Redland Estates – San Antonio, TX

Just south of Loop 1604, Redland Estates sits about 15 miles from downtown San Antonio. With plenty of nearby amenities and quick freeway access to the rest of the city's hot spots, residents can live the fast life when they want and then come home and kick back. Parks for sports and hiking combine with the area's frequent warm weather to make this neighborhood the ideal place for those who like to get outdoors.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Redland Estates features a variety of restaurants, many clustered around Henderson Pass, at a range of prices. For a unique fusion of Thai and Chinese cuisines, check out Sizzling Wok. This diner's low prices, friendly service and casual atmosphere all add up to a fun, relaxed experience. The fried chicken and fried rice stand out as menu highlights, and make sure you get one of the flavored boba drinks with it. Sizzling Wok makes ordering easy, as you can dine in, get take out or have your food delivered. You don't even have to call, as the website has an online ordering system. Those looking for an upscale version of traditional Mexican food should visit Los Cabriteros. Featuring dishes from Northern Mexico, this restaurant specializes in slow-roasted goat. If you like meat, try the shoulder blade, or as they say here, the "paleta." Los Cabriteros exudes class, with an elegant, well-arranged dining area and doormen with umbrellas to take you to your car when it rains. Lemongrass Thai Restaurant features affordable Thai meals with generous portions and pristine presentation. Start with the fresh roll for a creative appetizer plate, and follow up with the lemongrass combo for a mix of flavors. Lemongrass keeps each table stocked with several different spice oils, allowing you to choose the perfect level of spiciness for your meal. The neighborhood has plenty of nearby bars, clubs and other hot spots to keep you entertained at night. Head to Hookah Cafe for a relaxed evening and friendly service. Sample some of the numerous shisha options available while sipping on the delicious house tea.

History & Culture

Redland Estates lies within the far north central region of San Antonio, a city originally occupied by Indians who lived by the river. The Spanish settled in the area, but the United States took control of it after the Mexican-American War. San Antonio has seen rapid development, particularly from 1970 to 2010, and is one of the most populated cities in Texas. San Antonio holds a variety of annual events, but none occur in this neighborhood. While this small area doesn't have any museums or art galleries, Inverarte Art Gallery can be found a short drive away on Loop 1604. The gallery focuses on pieces by 19th- and 20th-century Mexican artists.

Transportation

With two highways right next to this neighborhood, a car tends to be the most convenient travel method. Motorists can take local roads around the area, and connect with the nearby highways for longer trips. U.S. Route 281, running north and south, lies just west of this neighborhood. Drive north to get on Loop 1604, which loops around San Antonio and connects with several highways along the way. You can park on the street in this neighborhood, but be sure to read the signs first. VIA Metropolitan Transit buses service San Antonio, with route 648 stopping along Henderson Pass. Taxis and ride share companies like Uber also service this area. Pick up times vary. Redland Estates has some hills, adding a bit of difficulty to any walks or bike rides. Most streets around the area don't have bike lanes, and destinations for many errands can often be too far to travel by biking anyway. You may want to save walking and biking for your leisure time, and rely on another method of transportation.

Cost

Redland Estates carries a higher cost of living than the city average, mainly in regards to housing costs. A one-bedroom apartment typically rents for about $794, although 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 12 percent lower than the national average. A pint at the local pub usually costs about $3.

Shopping

A collection of independent speciality shops throughout the neighborhood characterizes the shopping scene in Redland Estates. Those looking for name- brand clothing at heavily discounted prices should try out the Garment Exchange, a short drive south in the Park Oaks Center. The friendly staff keep this store organized and help out whenever needed. With an extensive selection of high quality men's and women's clothing, anyone can find something to wear here. Swim Freak caters to those who love the water and take their swimming seriously. This shop's items include swimsuits, goggles and warm up clothes, so you can get all your preparation done here before you dive in the pool. If you want your item to have a personal touch, you can even get it monogrammed. Major nearby grocery stores include an H-E-B, a Walmart Supercenter and a Costco. Those who prefer to buy organic have a Sprouts Farmers Market right next to U.S. Route 281 and Legacy Farmers Market, open Saturday and Sunday mornings through afternoons at the Legacy Shopping Center. In addition to fresh foods from local farmers, Legacy Farmers Market features live music to keep everyone entertained.

Parks

Redland Estates has a couple nearby parks for residents to experience the outdoors. Each park can be visited free of charge, and you can bring your dog too, just keep him on a leash. The parks around this neighborhood don't hold any annual events, but a few parks throughout the rest of the city do. Sports fans and those with children probably want to start with Oak Haven Park, as it features a softball field, a tennis court and a basketball court. With a calm, quiet atmosphere and relaxing picnic areas, this park can be considered a hidden gem of San Antonio. If you don't feel like playing any sports, you can walk or jog around the park on the trails and enjoy the spectacular views. Just east of the neighborhood, Mud Creek Park caters to those who want to get outdoors and go hiking. At just over 67 acres, this park has considerably more space than Oak Haven and has longer trails. A creek runs through this park, and if you come at the right time you may even spot a few deer drinking from it.
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