Located just 80 miles south of the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World,” San Antonio has historically been regarded as Austin’s much more stable but dowdy and considerably less fun sibling. Case in point: whereas Austin’s city slogan is the catchy “Keep Austin Weird,” San Antonio’s is (satirically) “Keep San Antonio Lame.” However, things are changing fast for Alamo City which is increasingly becoming more popular and en vogue with younger home buyers. For instance, take this artsy modern home that popped up for sale in San Antonio’s Southtown neighborhood for $576,000.
Just 20 years ago, it would be hard to convince anyone that Southtown would eventually bloom into the artsy hipster magnet that it is now. Sited just south of touristy downtown SA, Southtown was the result of an intense revitalization project of the late 1990s that saw the total transformation of the Collins Gardens, Roosevelt, Lone Star, Lavaca and King Williams neighborhoods — the latter of which is home to some of the grandest 19th century mansions in the state, many of which were hopelessly neglected before the start of the endeavor. Now Southtown is one of the most popular spots in the city with attractions like the Blue Star Arts Complex, the famous Guenther House and Museum and Ruby City which was designed by Sir David Adjaye. Plus, it’s just a few minutes away from the wildly popular Pearl.
The home in question is sited deep in Southtown just a couple of blocks away from the San Pedro Creek Greenway. Admittedly, the house sticks out like a sore (but glam) thumb in the neighborhood and no wonder — the area has historically been home to working class Latino residents. So, if the specter of gentrification leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth this might not be the right place for you.
It’s hard to miss this quirky residence from the street — those bright red metal zig zag posts that frame the front door are certainly attention-grabbing and nicely complement the zany energy of the exaggerated shed roofline.