Northwest San Antonio is where folks go to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Alamo City. This outlying area offers the best of both worlds: rural yet with access to plenty of shopping and entertainment, and quiet neighborhoods close to some of the area’s largest employers. Bounded by Loop 1604, Northwest is at the outer edge of San Antonio and enjoys views of the stunning Texas Hill Country. While still very suburban, Northwest has a more rural feel. It’s not uncommon for homes to sit on acres of land and for horses to roam in Northwest.
This business hub is home to several major corporations and military-friendly businesses like USAA, NuStar Energy, and Valero. The Northwest also includes the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and the Northwest Campus of the University of the Incarnate Word, drawing students from all over. The La Cantera District, a master-planned development with a renowned shopping center, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas are also here, as well as two other popular shopping centers.
You’ll find most military commuters in Northwest stationed at JBSA-Lackland. Living in this area makes it easy to hop on one of the loops and reverse commute, while most of your neighbors will be headed east and south into the city. Those stationed at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston or Randolph most likely live elsewhere—that drive in traffic is no joke.
Because of the universities, corporate headquarters, and businesses that anchor in Northwest, many career-minded or degree-seeking spouses gravitate to this area. As with most of San Antonio, you’ll find a good mix of military-affiliated folks and local San Antonians in Northwest.
Northwest neighborhoods have a rural feel with their spacious lots but are replete with modern suburban amenities like pools, playgrounds, and community centers. There’s a bit more space here, and you’ll find everything from historic bungalows to grand, master-planned communities with brand new homes. Most communities enjoy the scenic backdrop of the rolling Hill Country.