Best neighborhoods to retire

If life after work means more than a beach chair, the best place to retire might be the big city. We looked at 30 of the nation's largest metro areas and found the right neighborhoods for you.

San Antonio
Best place to retire: Downtown
Pros: Easy access to all points in San Antonio; walkable; ongoing development
Cons: Downtown living still "a new concept"
Real estate: Expect to pay $400,000 and up for a two-bedroom condo. Rentals can be found for $1,700 and up.
San Antonio is beginning to offer a walkable, urban setting in the center of the city. "There's more downtown accommodation than there's ever been," says Travis Kessler of the San Antonio Board of Realtors. But the area still has a way to go. You can count the number of condo sites on one hand, although more residences are in the works.

What's available is fairly pricey for Texas, but in return you get luxury amenities and walking access to shops, restaurants, a full-service hospital and the tourist-populated River Walk.

You can get around downtown on foot or by bus, but you'll need a car to reach nearby communities. Still, residents claim that traffic is light compared to a city like Houston. It often takes 30 minutes or less to get where you're going, including the airport. Says Joan Korte, 69: "It's like being in the hub of a big wheel. This is where the action is."

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Hudson Heights

Tudor City

South Loop

Streeterville

Marine District

Liberty Station

Penn Quarter

Woodley Park

Pearl District

Goose Hollow

South Park

Museum District

Copper Square

Washington Square

Downtown

Arts District

SoFA

Downtown

Riverside
Avondale

Mass Ave

Downtown
SoMa

Short North

Warehouse District

South Main

Cultural District

Mt. Vernon

Uptown

Back Bay

Belltown

East Town

LoDo

East Market District

East Las Vegas

Midtown Nashville

Midtown Atlanta
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