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Downtown(ish) San Antonio Living

As the cost of real estate in the city’s urban core continues to rise, many are looking to other areas that are still in  close proximity  while still maintaining affordability.  Does this still sound like real estate unicorn? There are still downtownish options! Consider these neighborhoods that are located just south and east of King William and Dignowity Hill : Denver Heights and Highland Park.  These two neighborhoods are located in San Antonio ISD and  though not located in designated historic districts; still have many desired, historic features such as hardwood floors, high ceilings and covered, front porches.  The charm of these older homes is nearly impossible to replicate. They are also a short commute (or bike ride) to downtownish amenities like our beautiful Mission River Reach and Southtown hot spots such as the Blue Star Arts Complex.

In May 2017, King William had an average sold price/sq ft of $214.44 with Dignowity Hill averaging $135.76.  Compared to Highland Park’s $103.97 and Denver’s Heights’ $53.42, the difference in affordability is huge.

Google Map of King William, Dignowity (Dignowty? 😉 Hill) , Denver Heights & Highland Park
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The Peanut Factory Lofts

Peanut Factory LoftsI got a chance to tour the recently redeveloped Peanut Factory Lofts located just west of downtown with the Urban Land Institute (ULI). This is the first major redevelopment on the west side since our “decade of downtown” has begun.  I can’t even recall when we have had a project of this magnitude on this part of town. The construction is still ongoing but there are already a few tenants in place.

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Graffiti Art
This 102 unit complex varies in prices but the average rental is going for $1.60-$1.80 with a contemporary finish out. One of the units I saw was a 2 story with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a 2 car garage for $2400.  My favorite part of the tour was walking up the flights of stars in the still ongoing renovation of the century-old peanut processing plant.

 

The Processing Plant
The Processing Plant

The units in the silos are going to be really unique with circular floor plan. I really liked the graffiti and most of the tour group was asking if it was going to preserved as sort of artwork in these units.  Our tour guide said it would probably depend on the tenant’s wishes.

Up at the top of the processing plant lies the Penthouse at just over 3000 sq ft with a price tag of approximately $4659

Beautiful San Antonio
Beautiful San Antonio

per month.It’s going to be an awesome space complete with an outdoor kitchen and panoramic views. Our beautiful city’s skyline is awesome!

Lounging Poolside
Lounging Poolside

Amenities for the complex include a pool, 2 bark parks, fitness center, controlled access gates and a courtyard with grill area. Crossing busy S. Frio may affect the Peanut Factory’s walkability but it is a short car ride away. It was mentioned that students would be getting a 5% discount off market rents. UTSA’s downtown campus is a few blocks away.

 

Fiesta Medal
Fiesta Medal

 

Kudos Peanut Factory Lofts for the 2015 Fiesta Medal.

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Downtown Parking Made Easy!

Pango Screenshot
Pango Screenshot

I often hear people complaining that they avoid downtown because they don’t know where to park.  I just learned about a new app from Texas Public Radio called Pango.  This app, in real time, shows where you can park and the current cost.  In the past, I have only been able to find the location of city owned lots, garages and meters through a non-gps map (let me know if there is one out there). I like that the app does include non-city owned parking including businesses with their own parking such as a hotel. The app seems pretty user friendly and if you click on a particular parking spot, you will be given details such as method of payment accepted and other parking features (e.g. Valet, Overnight Parking, Elevator).

At this time, the app is available for Iphone, Android and Blackberry.

So what do you think, will you be downloading this app?

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Free Parking for Hybrids!

As a real estate broker, I drive around town a lot. When it came time to look for a new vehicle, my husband and I knew that we needed to seriously consider a hybrid. Not only is owning a hybrid better for the environment but the savings in gas is tremendous! We have been pretty pleased with our decision. Today, I just found out about a program geared to hybrid owners. FREE parking at city meters! It looks like you need to fill out an application and submit requested documentation to get your parking pass. For questions, call the city of San Antonio Parking Division at 210.207.8266. They were pretty helpful. Link below to the application.

http://www.sanantonio.gov/dtops/HYBRIDVEHICLEPROGRAM5.pdf

Will you take advantage of this program?

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The Fruteria

The Fruteria

Have you been to Chef Johnny Hernandez’s newest restaurant|botanero, The Fruteria?  Check out woohoo4sa’s introduction and make sure to stop by for one of their tortas and marquitos.  Those are woohoo4sa’s personal favorites

Be on the lookout for Chef Hernandez’s openings of The Fruteria and La Gloria in the San Antonio International Airport. The travelers that fly through this airport will be in for a treat!

For more info check out:

thefruteria.com

 

Glorious Food Trucks

Third Brewsday

With “Downtown Tuesday” being the new Friday, I have found myself wanting to take advantage of the city’s free parking as often as I can (I LOVE bargains). I have been wanting to visit Third Brewsday and this past week, I finally got the chance. Beer, live music and food trucks? Sounds like a winning event to me. Best of all, this is a free event to the public!

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Diverse Crowd

Third Brewsday is held on the third Tuesday of each month at Hemisfair Park and each month has a different theme. I have seen a Mardi Gras and Cowboy theme in the past via Facebook postings. This month’s event had a Blue Moon theme. Thank to my beer connoisseur husband, Kevin, I have grown to appreciate this wheat style beer. There was beer available for purchase and Blue Moon backdrops throughout.   Groups of people could take a photo in front of the themed backdrop.  I had read that there were going to be samples given out, but probably got there too late to enjoy.  I didn’t see any samples but beer was reasonably priced at $3 a serving.

There was a live art contest going on in which each participating artist had to incorporate the Blue Moon logo. The winner would go on to get a cash prize and a full page ad in the San Antonio Current. It was interesting see the artists’ different interpretation of the logo mixed with iconic San Antonio imagery.  It felt like Hemisfair Park was turned into an outdoor art gallery with the participating artists displaying other art pieces they had created.

Glorious Food Trucks

Wheelie Gourmet, DUK Truck, Cheesy Jane’s and Say She Ate were the featured food trucks for this month.  After sampling their cuisine, you’ll quickly understand why these food trucks are some of the most popular in San Antonio and draw a big crowd.

 

 

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Blue Moon Stage

From families to obvious “date nights”, the crowd was pretty diverse on Hemsfair’s green pastures.  The park was filled with lawn chairs and blankets on the ground. Everyone had made themselves at home and it was a pleasant, relaxed environment.

Sara's Cruiser
Sara’s Cruiser

 

 

The fact that the B-Cycle station across the street at La Villita was full and that there were tons of bicycles in the bike rack and chained to the surrounding trees shows there were a lot of downtown residents in attendance. In fact, my friend and I had taken advantage of the nice weather and ridden down from the Historic Pearl Brewery to check out the event. I was on my pink cruiser and she had ridden on a B-Cycle.

 

Overall, this is a fun and budget friendly event.  Reasonably priced beer is always a plus! I’d definately return to see what next month’s theme is. Maybe I’ll see you there.

For more info, check out:

http://www.hemisfair.org/

https://www.facebook.com/HemisfairSanAntonio

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Hello Blog World!

Hello world!

During the past few months, I have attended a couple of conferences for the real estate industry. The common theme has been: internet, SEO and other technological jargon that is waaayyy over my head. This has motivated me to really work on my web site. Lately, people have been coming up to me saying they enjoy my facebook and instagram posts because they like to see where I have been hanging out at and it introduces them to new places they may not normally be exposed too. I live in San Antonio’s southtown area and my husband and I are frequently out and about in the downtown area. That MUST qualify me to start blogging, right? Probably not but I’ll give it a whirl. I figure I would talk about my life shenanigans, introduce some of San Antonio’s “hidden” hangouts and include some updates about one of my passions-real estate.

I hope to share my enthusiasm for life with you. I work hard and I play hard. 🙂 I enjoy trying new places to eat (not much of a cook), a cocktail or two, and keeping up with my 2 jack russell terriers. My favorite thing to do is play tourist in beautiful San Antonio. There are so many things to see and do!

First post officially complete! I appreciate your feedback and hope you enjoy San Antonio as much as I do. There is so much more than the riverwalk!

Cheers, Sara