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San Antonio

Your guide to Alamo City!

Welcome to San Antonio - a wonderful mix of the historical and the today, all wrapped neatly into one big city. San Antonio is one of the most vibrant and fast-growing cities in the U.S., and it can provide something for nearly everyone. This sprawling Texas metropolis prides itself on being a vast cultural and economic center that chronicles its past, and at the same time is moving towards a very bright future.


San Antonio - home of The Alamo and to many other attractions that bring more than 20 million visitors to this area each year. Just 100 miles north of the Mexico border, San Antonio has warm, sunny weather that's hard to beat all year round - which is what turns some of those visitors into new residents. In fact, San Antonio, Texas, was actually the fastest growing of the Top Ten largest cities in the United States over the past decade - and it's easy to see why. This city offers top-notch art, culture, museums, dining, and entertainment experiences. The area also offers a lot in terms of employment opportunity, too. One of its largest employers is the U.S. military. However, San Antonio is also the home of the corporate headquarters of H-E-B Supermarkets, and for USAA, the big banking and insurance provider. Valero Energy Corp, iHeartMedia, NuStar Energy, and CST Brands, Inc. also make their corporate homes in San Antonio. In 2015, this city was ranked as number 50 on the Forbes list of the Best Places for Business and Careers - with a ranking of number 15 for best market for job growth. Known for being diverse in both population and character, there are many attractions that bring millions of visitors to San Antonio each year - including River Walk, The Alamo, and a number of historic missions. But this beautiful city is also a great place to call home.


What to do in San Antonio

There is much to do in San Antonio - from taking a look back at the historical, to marveling at the city's modern day wonders. The Alamo and Mission San Jose are two of the area's most popular attractions, as are the Majestic Theater, Mission Conception, and the Japanese Tea Gardens. Or, you could just take it all in from atop the Tower of the Americas - a 750-foot tower with a revolving eatery at the top. If you are more of an outdoors person, then you won't be disappointed here. This area's mild climate makes it easy to plan both land and water activities all year round. The San Antonio River Walk is a literal oasis of cypress lined paved paths, arched stone bridges and lush landscapes. It winds through the city center - offering a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and other points of interest to stop at along the way. There is also the option to go rafting or kayaking on the Guadalupe River or in Guadalupe River State Park.


How to Get Around in San Antonio

Getting around in San Antonio can be pretty easy - especially once you have obtained the proper map and / or app. The public transportation system in San Antonio is called the VIA Metropolitan, and it includes numerous bus lines, as well as a small downtown streetcar service. Many of the city's popular attractions are easy to get to via public transport, including The Alamo. Service is reasonably priced at $1.20 for an adult single ride ticket on a regular bus or streetcar, and just $2.50 for an express bus. There is also a river taxi available. This stops at 39 different locations along River Walk. One way passes for the river taxi can be purchased, as well as one-day passes, or three-day passes. In addition, San Antonio also offers a Bike Share Program. B-Cycle provides bicycles at numerous B-Stations around town to be used for short trips. Passes to use these bikes may be purchased either on a weekly or an annual basis, or for 24 hours.


What it's like to live in San Antonio

Living in San Antonio can be a great experience. The area offers a great deal of natural beauty all year round. There are also a long list of city parks and rivers to enjoy - many that provide walking and hiking access. Due to its vast and diverse culture, there are a great many options when it comes to restaurants and shops. This can allow the opportunity to try real, authentic cuisine. The area also provides top-notch educational and medical institutions. While there is a great deal of history to enjoy in San Antonio, the city is also moving forward at a fast pace. In fact, recently the U.S. Chamber of Commerce named San Antonio as one of seven "enterprising cities." The cost of living in San Antonio is also very reasonable. This is in comparison to other large cities across the United States, as well as when compared to other large cities within the state of Texas. There are a multitude of neighborhoods throughout San Antonio, and each one provides its own unique personality and charm. Here, there is a neighborhood that is just right for everyone. So, once you know more about this city and what it has to offer, you're sure to find the ideal place to call your new home.


Where to find apartments in San Antonio

There are a lot of neighborhoods to choose from in San Antonio - both directly in downtown, and in the surrounding suburbs. And, apartments in San Antonio can come in a variety of sizes and floor plans, as well as a wide variety of monthly rent prices. But, before you set out to find the perfect one, it is a good idea to first conduct some research. When you secure an apartment in San Antonio, it is usually required that you put down a security deposit, and also the first month's rent. This will also generally need to be accompanied by proof from your employer that you have both steady and stable income, and that your income is an amount that is well above what you will require for your rent. Also, it is normally required that you provide proof of good credit history, as well as at least one or two good credit references. With regard to finding that ideal apartment in San Antonio, you will want to first determine just what type of attractions you want to be near. For example, is it important that you be close to a part, downtown, or to your employer? Also, do you want to be in close proximity to any type of public transportation? After you have nailed down your perfect location, there are also some other items that you should think about, too. For instance, do you want to have other "conveniences" such as a washer and dryer in your apartment unit, or are you willing to pay less in rent and do your laundry elsewhere? You will want to consider some other factors as well, like whether you may want to have amenities such as a garage and / or a workout facility right onsite. While these, too, may cost you more in rent, they could also end up costing your less in your overall budget - as well as save you some time in your weekly schedule. Once you have come up with your ideal list, you will then be much more ready to start looking for your next San Antonio apartment home.


Neighborhoods in San Antonio

Downtown San Antonio


If you want city living, then downtown may be your ideal spot. You'll find some of San Antonio's best known attractions here, including the famous Alamo. In downtown San Antonio, you'll also have first hand access to River Walk, which will take you past a multitude of eateries, hotels, shops, and other key points of interest like museums. If you're into shopping, then the Rivercenter Mall is also in this vicinity, with more than 100 shops - plus three movie theatres.

East Side


For those who love sports and the outdoors, the East Side provides ample space and venues for activity. Here you will find Comanche Park, as well as Salado Creek Greenway, which offer biking, hiking, and outdoor recreation. There's also plenty to cheer about on this side of town in the AT&T Center - home of the San Antonio Spurs. There are also many neighborhood dining establishments and shops for residents and guests to enjoy.

Alamo Heights


Just a short 5 miles north of downtown, the vibrant community of Alamo Heights has plenty to offer - starting with being home to the San Antonio Zoo, and two popular art museums. There are also a lot of outdoor activity options here, including nice nature paths along the Olmos Creek, and two country clubs that are popular with local golfers.

Midtown


If you are seeking a more diverse area, then you may want to check out Midtown. Here you will find a nice mix of apartment complexes and single family homes. While there are many historic buildings in the area, there are also numerous cutting edge restaurants, bars, and shops. Midtown is also home tothe Culinary Institute of America. If you want to step away from the hub for a while, you can meander over to the Museum Reach area and enjoy the biking and walking trails that run along a quiet stretch of the San Antonio River.

Near East Side


For the history buff, there's the Near East Side. This neighborhood is loaded with landmarks, such as the Bullis House Inn (which is today a bed and breakfast), and the historic Government Hill. There are numerous restaurants and shops to enjoy here - and, only a quick ten minute drive from the downtown core, living here can be an easy commute to and from work if your employer is located in the city.

Uptown


Also just a short jaunt from downtown is the Uptown neighborhood. Here you will find an array of trendy boutiques, along with corporate offices. This area is also the home of the San Antonio International Airport - so, if you travel frequently for business or pleasure, having your home here could be quite convenient. There is also a fair amount of green space here for those who like to walk and hike.

Southside


The Southside neighborhood is a community that is filled with art and culture. There are many mixed use residential and business housing options here to choose from. Some of the landmarks here include the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center and the Blue Star Brewing Company. This area is also the home of Texas A&M University - San Antonio.

Northwest Side


The Northwest Side is home to numerous educational institutions, including the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the main campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the Northwest Campus of the University of the Incarnate Word. It houses the South Texas Medical Center. There are also many large corporations that have their headquarters locations here. If you're looking for some fun, you can find that in Southside, too - especially if you head over to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. This can be a great area for students, young professionals, and those in the educational community.

North Central


If you are seeking out more of a small town feel, then the North Central area may be more up your alley. Here, you can find a nice mix of the urban and the suburban. A key part of North Central includes Phil Hardberger Park, which offers a number of recreational options such as nature trials and picnic areas. There are also a nice array of shops and eateries for residents and guests to enjoy here - from the fancy to the casual fare.

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