Monte Vista, Alta Vista, Olmos Park
Monte Vista is located roughly 1.5 miles north of Downtown and includes 14 subdivisions, the largest of which is where the area culls its name. The entire set of subdivisions spans 100 city blocks and houses approximately 3,000 people. Its distinguished residential architecture, primarily from San Antonio's "Gilded Age," defined as extending from 1890 to 1930, forms the most extensive and intact neighborhood of this era in Texas.
Instead of the usual Spanish-influenced architecture that was prominent at the time, San Antonio architects went outside of the box and varied the houses. The result is an attractive mix of Queen Anne, Hollywood bungalow, Georgian, Moorish and Victorian era architecture that gives Monte Vista its unique feel.
The median price of a house in Monte Vista is $272,915, making it not only one of the most expensive neighborhoods in San Antonio but also in the entire state. The houses are expensive because most of them are quite large and are architecturally unique. The prime location near downtown and the fact that Monte Vista is a historical district also add to the price tag.
Alta Vista is one of the earliest examples in San Antonio of what is referred to today as a platted subdivision. This means that when the neighborhood was being built, it was done in such a way as to make all boundaries easy to distinguish.
Alta Vista was founded as a working class neighborhood when houses first went up in the 1920s and 1930s. The housing in the area is much more affordable than some of its neighbors, making this a great alternative to Monte Vista or other nearby neighborhoods.
Alta Vista used to be nothing but houses, but today it is a good mixture of both houses for sale, houses for rent and apartments. Many of the apartments available in Alta Vista are not traditional complexes but instead some of the larger houses in the area that were converted to multiple units. Many of these units keep the charm of the originals, making them very unique.
The average house in Alta Vista sells for $96,745. The architecture of the houses (many of which were turn-of-the-century) ranges from French to Victorian and can be from one to four bedrooms in size.
Children living in Monte Vista and Alta Vista are zoned to attend schools within the San Antonio Independent School District.
Although Olmos Park shares the same zip code as Monte Vista and Alta Vista, it is an incorporated city within the City Of San Antonio.
Olmos Park has a rich history dating back to the mid 1920's. Completely surrounded by the City of San Antonio, residents enjoy both the advantages of a small town and those of a big city.
The City has over 800 single-family homes, with an average value of $230,000. Several are valued at more than $1,500,000. Many architectural styles compliment the neighborhood and large trees form a canopy over many of the streets. There is a small apartment district of about 250 units.
The city's business district includes several restaurants and a wide range of other businesses including convenience stores, auto garages, hair salons, ritzy boutiques and service companies.
Olmos Park offers four parks, the largest of which is Alameda Circle, consisting of one-half acre.
Because Olmos Park is a city, it has it's own Police Department, Fire Department, and Environmental Servces Department. The administrative staff includes the City Manager, City Secretary, and Court Administrator.
Olmos Park is located in the Alamo Heights Independent School District. School bus service is provided by A.H.I.S.D.
-information on this page courtesy of http://www.montevista-sa.org/pages/homesMain/ , http://sanantonio.about.com/od/neighborhoods/p/AltaVista.htm , and http://www.olmospark.org/About-OP/about.html
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