Alamo Heights Pricey But Worth It

Dated: 12/30/2015

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What it’s known for:

Alamo Heights is a relaxed but upscale neighborhood in San Antonio’s “inner loop” (in other words, located inside Loop 410). It’s known for its expensive real estate and fantastic school system, the famed Alamo Heights Independent School District (AHISD). Because of its extraordinary, central location and renowned schools, Alamo Heights is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city. Locals call it “The Heights.”  

Founded by George Washington Brackenridge and Charles Anderson in the mid-1850s, the area that is now Alamo Heights was part of each of the two gentlemen’s estates. After a failed attempt to develop the sites by the purchaser of the Anderson estate in the 1890s, Alamo Heights’ future looked grim. It wasn’t until the invention of the automobile that made the possibility of developing an area on the outskirts of San Antonio at the time a profitable activity.

Even with improved transportation, the first homes that were built in Alamo Heights were modest ones. It wasn’t until the 1920s when the upper crust, which had previously resided south of Commerce Street in areas like the King William district, moved into more fashionable neighborhoods like Monte Vista and Alamo Heights. It is this eclectic mix of both modest and grand homes of a variety of architectural styles that adds charm and desirability to this community.

Alamo Heights is often referred to as a neighborhood of  “old money,” where descendants of some of San Antonio’s most successful families still reap the rewards of their predecessor’s labor and/or continue to grow the family fortune. However, there are many new families that enter and assimilate into the community each month as prime real estate gets snatched up as soon as it hits the market.

The average home price in Alamo Heights is $690K. However, smaller homes can be purchased for less than $250K on the fringes of the neighborhood.

Alamo Heights is located in Central San Antonio:

Because of its central location, Alamo Heights is convenient to Downtown San Antonio, the San Antonio Airport and most major employers in San Antonio.

Approximate travel time to:

Downtown San Antonio: 13 minutes

San Antonio International Airport: 9 minutes

Nearby Major Cities:

Austin: 1 hour, 18 minutes

Houston: 3 hours, 11 minutes

Dallas: 4 hours, 21 minutes

Corpus Christi: 2 hours, 4 minute

El Paso: 7 hours, 10 minutes

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School District: AHISD.

District Boundary Map: CLICK HERE 

Elementary: Howard Early Childhood Center (Pre-K and Kinder), Cambridge, Woodridge 

Middle School: Alamo Heights 

High School: Alamo Heights 


St Peter Prince of Apostles School (PK-8) 

St Luke’s Episcopal School (PK-8)          

Nearby Universities

University of the Incarnate Word 

San Antonio College 

Trinity University 

Public Libraries:

Landa Library  (Although this library is not within the Alamo Heights Neighborhood, it is the closest public library)

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Entertainment and Lifestyle:

Alamo Heights is convenient to many of the most popular attractions in San Antonio, including:


About 7,547 locals call Alamo Heights their home.

Home Styles/Architecture:

Spanish Contemporary, Traditional, Modern Hill Country, Modern, Spanish Eclectic, Arts-and-Crafts, Craftsman


SAWS (Water and Sewer) 

CPS Energy (Gas and Electric) 

City of Alamo Heights Solid Waste Management 

AT&T (Cable and Internet) 

Time Warner Cable (Cable and Internet) 

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