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You love San Antonio and the amenities it has to offer. You just don’t want to live downtown. Well, if you’re looking for luxury gated living, the San Antonio area also has some of the finest upscale communities in Texas, if not the country. For the Alamo City’s premiere gated communities, consider these destinations:

1 Avaria

Aviara is surrounded by scenic Hill Country and offers spectacular views of the Hyatt Hill Country golf course. The community is a private sanctuary featuring rolling hills and lush green belts, yet is conveniently located close to San Antonio’s great shopping, hospitals, corporations, and downtown recreation. Aviara is also located in the desired Northside Independent School District, and feeds into Evers Elementary, Jordan…

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Life in the big city offers lots to do, but what happens when you just want to spend the day in the park with the family? Well, in San Antonio, the answer is easy ‒‒ take the kids to one of the River City’s great family-friendly parks, like these:

1 San Pedro Springs Park

San Pedro Springs Park, the oldest park in the State of Texas, is actually one of San Antonio’s best-kept secrets, which is good until everyone realizes what a jewel this park is. Sitting less than two miles north of downtown, the park is named for the springs that emanate from below a limestone bluff and has been a municipal swimming facility since 1922. And this isn’t some gamy city pool, this is a magnificent, crystal-clear playground ringed by cypress trees that stretches as far…

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San Antonio is second only to Houston as the fastest-growing city in Texas. It’s really no surprise why. CNN Money recently ranked San Antonio number five on its list of the top 10 fastest growing cities in the nation. The Alamo City is fast becoming Texas’ technology hub, where innovative tech companies are popping up and employing more people. The city’s biotech industry is growing quickly enough to rival that of Princeton, New Jersey. And the renovations and expansions of once-derelict buildings and industrial sections of town are turning San Antonio into one of the hottest markets in the Southwest.

According to a March report by the San Antonio Board of Realtors (SABOR), that month’s average home sales price was increased 10 percent form the…

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San Antonio is no stranger to great communities with great school districts. And since the right school district is a major factor in the decision to move, consider the following districts when making up your mind:

1 Northside ISD

Probably the most highly regarded school district in the entire city is the Northside ISD, which even bills itself as “The Destination District.” Northside is located in the northwest quadrant of San Antonio and is the state’s fourth-largest school district (there are about 575,000 people living in 208,000 households in NISD). The district serves some of the most affluent communities in San Antonio, including some of its most upscale gated communities, such as Avaria and Anaqua.

 

2 North East ISD

North East…

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What would life be without good food. Well, San Antonio has some of the best restaurants in Texas, and it’s not all Tex-Mex (though you’d be hard-pressed to find better in the Lone Star State). So which restaurants did San Antonio Magazine pick to be the best? Have a look:

Breakfast

Start the day right and indulge your sweet tooth at Tribeca, where Sunday brunch takes on epic new meaning. Or try Magnolia Pancake Haus for a fluffy stack any day. In the mood for a breakfast taco? You can’t miss with the fluffy soft breakfast taco at La Gardenia or the savory stylings of Taco Taco Café.

Burger

A good burger goes a long way for lunch (or any time). Grab one of San Antonio’s best at Arcade Midtown Kitchen. Or, if you don’t trust San Antonio Magazine’s…

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There is plenty of luxury in the River City, especially if you’re looking for fantastic views and a short walk to amenities.

1. The Broadway

The Broadway, at 4242 Broadway, is 21 floors of high-rise elegance in the heart of San Antonio. The building features three distinct levels of living, the Central, the Summit, and the Penthouse.

The Central Level, from floors 3 to 15, houses 64 residences between 1,262 square feet and nearly 3,700 square feet. Life in these 1-,2-, or 3- bedroom residences feature three unique finish styles. Residents enjoy keyed elevator access, climate-controlled storage, and an underground garage. Residents in the Summit, floors 16-19, have more room and more privacy. With only four residences per floor, residents live in…

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Looking to take the family out for a weekend of fun in the San Antonio area? Well you’re in luck, because there’s plenty to do in and around Bexar County

Theme Parks

If you’re in the market for thrills and spills, look no further than Six Flags® Fiesta Texas or one of the region’s two water parks, Splashtown San Antonio or Schlitterbahn Waterpark, which features The Falls, the world’s longest water ride. There’s also Morgan’s Wonderland, designed for individuals with special needs, but fun for everyone.
Green Acres Golf and Games has tons activities, from mini-golf to paintball, and Kiddie Park, America’s Oldest Children’s Amusement Park, features an old-fashioned Ferris wheel and hard-carved carousel animals

The Natural World

The San Antonio Zoo…

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If you’re looking to buy a home in San Antonio, these five subdivisions may be your best bet for good living in established neighborhoods near the heart of the city.

5. Whispering Oaks

The Whispering oaks neighborhood, featuring a bevy of homes in the $230,000 to $300,000 range, prides itself on exactly what you’d think from its name ‒‒ quiet. With street names like Whisper Dawn and Whisper Breeze, it’s no wonder the neighborhood attracts families who want to get a little slice of quiet and still be right near the vibrant downtown. AreaVibes ranked Whispering Oaks the No. 5 best neighborhood in San Antonio and No. 9 in all of Texas, thanks to the neighborhood’s low cost of living and crime rate, its sunny weather, and its high per capita income.

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As the remnants of the Great Recession and the housing crisis ebb further into the rearview mirror, San Antonio’s home sales keep getting stronger. The latest figures from the San Antonio Board of Realtors (SABOR), which look at sales in March, show home prices up compared to those in March 2013.

According to SABOR and the San Antonio Business Journal, the average price of a home in the city was $211,247 in March, which is 10 percent higher than in March 2013. The median price is $172,400, which is 8 percent higher than the year prior.  According to the Business Journal, the under-$200,000 market has been and remains the strongest price range, as 61 percent of the homes sold in greater San Antonio in March closed for less than $200,000. However,…

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If you thought San Antonio was a good place for job growth and recreation, well, you’re right. But if you’ve overlooked the brainpower, you’re most assuredly missing out on what is fast becoming the city’s newest claim to fame.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio now claims the largest increase of college graduates in the country. Between 2007 and 2012, the city saw a 20-percent increase in people obtaining bachelor degrees. In raw numbers, the overall number of college graduates in San Antonio during those six years, the Express-News reported, grew by 76,313.

San Antonio shares the distinction with New Orleans, which reported similar numbers.

The news might come as a surprise to some. San Antonio has not traditionally been a…

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