Downtown San Antonio is the area roughly encircled by the intersection of the major highways that run through the city – IH-35, IH-10, Highway 90, and Highway 281. This area is where San Antonio was first established by Spanish missionaries in 1718. The Alamo and other missions, the Riverwalk, San Fernando Cathedral, the Tower of the Americas, the San Antonio Convention Center, and the center of commerce in the city are all found downtown. It’s also home to the historic King William District – a quiet neighborhood brimming with exquisitely restored houses, some well over a hundred years old.
The types of apartments in downtown San Antonio are growing in diversity as demand in the area continues to rise, especially among young professionals, hipsters, and artists. Industrial but swanky repurposed lofts, artist-focused communities, and luxurious high-rise penthouses are now among the types of apartments for rent in Downtown San Antonio. Like apartments in other high-demand areas such as Alamo Heights, apartments in downtown San Antonio are generally more expensive than other San Antonio apartments.
Downtown San Antonio is rich in history, arts, culture, and dining, making it the prime choice for residents who want to work, play, and explore close to home. Downtown residents are close to the Pearl, an old brewery built in the 1880s which now serves up shopping and dining from the brewery’s converted buildings and a Farmer’s Market on weekends. Fitness buffs and nature lovers can walk, run, or bike from their downtown apartment along the 8-mile Mission Reach hike/bike path. Art lovers can take advantage of their proximity to the San Antonio Museum of Art, Market Square (the site of a daily showcase of local artists and crafts including folklorico dancing), or First Friday in Southtown (a monthly showcase of local artists in the galleries or along the streets at the Blue Star Arts Complex and Blue Star Brewery). The San Antonio Symphony or a performance at the Majestic, Lila Cockrell, or Starlight Theaters provide options for those who enjoy the performing arts, as well.
Living in an apartment in downtown San Antonio puts residents close to the lush, picturesque Riverwalk. One of the world’s most well-known walkways, the cypress-lined Riverwalk is the site of some of San Antonio’s best dining, bars, and clubs. This makes it a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights on the Riverwalk are lively and bustling, often ending with a post-partying binge at Mi Tierra - a Mexican Restaurant in Market Square open 24-hours a day – in the wee hours of the morning. While the nightlife in downtown is enticing for young singles, family friendly attractions in or near downtown also abound. Family fun days at the city’s center can include taking a river barge tour, learning at the Children’s Museum, picnicking and a train ride in Brackenridge Park, visiting the animals of the San Antonio Zoo, playing in the Botanical Gardens, exploring the Witte Museum or Institute of Texan Cultures, or cheering the home team at a Spurs game. There is even a family-friendly bar call the Friendly Spot Ice House, where parents can relax in the sun with an adult beverage while kids frolic on the playground. All of these options and more are at your doorstep when you make an apartment in downtown San Antonio your new home! Contact one of our agents to help you find the perfect downtown property for your lifestyle.