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Safe, Affordable Neighborhoods in San Antonio

Thinking about moving to San Antonio? With a cost of living that’s 14% lower than the national average and cost of housing that’s 26% lower, Alamo City is a popular place to live in Texas! If you’re looking for safe, affordable areas that will fit your lifestyle, give one of these five San Antonio neighborhoods a go!

  • El Dorado
  • Monte Vista
  • Oak Park-Northwood
  • Terrell Heights
  • Tobin Hill

El Dorado

Tan and brick house with brown trim in El Dorado, San Antonio. Photo by Instagram user @jennyparkrealtor
Photo via @jennyparkrealtor
  • Home Price: $129,100 median purchase price; $835 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 60% of Texas cities
  • Perfect For: Families, retirees

Searching for one of the best places to live in San Antonio for families? Head to El Dorado! This San Antonio neighborhood is home to quiet streets, friendly neighbors, a community garden, and lots of suburban charm! Homebuyers can find affordable ranch-style homes that are move-in ready or get even better deals if they’re willing to renovate older homes. Families will love having access to great schools in the North East Independent School District. And local residents who frequently travel will enjoy the 20-minute commute to the San Antonio International Airport.

Things to Do in El Dorado

Visit the dog park, use the stationary fitness equipment, go for a bike ride, or host a picnic at McAllister Park. Spend the day at Morgan’s Wonderland exploring over 25 wheelchair-accessible attractions like the Butterfly Playground, Whirling Wonder, or the Sensory Village. Shop at stores like Zumiez, Claire’s, and Finish Line at Rolling Oaks Mall. Stop by Kostas Greek Food for a Chicken Gyro, Greek Salad, or Combination Plate. Try street tacos, quesadillas, and tortas at Erick’s Tacos. Or take free dance lessons, enjoy live concerts, or stop in any time for a margarita at Midnight Rodeo.

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Monte Vista

Tan brick house with gray roof in Monte Vista, San Antonio. Photo by Instagram user @phyllisbrowningco
Photo via @phyllisbrowningco
  • Home Price: $294,683 median purchase price; $974 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 53% of Texas cities
  • Perfect For: Students, singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Monte Vista is one of the safest neighborhoods in San Antonio and offers a prime location within ten minutes of downtown for all lifestyles. College students love being close to Trinity University and University of the Incarnate Word, while families and retirees like the area’s spacious old homes, access to Brackenridge Park, and tight-knit community. And for singles and young professionals, Monte Vista is a good blend of urban-suburban elements with its trendy restaurants, and walkable and bike-friendly streets, and affordable homes.

Things to Do in Monte Vista

Visit the San Antonio Zoo to feed a giraffe, ride the Zoo Train, or watch monkeys play. Spend a sunny day on the green at Brackenridge Park Golf Course. Find vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories at Buffalo Exchange. Pick up a new book, attend children’s story time, or take arts and craft classes at Landa Library. Order a Charcuterie board and some pizza with handcrafted cocktails at Barbaro. Sample Red Onion Rings, a Honey BBQ Bacon Burger, and Mango Fish Tacos while listening to live music at Tycoon Flats. Or go dancing and try the original Pickle Shot at Hi-Tones.

Oak Park-Northwood

Gray one-story stone house with a green lawn in Oak Park, San Antonio. Photo by Instagram user @mcoleyrealestate
Photo via @mcoleyrealestate
  • Home Price: $278,430 median purchase price; $431 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 62% of Texas cities
  • Perfect For: Families, retirees

Tree-lined streets, fun community events, affordable ranch-style homes with good-sized yards, and a 20-minute commute into the city make Oak Park-Northwood one of the best neighborhoods in San Antonio for families! As part of the Alamo Heights School District, Oak Park-Northwood offers access to top-rated schools like Woodridge Elementary School and Alamo Heights Junior School, so families can rest assured their kids will get a great education in this area!

Things to Do in Oak Park-Northwood

Take a private lesson, stop in for ladies night, or practice your swing at the driving range at R II M Golf Academy & Driving Range. Shop at stores like Chico’s, J.Crew Factory, and Nordstrom Rack at Alamo Quarry Market. Enjoy a margarita on the patio, eat Tacos Al Pastor, and treat yourself to churros at Soluna. Dine at The Barbecue Station to sample Wood-Smoked Brisket, Creamed Corn, and Mimi’s Potato Salad. Start the day at Theory Coffee with a Cortado or Americano. Or test your salsa, merengue, and bachata skills along with live music at Arjons International Club.

Terrell Heights

White one-story house with blue shudders and red door in Terrell Heights. Photo by Instagram user @rogerfuentesrealestate
Photo via @rogerfuentesrealestate
  • Home Price: $209,750 median purchase price; $541 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 61% of Texas cities
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Looking for the best places to live in San Antonio? Consider Terrell Heights! This northeast neighborhood is close to more affluent areas like Alamo Heights and Terrell Hills, but it doesn’t come with the same soaring housing costs. In fact, this neighborhood’s mix of single-family homes, apartments, and condos make it easier to find the right home for your lifestyle. Military families living off base also love Terrell Heights for its proximity to Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

Things to Do in Terrell Heights

Go swimming, play in the wave pool, and ride the slides at Splashtown San Antonio. Visit the San Antonio Botanical Garden to see native plants, go birdwatching, or sign up for a photography class. Check out current art exhibits, send kids to art camp, or do research in the library at the McNay Art Museum.Join a league, go cosmic bowling, or visit on college night for great deals at Astro Super Bowl. Sample Chive Dumplings, Pad Se-Ew, and Five Spiced Duck Stir Fry at Tong’s Thai. Indulge in French Toast for breakfast at Twin Sisters Bakery & Cafe. Or try unique cocktails like The Monk’s Revenge and The Lisbon Spritzer at Bar du Mon Ami.

Tobin Hill

Red house with white trim and ramp in Tobin Hill, San Antonio. Photo by Instagram user @bought_with_brit
Photo via @bought_with_brit
  • Home Price: $178,125 median purchase price; $724 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 27% of Texas cities
  • Perfect For: Students, singles, young professionals

Just north of the city center, Tobin Hill is a favorite among young professionals who work in Downtown San Antonio and college students attending San Antonio College! This safe, affordable neighborhood is a renter-friendly area with tons of restored lofts and apartments and great walkability. Tobin Hill residents also love being so close to the hustle and bustle of Downtown, while also still having plenty of outdoor activities, restaurants and bars, and culture within their neighborhood.

Things to Do in Tobin Hill

Attend a ballet, see an opera, or hear the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Stroll through the Japanese Tea Garden to see exotic plants, koi ponds, and a 60-foot waterfall. Go to the converted Pearl Brewery to shop at stores like Adelente Boutique and pick up fresh produce from the Farmers Market. Head to Cured to snack on artisan charcuterie boards full of cured meats, pickles, and more. Sample Queso Fundido, Ceviche Verde, and Mole Sopes at La Gloria. Or unwind with a craft cocktail like a Jutsu Juice or Midnight Marauder at Blue Box Bar.

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Safe, Affordable Neighborhoods in San Antonio