The 210: Why I Love My City 

I was born and raised right here in good ol’ “San Antone”, or you may hear the other natives like myself, refer to it as the 210. I left for small periods, as a young child, to live briefly in both Houston and Austin.

Growing Into It I’ve never disliked this city, but I definitely didn’t always see its beauty, as I do now. Could be, that I had the whole indifference thing every teenage girl has, too. But regardless, it’s grown on me more than ever over these last five years or so. By grown, I mean being a part of who I am, like I’m probably never going to leave. 

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True Love in the 210

Ok how can you really love “the 210” that intensely? These are some of the best things it has to offer:

1. Our Residents With All Our Traditions This place has traditions like no other, and the residents are committed to keeping these alive. It’s refreshing to see the children finding out the way that others live, like it’s second nature, by just having friends they hang out with, and seeing so for themselves through those relationships. It’s great to have educational field trips and all, but it’s also not necessary; all we have to do is travel about 30 minutes to the North, South, East or West sides of the 210.

2. Breakfast

No matter how many times I’ve had it, my mouth waters at the thought of getting breakfast tacos, even still. Now when my mouth says “breakfast”, my brain’s actually focused on BARBACOA..or carne guisada (with cheese), OH! and we can’t forget chorizo and egg!!

The kids always get their normal boring crap, but at least they’ll eat it anytime, anywhere. And at least they’re okay with getting them at pretty much any location, that way I can decide what it is that I’m in the mood for, then choose the place.

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Opinions Are Like… Now, other family members of ours, and friends, have their own two cents, as to who offers the most tasty eats on the menu, which is fine, because it just adds to my list of places that we have to go and try. And, there’s oh so many. 

3. Educational Outings
There’s a ridiculous amount of places to choose from, but you can’t really go wrong with any of them in the 210. Almost all are fairly priced, plus, during the summer there’s plenty of places that have offers for special days you can get in cheaper, or maybe even for nothing at all.

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The children seem really excited about Morgan’s Wonderland, and the San Antonio Aquarium, with all of the hands-on activities they can do. (Plus it’s always super adorable to watch them play AND learn at the same time!) The place most like the best, is the Alamo.

Remember the Alamo Centered right in Downtown S.A. at 300 Alamo Plaza, our “little” piece of history absolutely shapes this city. Be sure to check out the Educator Workshop – The Legends of Texas: From Mission to Shrine on Saturday, August 5 going on 9am-4pm and First Saturday at the Alamo on Saturday, September 2 going on from 9:30am-4:30pm. These may have participation fees and/or registration, so be sure to check out the website. 

Downtown S.A. at 300 Alamo Plaza

4. Fiesta

My birthday’s April 20, so I always got to go to Fiesta for a good day. In the “old days” it was so much fun to plan what days we were going to do what events.

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An example, driving all around town to pick up tons of folks, to head down for NIOSA (Night in Old San Antonio). The great thing is, you’ve got tons of things to choose from.

Only In the 210 Is there really anywhere else you can go to an event completely dedicated to strawberries?? All in my hometown, baby!

5. Get Your Tan On We do tend to get annoyed with the heat, and stay in until the hottest part of the day passes. But, there’s really so much to enjoy outdoors in the 210.

We’ve got a ridiculous amount of parks and places to hike, or if you’ve got little ones, you’ve got the pick of the litter when it comes to playscapes. With my 2 youngest home for the summer, and them being at great ages to experience new things that they haven’t before, we’re discovering the new play area of Hemisfair Park, libraries around town, parades..the list is endless.

Eat, Drink and…Play? If we want to stop for a bite to eat, we don’t have to go to McDonald’s or ChicFilA to let the littlest play. Quite a few restaurants have sand areas, and more, for her to enjoy, while we get a yummy meal (and maybe a margarita for the grown folk).

6. We’re Family

Just to review, you shouldn’t be questioning at this point all the things this city has to do. Even better is, you kind of get used to the parking lot that’s always on 1604; North Star Mall is right smack in the middle of the city; plus you can go to the theme parks we’re lucky enough to have.

If you don’t mind paying a little bit for parking, downtown has so much fun to explore. On top of that, you can ride in the horse carriages, trollies, or of course, plenty of Ubers.

Lucky Girl If you’re lucky like me, maybe you’ll even know someone who lives down there – in my case, my dad – and you’ll have some free parking options! You can do lots of inexpensive things to entertain yourself.

We’ve got family that lives in different parts of the country, and they all at least talk about making the trip here to see what all the fuss is about. Though we’re experiencing tremendous growth, it still feels like my little city.

One of the big reasons a lot of the younger crowd’s making their move to the 210, is this amazing school. There’s so much opportunity to further your education here.

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I went here myself. Whether you’re school-age or not, you should go visit these grounds. There’s been so much built onto it even since I attended.

8. Rodeo

Our city’s identifying function, the rodeo, is fun for the whole family. I’d encourage you to find somewhere to volunteer, to get to meet some great people AND to buy yourself a free entry.

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It’s not for everyone, but definitely something you should go to at least once. I like the family day best! Who wouldn’t enjoy seeing all those cowboys, cowgirls and HORSES at the rodeo?! My youngest hasn’t been yet, but this will likely change by next year!

9. The San Antonio Spurs I wouldn’t be doing my due diligence if I didn’t mention the greatest NBA basketball team ever, our San Antonio Spurs. Young and old alike flock to the games and events that Los Spurs are in attendance at.

My family has been to some crazy intense games with the Spurs playing..our most memorable had to have been a playoff game that we went into triple overtime in – however, just to go to any live events where you can experience this whole community coming together in support of these fantastic guys, is a real treat. There’s not a whole lot better than hearing the entire family shout “GO SPURS GO!!!” over and over.

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10. The Housing Market
My job’s not complete here until I mention the beautiful neighborhoods to choose from for a new home, because you might not know, but besides being a mother, and a blogger, I’m also a Realtor. Have you thought about entering into being a resident of our stunning city? The timing couldn’t be any more perfect and you’re welcome to reach out to me!!

One of our fabulous builders model house

Thanks for always keeping it real, S.A.!

Do you live here in the 210? Ever visited? What are some of the things you enjoy most about San Antonio? Leave me your experiences in the comments! And if you enjoyed this post, subscribe for more!! 

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For Sale In Canyon Lake, TX 

2 Listings in The Woodlands 

A 5 bed 4 full bath renovated home with an impressive display of kitchen equipment has recently been listed. It’s positioned with a wooded area surrounding it, while overlooking the lake – which undoubtedly should affect the hot Texas summers in a positive fashion. The unobstructed views looking out to the water is best explained visually, as no words could properly describe.

687 Gallagher Dr. Canyon Lake, TX

In addition, there’s a lot adjacent to the property above that is listed.
If these two listings were purchased together, it would give the buyer just under 3 acres, for a retreat-style home. Though purchasing separate is just as       nice, with over an acre on each!

Neighborhood Facts

The Woodlands subdivision has a population of roughly 431 residents, with about 84% of the properties owned and lived in, as opposed to rented out. The neighborhood loves this community because of the obvious factor of being right on the lake, but also because of how peaceful and beautiful it is out here. The common interests found within the people that currently live in this subdivision is being with family and friends, and having a love of traveling.

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