Originally established at the end of the 19th century, Government Hill has a longstanding reputation as a hub for military families. Initially, its close proximity to Fort Sam Houston and convenient location on I-35 allowed Government Hill to thrive; today, its location near Broadway and the thriving Pearl brewery complex have allowed it to continue with a legacy of grandeur.
Government Hill’s close proximity to downtown and central amenities allow residents to experience the best of both worlds: grab a latte at Local Coffee, a macaron at Bakery Lorraine, and spend the morning wandering downtown’s side streets. The neighborhood is just a short walk from the River Walk and Brackenridge Park, the acclaimed DoSeum, and plenty of other local commercial corridors. Even more local are the beautiful old Fort Sam buildings along Grayson Street, historic Fire Station No. 5, and the Gothic Revival-style St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Boasting the second-largest inventory of Victorian style homes (only second to the King William Historic District), Government Hill residences are both unique and affordable. Often reminiscent of other historic, opulent suburbs like Monte Vista and Alamo Heights, the Government Hill neighborhood features turn-of-the-century architecture at affordable prices. From fixer-uppers or empty lots priced at $30,000 to restored estates priced at $350,000, today’s Government Hill neighborhood remains a unique and vibrant community with a diverse mix of architectural styles and building types.
Government Hill is located within the San Antonio Independent School District. Serving grades pre-k through 12th grade, this vast district shapes the minds of over 50,000 students attending 99 schools. Student living within Government Hill are zoned to Pershing Elementary, Wheatley Middle School, Sam Houston High School, and the acclaimed charter school Hawthorne Academy. Private area schools include Pickett Academy and Healy-Murphy Center High School.
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