The Transplant’s Guide to San Antonio: The Lay of the Land

First of all, we would like to congratulate you on choosing to make San Antonio home! This city is incredibly diverse and unique, able to accommodate a variety of demographics, from families to singles to professionals, artists, and more. This is partially due to the widespread layout of the city. Below, we’ve outlined a general tour of the city to help you get your bearings!

North Side

The North side of the city is generally north of I-410 and is divided into several distinct sections: Northwest, North Central, and Far North. This area of town is family-friendly, spacious, and has abundant shopping and leisure options. Neighborhoods like Stone Oak, Emerald Forest, and Shavano Park are excellent places to settle down.


Naturally, the “central” section of the city lies within Loop 410 and contains downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods. Located in the middle of the city, this area is very diverse, ranging from the artsy vibes in Southtown to the nearby upscale Alamo Heights neighborhood.

South Side

The south side of San Antonio, mostly south of Loop 410, is made up of South Central, Far South, and Southeast. This area is mostly made up of outlying country homes, rural plots of land, and urban neighborhoods.

East Side

The east section of the city is less developed. The northeast borders outlying towns like Schertz and Cibolo and contains Randolph Air Force base.

West Side

Like east San Antonio, the west section of the city is less developed than much of the rest. However, this part of town has seen a spurt of development in the last several years! The northwest corner in particular has been put on the map as the fastest developing part of the city, which can especially be seen with the Alamo Ranch neighborhoods. 

Stay tuned as we continue this series each month and dig deeper into San Antonio and all that it has to offer!

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