Luxury lives in San Antonio: The 9 Most Exclusive Neighborhoods in the City

One of the biggest selling points to San Antonio is the natural beauty surrounding it-which has provided for an inspiring palette for designers, residents, and developers of luxury communities. See which neighborhoods highlight the top 9 most exclusive neighborhoods in and around San Antonio.

9. Champions Ridge

•Average price: $775,987 •Average price per square foot: $171.24 •2 homes sold for $1million+ in 2016

One of the most desirable neighborhoods in far north San Antonio, Champions Ridge is known for its sprawling hilltop homes along with exceptional views of downtown San Antonio. Homes range from $600,000 to nearly $4 million. Champion’s Ridge is a gated community, and is close to the Canyon Springs Golf course and US 281, and was a former Parade of Homes community.

Though many of the homes in Champions Ridge have custom swimming pools, residents have access to the Club at Sonterra, which offers two 18-hole championship golf courses, award-winning gourmet dining, 25 tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a fitness center.

8. Dominion

•Average price: $752,908 •Average price per square foot: $180.04 •21 Homes sold for $1 million+ in 2016

The Dominion represents the best of both worlds. Within its gates, a world of unparalleled luxurious living is found, yet outside the gates, the metropolitan amenities of the city are within easy reach.

The Dominion contains over six hundred private homes, guarded at all gated entrances and patrolled.

Ranging from garden homes nestled along the golf course to expansive estates valued at upwards of $12 million, the community is made up of multiple sub-sections, all with access to the luxurious lifestyle that the Dominion is known for, right at their fingertips.

Complete with its own golf course, country club, guard gate, and tranquil ponds complete with swans-the manicured community has a reputation known for it’s ambiance. A members-only club, the Dominion Country Club offers a world-class golf course, seven separate dining areas, a wine room, 13 tennis courts, an Olympic-sized pool, and a spa.

While the location is a huge appeal to residents of The Dominion, the range in price offers many different options to those wanting to call the neighborhood home.

•Average price: $1,380,012 •Average price per square foot: $258.01 •15 homes listed for $1million+ in 2016

7. Waterford Heights

Waterford Heights is a new community tucked away within The Heights at Stone Oak. Located on the far north side of the city, the Stone Oak area is not only one of the most popular areas, it is also one of the fastest growing.

A small community, every home is priced near or over $1 million and is required by the HOA to be no less than 4,500 square feet. These magnificent custom estate homes, all built on one to one and a half acre lots. Residents of the community also have access to a playground, tennis courts, a soccer field, a sand volleyball court and a sports court.

6. Bentley Manor

•Average price: $690,595 •Average price per square foot: $209.69 •3 Homes sold for $1million+ in 2016

A premier neighborhood within the established area of Shavano Park, Bentley Manor is located in northwest Bexar County, approximately 12 miles north of downtown San Antonio. It offers access to major employers, and convenience to the South Texas Medical Center-the community has become a favorite for those seeking sophisticated luxury.

The community features a distinctive array of varying types of architecture and designs including single-family homes, garden homes, and estate homes. With several of the homes being former Parade of Homes properties, many include custom appointed details such as designer kitchens, luxury master baths, extensive use of fine stone, finish molding throughout the home, custom windows, audio and security systems, lavish landscaping, and many other amenities.

5. Anaqua Springs Ranch

•Average price: $1,246,667 •Average price per square foot: $210.92 •4 Homes sold for $1million+ in 2016

A premier 920-acre estate lot development located northwest of San Antonio, this master planned, community is known for both its expansive estates and the breathtaking beauty of the Hill Country that surrounds it. Environmentally protected, this award-winning community sits in a unique contrast of rugged limestone bluffs and lush wooded ravines that wind along the waterfalls and springs of Leon Creek. Within the community, state of the art technology and premium amenities combine with some of the most awe-inspiring views atop the highest hilltops in Bexar County.

Anaqua Springs Ranch provides a serene and private retreat for residents to relish in its beauty, while acres of private parks and miles of scenic walking trails offers an exclusive way to get outdoors.

Architecturally restricted, and built with native limestone and other rocks that are constructed using a stacking method, homes must be built by one of the several approved builders for the neighborhood. Well designed custom homes, complemented by large home sites, the properties in Anaqua Springs are nestled into a breathtaking landscape that constructs a visual masterpiece.

4. Alamo Heights

•Average price: $549,951 •Average price per square foot: $225.87 •7 Homes sold for $1 million+ in 2016

The established Alamo Heights is recognized as one of the most sought after neighborhoods since the location is excellent, with proximity to downtown, parks, mature trees, and all the conveniences of a quaint, village community. Made up of a variety of housing from modest post-war craftsman styles to elegant Mediterranean style estates, homes in Alamo Heights easily sell for over $100 more per square foot than the rest of the city.

In addition to having a fabulous school district, Alamo Heights contains a community garden, rotary club, Little League, dog park, and member’s only pool. Additionally, residents of Alamo Heights enjoy both The Quarry Golf Club and the Ft. Sam Houston Golf Club, along with The Quarry shopping center, all located within the community.

3. Terrell Hills

•Average price: $646,830 •Average price per square foot: $216.78 •12 Homes sold for $1 million+ in 2016

Neighboring Alamo Heights with often larger lots with custom redevelopment and rich history is Terrell Hills. Just five miles northwest of downtown, this historically exclusive community offers the convenient situational location of Alamo Heights- minutes from the best restaurants, schools, and attractions.

2. Olmos Park

•Average price: $516,811 •Average price per square foot: $214.16 •3 homes sold for $1 million+ in 2016

Olmos Park is noted for its large Mediterranean style homes and tree-lined streets, giving it a secluded, park-like feel. Located near the core of San Antonio, only 4 miles north of downtown, the community shares in its exclusivity with two other neighborhoods on our list: Alamo Heights and Terrell Hills. Together, these communities make up the Tri-Cities area, all with access to the Alamo Heights School District, premier golf courses, and a variety of upscale shopping and dining options.

Developed in the late 1920′s as an exclusive suburb of San Antonio, this now incorporated city has been named the second wealthiest area of the Alamo City.

Reputed for its title of being one of San Antonio’s most architecturally significant neighborhoods, Olmos Park is also known for the environmental benefits. With an abundance of mature oaks and other trees canopying the streets, coupled with the stately and timeless estates throughout the community, it is easy to become enveloped in the appeal. Several high-end boutiques and restaurants that represent some of San Antonio’s most desirable venues are also within close range, giving the area a small, local village appeal.

1. Cordillera Ranch

•Average price: $1,090,028 •Average price per square foot: $230.80 •13 Homes sold for $1 million+ in 2016

Cordillera Ranch offers resort-style living on 8,700 acres of unsurpassed Texas Hill Country splendor. Surrounded by the crystal clear spring waters of the Guadalupe River, this master planned community was specifically designed to strike a decorated balance with the ancient rolling hills that characterize the area.

Known for their amazing views, homes in Cordillera Ranch look out upon the Guadalupe River as it meanders through the limestone valleys carved centuries ago. As with Anaqua Springs, homes in the community are built by one of four renowned San Antonio custom home builders.

In addition to the gorgeous homes and spacious lots the neighborhood presents, there is an abundance of amenities, including a world-class Golf Club that is ranked 5th in Texas, and 1st in the Austin and San Antonio area. Much like a resort, the neighborhood also maintains a spa and fitness facility, a tennis and swim club, and a rod and gun club. The neighborhood additionally offers a variety of recreational activities including an equestrian club providing both English and Western-style riding, canoeing, and kayaking down the Guadalupe, supervised skeet shooting, and private fishing outings.

Homes start in the mid $500,000′s and well above a million.