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5 Trendiest Neighborhoods in San Antonio, TX

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San Antonio, the seventh largest metropolitan area in the United States, prides itself on being a large city with a small-town feel. Steeped in culture and history, modern San Antonio has a trendy side as well. Are you’re thinking of relocating to San Antonio? Here are five of the Alamo City’s trendiest neighborhoods.

1. The Pearl District

Pearl, located on the site of the former Pearl Brewery, is a 375-acre, master-planned, mixed-use community at the north end of the River Walk. North of downtown, this young and hip area features trendy restaurants, shopping, and luxury hotel space in a pedestrian and pet-friendly atmosphere. The area is anchored by Hotel Emma, a former 19th-century

2. King William Historic District

In recent years, the King William area has undergone much revitalization. Historic homes from the 1800s have been returned to their former glory, making this a highly desirable San Antonio address. While the King William area has great access to the downtown area, it also has many of its own amenities, like the stores and restaurants found along S. Alamo Street, just west of the river. Enjoy a Saturday morning cup of joe at neighborhood favorite Halcyon Southtown or kick back and relax with a brew at the Blue Star Brewery. This diverse, family-friendly neighborhood also boasts a wonderful art scene and additionally offers residents access to good public schools.

3. Alamo Heights Neighborhood

Within the prestigious 78209 zip code, Alamo Heights is a classic urban neighborhood in San Antonio. Both long-time residents and a younger crowd (known as ‘09ers) enjoy this serene, tree-lined community with its mid-century homes. Located just five minutes from the downtown area, residents enjoy the easy access to museums, eclectic shopping venues, and upscale restaurants. Alamo Heights is its own incorporated city and features highly acclaimed schools.

4. Tobin Hill

The walkable Tobin Hill, just north of downtown, is another area that has undergone revitalization in recent years. During the 1950s, Tobin Hill consisted of single-family homes and small apartment buildings. Tobin Hill has experienced a resurgence with the recent development of the Pearl area and the growth of facilities at Fort Sam Houston. Today, Tobin Hill is attractive to both residents and businesses. Eclectic and thriving, this neighborhood is filled with people from diverse backgrounds living side-by-side in houses in different stages of repair. Tobin Hill is bike-friendly and features its own amenities with restaurants, bars, and quaint shopping. Residents appreciate that the neighborhood is quiet, but that the bustle of the downtown area is within easy reach.

5. Stone Oak

Stone Oak is a gated, master-planned suburban community in the northwest area of San Antonio. Here, residents enjoy upscale living in large single-family homes with all the amenities of the ‘burbs. The easy access to malls, big box stores, and restaurants make Stone Oak one of San Antonio’s most popular places to live. Plus, the area’s outstanding schools are a big draw for families. Featuring manicured lawns and plenty of green areas, Stone Oak residents also living in proximity to several local golf courses.Whether you prefer the eclectic vibe of the city or a more laid-back suburban setting, there are plenty of great places to live in the Alamo City. In addition to wonderful neighborhoods, there are many other fantastic reasons to move to San Antonio. When you’re ready to relocate to this trendy city, be sure to give us a call. One of the best San Antonio moving companies, Apple Moving has been bringing Texans home since 1991, and we’d love to do the same for you.

5 Best Reasons to Move to San Antonio

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Our hometown of Austin has seen a huge influx of people in the last decade, but recently San Antonio has been gaining in popularity too. In fact, San Antonio was just named one of the top ten hottest real estate markets to watch in 2017 by Trulia. With home prices and crowding in Austin on the rise, it seems that eyes are now shifting to see what the quieter city of San Antonio has to offer. Home to another of our Apple Moving locations, we have long loved living and serving our customers in the Alamo City. From the SA River Walk to the historical landmarks to the strong economy, there’s a lot to love about this South Texas town. Here are five of the best reasons to consider moving to San Antonio, TX:

1. Affordable Housing Market

The housing market in San Antonio has experienced a lot of change in recent years. Home prices have been on the rise, with Zillow data showing an increase in median list price from $132,000 in 2012 to a median list price today of $219,000. Even though the housing market is experiencing growth, the average sale price of a home in this area is still lower than the national average. This means that now is a great time to buy in this expanding market!

2. Family-Friendly Neighborhoods

Although San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the country, it is still considered very family-friendly thanks to smaller towns, neighborhoods, and suburbs outside of the city center. If you’re looking for a place with great schools for your family, Alamo Heights and Helotes are great options.

3. Continued Job Growth

Like many cities in Texas, the unemployment rate in San Antonio is far lower than the national average (3.8% vs. 5.2%). Recent job growth has also been ahead of the rest of the country as is the future projected job growth. If you decide to make San Antonio your home, you can be assured that the job market doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon. San Antonio’s economy is strong thanks to its diversity of industries which include the military, tourism, banking & finance, oil & gas, and healthcare. There are also six Fortune 500 companies located here that employ thousands of locals.

4. Unique Culture and Cuisine

San Antonio is a premier cultural destination and may be best known for its authentic Tex-Mex cuisine, barbecue, and chef-inspired restaurants. Many of the city’s cultural checkpoints can be found along the famous River Walk, which is a great destination for both tourists and locals alike. Considered the “heart of the city”, this is the prime location to experience dining, culture, and shopping in the Alamo City.

5. Living Among History

Last, but not least, we cannot forget the Alamo! San Antonio is not only a growing, modern city, but it is also a city steeped in history. As a local, you would be able to frequent historical sites like the Alamo and tour the four other historical sites along the Mission Trail. Or if art is more your thing, you could stroll the galleries at the San Antonio Museum of Art to see famous works by Americans artists or artifacts excavated from Latin America. No matter what your interests, San Antonio has a rich history to explore.A Texas gem, San Antonio is a city on the rise. If you’re looking for a new place to put down roots, consider the Alamo City. And of course, if you do decide it’s the right place for you, and you need movers, we’d be thrilled to help you get settled in!

A Weekend at the San Antonio River Walk

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A visit to San Antonio wouldn’t be complete without at least a stroll on the city’s famous River Walk, a developed stretch of the San Antonio River full of shops, restaurants, nightlife, and endless entertainment. In fact, there’s so much to do along the River Walk that you could spend an entire trip just exploring this Alamo City treasure. Whether you're planning an in-town staycation or a weekend getaway from another part of Texas, here are a few ideas of how to spend a weekend at San Antonio’s famed River Walk.

Book a Room at San Antonio’s Coolest Boutique Hotel

From the posh Saint Cecilia in Austin’s trendy SoCo district to the eccentric, nomadic El Cosmico campground out in Marfa, Austin hotelier, Bunkhouse Group, is known for its unique collection of boutique hotels that wow guests. And their San Antonio property, Hotel Havana, doesn’t disappoint. Located right on the river, the Hotel Havana is a quiet retreat from the more touristy, older section of the River Walk just a half a mile to the south. Check into one of the hotel’s 27 beautiful (yet surprisingly affordable) rooms, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to another time and place. Some of the carefully chosen touches include colorful serape robes, retro refrigerators jammed full of carefully selected refreshments, and luxurious Red Flower bath products. A night or two at this peaceful haven will leave you feeling restored and rejuvenated.

Start Your Morning Right at Local Coffee

Local Coffee is, well, arguably San Antonio’s best local coffee joint. While there are six Local Coffee locations throughout the Alamo City, the southernmost location at the Pearl Brewery development is most convenient to the River Walk. The historic Pearl Brewery complex, filled with shops and dining, is just a pleasant mile-and-a-half stroll from Hotel Havana. If you want relief from the overly touristy areas farther south, this is the place to come. Local Coffee brews coffee from its sister company, Merit Roasting Company, which is located just a few miles down the road in Southtown. Local Coffee has curated the best cup of coffee in San Antonio by painstakingly overseeing the entire coffee-making process – from purchasing the raw beans from farmers around the world to hand-pouring every last drop of coffee.

Take a Spin on a BCycle

San Antonio BCycle is a bike sharing program that makes getting around the city on two wheels cheap and easy. A 24-hour day pass costs just $12 and gives you the ability to check out a bike for an hour at a time from one of the dozens of BCycle stations scattered around the city (there’s even one on the Hotel Havana property). To avoid additional riding fees, you simply re-dock and un-dock your bike at any station in San Antonio, and the 60-minute timer starts over. BCycle is a great way to easily explore the 15-miles of sidewalks and paths along the River Walk.

Explore San Antonio’s Historic Missions

Almost everyone has heard of the Alamo, the site of an important battle in Texas’ quest for independence from Mexico, but did you know San Antonio is home to four other historic missions? All five missions, which are maintained by the National Park Service, are located along a ten-mile stretch of the River Walk known as the Mission Trail. While you can quickly drive between these historical sites, if you’re feeling more adventurous you can complete the Mission Trail by bike. Starting at the Alamo, check out a BCycle from one of the nearby stations, then wind your way along the river, stopping at Mission Concepcion, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and finishing at Mission Espada. Round trip, the Mission Trail is about a 20-mile ride, so if you like a challenge, you won’t be disappointed. On the return trip, we recommend stopping for refreshments at Halcyon or Blue Star Brewing in the King William neighborhood.

Sip the City’s Best Margarita While Enjoying Some Supper

San Antonio is known for having some of the best margaritas in Texas, but if you want to try THE BEST, head over to Supper at the Hotel Emma. According to a waitress, the La Babia Margarita is the hotel owner’s own recipe, and the tequila, Naranja, and lime concoction couldn’t be more refreshing after a day spent exploring the city. Of course, since Supper dishes up some of San Antonio’s best food, you must stay for more than just drinks. Crowd pleasers include the Salt & Vinegar Brussels Sprouts, the Warm Roasted Mushroom Salad, the Kabocha Pumpkin Soup, and the Grilled Beef Bavette. After your meal, retire to the hotel bar, the Sternewirth, for a post-dinner cocktail.These recommendations are just a few of the many things you could do during your visit to the River Walk. You may also want to check out the San Antonio Museum of Art, take in a performance at the Tobin Center, hop aboard a river cruise, or dine at one of the many Tex-Mex joints along the river. From our San Antonio moving team, we hope you enjoy your time in San Antonio!