The Military Home Search: Lackland AFB

Because of its numerous military bases, San Antonio seems to be a hub for both active duty military members and retirees. The city is welcoming, family-­friendly, and full of culture. At Keller Williams, we want to help make your move to San Antonio as smooth and seamless as possible. We know that finding the right home is very important for a military family, especially considering the frequent moves and constant relocation that you face. We’ve researched the area surrounding several bases in San Antonio and hand-­picked several neighborhoods that seem particularly appealing to military families on Lackland Air Force Base.

San Antonio is popularly known as “Military City USA” for good reason. This city is home to Joint Base San Antonio, which is made up of 3 separate military bases: Fort Sam Houston, Randolph AFB, and Lackland AFB. The full base employs over 80,000 people, making it one of the largest in the country. Today, we’re zooming in on Lackland Air Force Base, located just inside the west side of Loop 410. Lackland employs over 45,000 people, almost 25,000 of whom are active duty military members.

Lackland is mostly thought of as a training base, hosting both basic and technical training, among others. In fact, this base is the sole location for U.S. Air Force enlisted Basic Military Training, Active Duty Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard. Lackland is also home to six technical training squadrons! Lackland AFB is comprised of: the 37th Training Wing, National Guard 149th Fighter Wing, the 59th Medical Wing, the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, the 24th Air Force Wing, and more.

Since this base has such a focus on military training, you might assume that the demographics are dominated by single males...however, Lackland is actually a hub for military families! This base is mainly made up of family units, and the average family size is 4. Though military housing is available on base, many families desire their own home in a more “normal” neighborhood...however, this often means a long commute. So what if you want to live off ­base, but you don’t want to drive too far? We’ve found some nearby neighborhoods that are perfect for military families like you!

Terraces at The Reserves

If you’re looking quiet, family­ friendly, gated community near Lackland, you might want to check out Terraces at The Reserves. This neighborhood is located on the Far West Side, an area that has recently been growing in popularity. Residents of this area are close to shopping and good schools, but still in a tranquil environment. A short commute from Lackland, this neighborhood is 7.1 miles northwest of the base. Homes generally fall in the $200k­ - $260k range.

Amber Creek

Located only 6.5 miles west of Lackland, Amber Creek is perfect for military families who want a quick commute. Built by KB Homes, this neighborhood features reasonably priced, customizable homes. Prices for a 3­6 bedroom home fall in the $150k­ - $195k range. Even at such a good price, you’re ensured top-­notch quality and energy­ efficient homes. At Amber Creek, you have the option to purchase a “Quick Move In” home, or work with KB to customize your floor plan and preferences! This neighborhood features an onsite community park, nature trails, and a children’s playground.

Enclave at Westover Hills

This neighborhood is only 7.2 miles north of Lackland. Enclave at Westover Hills offers a variety of spacious homes, starting at $195k and going upward. The community is very active, offering swimming, tennis, and various social events. This is an excellent neighborhood for active families with children.

Alamo Ranch (11 miles) (150­575k)

Alamo Ranch is San Antonio’s fastest growing community for a reason! This neighborhood offers tremendous quality and variety, from $150k­ - $575k. No matter what type of home you’re looking for, you can probably find it in Alamo Ranch. The community features an outdoor aquatic center, jogging trails, an Olympic sized pool, multipurpose fields, basketball courts, and playgrounds. Located about 11 miles north of Lackland, it’s a bit further than the others. However, if you value close by shopping and onsite perks, it’s well worth the extra few miles of driving!


There is a lot of variety in the ten miles surrounding Lackland! Not only are the homes excellent, but the surrounding area also has some popular family attractions. Being on the west side, the Lackland area is close to Sea World, as well as historic Castroville, which features antiques, shopping, and Texas charm. Hiking, biking, camping, and fishing are also readily available at the nearby Medina River Natural Area. Military families will not be disappointed when it comes to the home search in San Antonio

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