brief description of each area and a neighborhood map. From there, you can look at searches with all the homes that are currently available for sale. Are you geeky? You can look at the latest monthly San Antonio sales statistics as well.
Reason #7: You’ll LOVE The Pearl
Visit The Pearl, to view some of the original machinery where Pearl beer was produced for 105 years. The boutique upscale Emma Hotel has the original engine room as the lobby. The bar has some amazing old brewery equipment that is preserved – like nothing you’ve ever seen. Prices at the Emma start at $350/night.
Every Saturday and Sunday, hop on down to the farmer’s market at the Pearl and enjoy walking around the grounds. Want to try local restaurants? That is all you’ll find at the Pearl. I’ve tried Supper at the Emma and it is delish and very reasonable. Try the food at the Culinary Institute of America.
Reason #7: The Missions – Don’t Just Remember The Alamo
Just ten minutes from downtown is the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park where four missions are located. Admission is free and you can spend hours reading all the information. Hike or bike from mission to mission on the trail that connects them – including The Alamo. Each mission is only 2.5 miles away from the next one – not sure about The Alamo.
Reason #8: The Wine Country
Did you know that just over one hour from San Antonio, Texas has a robust wine country? It’s in and around Fredericksburg and boasts over 100 wineries. Now that’s a lot of grapes and a lot of wine. You can take a tour of the hill country and stop at the wineries. Fredericksburg has hotels, bed and breakfast lodging choices, art galleries, spas, museums – you name it. Now I do believe that drinking wine and touring the wine country is one of the best reasons to consider living in San Antonio :).
Reason #9: The Restaurants
San Antonio rocks the culinary scene when it comes to restaurant choices. Think about it. There are over 37 million visitors to San Antonio normally. So of course, food has to be a top priority. In 2018, San Antonio had the honor of being named a “Creative City of Gastronomy”. According to the UNESCO website, San Antonio “is a crossroads of geography, geology, fauna, civilizations and cultures” – how cool is that!
Check out the following restaurants:
Supper has the most reasonable brunch and prices look good for dinner. It’s located at The Pearl and you’ll love walking around the area. At The Pearl
I’m in heaven with this restaurant. If you sit at the bar by the pizza oven, you’ll be served a chef’s appetizer. Two Locations: 410 at Blanco & Downtown
The Good Kind serves fresh and local food that is “clean, nourishing, sustainable” and (truly) delicious. South of Downtown in Southtown
Since when does gluten-free taste so good? Chicken and waffles, jalapeno cheddar biscuit breakfast, barbacoa bowl – not to mention carrot cake and cinnamon rolls (I just had one today) – yes, all yummy. North of Downtown
Get more restaurant suggestions with my Guide to San Antonio.
Reason #10: You Can Shop to Your Heart’s Content
If Saint Laurent Paris, Salvatore Ferragamo, & Kate Spade make you marvel, make sure you head up to San Marcos where you’ll find over 240 stores in two adjacent outlet malls. My sister-in-law taught me how to shop here. Just go to the back of the store and look at the sales first. Then go to the next store and look for the sales again. I dare you try. Hee hee. San Marcos Premium Outlets and Tanger Outlets are right by each other and have over 1.0 million square feet of shopping heaven. San Marcos also has a charming downtown with plenty of restaurants and events.
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So, ya see. San Antonio has it all and it’s worth exploring! Welcome and bienvenidos to the wonderful city I call mi casa again!
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Fredericksburg Vineyard: Jon Lebkowsky from Austin, Texas, USA / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)