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Located 13 miles north of downtown San Antonio lies Shady Oaks, a country oasis in the city. Once a leisurely drive from the city, Shady Oaks now offers residents a quick commute along Highway 281 and close proximity to retail and dining options. Though San Antonio's sprawling metropolitan center eventually reached Shady Oaks, the neighborhood kept its country lifestyle feel. Large, older homes sit on multi-acre lots, with deer and other wildlife running through the wooded areas. The thick trees provide a buffer from city life, making Shady Oaks a serene place to call home. The relaxed countryside feel of the neighborhood makes it a desired area.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in San Antonio, TX is $745 for one bedroom, and $1,005 for two bedrooms. Apartment rent in San Antonio has decreased by -0.5% in the past year.

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48 Walk Score® Car-Dependent
28 Transit Score® Some Transit
44 Bike Score® Somewhat Bikeable

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With mom-and-pop eateries and neighborhood pubs nearby, Shady Oaks residents enjoy a great selection of dining and entertainment options without having to trek downtown or to the tourist-filled Riverwalk.

Residents travel outside Shady Oaks for nightlife entertainment, but they don’t have to go far to find a few good hangouts. Named for its appearance in the movie Caddyshack, Bushwood CC next to McAllister Park combines a dive bar and driving range for a relaxed good time. With kitschy décor and a jukebox, patrons enjoy cheap drinks and a fun vibe.

Head to The Hangar Tavern on Brook Hollow Drive and Highway 281 for a cold craft beer and some Monday Night Football. The bar draws a fun crowd during sports games and serves tasty chicken wings along with beer specials for a budget-friendly night out. Though the game typically acts as the main attraction, the bar keeps things lively with darts and monthly beer tastings.

History

Named for the many large oak trees that shaded the land, Shady Oaks began as several hundred acres of ranchland. Formerly a portion of Heimer Ranch, the area populated in the 1950s, and the Shady Oaks Homeowners Association was formed. In its early days, Shady Oaks sat 10 miles north of San Antonio’s city limits, and residents traveled to the city for business and shopping. The City of San Antonio annexed Shady Oaks in the 1960s, and San Antonio’s sprawling metropolitan center eventually reached Shady Oaks.

Though the neighborhood doesn’t house any museums, the opportunity to view some of San Antonio’s best collection of Mexican artworks lies just five miles north at Inverarte Art Gallery near Highway 281 and Loop 1604. And while no formally scheduled events occur throughout the neighborhood, the friendly residents can be found gathering together to cheer on the hometown Spurs during basketball season.

Transportation

Situated off Highway 281, a major thoroughfare in San Antonio and straight shot into downtown, Shady Oaks provides easy access to various points around town. Residents can get to the airport or to major shopping centers in less than 15 minutes. Because the commute is so easy, most locals prefer to travel by personal car for errands and reserve walks and bike rides for leisurely traveling the neighborhood streets. Cabs don’t frequently make stops in Shady Oaks, so make sure to call Yellow Cab in advance to request a ride or schedule a ride with Uber on a smartphone. Traveling by public transit proves tricky with just two bus lines running through the neighborhood, and a trip downtown takes about an hour.

Cost

With its close proximity to downtown San Antonio, Shady Oaks remains an affordable yet desirable neighborhood. Comparable to San Antonio as a whole, the cost of living in Shady Oaks runs about 10 percent lower than the national average. Expect to pay $689 on average for a one-bedroom apartment. Locals enjoy casual dining and relaxed bars nearby for wallet-friendly entertainment and pay about $3 for a domestic beer. Though a metro bus ride downtown costs only $2.65, commuting by personal car proves just as economical, as gas prices sit about 17 percent lower than the national average.

Shopping

Because of Shady Oaks’ convenient location off Highway 281, residents easily navigate to major shopping centers around San Antonio. The Shops at La Cantera, an outdoor shopping mall filled with a mix of upscale boutiques and name-brand shops, lies just a short 15 minute drive west on Loop 1604, and for indoor shopping, residents drive 5 miles south on Highway 281 to shop at North Star Mall with familiar stores such as Macy's and Gap.

For the young and the young-at-heart, head a few miles north to Loop 1604 to visit Toy Werks, a unique toy store with shelves of fun for kids of all ages. The friendly staff happily helps navigate the selection to find the perfect gift for a particular young one, or feel free to browse and try out some of the toys yourself. From the wall of baby dolls to the bouncy balls and LEGO sets, let your inner child run free in toy heaven.

Just off Highway 281 on San Pedro, locals travel to Garment Exchange, a high-quality consignment shop. Patrons love sifting through the carefully selected name-brand clothes in search of great bargains. Browse the large jean selection for a pair of 7 For All Mankind or search the well-stocked men’s section for a trendy shirt.

Traveling north on Highway 281 and over to Loop 1604, residents have a wide selection of grocery stores available within about 5 miles from Shady Oaks. Large chain stores such as HEB provide everyday grocery shopping at affordable prices, while Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmers Market provides an organic, health-oriented selection. Residents also have easy access to Trader Joe's for specialty produce and treats.

For farmers market shopping, locals head three miles north on Highway 281 to Legacy Farmers Market to pick up fresh produce as well as bakery items and homemade pickles and jams. Art vendors and flower stands add to the great shopping selection. A stroll through the market on a sunny weekend makes a fun way to check off a grocery list.

Parks

Just outside of the Shady Oaks neighborhood sit two small parks, Blossom Park and Oak Haven Park. Locals visit these parks for a quiet getaway, as these parks don’t attract large crowds. With playgrounds and picnic benches, the parks provide a family-friendly recreation area.

Residents travel a few miles south on Jones Maltsberger Road to the more popular exercise-centric McAllister Park. Run or bike on over 20 miles of winding trails or join a game on one of the many sports fields. With three pavilions, playgrounds and plenty of picnic tables, the park hosts many family get-togethers and birthday parties. McAllister Park welcomes dogs and even provides a designated acre-and-a-half for your pup’s own place to run and play.

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Apartments for Rent in Shady Oaks, San Antonio, TX

Located 13 miles north of downtown San Antonio lies Shady Oaks, a country oasis in the city. Once a leisurely drive from the city, Shady Oaks now offers residents a quick commute along Highway 281 and close proximity to retail and dining options. Though San Antonio's sprawling metropolitan center eventually reached Shady Oaks, the neighborhood kept its country lifestyle feel. Large, older homes sit on multi-acre lots, with deer and other wildlife running through the wooded areas. The thick trees provide a buffer from city life, making Shady Oaks a serene place to call home. The relaxed countryside feel of the neighborhood makes it a desired area.

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