If you’ve just made the decision to buy your first home in San Antonio, congratulations! Given our booming economy and steady job market, there’s never been a better time to own San Antonio real estate.
But with all the options out there, just what should you prioritize in your first home?
Don't get caught up by fancy trends or a hip location! To make the most of your investment, we recommend looking for a home with a great price and plenty of re-sell potential. We especially recommend looking closely at school districts, overall location, and neighborhood popularity.
Here are a few San Antonio neighborhoods that fit the bill for first-time buyers!
1. Wolf Creek
Located on the far west side of San Antonio (just inside Loop 1604 and north of Highway 90), Wolf Creek homes range in price between $138,000 to $283,00. Though the price range is fairly specific, homes in this neighborhood have anywhere from two to six bedrooms and up to 4,000 square feet! Due to its proximity to Lackland Air Force Base, Wolf Creek is also very popular with military personnel. Students who live in Wolf Creek will be zoned for the Southwest Independent School District and will likely attend Southwest Elementary, Scobee Middle, and Southwest High schools.
2. Trophy Ridge
Located just off Loop 1604 and Potranco Road in West San Antonio, Trophy Ridge's lush landscaping and fabulous prices have made it one of the area’s most in-demand neighborhoods! Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Texas Wildscapes Program even certified Trophy Ridge as a “Backyard Wildlife Habitat.” Homes in this neighborhood are priced between $165,000 and $274,000 (many built by Medallion Homes and Sivage Homes), and the community boasts amenities like a pool, clubhouse, and covered playground. Trophy Ridge students are zoned to attend the top-notch Northside Independent School District, including Forester Elementary School, Vale Middle School, and Stevens High School.
3. Deer Creek
Tucked away on the Northeastern cusp of San Antonio, Deer Creek is an affordable suburban community ($115,000 to $329,900) boasting perks that often signal pricier neighborhoods: mature trees, pristine landscaping, jogging trails, a volleyball court, a basketball court, a park, and more. Due to its convenient location, Deer Creek offers residents easy access to downtown San Antonio, as well as the rivers and outdoor fun of New Braunfels. Deer Creek is also known for its access to the great education it offers local children. Deer Creek residents attend schools in the renowned Schertz Cibolo Universal City Independent School District (specifically, Watt s Elementary School, Ray D. Corbett Junior High School, and Samuel Clemens High School).
One of the most outlying San Antonio neighborhoods, Redbird Ranch typifies the peaceful “Outer West” San Antonio lifestyle that has beckoned so many residents in recent years. Located several miles outside Loop 1604 and north of Hwy 90, this San Antonio neighborhood offers plenty of open space (a greenbelt with walking and biking trails), along with state-of-the-art amenities (a swimming pool, children’s pool, fitness room, tennis court, and more). Though some home prices may stretch into the $300,000 range, many stay low in the mid-$100,000s. Students in Redbird Ranch are zoned to Medina Valley Northside Independent School District (NI SD), which includes Boldt Elementary, Berna l Middle School, and Brennan High School.
It’s hard to beat Stillwater Ranch when it comes to luxury with an affordable price tag! Also located in the northwest section of San Antonio, this neighborhood is tucked away about two miles from Loop 1604. The amenities available in Stillwater Ranch include a huge aquatic center with a resort-style pool, a gym, playgrounds, sports courts, hiking/biking trails, and on-site Scarborough Elementary School! Also within Northside ISD, Stillwater Ranch students are usually zoned to attend Scarborough Elementary School, Folks Middle School, and Taft High School. Homes start in the $200,000s!
If you’re a first-time buyer in the San Antonio area, you certainly have a lot of options to choose from! Want more info? Click here to download this FREE Buyer’s Guide, customized for the San Antonio buyer. You’ll find valuable information about finding a REALTOR®, connecting with lenders, and way more. Let us be your guide!
Note: This blog was originally published in January 2017 and has been updated to reflect current pricing and info.