According to a 2014 report from Yahoo! Finance, San Antonio was ranked sixth on the top 10 list of affordable big cities in the U.S. With a median home value of $113,100, the city offers quality living at affordable prices that are well under the national average. When searching for a new home, consider the diverse selection of affordable homes available in this city. Here’s a closer look at five of the best neighborhoods in San Antonio:
1. The Seventh at Sonterra/The Vineyard
While the cost of living is higher in this neighborhood, it has a small population of about 320 residents and is rated as an exceptionally livable community. The median home price is higher than the national average and is currently estimated at about $285,900. Home prices are higher than average because of the neighborhood’s smaller population, its high marks for education and employment, and the fact that it’s considered one of the best neighborhoods in San Antonio. With easy access to the Charles W. Anderson Loop, residents are just minutes from a variety of fitness centers, restaurants, cafes and stores.
2. Oak Park/Northwood
With easy access to Interstate 410 and U.S. Route 281, residents of this neighborhood are less than 10 minutes from San Antonio International Airport and North Star Mall. The current estimated population in Oak Park/Northwood is 9,733 and the median home price is $241,670. This neighborhood is conveniently located near schools, restaurants, grocery stores, cafes and Northridge Park, and is less than 20 minutes from downtown San Antonio.
3. Mahncke Park
Mahncke Park is another affordable neighborhood in San Antonio. With an estimated population of 2,978, this area of town features many homes that were built in the early 20th century. According to AreaVibes, the median selling price is $216,560, which is less expensive than the Texas average. This neighborhood is bordered by U.S. Route 281, making it only a few minutes away from Brackenridge Park, Brackenridge Golf Course, San Antonio Botanical Gardens and the San Antonio Zoo, and 10 minutes away from downtown.
4. North Central Heritage
The North Central Heritage neighborhood has a median home price of $185,400. The community also has high ratings in terms of livability, cost of living, education, weather and employment. Residents have easy access to a variety of restaurants, shopping venues, McAllister Park, grocery stores, tennis courts and public transportation.
With an estimated population of 2,043, a median sales price of $150,933 and a low cost of living, Lavaca is one of San Antonio’s oldest neighborhoods. Aside from the neighborhood’s interesting architecture and distinctive character, it’s close to schools, amenities and public transportation. Residents enjoy the comfort of a small urban neighborhood, and there is a mix of vintage homes and new construction.
Whether you live in San Antonio now, or you’re planning to pack your bags and move, consider buying a home in one of these five great parts of town. If you’re ready to start your search, head to Owners.com for listings and homebuying advice.