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San Antonio

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The Alamo City Provides More Than History

For the person who loves to enjoy longer seasons of warm weather and take in all that a great city has to offer, it is time for your next house. San Antonio, Texas is the most visited city in Texas for a number of reasons. But, there are even more reasons why it makes a great place for you to call home. From the deep history to the world-renowned attractions and activities, you will never run out of things to enjoy. Add to that a lower cost of living than most major US cities and no state income tax, and you may be ready to grab your boots and hat and head to San Antonio.

History

Many people know San Antonio for its deep-rooted history and, most notably, the Alamo. But, there is so much more to what shaped this great city to buy a house. San Antonio, Texas, was founded on May 1, 1718, as part of a Spanish expedition establishing missions. The Alamo was the first of the 5 missions in the city. In 1837 the town, then called San Fernando de Bexar, became the county seat and was renamed to its current name. San Antonio’s name came in honor of St. Anthony of Padua. It was in 1835 that the US and Mexico fought over the territory in the Texas Revolution. The area was coveted for its fertile land and soil on an access point of the river. It also became the start of the Chisholm trail which took cattle from Texas to Kansas. Because of the cattle trail and the 1877 railroad, the population of the area boomed to become the commercial hub of the southwest. It continues today to be a leader in trade, agriculture, and oil.

Things to do in San Antonio

Attractions
Everything is bigger in Texas, and the attractions are no exception. Consider how you will destress and have fun when looking for your next house. San Antonio, Texas offers something for everyone. To get your hand on science, take the family to the DoSeum downtown. If you want to see everything from dinosaur exhibits to fashion and culture, you can spend days at Witte Museum. The third-largest zoo in the country is located right in the heart of the city with the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium.

SeaWorld, a popular destination for sealife and recreation, has one of its 3 locations in San Antonio. You can get your adrenaline pumping at Six Flags Fiesta. And whether you stop in once or go every weekend, The Buckhorn Saloon is a unique place full of history and fun. Opened in 1881, this spot once bartered alcohol for rattlesnake rattles, animal horns, and antlers, and the decor can prove it.


Outdoors
There is plenty of good weather to enjoy from your house. San Antonio, Texas has an abundance of sunny days you spend at the park or discovering fossils. Millions of years ago, Texas was under an ocean and because of that, there are many incredible fossils to find. At Mineral Wells Fossil Park, you can dig and keep fossils you unearth. At the Natural Bridge Caverns, marvel and mine at the landform. And if you want to take a quick drive, you can land in Hill Country, Texas to hike and view the rolling hills.

Sports
Want to enjoy sports just steps away from your house? San Antonio, Texas is home to the NBA team the San Antonio Spurs. Make sure to grab a jersey so you can cheer them on with your new best friends. In the summer, minor league baseball is booming with the San Antonio Missions. And if you enjoy less mainstream sports, you can find them here too. San Antonio boasts the San Antonio FC soccer team, numerous rodeos, rugby, and even quidditch.


River Walk
It is impossible to list all that you can do at the world-renowned River Walk. The destination is packed with shops, restaurants, bike and boat tours, music, and more. This is also a central spot to the Alamo, San Fernando Cathedral, and other aforementioned landmarks. Whether you want a good place to stroll while on a phone call, or a place to hang out late into the night. Every April, mark your calendars for one of the biggest celebrations, Fiesta San Antonio. Starting in 1891 in honor of the Battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto, the festival remains today with parades, rodeos, exhibits, parties, rides, and food.

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Location

When looking for a house, San Antonio, Texas is in the south-central part of the state. It is a major trade center between Mexico and the United States. It is just 150 miles to Laredo which is a highly traveled route across the Mexico border. While there are no mountains directly from your house, San Antonio, Texas is surrounded by the Texas Hill Country which provides ample opportunities to get out and enjoy the landscape and rolling hills.

San Antonio demographics

The second-largest city in Texas, the 2020 census showed a population of 1,434,625 residents. Between 2010 and 2020, the city had a growth of just over 20%. The median home income is $53,420 which pairs with the comparably low cost of living. In a city of diversity, 54.5% of the population is White Hispanic, 23.9% is White (non-Hispanic), 6.59% Black or African American (non-Hispanic), and 10% identify as two or more races.

Arts in San Antonio

Mural in Spanish Harlem in New York City

Art
Whether you want to keep up with the latest broadway hits or get an intimate experience with your favorite underground bands, you can. Artists of all mediums call San Antonio home or one of their favorite places to frequent. There is always music to enjoy along the River Walk. Large name music performances happen at the Alamodome. For a personal experience at a smaller trendy venue, enjoy Paper Tiger or the Rock Box. And to keep up with films on the market, get your favorite brew and a comfy seat at the Alamo Drafthouse.

Sometimes you want to see and feel the art from your house. San Antonio, Texas neighborhood Southtown is flourishing with art installments and murals you can enjoy on a Saturday morning walk.

For the best museum art in the City, add these locations to your rotation- Blue Star Arts Complex, The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, and the incredible Witte Museum.

History
One of the oldest established areas of Texas, San Antonio has so much history to learn. Of course, there are the five Spanish missions and the nine miles of trails that make up San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Additionally, San Pedro Park is the second oldest park in the United States. What was once a prisoner of war camp during the Civil War is now a highly-trafficked park with hiking trails, a pool, a skating plaza, and a library.

San Fernando Cathedral is the oldest church in Texas. This church is still open and welcomes guests weekly. In the evenings, catch the Saga light show for residents and visitors to enjoy. Other historical markers include the Spanish Governor’s Palace, Casa Navarro State Historic Park, and the restructured settlement of La Villita. It feels good to go back hundreds of years and learn about all your city has been through and accomplished.

Mural in Spanish Harlem in New York City

Arts in San Antonio

Art
Whether you want to keep up with the latest broadway hits or get an intimate experience with your favorite underground bands, you can. Artists of all mediums call San Antonio home or one of their favorite places to frequent. There is always music to enjoy along the River Walk. Large name music performances happen at the Alamodome. For a personal experience at a smaller trendy venue, enjoy Paper Tiger or the Rock Box. And to keep up with films on the market, get your favorite brew and a comfy seat at the Alamo Drafthouse.

Sometimes you want to see and feel the art from your house. San Antonio, Texas neighborhood Southtown is flourishing with art installments and murals you can enjoy on a Saturday morning walk.

For the best museum art in the City, add these locations to your rotation- Blue Star Arts Complex, The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, and the incredible Witte Museum.

History
One of the oldest established areas of Texas, San Antonio has so much history to learn. Of course, there are the five Spanish missions and the nine miles of trails that make up San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Additionally, San Pedro Park is the second oldest park in the United States. What was once a prisoner of war camp during the Civil War is now a highly-trafficked park with hiking trails, a pool, a skating plaza, and a library.

San Fernando Cathedral is the oldest church in Texas. This church is still open and welcomes guests weekly. In the evenings, catch the Saga light show for residents and visitors to enjoy. Other historical markers include the Spanish Governor’s Palace, Casa Navarro State Historic Park, and the restructured settlement of La Villita. It feels good to go back hundreds of years and learn about all your city has been through and accomplished.

Mural in Spanish Harlem in New York City

Arts in San Antonio

Mural in Spanish Harlem in New York City

Art
Whether you want to keep up with the latest broadway hits or get an intimate experience with your favorite underground bands, you can. Artists of all mediums call San Antonio home or one of their favorite places to frequent. There is always music to enjoy along the River Walk. Large name music performances happen at the Alamodome. For a personal experience at a smaller trendy venue, enjoy Paper Tiger or the Rock Box. And to keep up with films on the market, get your favorite brew and a comfy seat at the Alamo Drafthouse.

Sometimes you want to see and feel the art from your house. San Antonio, Texas neighborhood Southtown is flourishing with art installments and murals you can enjoy on a Saturday morning walk.

For the best museum art in the City, add these locations to your rotation- Blue Star Arts Complex, The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, and the incredible Witte Museum.

History
One of the oldest established areas of Texas, San Antonio has so much history to learn. Of course, there are the five Spanish missions and the nine miles of trails that make up San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Additionally, San Pedro Park is the second oldest park in the United States. What was once a prisoner of war camp during the Civil War is now a highly-trafficked park with hiking trails, a pool, a skating plaza, and a library.

San Fernando Cathedral is the oldest church in Texas. This church is still open and welcomes guests weekly. In the evenings, catch the Saga light show for residents and visitors to enjoy. Other historical markers include the Spanish Governor’s Palace, Casa Navarro State Historic Park, and the restructured settlement of La Villita. It feels good to go back hundreds of years and learn about all your city has been through and accomplished.

Mural in Spanish Harlem in New York City
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