San Antonio is a fast-growing city with so many reasons to love it. And whether you’re a local or just in town for a visit, Southtown is one of the best neighborhoods around. From beautiful scenery to great restaurants and nightlife, the San Antonio community truly has care and love for all of its residents.
Growing up, I remember traveling to San Antonio every year with my brother and father. While we were there to see family, my dad always made sure we experienced something new each time we visited. We’d do the typical activities that make the city famous: Go downtown, visit the Alamo, explore the River Walk, visit the countless other historical sites, and catch a San Antonio Spurs game. We enjoyed it immensely and I hold fond memories of our times there.
As I grew up, I never gave too much thought to living in San Antonio because it was a place we visited family and explored as tourists. As a very recently retired Marine (official as of June 2018), I’m starting to visit the city more often for my new career working for a military-focused real estate company. I can honestly say it’s a place that has totally transformed over the years: Each time I visit, I find another neighborhood with a different look and feel—one I never have experienced anywhere else before. It’s easy to keep coming back because I always find something new to explore, whether it’s a new portion of the River Walk, another historical site, or a delectable meal at the newest restaurant down the street.
The San Antonio River Walk
Once described as “The American Venice” by Ernie Pyle, it’s easy to see why residents and tourists alike enjoy the San Antonio River Walk. It’s clean, active, full of nature, and a beautiful blend of city life mixed with nature. It is lined with restaurants, shopping, theaters, and more—so to say the whole family can have fun is an understatement! The next time I visit, I plan to bring two of my sons and I cannot wait for them to experience the life on the river. They are runners and enjoy the outdoors as much as I do, and the beauty and vibrancy of the river will make for an amazing morning run together.
Southtown Architecture: Distinctly Elegant
Southtown sits in the King Williams District of San Antonio, which was home to the prominent and elegant German settlers in the 19th century who brought their distinct architectural design with them. Most of the district has been beautifully preserved and is zoned as the city’s first historic district. Today, it is known for its artistic appeal, great restaurants, entertainment, shopping, and beautiful scenery.
Restaurants in San Antonio
One of the great things about San Antonio is its vast array of tasty eateries.BurgertecaandVilla Rica, both owned and operated by world renowned chef Johnny Hernandez (a true San Antonioan himself), make it on my must-go list—every time I visit, I’m always mad at myself for not being able to eat more!
For that morning pick-me-up and some amazing breakfast tacos, Halcyon Coffee Bar and Loungeis the place to go. You can enjoy your favorite coffee in the morning and then return in the evening to enjoy your favorite adult beverage with great atmosphere. Personally, I love the El Vaquero breakfast tacos, a healthy breakfast with smoked chopped Texas brisket, potatoes, eggs and avocado has me feeling full, happy, and ready to tackle my day. I could go on and on about the San Antonio restaurant scene, but that’s for another day.
San Antonio never ceases to amaze me whenever I get the opportunity to visit—no matter the time of day or the day of the week I may come in, I will always find something new and exciting to do, or another amazing place to have a great meal. More importantly, the community is always welcoming, and I instantly feel at ease. After rediscovering everything San Antonio has to offer, I can say that living in San Antonio would be the experience of a lifetime.