Hidden Forest – San Antonio, TX

Located about 13 miles north of Downtown San Antonio, Hidden Forest is just inside the Charles William Anderson Loop. It is a charming neighborhood, situated near the SilverHorn Golf Club and just minutes from Camp Bullis. Hidden Forest is bordered on the north side by Arizona Ash Street, to the south by West Bitters Road, and with Bianco Road forming the western border. The east side is less defined, but sits just west of Axis Trail. This residential neighborhood is filled with mature trees and tidy homes on well-manicured lawns. Find a Hidden Forest apartment and enjoy easy access to North Star Mall, the San Antonio Airport, and Downtown San Antonio -- just take Bitters Road to Highway 281 to visit a variety of San Antonio destinations within minutes.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Located on the military highway, the China Inn serves up traditional Chinese menu items at a reasonable price. Sample the delicious clay pot eggplant, or take a bite of the sizzling garlic shrimp. Lunch specials are available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and all dinner portions are served with a choice of soup and an appetizer. Those looking for an inexpensive quality lunch should visit River Tree Bistro. Friendly servers get the food out fast, so don't expect to be hungry for long here. If you feel like eating, try the three combo, which gets you a soup, salad and sandwich. This restaurant also does delivery and takeout for those who prefer to eat at home. El Bucanero features generous portions of traditional Mexican seafood dishes. Fish paintings on the walls add to the seafood theme, and the servers make you feel right at home throughout your meal. For a festive dinner, come by on weekends, when this restaurant books live music to keep the crowd entertained. Known for its ceviche, Mariscos El Bucanero has several different ceviche dishes offered in different sizes depending on how much you want to eat. The surrounding areas include plenty of nightlife options, including bars, nightclubs, and lounges. For a local option, check out Fizz. This local bar keeps the drink prices low, so you can have a good time without breaking the bank. For a quiet time, stop by in the early evening. If you want to have a wild night out, come by later when the bar gets packed and a DJ pumps music throughout the bar.

History & Culture

Hidden Forest lies within the far north central region of San Antonio, a city which has seen a variety of settlers throughout its history. Known as a frontier city after the United States took control of the area, its industries and population grew as railroads developed. San Antonio has grown steadily since then, particularly toward the end of the 20th century, and now holds a position as one of the largest cities in the country. Hidden Forest residents travel into Downtown San Antonio to attend annual events and festivals and to visit art galleries and museums. Painting with a Twist is located at the Alley on Bitters. It features art classes for all ages, giving enthusiasts a chance to learn more about painting.

Transportation

Most residents travel by car, although public transportation or biking can work in certain situations. Drivers have local roads to get around the area quickly, with two highways a short drive away for longer trips. U.S. Route 281, running north and south, lies east of Hidden Forest. Drive north to connect with Loop 1604, which circles around San Antonio and connects with several other highways, making it the highway of choice for many commuters. You can park on the street in Hidden Forest, just check the signs first. VIA Metropolitan Transit buses service San Antonio, with route 2 passing through the neighborhood on Blanco Road. Taxis and ride-share companies, such as Uber, also service the area. Pick up times vary. Locals can enjoy pleasant walks around the neighborhood, but most errands and commutes are too far for walking. You may be able to get around on a bike depending on your destination, but many streets in the area and those surrounding it don't have bike lanes.

Cost

Hidden Forest carries a higher cost of living than the city average cost, with housing being the main area where residents pay a premium. A one-bedroom apartment typically rents for about $900, but you may find cheaper arrangements. A Metro ride to the city center costs $1.20 for a one-way ticket, and gas prices come in around 13 percent lower than the national average cost. A pint at the local pub usually costs about $4.

Shopping

The Alley on Bitters provides a central shopping location near this community, which features a variety of specialty shops. Jewelry designers and those who just enjoy crafts projects may want to try Originals. The store, which sells beads and jewels, caters to every skill level. If you want to do everything on your own, you can stock up on supplies here. Those who need some advice can talk to the jewelry expert for assistance. For novices, Originals has frequent classes on creating different types of jewelry. Major grocery stores, including H-E-B plus, Super Target and Trader Joe's, can be found north of the neighborhood around Loop 1604. A Whole Foods Market also sits in that area for people who prefer to buy organic foods. The neighborhood doesn't have any farmer's markets.

Parks

Residents who want to get outdoors have Phil Hardberger Park just south of Hidden Forest along with the nearby Salado Creek Greenway. At 311 acres, Phil Hardberger Park provides an immersion into nature. Classified as a natural area, this park has plenty of trails for hiking, including a geology trail. It features playgrounds for kids, a dog park and several picnic areas to have a bite after a long day. Whether you want to get a workout or you just feel like witnessing the beauty of nature, you can do it free of charge here. If you feel like exploring a bit more, the Salado Creek Greenway connects with Phil Hardberger Park. Several miles of paved trails make this an ideal setting for a bike ride or a run with your dogs. The Greenway also includes natural trails that give you the opportunity to see some deer among the wildlife. While annual events don't take place at the park of the Greenway, Phil Hardberger Park holds frequent events for children and adults. From nature walks to fitness events and astronomy viewing parties, the park has a diverse lineup of fun, inexpensive events.
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