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Moving into a new home is always an adventure, and such a move is no different when you’re moving to San Antonio, the seventh largest city in the U.S. and second largest city in Texas. With its massive growth, low living costs, vibrant culture and entertainment scene, it’s no surprise that anyone would seek out San Antonio as a place to start a family.

Use this guide as an overview of what life in San Antonio will be like and the various activities for new homeowners with kids will enjoy.

Basketball

San Antonio’s spectacular sports and interactive festivals


Are you a member of the Spurs nation? If you’re planning to stay in San Antonio, you’ll have to be. With five NBA championships under their belt, the San Antonio Spurs and the WNBA San Antonio

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San Antonio, the seventh-largest city in the United States, is commonly ranked as one of the best U.S. cities to live in. San Antonio’s neighborhoods radiate with culture and many of them have stellar views of the city. There are plenty of things to do in San Antonio neighborhoods, but what are the best neighborhoods in the city and what can you expect to experience in them?

Alamo Heights

Alamo Heights is one of the oldest neighborhoods in San Antonio, and the longevity has bred a unique culture that appreciates the finer things in life. Take a quick walk around the block and you can discover a quaint, upscale neighborhood that has some of the best restaurants, museums, boutiques and bars in San Antonio. Alamo Heights also has Brackenridge Park,

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Need more reasons to love San Antonio? Try these.

A Culture of Business 

San Antonio bills itself as having a culture of business for a reason. The economy is thriving, the job market is alluring (particularly to millennial jobseekers), and development continues at a steady pace. San Antonio is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States.

Food 

You can’t ‒‒ seriously, can’t ‒‒ get a better, more diverse menu in Texas than in San Antonio. There is, really, everything here. If you want to get a quick bite, done. If you want to impress your date, you will. It’s a cultural smorgasbord of restaurants and cuisines.

History 

Even outside the Alamo, San Antonio is soaked in Spanish, French,

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Booming San Antonio has increasingly incredible city views, but you need to be in a high-rise to see them. And the luxury that comes with high-rise living in Alamo City is unparalleled. If you want the best in San Antonio high-rise living, check out these top buildings:

La Cascada

With 12 stories full of spacious floor plans and sweeping views, La Cascada has become the penthouse of choice in San Antonio. La Cascada is mere blocks from Riverwalk and the Blue Star Contemporary Arts Center. Much of the building has been renovated or built within the last 20 years to offer open floor plans, stylish design, rock fireplaces, full-length windows, and premium fixtures. The building also features a private lobby, garage parking, pool, rooftop views and

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VIP Realty agents are top-producers in their field. Their expertise in the areas of residential real estate, commercial real estate and apartment leasing is unmatched. They simply provide clients with the best service in the business.

If you’re looking to be part of the best residential real estate team in San Antonio, VIP is the right place to be. Or maybe you’re a commercial real estate expert who understands the needs of today’s businesses. Clients are looking for an agent who will have a firm understanding of local leasing conditions and will possess the tools necessary to negotiate a favorable lease or real estate transaction, and VIP’s team is unparalleled.

Or maybe you want to specialize in helping business professionals find short-term

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Mahncke Park

Not long ago, Mahncke Park was under the radar, but its spot, a mere stone’s throw from downtown, and its affordable homes have caught on. Homes here are going for increasingly more money and moving at a faster clip. Young professionals are especially bullish on the neighborhood, and families are drawn to the area parks. Everyone who moves here, though, seems to like the wrap-around porches and getting their hands dirty in some refurbishing work.

King William

Mahncke Park is where young professionals moved when they strted getting priced out of King William. But if you want to pinpoint the epicenter of San Antonio’s neighborhood rebirth movement, you can look here. King William, a.k.a. Southtown, is still hot. Homes here date back to

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You might have heard that San Antonio is a shopper’s paradise. Actually, it’s considered one of America’s top 10 shopping destinations, so it’s true. If you’re looking for great shopping, it’s heard to beat San Antonio.

Neighborhood Shopping in Alamo Heights

You could visit a mall, but shoppers in the know in San Antonio know that the city’s best shopping is in the neighborhood shops in Alamo Heights. The neighborhood is brimming with boutiques, spas, and trendy market shops that cater to any shopping indulgence. Popular destinations include Lucchese Boot Company, Julian Gold, and Penny Lane. But there are so many more places to hit for luxury clothes, perfume, shoes, jewelry, and even art.

The Shops at La Cantera

This open-air mall in the La

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Venturing off the beaten path is usually a good thing in a place like San Antonio. Like any great city, it’s got its share of hidden gems and best-kept secrets that usually delight whoever finds them.

Hogwild Records Tapes & CDs

Believe it or not, some record stores still exist and even thrive, Hogwild is one of these beacons for the music fan. It’s San Antonio's premier record store. Casual yet knowledgeable; knowing yet daring. It’s easy to get lost in Hogwild’s acres of vintage records, where you’ll find everything from gospel to 70s metal. There’s also a top-notch selection of Texas music on vinyl, tape, and CD from all eras.

Ocho Lounge at Hotel Havana

Unless you’re a guest, you’ve probably never thought much of Hotel Havana. But you

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Fair Oaks Ranch 

Fair Oaks is a collection of subdivisions about 10 miles south of Boerne. It includesSetterfeld Estates, Trailside, and Front Gate. What this accomplishes is its own, self-contained small town vibe. While fair oaks has been around for about 30 years, it’s still one of the hottest neighborhoods in the San Antonio region, thanks to its proximity to the city and outdoor recreation, and to its access to the vaunted BoerneTop 5 San Anotnio subdivisions ISD. It’s also a draw for its price range. You can find homes from the mid-$250Ks to above $600,000.

Canyon Springs 

Canyon Springs is another collection of subdivisions, this time just north of the San Antonio city limits. Neighborhoods include San Miguel, The Estates, The Trails, The Reserve,

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Whether you’re app-happy or suffer from app-fatigue, there are some apps you just gotta have. The best apps are those that answer the daunting question: What do you want to do tonight?

Well, if you want some good answers on what to do in and around the San Antonio area, check out these great mobile apps:

1. Happy Hours

Ducking out of work a little early? We won’t tell your bosses, but we can’t promise they won’t find you at the same happy hour they’re going to. Happy Hours, gives an exhaustive list of food and drink specials going on in most large U.S. cities, and that definitely includes San Antonio. Click through for a photo of the bar or restaurant and get details about the menu, hours, specials, and what people have to say. Vote up your

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