San Antonio is one of the hottest cities in the nation, and Southside San Antonio is the hottest part of town with incredible growth on the horizon. That growth is due in part to new homes on the Southside, the “redevelopment of the San Antonio River's southern leg, and the designation of the Spanish colonial missions as UNESCO World Heritage sites,” said the San Antonio Express-News. They’re just a few of the reasons the newspaper outlined in their in-depth look at South San Antonio as part of their 18-month exploration of how “Bexar County will accommodate the 1.1 million new residents expected to move here by 2040.” Among their findings:
“The river, and later the Spanish missions, were what originally drew people to what would become San Antonio. But for decades, the city grew away from those landmarks.”
Now development is largely centered on growth in this area. “More development has been happening in the area since the revitalization of this stretch of the river, known as the Mission Reach,” they said. “The redevelopment of the southern leg of the river known as the Mission Reach turned it into a popular recreation spot for all San Antonio residents.”
The San Antonio Missions become the first World Heritage Site in Texas and the 23rd in the United States when they were inscribed in 2015. Five San Antonio Missions are included in the designation: Mission San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo), Mission Concepcion, Mission Espada, Mission San Juan and Mission San Jose; four of them are on the Southside, where the economic impact is the greatest. Increased tourism and local spending are “expected to generate up to $105 million in additional economic activity and up to 1,098 extra jobs by 2025,” according to the City of San Antonio.
Brooks City Base expanding
This former Air Force base is now “a hub of new development” in Southside San Antonio, said the Express-News, and is a source of pride and excitement for those all over San Antonio.
“The public-private site has positioned itself as the anchor of the South Side’s current development boom. The University of the Incarnate Word’s School of Osteopathic Medicine will open here in fall 2017. Brooks is also adding a park, more than 200 single-family homes and the first full-service hotel south of downtown.”
When finished, Brooks will have an abundance of restaurants and shops, entertainment options, several hotels, and a fitness center, among other amenities.
Texas A&M University-San Antonio campus
“The campus will become a four-year university starting in the fall, the first on the South Side.” The 694-acre campus will offer 25 different undergrad degrees and 11 graduate degrees. The university has already graduated more than 8,000 people and has the distinction of being a great resource for military. “1 in 6 students are veterans, active military and their dependents,” the campus said.
The bustling job market in Southside San Antonio has long been defined by the San Antonio Toyota Plant. But, Port San Antonio is “another major jobs hub,” they said. “There are more than 12,000 people employed there and more jobs possible in commercial aerospace, manufacturing or other industrial fields.
A brand-new T.J. Maxx Distribution Center is set to be developed across the street from Mission Del Lago, the fastest-growing community on the South Side, promising more new jobs and opportunities in the neighborhood
Homes on the South Side are relatively more affordable than some parts of the North Side.
“The median price for a new house built between I-35 and I-37, and between Military Drive and the South Bexar County line, probably is about $190,000, said Jack Inselmann, regional director of national home construction researcher Metrostudy. For all of San Antonio, the median new house price is about $255,000, he said. In May, the median sales price of a home climbed to $208,700.
While prices at new communities like Mission del Lago have increased over the last year due to demand, they are generally still more affordable than new homes in some other parts of Texas, and monthly payments can be comparable to what people are paying in new apartments in Southside San Antonio.
The Express-News mentions “the growing Mission Del Lago community off U.S. 281 next to Mitchell Lake, where 800 single-family homes have been built and roughly another 1,200 are planned,” as one of the advantages to living on the Southside.
“Changing the South Side isn’t just about adding jobs. Amenities are also important,” they said. They count “new improvements at Pearsall Park, which just received a major, $8.1 million face-lift. The park is now home to the city’s largest skate park and the only fully contained 5K and 10K natural running courses.” The new Medina River
Trailhead, which is located at the Mission del Lago Golf Course clubhouse, is another important new addition to the South Side.
About Mission del Lago
For more information about buying a new home in Southside San Antonio, visit Mission del Lago, the fastest-growing community in its price range—and one of the fastest-growing regardless of price range—in the city. The Mission del Lago community is home to popular San Antonio homes with single-family residences from leading national homebuilders Lennar and DR Horton as well as an abundance of community amenities including its own sparkling pool and pavilion, two on-site parks, and a community golf course.
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