Pros: Five miles north of downtown, Alamo Heights offers a short commute and easy access to the city's botanical gardens, newest mall, and a public golf course. And there's plenty to do in the area itself, thanks to Olmos Basin Park and a slew of stores along Broadway Avenue.
Officially it's an incorporated city (advantage: lower taxes), but locals consider the area a regular San Antonio neighborhood. Alamo Heights is known as an "old money" enclave—and has the top-performing schools to match—but you can find a home for $250,000.
Cons: Public transit options are few. The housing stock is largely single-family homes. --Vanessa Richardson
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