How Much Can You Get for $170,000 or Less in San Antonio?

The exterior of a new, two-story home by KB Home at The Reserve at Southton Ranch features stone and brick siding.

San Antonio has lots to do for singles, families and older adults. Alamo City is also abundant in affordable newly built homes, like this one from NuHome Design at Meadow Pointe.

San Antonio is more than The Alamo and The Riverwalk. Sure, those two attractions are fun, but there’s so much more to The Alamo City, which is why it’s an attractive city to live in.

Sea World, Fiesta Texas, the San Antonio Zoo, delicious Tex-Mex food, proximity to other Texas cities, a great music and night scene, a restaurant scene that can compete with other big cities, lots of diversity and a low cost of living make San Antonio a wonderful place to live for anyone: families, young adults, older adults and more.

San Antonio’s median income in 2014 was $57,000. When buying a home, financial experts suggest purchasing a home that’s no more than three times your annual income. With that in mind, many San Antonians should be able to afford a home that’s $171,000 or less.

Luckily, there are many new-construction homes in San Antonio that fit this budget. Below are our favorite picks from, not only because of the home you can get, but because of the community amenities and proximity to San Antonio shopping, dining and entertainment that come with each home.

The kitchen in the Beech Plan by LGI Homes at Foster Meadows in San Antonio features a kitchen with black appliances, dark wood floors and black wood cabinets.

1) The Beech Plan by LGI Homes

The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, two-story home has all the extras that any busy family can appreciate. Starting at $162,900, this model includes energy-efficient appliances, upgraded wood cabinets, brushed nickel hardware and front-yard landscaping.

Not only is this a great home, it is in the Foster Meadows community on San Antonio’s east side. The family-friendly community with walking trails has easy access to Loop 410, making it easy to get to shopping, dining and entertainment.

The exterior of a new, two-story home by KB Home at The Reserve at Southton Ranch features stone and brick siding.

2) The Reserve at Southton Ranch by KB Home

Homes at The Reserve at Southton Ranch by KB Home range from $159,995 to $201,995. The affordable community is close to IH-37, US 181, SL 1604 and Loop 410, which means residents can easily get around San Antonio, particularly on days when traffic is high.

Residents also have quick access to Braunig Lake and students in the neighborhood attend schools in the highly rated East Central Independent District. A community park serves the neighborhood and HOA fees are low.

A rendering of the exterior of the single-story Adams Plan by Centex Homes features brick, stone and vinyl siding and a front garage.

3) Adams Plan by Centex Homes

An open-concept floor plan means the Adams plan has spaces that meld together, allowing families to enjoy time together, even if they are in different rooms. In the Adams plan, the kitchen opens to the family room. The owner’s suite has a walk-in closet and secondary bathrooms also has spacious closets. The home starts at $168,990.

Just outside of San Antonio in New Braunfels, homeowners can easily float the rivers close by. Located in Elley Crossing, the home is close to I-35 and to popular attractions like Schlitterbahn and Gruene Hall. Homes in the community range from 1,200 sq. ft. to 2,600 sq. ft. and residents have proximity to Fischer Park and Lake Dunlap, as well as Guadalupe and Comal Rivers.

A classic exterior with bluish-gray vinyl siding, dormer windows and a small porch define this new home by nuHome Designs at Meadow Pointe in San Antonio.

4) Meadow Pointe by nuHome Designs

Located near Lackland Air Force Base east of Loop 410, the Meadow Pointe community is an easy drive to downtown San Antonio. Homes in the community range from 950 sq. ft. to 1,880 sq. ft. and there are both one-story homes and two-story homes. Shopping, dining and entertainment are just a short drive away. Homes in the community range from $148,499 to $179,499.

This spacious master bedroom in a new home by Lennar at Marbach Village is spacious enough for a king-sized bed and plenty of other furniture.

5) Marbach Village by Lennar

This family-friendly community by Lennar includes spacious, affordable homes ranging from 1,004 sq. ft. to 2,871 sq. ft. Homes range from $149,999 to $243,499. Amenities include proximity to Heritage Park, where families can enjoy a picnic area, a playground, a pond, swimming pools and walking trails.

The community is located on San Antonio’s west side, close to Loops 1604 and 410, making it easy to get to schools, medical care, shopping, dining and more.

San Antonio is a great city with so much to do for all ages. With its low cost of living and affordable new-home prices, buying a new home in San Antonio is hard to pass up.
Patricia L. Garcia is an award-winning journalist and former content manager for NewHomeSource. You can find her on Google+.

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