A Field Guide to San Antonio’s “Edgiest” Neighborhoods

Are you an expert on all things San Antonio? Whether you're a street-smart local or a well-studied newbie, we're willing to bet that San Antonio's frenzied growth might have you reeling with information override. So, to make things a bit easier, we've compiled the details into a need-to-know, easy-to-read field guide to San Antonio's "edgiest" (those lying on the edges of SA) neighborhoods!

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According to new population estimates released earlier this year by the U.S. Census Bureau, San Antonio was ranked #3 in population growth among U.S. cities. Wowee, y’all. The sheer volume of new residents (a net increase of 24,473 over a one-year period!) has been dramatic, to say the least.

Not that we’re surprised. Given San Antonio’s affordable housing, low cost of living, and vibrant sense of diversity and culture (not to mention the tacos), we totally understand the draw of our fabulously understated city.

But the question remains: Where is everyone moving? In a city already known for taking up its fair share of Texas surface area, San Antonio’s population growth is continuing to literally push the city limits. Specifically, the northern and western edges of the city have seen the biggest boom in recent years, for a variety of fairly obvious reasons.

From a wealth of major area employers to an incredibly strategic (and scenic) location to the vast array of shopping and entertainment, we can’t blame anyone for heading to the Hill Country boundaries of San Antonio.

And while many might see a single, sprawling mega-neighborhood, the communities in this area are as distinct and diverse as the residents that call them “home”! We’re here with an official field guide to these “edgy” neighborhoods and the details that make them each unique.

Fair Oaks Ranch

  • Location: Northwest San Antonio (near Boerne off of IH-10 West)
  • School District: Boerne Independent School District
  • Amenities: 11 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: $300k - over $1 Million
  • Neighborhood Vibes: Rustic Resort
  • Field Notes: With a population of nearly 7,000 people, the city of Fair Oaks Ranch has the feel of a small town. Overall, residents living in Fair Oaks Ranch enjoy excellent schools, peaceful neighborhoods, and the amenities of San Antonio within close reach.

The Dominion



Canyon Springs

  • Location: North San Antonio (off Hwy 281)
  • School District: North East ISD and Comal ISD
  • Amenities: Community pools, parks, playgrounds, and sports courts
  • Homes: $225k - $800k
  • Neighborhood Vibes: Golf Course Chic
  • Field Notes: With subdivision names like The Enclave, Lakeside, The Reserve, The Villas, and the Waters, and The Estates, you can only assume that the peaceful, curated streets of Canyon Springs exude luxury.

Cibolo Canyons

Rogers Ranch

  • Location: North San Antonio (off of Loop 1604 and Bitters Road)
  • School District: Northside Independent School District and North East Independent School District
  • Amenities: Sparkling pools, walking trails, lush greenbelts, a community center, playgrounds, tennis courts, and more
  • Homes: $275k - $900k
  • Neighborhood Vibes: Distinguished Charm
  • Field Notes: With an air of “secluded tranquility,” Rogers Ranch is perfect for families seeking the classic comforts of a luxury home paired with an active lifestyle.

Stone Oak


  • Location: North San Antonio
  • School District: Comal Independent School District and Northeast Independent School District
  • Amenities: 30-acre park with a lake, pool, clubhouse, weight room, pavilion, playground, picnic and barbecue area, par 3 golf course, greenbelts, tennis courts, and unobstructed views
  • Homes: $150k - $1Million+
  • Neighborhood Vibes: Upscale Texas Warmth
  • Field Notes: Nestled in the foothills of the Texas Hill Country, Timberwood Park is a 2,200-acre custom home development that has been emerging as one of the area’s hidden real estate gems for area families and commuters.

Alamo Ranch

Heritage Park

Northwest Crossing

Stillwater Ranch

From the outer edges to the inner core, evidence of San Antonio’s expansion can be seen everywhere. But despite shiny new high-rises and in the innovative historic renovations, we think the best evidence of San Antonio’s growth can be seen in the inspiring everyday life taking place within neighborhoods on the edges of the city. To discover “the edge” for yourself, download our exclusive Buyer’s Guide and Seller’s Guide, then contact an agent to get started on your own home search! 

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