Considering all the mental, financial, and (let’s be honest) emotional energy that goes into buying your first home, parting with it can almost feel as dramatic as a high school breakup. You spent all that money on prom (closing fees), cried your eyes out after your first fight (first major repair), and (in both scenarios) totally fell in love for the first time.
But, just like your first love, your first home often comes with an expiration date. Whether you’ve outgrown the space or increased your budget, it may be time for an upgrade. But how do you even know if you can afford a move-up home, much less choose the right one? With so many options on the San Antonio real estate market right now, it's easy to get overwhelmed. We recommend checking with a lender to see what you can afford, then swooning over our curated list of 10 of San Antonio’s most eligible move-up homes!
1. 131 Hickman St
Neighborhood: Five Points
Schools: San Antonio I.S.D., Edison, Mark Twain, Beacon Hill
Full of historic appeal, this 1930’s home is truly the Southern gentleman of the bunch. From its old-world curb appeal to an overly generous living space (3,000+ sq ft) and stunning location, this charmer is full of possibilities.
2. 3535 Glasscock Trail
Neighborhood: Alamo Ranch
Schools: Northside, Taft, Dolph Briscoe, Hoffman
Located in the acclaimed Alamo Ranch community, this home is that rare (and coveted) combination of reliable and luxurious. With an open floor plan and high ceilings, 3535 Glasscock Trail immediately exudes an air of quiet confidence. The family room features pristine wood floors and an intricate stone fireplace. With a media room, back patio, and separate dining room, it’s also ready to entertain! The final selling point? This property requires no city tax. Sound too good to be true? This home may be more affordable than you think...
Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
Schools: San Antonio I.S.D., Call District, Call District, Call District
The best of both worlds, this 1922 craftsman cottage has the charming details of a historic home and the modern amenities of a brand new build (thanks to a tasteful remodel). Example: you’ll enjoy both the original hardwood floors and a modern custom kitchen with granite counter tops. Plus, the bonus single bed/bath apartment (with kitchenette) allows plenty of options for living space!
Neighborhood: Emerald Forest
Schools: Northside, Johnson, Tex Hill, Bulverde Creek
Located in the peaceful Emerald Forest community, this home is an unexpected surprise. With an open floor plan, high ceilings, fireplace, and a formal dining area, 18170 Emerald Forest Dr is a total classic. Bonus features include a second story balcony, mature trees, corner lot, and access to the neighborhood’s charming amenities and green space.
5.2206 Fawnfield Lane
Neighborhood: Woods of Deerfield
Schools: North East I.S.D, Churchill, Eisenhower, Huebner
In the coveted Deerfield neighborhood, 2206 Fawnfield Lane is just as beautiful inside as it is outside. With a formal living room (complete with fireplace), plenty of windows (and the accompanying natural light), generous bedrooms, an upstairs media room (complete with A/V equipment), and more, this home offers the full spectrum. Check with a lender to find out just how affordable homes like this can be!
6. 315 Lamar St
Neighborhood: Dignowity Hill
Schools: San Antonio I.S.D., Fox Tech, Wheatley Emerson, Bowden
If you aren’t obsessed with the Dignowity Hill Historic District yet, just wait until you see this newly constructed custom beauty. 315 Lamar St stands out among the rest, featuring high-end contemporary finishes and beautiful details.
Neighborhood: Sonoma Ranch
Schools: Northside, Louis D Brandeis, Hector Garcia, Beard
Calming and peaceful, this contemporary family home is anything but boring. Its practical features (spacious kitchen, covered patio, walk-in pantry, level lot) are complemented perfectly by luxury amenities (jacuzzi garden tub, multiple media and game rooms, BBQ area, etc.).
Neighborhood: El Sito (Garden Ridge)
Schools: Comal, Canyon, Canyon, Call District
If wide open space is your thing, this Hill Country-style home may be perfect for you! Located on over an acre of ranch-style land, 9131 Pierce Massie is a Garden Ridge gem, including coveted features like custom cabinets, high-end appliances, hickory wood floors, and a garage apartment with a kitchen.
Neighborhood: Champions Ridge
Schools: North East I.S.D, Ronald Reagan, Barbara Bush, Canyon Ridge Elem
Described as “upgrades galore,” this Champions Ridge home is impeccably detailed without being high maintenance. Move-in ready, 118 Lantana Way offers both privacy and easy access to shopping, restaurants, schools, airport, etc.
Interested in buying a move-up property? You’re in luck! We have plenty of resources for San Antonio home buyers. We recommend downloading our free Buyer’s Guide and checking out our comprehensive list of San Antonio neighborhoods. Our aim is to keep you in the loop! Contact us to find a REALTOR®, connect with lenders, and far more.