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Local Love: San Antonio, TX

I was quoted as a local expert in Trulia’s Local Love: San Antonio edition! Check out what I had to say about what makes San Antonio a great place to live.

What is your city’s source of pride?

“The first thing that springs to mind is our annual Fiesta celebration, which takes place in April. For two weeks, the city enjoys a ‘party with a purpose,’ and it gives everyone a chance to let their colors shine. It is a long-standing tradition to collect medals and sport them proudly while attending. Along with music and parades is the food — there is nothing like Fiesta food…”

If you’re a transplant, what brought you to San Antonio? If you’re a native, why do you stay?

“I’m a native for sure. It’s easy to stay; the folks here are so friendly that I regularly find myself chatting with shoppers at the grocery store or while standing in line at the bank…”

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Best Neighborhoods for a Gastronomical Experience in San Antonio

Best Neighborhoods for a Gastronomical Experience in San Antonio
By Tara Scott-Johnson

San Antonio
, the second largest city in Texas and the seventh largest city in the U.S., is quickly becoming one of the nation’s most inspired foodie cities. San Antonio was once considered to be the mecca of Tex-Mex cuisine and a popular city for mouthwatering southern-style barbecue, according to a recent Trulia article. Today, San Antonio has emerged as a diverse culinary contender amongst rival Texan cities the likes of Austin and Dallas, TX. While there are many foodie neighborhoods in San Antonio, there are three top-rated neighborhoods creating superb gastronomical experiences –Southtown, River Walk and The Pearl.


The small, two-mile radius that encompasses Southtown offers a mix of culture and history. Just a stone’s throw from The Alamo, Southtown offers plenty of parking, making this foodie neighborhood a fan favorite of locals and tourists alike. Enjoy American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist located in King Williams Historic District at Feast. Find flavorful, yet affordable, small plates and shareable plates at Hearsay Urban Taste. Marvel at the mastery of fine dining at Bliss, San Antonio’s top-rated contemporary American cuisine restaurant.


River Walk
San Antonio’s River Walk is a network of walkways and a world famous tourist destination speckled with dozens of chain-restaurants, bars and cafes along the banks of the San Antonio River. But, River Walk is also home to many of San Antonio’s finest local restaurants, such as Biga on the Banks, your best bet for fine dining along River Walk. Upscale Mexican cuisine can be found at Boudro’s Texas Bistro, a bistro-style restaurant serving up freshly prepared guacamole table side and their famed prickly-pear margarita. Escape the weather in a glass conservatory overlooking the River Walk at Ocho. Their pan-Latin cuisine is served all day and into the late night hours in the Havana Hotel.


The Pearl
The Pearl, the hippest gastronomical locale in San Antonio is located in the historic Pearl Brewery. The Pearl Brewery, San Antonio’s second brewery which opened in the late 1800s, was purchased and reinvented in 2002. It has has become a live, work, and play community filled with restaurants, retail shops, workspaces, and a Farmer’s Market. Within the walls of The Pearl, cross-culture cuisines can be found at Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery, where the menu changes seasonally and is inspired by coastal classics. Cured has emerged as one of San Antonio’s best restaurants with its use of the purest regional ingredients, paired with organic methods and is built on a foundation of lovingly hand-crafted cured foods. The final top-rated restaurant on this gastronomical tour can be found at Nao – Latin Gastro Bar, where every meal is a savory adventure. Nao offers unique foods in an outdoor setting in the middle of the historic Pearl Brewery.


Why San Antonio is a Great Place to Buy

Why San Antonio is a Great Place to Buy

By Jennifer Riner, Trulia


Buying your first home is complicated, especially when you realize a smaller budget may not buy the necessary square footage. Trulia found that 43 percent of Americans wish they had a larger home, with more than 60 percent of millennials desiring more living space.


Luckily for buyers in Texas, the Lone Star State offers the largest entry-level price point homes compared to out-of-state listings. In addition, Texas trade up homes and even high-end properties tend to be more spacious than those found in other parts of the country.


San Antonio, in particular, offers more seasoned buyers a chance to size up the second time around. Trade up homebuyers gain 579 square feet, or 51.7 percent more space, when seeking out a new property.


Is everything really bigger in Texas?

The median square footage of starter homes in San Antonio is 1,121 for an affordable $83,563 median price. At just $75.90 per square foot, San Antonio’s first-time homebuyers get the most out of each dollar compared to buyers with bigger budgets.


For $152,700, second-time homebuyers in San Antonio can find homes offering around 1,700 square feet. Homes for sale in the trade up category cost $88.08 per square foot, on average.


At $116.75 per square foot, premium homebuyers in San Antonio can sprawl out across 2,556 square feet. The median price of top-tier homes remains relatively affordable at $274,151.


Buyers trading up from a starter home can expect to find a 51.7 percent increase in square footage in their second property, while buyers switching between trade up and premium gain slightly over 50 percent more space.


Texas cities permitting room to grow

Nearby Austin affords first-time homebuyers an average of 1,428 square feet, which is the most space for the entry-level home price category than any other metro offers. Houston’s first-time buyers face slightly smaller – albeit spacious – homes around 1,320 square feet, making Space City the fifth best locale for entry-level buyers looking to sprawl.


Second-time homebuyers also might consider Houston, where trade up homes average 1,997 square feet. In addition, Austin’s trade up house hunters can look forward to around 1,893 square feet. Dallas, too, ranks no. 3 for second time homebuyers prioritizing space at an average of 1,900 square feet.


Meanwhile, upscale homebuyers looking for room to sprawl might consider house hunting in Dallas, where premium homes average approximately 2,945 square feet.


Living in San Antonio isn’t just about stretching your legs at home. Top-rated schools, including Stone Oak Elementary and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, offer unparalleled education opportunities for families. With a 65 percent homeownership rate, the San Antonio real estate market is both strong and accessibly priced, no matter how many square feet you prefer.