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Homebuying in King William, San Antonio, TX

Step back in time in this historically significant neighborhood just outside the hustle and bustle of downtown San Antonio.

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Melissa Rae Sanger

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Garrett Heath

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A historic district and cultural arts district in one, King William is one of San Antonio's most charming neighborhoods, with a wealth of history, stately homes, and a small-town feel not often found so close to a big city. Ranked the most beautiful historic neighborhood in Texas by Thrillist, locals and tourists agree that this neighborhood is a perfect blend of charm, beauty, and history all wrapped into one. 

The King William Historic District, named in honor of King Wilhelm I, King of Prussia, became San Antonio's first designated historic district in 1968. Interestingly, the area is also known as "Sauerkraut Bend" because of the number of Germans who settled here in the 1840s. 

The King William of today is a vibrant collection of dining and shopping options, meticulously restored homes, and an active community with a fascinating story to tell.

Latest homes for sale in King William, TX

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    $189,900

    • 3 br
    • 1 ba
    • 880 sqft
    230 Keller St, San Antonio, TX 78204
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    $2,550,000

    • 3 br
    • 3 ba
    • 4433 sqft
    733 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205
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    $290,000

    • 3 br
    • 2 ba
    • 1334 sqft
    214 Devine St, San Antonio, TX 78210
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    $204,000

    • 3 br
    • 1 ba
    • 1248 sqft
    210 E Fest St, San Antonio, TX 78204
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    $765,000

    • 2 br
    • 2 ba
    • 1883 sqft
    229 Lavaca St, San Antonio, TX 78210
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    $395,000

    • 2 br
    • 2.5 ba
    • 1345 sqft
    330 Clay St #16, San Antonio, TX 78204
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    $410,000

    • 2 br
    • 2.5 ba
    • 1425 sqft
    330 Clay St #29, San Antonio, TX 78204
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    $1,400,000

    • 2 br
    • 2 ba
    • 1892 sqft
    129 Crofton Ave, San Antonio, TX 78210

Look & feel 

The housing market

$450k

4%

Median Home Price

$309

12%

Median Price per Sq. Ft

5

11%

Average Monthly Home Sales

Experts predict home prices to increase

MySanAntonio.com says an increase in home prices is on the horizon here and in neighboring cities, naming King William as one of San Antonio’s hottest neighborhoods. By 2023, homes could cost as much as 18.5% more than they do right now, which means a stable investment for homeowners.

There’s an extensive range from least to most expensive 

Because of the variety of home styles, properties here range in price from $250,000 into the millions. A scan of the market shows a median listing price of around $400,000, though many sell for just under the asking price. 

Who lives in King William?

1,491

Population

48.3

Median Age

95,500

Family Median Income

It’s a hub for professionals 

Many professionals seeking an alternative to the traditional suburb and an escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Antonio call King William home. Commuters here enjoy the best of both worlds: living in a beautiful, stately neighborhood and working in a busy, active downtown.

Young, creative types love it here

King William is one of five neighborhoods that make up Southtown, an artsy, creative community. The area is home to students, artists and a younger crowd with a median age of 32 years old.

Walking & biking

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Bike score 87; walk score 78

You’ll need a good pair of walking shoes here

According to WalkScore, King William is the fifth-most walkable neighborhood in San Antonio, with an average of six restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in a five-minute radius. 

San Antonio River Walk is the place to be for walkers and cyclists

While it may have started as a 3-mile trail, the San Antonio River Walk now stretches 15 miles alongside the San Antonio River. The trail runs all the way from the mission area through downtown San Antonio, ending at Brackenridge Park. This is the perfect place for walkers, runners, and cyclists, as it’s away from traffic and more densely populated areas. However, there are plenty of stops along the way to rest, grab a bite to eat, or do a little shopping.

Public transportation

Services offered in King William

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Bus: VIA

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Train: Amtrak

Ferry: Go Rio

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EV charging: Charge Finder

The area’s interest in electric cars is growing

Like the rest of the country, gas prices are on the rise in San Antonio. While local car dealers are having a tough time keeping EV cars in stock, the city is busy at work installing new charging stations around town. This is just one step in the city's long-term strategy to be completely carbon neutral by 2050.

New rapid transit is in the works

While there isn’t much in the way of public transportation here, plans for a rapid transit corridor are well underway. If approved, the proposed $158-million project will provide a much-needed improvement to the area’s underdeveloped public transportation system.

Animals & pets 

Leashed pets are welcome in town

As a busy historic district, pets are welcome in designated areas while on leash. For those times dogs need an off-leash romp, two dog parks, the Maverick Dog Park, and Madison Square Park are less than five miles outside of town where dogs can run free in designated areas. 

3 things to know before buying a home in King William, according to locals

1. Summers are really, really hot

Summers in King William average around 100 degrees (in the shade) with 80% humidity. Locals know how to keep cool, but warn that it can be a little dangerous if you’re not used to the heat.

2. It has a small-town vibe

San Antonio is a large city that feels like a smaller city, with a focus on history and family. Locals are extremely proud of their heritage, and the area is very neighborhood-oriented. People that live here describe it as a quiet neighborhood nestled in a bustling downtown.

3. The neighborhood is gorgeous

Residents are surrounded by stately homes, meticulously maintained gardens, and tree-lined streets. The River Walk is a beautiful addition to this postcard-perfect area.

The top 4 things to do in King William

1. Visit the past in some of San Antonio’s oldest homes

Homes dating as far back as 1859 provide residents and visitors a chance to step back in time while exploring the architecture, charm, and characteristics of homes of that time period. Several are now museums, with doors open to the public. The Gunther House (1859) and Villa Finale (1876) are two such places where visitors can not only admire the stately homes from outside, but also step foot inside for an even more immersive experience. 

2. Attend a garden concert at The Beethoven Männerchor

Devoted to German “heritage, culture, and preservation,” The Beethoven Männerchor is one of the first established men’s singing groups in Texas. Visitors enjoy concerts, Gartenfest, Oktoberfest, and fiesta festivities while surrounded by German culture. The Beethoven Halle und Garten serves specialties, such as goulash, bratwurst, and Bavarian soft pretzels to round out the experience. 

3. Get a load of the art at First Friday Artwalk

Art fanatics and casual visitors alike will enjoy the monthly First Friday Artwalk, the longest running artwalk in San Antonio. Anchored by the Blue Star Arts Complex, the artwalk—which began in 1994—offers the entire neighborhood a chance to experience various art vendors, explore gallery spaces, and enjoy the true flavor of San Antonio at the same time. LIke the name suggests, the First Friday Artwalk takes place on the first Friday of each month. 

4. Row your boat down King William Paddling Trail

The King William Paddling Trail provides a relaxing escape on the smooth waters of the San Antonio River. While on the water, visitors delight in a wide variety of native wildlife and picturesque natural beauty right in the heart of town.

Continue exploring the San Antonio area

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Melissa Rae SangerAuthor

Melissa is a freelance writer, copy editor, and licensed veterinary technician. In addition to Opendoor, her work has been published in betterpet, Rover, PawTracks, and Blissmark. She has three beautiful daughters, three rescue dogs, and a delightful starling. In her spare time, she loves to sew, garden, and create healthy vegetarian recipes.

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Garrett HeathReviewer

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.