One of San Antonio’s most rapidly changing areas, the neighborhoods that make up the downtown area provide urban appeal and walkability. This area, both historic and beautiful, consists of several neighborhoods, among the most popular being Monte Vista, Alta Vista, Beacon Hill, Southtown, King Williams, and Lone Star. Within many of these neighborhoods lie distinguished residential architecture, primarily from San Antonio’s “Gilded Age,”. Specifically, King Wiliams and Monte Vista are renowned for the homes built extending from 1890 to 1930 and forms the most extensive and intact neighborhoods of this era in Texas.
Recognized for its renovated historic homes along with newer construction of modern multiplexes and condominiums, the area is popular amongst people who prefer an urban lifestyle. With urban living in demand, the area accommodates individuals and families seeking a unique neighborhood culture. With many trendy, foodie-approved restaurants, along with a variety of unique shops, these pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods provide a hip, urban vibe and lifestyle.
Because of the urban appeal of these neighborhoods, each presents a good mixture of houses for sale, houses for rent, and apartments. The architecture of the homes (many of which were constructed at the turn of the 20th century) ranges from French to Victorian to an attractive mix of Queen Anne, Hollywood bungalow, Georgian, Moorish and Victorian era architecture, all of which gives the area its unique feel. Additionally, in neighborhoods such as Lone Star, developers have taken older derelict properties and replaced them with homes that have an ultra modern design.
Though children living in the downtown area are zoned to attend schools within the San Antonio Independent School District, there are several area private schools that are popular amongst residents. Keystone, Central Catholic, Providence, are all renowned private schools in the area.
The median price of a house in this area varies between each neighborhood with the highest prices being neighborhoods that have been placed on the National Historic Registrar. These neighborhoods, including Monte Vista and King William, have an average price of $272,915, making them not only one of the most expensive neighborhoods in San Antonio but also in the entire state. In fact, it is not uncommon to find a quaint two bedroom cottage with a price tag of around $500k in the neighborhoods. Other neighborhoods in the area can range in price from $150,000 to $500,000. The prime location near downtown and the walkability of the neighborhood will help to determine the price of a home with homes closest to downtown being the most expensive.