Welcome to Alamo Heights
Spacious estate homes and tree-lined streets in a quiet neighborhood just north of Downtown San Antonio
The first two residences were built in this area in the mid-1800s. Towering trees and sweeping vistas surrounded Fernridge Mansion and the sprawling Anderson horse ranch. When the city of Alamo Heights was established in 1922, strict zoning and building codes prevented overdevelopment and limited commercial businesses. The result kept much of the city’s natural beauty and green spaces in place. Today, Alamo Heights is known for tree-lined streets and well-preserved generations-old estate homes.
One of the most affluent and prestigious neighborhoods in the San Antonio Metro area, Alamo Heights is full of early 20th-century Spanish Colonial mansions and mid-century Art Deco cottages. You’ll find fine-dining restaurants, quaint cafes, and high-end boutique stores along Broadway. It’s also a quick 15-minute drive to Downtown San Antonio and only 10 minutes to the airport.
What to Love
- Tree-lined streets
- Well-preserved Spanish mansions
- Plenty of cafes and eateries
- Quick commute to downtown and the airport
Alamo Heights is a quiet and more conservative residential neighborhood with a dense suburban feel. It’s a separate municipality with its own police and fire departments, so there’s a definite tight-knit community appeal. Many families have lived there for generations, and residents take the time to get to know their neighbors and participate in community events.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
There are numerous upscale restaurants in Alamo Heights. Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine
has been voted the best Tex-Mex restaurant in San Antonio. They offer paleo and gluten-free options alongside a variety of traditional dishes. Cappy’s Restaurant
is famous for its casual yet upscale setting for steak and seafood. For something more low-key, Chela’s Tacos
serves tacos and enchiladas counter-style. La Madeleine
is a French café with rustic country fare and espressos. Bistro 09
is a French brasserie offering classic dinner dishes and a “Pizza on the Patio” menu. Sorrento Pizzeria
has classic Italian dishes, New York-style pizzas, and hearty meat entrees. They also have gluten-free pasta options. Habibi Café is a Mediterranean restaurant and hookah bar. For American fare, Cappyccinno’s
is a neighborhood bar and bistro with sandwiches, pizza, and craft cocktails. Bird Bakery
serves breakfast, lunch, and decadent desserts in a country-vibe setting.
You’ll also find cozy cafes all along Broadway. Merit Coffee
is a popular coffeehouse in a rustic industrial setting with exposed brick walls. Press Coffee
has gourmet pastries and specialty coffees, and teas. Kung Fu Tea
has bubble teas, smoothies, and slushies. Common Wealth Coffeehouse and Bakery
on Davis Street offers homemade pastries, coffee, and espresso. They also have outdoor seating and a garden.
For groceries, Central Market
has a wide selection of high-end products, imported foods, and gourmet items. They have excellent seafood, a butcher counter, and an in-store bakery. Natural Grocers
has organic produce and a nutrition center. On Sundays, the Alamo Heights Farmers Market
features local Texas vendors with fresh produce, natural skin care products, craft items, and live music.
Things to Do
Alamo Heights is surrounded by beautiful green spaces perfect for outdoor lovers. Cathedral Park at Bishop Jones Center is great for picnics or peaceful strolls under the towering trees. Olmos Basin Park has nature trails, an off-leash Bark Park, and soccer, softball, and football fields. Or you can explore the Robber Baron Cave Preserve
, one of the oldest commercial caves in Texas that served as a speakeasy during prohibition. For golf enthusiasts, San Antonio Country Club
has an 18-hole championship golf course, a fitness center, and banquet rooms for private events.
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