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San Antonio, Texas Real Estate Blog & Market News

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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Not far from the hustle-and-bustle of downtown San Antonio (and yet somehow so very far removed from the city) is the San Antonio Botanical Garden, a 38-acre nature walk that will give you a whole new appreciation for just how beautiful and intricate the natural world can be.

SABOT, as those in the know know it, is a little more than your standard arboretum. It features the futuristic Lucile Halsell Conservatory, which itself features a courtyard surrounded by plants from around the world ‒‒ orchids, bromeliads, tropical rain forest plants, deserts plants of Mexico and Southern Africa, and some of the oldest living plants on Earth.

It also features the glorious Texas Native Trail, where a nice walk will give you a close encounter with the beautiful

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We know ‒‒ haunted houses and such are supposed to be a Halloween thing. But the ghosts don’t know that. They stick around all through the year, and like all good spirits of the beyond, they like to play at night.

San Antonio at night is gorgeous near the Alamo, River Walk, and missions, so maybe it’s no surprise that whoever’s haunting some of the city’s great downtown places chooses to stay around. And what better way to wave to them than to do it from a Segway tour? Beginning at the Menger Hotel, in the shadow of the Alamo (literally), you can take the San Antonio City Lights Ghost Tour by Segway, a 90-minute cruise through the attractions and find out just what kind of spooky goings-on are really going on. Plus, you get to see the Tower of Americas

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Let’s just all acknowledge that being in Texas gives one a hankerin’ for really good barbecue. Fortunately, it also gives one access to really good barbecue. In fact, it may be harder to choose which BBQ joint to pick from the bevy of low-lying fruit.

 

Well, don’t say we’re not here to help. Check out a few of these top-notch BBQ places in the San Antonio area.

Smoke Shack Barbecue

Every city in Texas claims to have the BBQ to end all BBQ. We’ll leave that much up to you, but believe us when we say that if you want the best ‘cue in San Antonio, you need to drop by the Smoke Shack food truck on Nacogdoches Road. If you don’t believe us, believe pretty much everybody else, because we’re all saying the same thing. You can’t find anything here

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Coffee. That’s usually all you have to say if you want to hear anyone say “Uh, yes, please.”

But where to get a great cup in a great atmosphere? Well, coffee joints are not just a 90s holdover, they’re still dynamite places to get in touch with your inner caffeine addict and get a mini-vacation without going too far away.


Local Coffee

In the Stone Oak section of the city sits this cozy café that may not look surprising at first glance, but which gets more comfy and familiar the more you visit. What sets Local Coffee apart from most places is the almost manic attention to crafting a really (really!) good coffee drink. They don’t use machines you can find at Target, they use what’s been called “the Rolls-Royce of coffee machines” to make every cup

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