In a culture largely dependent on automated transportation, “walkable” neighborhoods have been rising in demand! City dwellers are increasingly interested in trading emissions and traffic for a bus route, bike, or short walk. Forfeiting a tank of gas for a pair of shoes pays off in a number of ways: those who walk usually weigh less, save on transportation costs and feel a deeper connection with their community.
While San Antonio is still a largely car-dependent city, several vibrant, urban neighborhoods rank high in pedestrian friendliness, a factor that is expected to drive an increase in real estate value over the next 30 years.
San Antonio Walkability Spotlight: Five Points Walkscore: 79
Located just north of downtown San Antonio, the Five Points neighborhood is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, with some of its oldest houses dated in the 1880s! Due to its historic feel and original layout, Five Points has earned a reputation for excellent and enjoyable walkability.
After downtown, Five Points is the most walkable neighborhood in the city. The area holds about 36 restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. The average resident can walk to any of those in as little as 5 minutes. The neighborhood contains access to San Pedro Park, the oldest park in San Antonio. The 46-acre park boasts a swimming pool, library, tennis court, and softball center. Many charming restored historic homes populate the Five Points neighborhood. If you’re interested in updating or flipping a beautiful old home, this neighborhood also holds a great deal of potential. Home prices range anywhere from the $30s for a "flipper" to over a million, but the average home sells for around $90-$100k. Though many of the homes are well established, you can also find new homes for comparable prices in the neighborhood.