Technically, Alamo Heights is an independent city: As San Antonio expanded its borders, it surrounded a number of established communities, and some of them chose to remain autonomous cities within San Antonio’s borders. But such distinctions are largely invisible to most San Antonio residents. To them, it’s just one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods, only 5 miles north of downtown and home to some of the city’s best restaurants, shopping, and homes. Although it’s easy to find both big chains and boutique shops at places like The Quarry (a shopping center in the crater-like center of a former limestone quarry), the center of activity in Alamo Heights is undeniably Broadway Street, which stretches north from Downtown San Antonio and is home to many beloved local businesses. Shops like Cheever Books and interior design specialists Sloan Hall stand cheek-to-jowl with standbys of Mexican cuisine like Paloma Blanca and an outpost of the city’s newest craft coffee roastery, Local Coffee. Alamo Heights is also a cultural mecca: The McNay, San Antonio’s modern art museum, calls Alamo Heights home, as does the kid-friendly Witte Museum. (And if you have kids in tow, don’t miss America’s oldest children’s amusement park, the tiny Kiddie Park, quaint home to a number of tiny rides and a beloved carousel.) Alamo Heights is also bordered by Olmos Park, a scenic piece of recreational land filled with gorgeous walking trails, playing fields, and lovely picnic areas. Although many of the homes in Alamo Heights — as well as neighboring Olmos Park — are targeted toward families, young professionals have managed to find some fabulous condos for rent here and in the neighboring Terrell Hills neighborhood.
If you're not sure how much an apartment will cost, the table below shows the average price by size.