Welcome to Alamo Heights!
History and family orientation draws people to Alamo Heights, and allows for the residents to remain there through generations. Alamo Heights is a city located in the middle of San Antonio. It is located off U.S. Highway 281, just five miles northeast of downtown San Antonio.
History of Alamo Heights
The history begins in 1869, when the area that is Alamo Heights was purchased by Mrs. Isabel Brackenridge. In 1897 Isabel's son, George W. Brackenridge sold the family's estate to the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. (Incarnate Word is now a University on Alamo Heights’ southern boundary line of San Antonio) The area that Incarnate Word purchased contains 200 Acres. In the 1920s, as the automobile changed American life, Alamo Heights became a reachable distance for suburban living. Also facilitating Alamo Heights’ development was a street car line from downtown, out Broadway to Hildebrand. In 1922, the city of Alamo Heights was incorporated and city offices were located in what is now known as the Argyle Club. In 1927, city hall changed its location to where it remains presently at 6116 Broadway.
Living in Alamo Heights
Real estate in Alamo Heights has always been desirable. Residents describe it as living in a small town within a large city. The availability of shopping, schools, and socializing without accessing highways is the driving force. Real estate within the city of Alamo Heights has seen steady price appreciation, and as greater San Antonio continues to grow, there will likely be no slow down in appreciation of desirable property. Properties in Alamo Heights often carry a price differential of 20% or more over similar properties in other areas. It is not unusual to hear, “If this house were in the Alamo Heights School district we would be set.” One reason for the price differential is the Alamo Heights Independent School District and area amenities. At only 200 acres, the area is almost all developed and the scarcity of homes and home sites keeps prices strong.
Alamo Heights Education
Alamo Heights has the highest test scores of any school in Bexar county, and being smaller (4-A) than some other districts in this larger metropolitan area, the schools have a personable feel. The Alamo Heights Independent School District serves the communities of Alamo Heights, Olmos Park, Terrell Hills and a portion of north San Antonio. The district was founded in 1909 as a rural school district and became an independent school district in 1923. Approximately 29,737 people live in the district, which contains two elementary schools, one junior school, and one senior high school. Each year approximately 94% of Alamo Heights High School graduates continue their formal education by attending college, 74% in four –year colleges and 20% in junior colleges.
A Unique Environment!
The last reason people choose to live in Alamo Heights is the location in the city of San Antonio. The city within a city is located in the center of San Antonio just north of downtown. Locating yourself in the Heart of the city allows for short commutes to work, and easy drives to restaurants and shopping. With all these reasons, it's no wonder Alamo Heights Real Estate continues to be a strong investment and a great place to live!