Alamo Farmsteads – San Antonio, TX

Alamo Farmsteads residents enjoy affordable housing options and quick, convenient access to downtown San Antonio. Situated within minutes of Interstates 410 and 10, Loop 1604, and Texas State Highway 471, the neighborhood sits about 15 miles northwest of the city and houses a vast number of contemporary garden-style apartments. Alamo Farmsteads residents enjoy a close-knit community of people who appreciate art, history, food, and continued urban developments.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

The best breakfast, lunch, and dinner spots in the neighborhood are on three streets. Famous for its bacon pancakes, Magnolia Pancake Haus has an extensive menu which also includes the unforgettable jambalaya omelet and the crab cake Louie Benedict. Featured on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," this homey establishment nails the rest of its breakfast menu and serves up above-average lunch fare. The warm, filling homemade Naan bread at Pasha Mediterranean Grill on Wurzbach Road perfectly complements each hearty lunchtime dish. The casual eatery's medley of gyros, Shawarma plates and kabobs satisfies your Eastern Mediterranean cuisine craving without breaking your budget. After dinner, return back to the restaurant hub on Wurzback Road to sip on a nightcap at the Wurzbach Ice House. This laid-back sports bar fills up quickly with people looking for a calm night of drinking with like-minded fans. If you're in the mood to dance, check out the The Bend Sports Bar on Bandera Road or the Tonic Bar on Babcock Road. Both places host weekly live music events and provide extensive beer and cocktail menus.

History & Culture

Once populated with more sheep than people, the Alamo Farmsteads neighborhood northwest of San Antonio experienced its first planned residential development in 1934. The community annexed from the city in 1972. Continued improvements in housing availability and convenient access to Interstate 10 and 410 helps this neighborhood's residents retain an elevated sense of community pride. Take the short drive to the Briscoe Western Art Museum in downtown San Antonio to gain a greater perspective of early life in the Wild West. Featuring an outdoor sculpture garden and three galleries devoted to the history of the area, this museum also houses an impressive array of Native American artifacts. Watch a cowboy lasso a bull at the annual Cornyval Festival in nearby Helotes. This Native American corn planting and harvesting celebration also showcases the works of local craftspeople and live music entertainers.

Transportation

Alamo Farmsteads' situation around Loop 1604 and near Interstates 410 and 10 make getting around the area by car the fastest and most reliable transportation method. While most businesses offer free parking, some establishments don't have enough spaces for peak business hours, so get to your destination early to secure a spot. If you don't have your own car, take the VIA Metropolitan bus from one of the neighborhood's numerous stops, including Spring Time and Old Prue Road or Abe Lincoln and Pembroke, to your destination. Hailing a cab on the streets of Alamo Farmsteads isn't feasible, so use your Uber app or reserve one by phone to take the hassle out of your weeknight or weekend plans. When you want to get out on your bike, head to O.P. Schnabel Park. The park's surrounding areas provide the highest concentration of bike lanes in the neighborhood.

Cost

The Alamo Farmsteads neighborhood's monthly average rent of $722 for a one-bedroom residence is right on par with the rest of the area. Transform a boring Saturday afternoon into a memorable weekend adventure by leaving your car at home and paying the cheap, $1.20 bus fare to explore the center of the neighborhood on foot. Experience savings at the pump, since the neighborhood's per-gallon rate usually rests at approximately 10 percent below the national average. Use your extra funds to let your hair down on the weekends at one of the local bars that usually charge between $4.50 and $6.50 a pint for beer.

Shopping

Starting every Friday morning, farmers at the San Antonio Farmers Market on Wurzback Road set out their seasonal bounties. Once you pick up all the fresh produce you need for the next week, grab your other essentials from HEB on Babcock Road. When you need a new dress, a suit or another high-end, high-value garment or accessory piece, browse the stores at the Shops at La Cantera located on La Cantera Parkway. Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Dilliards and Brooks Brothers are all conveniently tucked into this mix of national and independently owned stores. Take your bargain hunting nose with you when you go to the Ironside Mall on Ironside Drive. This impressive assortment of hard-to-find antiques and collectible items can't be beat anywhere in the area. Continue your hunt for the perfect vintage finds at Nine Lives Books on NW Loop 410. Rows upon rows of gently used books and a funky little coffee shop await you in this spend-all-day-in-wonder kind of place.

Parks

Named after a San Antonio resident committed to keeping the city beautiful, O.P. Schnabel Park presents an abundance of exercise and relaxation opportunities. The 202-acre park's multitude of paved and unpaved paths allow you to hike or bike throughout vibrantly colored seasonal foliage. If contact sports are more your game, you'll feel right at home on one of the seven soccer fields or five baseball fields, or you can head to the all-purpose athletic field, football field or basketball courts. When spending the day with your children, rent one of the pavilions with a fully equipped kitchen to feed your kids freshly prepared food when they get back from the playground. Before you leave the park, enroll your kids in the on-site YMCA facility that hosts numerous themed events for kids and families throughout the year.
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