Can’t decide between the city and the country? Here are 7 San Antonio neighborhoods that meet you in the middle.
Some prefer the buzz of the city, while others swear by the peace and quiet of the countryside...but what if you want the perks of both?
If urban lights and the country skies call to you in equal measure, you’re in luck. As San Antonio’s rapid growth has pushed north and west, plenty of local outlying communities have come to enjoy the perks of both the big city and the countryside.
To prove it, here are 7 neighborhoods near San Antonio with plenty of Hill Country appeal.
A prime example of northwest San Antonio’s dynamic growth, Helotes is a historic town with a modern twist. Located off of Loop 1604 in San Antonio’s northwest corner, Helotes (founded in 1868 as a simple stagecoach stop) is currently home to nearly 10,000 residents. The “Old West” feel continues through to today with local favorites spots like Floore’s Country Store, Old Town Helotes, and Helotes Creek Winery. Some of the larger neighborhoods in this community include Helotes Cree k Ranch, Wildhorse, Helotes Crossing, Helotes Park Estates, Helotes Park Terrace, Helotes Ranch Acres, Sonoma Ranch, and more. Due to the diversity of neighborhoods in this small town, homes can range anywhere from $200k to upwards of $1 million.
A gated community packed with perks, Canyons At Scenic Loop is nestled in a quiet northwest corner of the San Antonio area. North of San Antonio and south of small-town Boerne, this community enjoys the peace and quiet of the Hill Country, while still remaining 20-30 minutes from prime shopping and entertainment (La Cantera, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, The Rim, UTSA, Valero, USAA, and the Medical Center, among others). Priced in the $600s and soaring into the millions, properties within Canyons At Scenic Loop rest of homesites that range from a half-acre to 12+ acres, featuring unspoiled views (the highest elevation homesites in San Antonio) and mature trees.
3. Vintage Oaks
For those of you who haven’t heard the buzz about New Braunfels, let us share the good news: NB is the place to be. Located at the intersection of the sparkling Comal and Guadalupe Rivers (several miles northeast of the San Antonio city limits), this growing city is packed with German heritage, famous dance halls, and charming little shops. One of our favorite New Braunfels neighborhoods is Vintage Oaks, a master-planned community that does plenty of justice to its stunning Hill Country setting. Spread out over 3,300-acres peppered with live oak trees, Vintage Oaks offers resort-style amenities like an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a kid’s pool, a lazy river, an outdoor kitchen, a fitness center, miles of nature trails, a playground, tennis courts, a baseball field, a soccer field and a native flower garden. Home sites range from 1 to 14 acres, and homes can sell anywhere from $300k to over $1 million.
Want to really escape from the city lights? For those who want to live close but not too close to city perks (say, within 50 miles), River Crossing might be the perfect happy medium. Tucked away in Spring Branch, TX (a tiny community near Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River), River Crossing is 40 miles north of downtown San Antonio via Hwy 281. Besides all the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape, neighborhood amenities include tennis courts, basketball courts, walking trails, picnic areas, and close proximity to the Hill Country golfer’s paradise: River Crossing Club. With approximately 1,000 home sites (with a minimum lot size of 1 acre), River Crossing homes can range anywhere from $364k to $830k.
Head north on I-10, and you’ll find yourself immersed in the rustic elegance of the Texas Hill Country. Incidentally, you’ll also find yourself passing through the small town of Fair Oaks Ranch, a luxury suburb that sits right on the cusp of Boerne. Home to nearly 7,000 people, Fair Oak s Ranch feels like an outstretched Hill Country resort: offering eleven miles of nature trails, several family-friendly parks, a country club that offers two eighteen-hole golf courses, twelve tennis courts, pools, and countless acres of rural landscaping. Homes can range anywhere from around $300k to the over $1 million, and most offer stunning countryside views.
21459 Water Wood ($475,000) Garden Ridge
If you’re not into maintaining an acreage property, but you still want the Hill Country lifestyle (not to mention views), we recommend taking a look at The Reserve at Sonoma Verde. With lot sizes that range from ½ to two acres (with either city or Hill Country views), this northwest neighborhood is threaded with green belts and surrounded by preserved natural beauty (Cedar Creek Golf Course and Ranch Diana Nature Preserve). With prices that range from around $395,000 to $745,000, The Reserve can accommodate a variety of budgets.
Like River Crossing, Cypress Springs is one of the most immersive Hill Country experiences on our list. Located just outside Spring Branch (40 miles north of San Antonio on Hwy 281), this neighborhood is made up of 2,700 acres peppered with nearly 500 beautiful single-family homes (and plenty more mature live oaks). Besides the community amenities (a gated private six-acre park on the river and Guadalupe River waterfront access, among others), Cypress Springs boasts close proximity to Guadalupe River State Park. With lot sizes usually between 1 to 5 acres (with some going above), homes generally range in price from the mid-$300ks to the upper $400ks. If you’re interested in building your dream home in this gorgeous area, land plots generally begin in the $100,000s.
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