San Antonio is alive with arts, entertainment and culture from the Alamo to the River Walk. Tourists flock to the city every year.
But the city is more than simply a tourist attraction. It’s a convenient location to raise a family. Residents enjoy quality schools and kid-friendly attractions and communities. Families considering moving to San Antonio have many things to look forward to, however, finding an affordable home with all the community benefits is challenging.
Currently, homes in the San Antonio market have a median listing price of $240,000, which is similar to Texas’ overall median list price of $224,990. Many U.S. markets are highly competitive, making the search for the perfect family home difficult. Exhausting bidding wars are common for families competing for their ideal homes. One option to curb these competitive negotiations is to build or purchase a new construction home.
New construction homes provide advantages families can’t ignore. First, personalizing a new construction home allows parents to modify or tweak home layouts to suit their family’s needs. Next, a new construction home requires much less maintenance than older homes.
All homes require annual maintenance costing 2 to 5 percent of the home’s value. Not only are recently-built homes less costly to maintain, builders must meet updated building codes resulting in greater energy efficiencies than older homes. New construction homes are reliable and quality investments that families should consider when making a fresh start.
Families interested in the benefits of buying a new construction home should review these three San Antonio areas before making the big move.
New Braunfels, just 45 minutes from downtown San Antonio, is a popular community for families due to its low crime rates and high-ranking schools. The median list price for homes in New Braunfels is $240,000, aligned with San Antonio. The area has plenty inventory for buyers to avoid competition, with more than 250 new construction homes for sale. Alternatively, a newly-built home pairs nicely with its new construction neighbors. New construction homes are often built in suburban-style developements, offering buyers access to communal parks and shared common areas. Buyers who prefer more privacy and acerage outside of developments can work with builders to personalize home designs.
The Schertz community, positioned on the northeast side of San Antonio, is known for its family atmosphere and short commute time. Like New Braunfels, new construction is popular in traditional suburban neighborhoods. Schertz currently has more than 100 new construction homes listed for sale with a wide variety of single-story and two-story homes. Most communities have shared parks and recreation areas close to home, yet off the property to reduce clean up and maintenance. The median listing price of homes in Schertz is $246,000 – only slightly more expensive than New Braunfels.
The city of Helotes is located on the northwest side of San Antonio, offering homebuyers a secluded location that blends small-town charm with urban conveniences. Helotes is ideal for families who prefer older, residential neighborhoods to developments. The community is upscale and private with a median list price of $410,300. New contruction homes in Helotes are generally built on larger properties than homes in New Braunfels and Schertz. Families interested in purchasing a newly-constructed Helotes homes can find 10-15 current listings, fewer than the other communities highlighted.
Whether weighing the pros and cons of a new construction home, these three San Antonio areas provide new construction benefits in family-friendly communities. Find more new construction homes in the San Antonio area by visiting Zillow.com.
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**Guest Blogger Nick Elam of Zillow. Nick is a Marketing Content Coordinator at Zillow. He writes about local data topics, real estate, home improvements and interior design for the Zillow Blog and other Zillow partners.