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Alamo Heights, TX homebuyer’s guide

Highly-ranked schools, ample activities, and short commute times draw people from all over to this city within a city.

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Ethan David

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Garrett Heath

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In its 100 years as a city, Alamo Heights has established itself as a bustling residential community. Located just to the north of San Antonio, the city is a convenient location for commuters or future residents looking for a suburban community with all the nearby services of a big city.

From plentiful shopping and fine dining to lush golf links and serene hiking trails, this quaint community of around 8,374 residents has activities suitable for all ages and lifestyles.

But every draw has its drawbacks, and the sky-high housing costs are probably Alamo Heights’ biggest drawback. That said, any families, professionals, or retirees who do plant roots in this hub for culture, jobs, and top-rated schools will get their money's worth.

Latest homes for sale in Alamo Heights, TX

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    $1,400,000

    • 3 br
    • 3.5 ba
    • 3548 sqft
    112 Geneseo Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209
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    $1,395,000

    • 4 br
    • 4 ba
    • 3570 sqft
    131 Encino Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209
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    $1,189,000

    • 4 br
    • 3 ba
    • 3000 sqft
    423 College Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78209
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    $694,000

    • 4 br
    • 3 ba
    • 2012 sqft
    215 Argo Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209
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    $3,990,000

    • 3 br
    • 3.5 ba
    • 6500 sqft
    555 Argyle Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209

Look & feel of Alamo Heights

The Alamo Heights housing market

$633k

-2%

Median Home Price

$337

12%

Median Price per Sq. Ft

10

-3%

Average Monthly Home Sales

Home ownership is high

According to the 2020 Census, a little over 73% of all housing units in Alamo Heights are occupied by homeowners. That’s 20% higher than San Antonio’s owner-occupied housing rate and 10% higher than the state of Texas.

There’s wide-ranging architecture 

Some of the most common home styles in Alamo Heights are Craftsman, Spanish Revival, Tudor, and Italian Renaissance. Some of the tree-lined properties date back to the early 20th century.

Property value

Homes cost a pretty penny

Good schools, ample green space, and easy access to downtown San Antonio make Alamo Heights a highly sought-after city for Texas residents. Because of this, the median home value in Alamo Heights is $614,000 as of 2020, which is more than $450,000 higher than San Antonio’s median.

Cost of living

79.8%

Rent Affordability Index

Housing costs drive up overall costs

The cost of living in Alamo Heights is 36% higher than the national average, although food and groceries, utilities, and health costs are all lower than this national average. This is due to the city’s housing prices, which are almost 150% higher than the U.S. average.

The job market

The most common industries in Alamo Heights are technical services, education, and healthcare. Close to 70% of the population is in the civilian workforce.

2.3%

Unemployment Rate

$196k

Average Salary per Year

Commuters have lots of options

One of the biggest draws of Alamo Heights is the town’s proximity to downtown San Antonio via the McAllister Freeway, granting commuters easy access to the city’s bustling job market. The top employers in San Antonio are its three military bases, the headquarters of national supermarket chain H-E-B, and the Fortune 500 military insurance company USAA.

Public transportation

Services offered in Alamo Heights

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Bus: VIA

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EV charging: EV Stations Local

Take the bus downtown

Alamo Heights has seven bus routes that pass through the city as part of the San Antonio area's VIA Metropolitan Transit system. Riders can get to downtown San Antonio in little as 17 minutes by bus.

Electric is easy

There are 126 electric charging stations within a 10-mile radius for Alamo Heights EV owners to juice up their cars. Those commuting to San Antonio can choose from one of the 232 public ports citywide.

Demographics

8,144

Population

46.5

Median Age

198,947

Family Median Income

The town isn’t especially diverse

Almost 74% of the 8,374 people who live in Alamo Heights are white. The second biggest demographic is Hispanic or Latinx residents, who encompass almost 19% of the population. In 2019, the average age of all people in Alamo Heights was 43.8.

Crime & safety

According to City-Data, the crime index in Alamo Heights was over 60% lower than the U.S. average in 2019. The most common crimes in the community were thefts and burglaries.

3 things to know before buying a home in Alamo Heights, according to locals

1. It’s a city inside a city

Alamo Heights is a small, 2.1-square-mile city located just to the north of San Antonio. Other nearby cities include Olmos Park and Terrell Hills, which are also surrounded by San Antonio. They all make up the San Antonio Metropolitan Area.

2. The community recently turned 100 years old

Alamo Heights was established a century ago in 1922 following concerns that San Antonio planned to annex the region to increase its tax base without providing services to the community. A citizens’ meeting was quickly called to form a city government, which passed with unanimous support. As the area became more developed in the years that followed, the community fought hard to provide amenities without losing its character as a residential area.

3. The schools are top-notch

Alamo Heights Independent School District dates back to 1909 when it was just one school in a two-room wooden frame building. Today, the district boasts some of the highly-rated schools in not only the state but the country. Alamo Heights High School ranks in the top 5% nationally, with 95.5% of graduates attending college. A majority of the AHISD teachers have more than 11 years of experience.

The top 4 things to do in Alamo Heights

1. Enjoy the town’s greenspaces

One of the many reasons people flock to Alamo Heights is its ample greenspace in and around the city. Just west of the community is Olmos Basin Park, which boasts 5 miles of dirt trails and 2 miles of paved paths for bikers, runners, and walkers alike. Locals can give their dogs some off-leash time at the popular Alamo Heights Bark Place, which includes a water trough and shaded areas for the pups to cool off. Golfers have a plethora of courses to choose from within a 5-mile radius, including the nearby Quarry Golf Club and San Antonio Country Club.

2. Shop for everything you need

Shopping enthusiasts will feel right at home in Alamo Heights. Just north of the city is the 580,000-square-foot Alamo Quarry Market, an open-air plaza with over 65 retailers that includes Ann Taylor, Lululemon, and Banana Republic. Also nearby, The Shops at Lincoln Heights have a pet store, liquor store, jewelers, and an H-E-B supermarket. Readers can frequent Nowhere Bookshop right in town.

3. Discover delicious treats and drinks 

There’s no shortage of food and drink options in Alamo Heights. Kick off your day with a cup of coffee and a pastry at Merit Coffee, which has live chickens in its outdoor seating area that the cafe sources its eggs from. At Cappy’s Restaurant, diners can enjoy the mouth-watering New Orleans Gumbo or Mustang Chicken. For dessert, look no further than the family-owned Honchos Churros for a churro in ice cream with a wide variety of toppings.

4. Visit local attractions with family 

In addition to its parks, Ample Heights has fun (and educational) places nearby to take the whole family. Just east of the city is the McNay Art Museum, the first modern art museum in Texas with free admission to see over 22,000 works. South of the Alamo Heights in Brackenridge Park, the massic San Antonio Zoo is a nonprofit with over 750 different species and over a million visitors each year. There’s also the 38-acre San Antonio Botanical Garden with 35 endangered and rare species.

Continue exploring the San Antonio area

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Ethan DavidAuthor

Ethan David is a writer and filmmaker. You can find more on his website ethandavid.com and follow him @ethandavidism.

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Garrett Heath loves San Antonio, cheese enchiladas and Fiesta. He is the personality behind SA Flavor and loves exploring all that the Alamo City has to offer.