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Summer Fun in San Antonio


San Pedro Pool

Although the sun is still going strong, summer is fading fast. It’s time to take advantage of the last days of summer. Here are some fantastic choices in the Alamo City!

  1. Party Bike Tours! See the city from a new perspective – by bike, and with some brews. There’s no better way to celebrate summer than cruising around the city with your friends and some tasty libations. There are a couple of companies in town that offer party bike tours – The Local Crawler and Alamo City Beer Bike. Both bikes are available for private rental. The Local Crawler offers three different tour routes – one that includes the Luxury, Burleson and Tacoland; one that includes Burleson, Big Hops, La Roca and Bexar Pub; and a final one that stops at the Bin or Shuck Shack, Burleson and Tacoland.
  2. Brunch. Enjoy a leisurely brunch during the week. NOLA Brunch & Beignets, owned and operated by one of San Antonio’s most talented chefs, Pieter Sypesteyn, just opened up near the St. Mary’s Strip and offers a New Orleans-style brunch every day except Sunday. Choose from an assortment of mouth-watering dishes, such as the bread pudding French toast with seasonal marmalade, the blue crab omelet and chef’s signature brisket grillades and grits. If you have room, you absolutely must get an order of the beignets – powdered, lemon curd or coffee and chicory.
  3. New Braunfels. Take a day trip to this cute little town, not far from San Antonio. They have far more to offer than just some good German food. During summer, you can beat the heat by grabbing a tube from Rockin’ R River Rides and floating the day away along the Guadalupe River. After a relaxing float, grab some small batch ice cream from local shop, Rhea’s, which is right around the corner. They offer deliciously creative flavors, such as avocado coconut, circus animals, and goat cheese and raspberry jam. They also happen to make what may just be the best waffle cones in Texas, but you won’t know until you try! If you’re not too tired, take a stroll through the historic downtown. You’ll find a bunch of great little shops. It’s almost impossible to not come home with something special.
  4. Cool off in Town. If you don’t have time to leave the city and don’t have access to your own pool, don’t fret. There are a couple of great pools in town you can enjoy for free. San Pedro Pool, located at the second oldest park in the U.S., San Pedro Springs Park, is just north of downtown. This lovely park not only has a giant pool, but tennis courts, so don’t forget your rackets! The pool at Woodlawn Lake is another wonderful alternative right in the heart of the city. Many people walk the perimeter of the lake before taking a dip in the pool to cool off.

If you’re looking to build a custom home in this amazing city of ours, give us a call at 210-494-5400 for a free consultation. You can also fill out our online form to request more information.


Gems at the Pearl

Jackie Treehorn Burger at Boiler House

Jackie Treehorn Burger at Boiler House

The Pearl Brewery is THE place to visit in San Antonio whether you’re a resident or a visitor. With an endless list of fantastic restaurants, bars and shops, not to mention the farmers market on the weekends and access to the north extension of the Riverwalk, you could go here just about every day and never get bored. Here are some of our favorite things to do:

Boiler House

Boiler House is a cornerstone restaurant at the Pearl and one of the best places to go to dine on an array of yummy cuisine from fun appetizers like Texas Whiskey Bacon Caramel Kettle Corn and House Chicharrones to a juicy 32 oz. Tomahawk Ribeye with bone marrow butter. Our favorite may be the Jackie Treehorn Burger – this bad boy comes with foie gras peanut butter, bacon and melted cheese. So good you’ll be dreaming about it! They also have a terrific happy hour.

Melissa Guerra

Melissa Guerra is a culinary-centric shop that sells the most stunning wares from provincial Mexico and various regions of Latin America. Here you’ll find everything from tortilla presses to vibrantly-colored ceramic dishes.

Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery

Beer lovers will delight in the fact that you can get craft brews in this historic brewery. Southerleigh, along with Hotel Emma, and Supper have brilliantly repurposed the space, utilizing items from the original brewery in new and clever ways. We recommend trying a flight of beers. Right now they’re featuring a Gold Export Lager, Texas Uncommon Ale, Darwinian IPA and Godzilla Go Juice Sake Style Beer.

Ten Thousand Villages

If you’re looking for a unique gift for that picky friend, Ten Thousand Villages is a good bet. They sell a variety of handcrafted imported goods from around the world. You’ll find jewelry, wall decorations, scarves, ceramics and even toys for the kiddos. Expect to find delights your friends will treasure forever, that is, unless you decide to keep them for yourself!


Cured is easily a local’s favorite for their housemade charcuterie. When you walk into this historic building the curing meats are showcased right next to the front door. They source locally and feature a daily farmer’s market dish made with the freshest veggies procured from the market that takes place right outside the restaurant. They also offer brunch on Sundays so don’t miss out.


The north extension of the Riverwalk that abuts the Pearl is beautifully-landscaped, and the ideal place to take a stroll morning, noon or night. Head south towards the San Antonio Museum of Art, where you can pop in for a beer at The Luxury before heading back. You can also hop on a riverboat or simply sit in the mini amphitheater outside of Hotel Emma and watch the tourists. They also hold concerts and events here.


Botika is the newest restaurant to make its debut at the Pearl and has already received a four-star review from the Express-News for their inventive Peruvian-Asian restaurant created by a former chef at the Culinary Institute of America.

After your excursion at the Pearl, call us at 210-494-5400 to discuss your new custom home ideas! If you wish to be added to our private email list for our newsletter, please sign up here.


The Rise of San Antonio’s Eastside


We think the Eastside, close to downtown, has had a bad rap throughout the years – some of it perhaps earned, but some has also been sensationalized by the media. In fact, the Eastside close to downtown is becoming one of the most interesting and blossoming neighborhoods in San Antonio. We’ll give you five good reasons why and suggest you don’t wait to check them out!

Dignowity Meats

San Antonio’s Eastside barbecue joint tops our list for the best reason to visit this up-and-coming part of town. Not only is the vibe of this outdoor eatery just fun and relaxing, but their KC-style barbecue is unbelievably delicious. We recommend the pork ribs – oh, my!


Cherry Street Bicyle Co-op

Friends and families can take advantage of this new downtown bike co-op where you can rent bikes for the day or purchase a monthly or annual membership to enjoy riding a variety of bikes throughout the city, including two-wheel bikes, tandem bikes, surreys and more. They even have a club house where you can grab a healthy, hand-made snack or host a party. Pretty soon, the mission trails will be easily accessible from Hemisphere Park so you ca hop on and ride miles and miles of trails without having to deal with any traffic. To get your membership and swag, go click on the link above.

Dignowity Hill Farmers Market

Sure, downtown can be somewhat of a food desert, which is why Dignowity Hill Farmers Market makes living or visiting downtown that much more enjoyable. You can shop here for fresh produce, hand-crafted edibles and more. They are located in Lockwood Park on 801 N. Olive at the basketball court. The market is held every 2nd and 4th Sunday from 9 am – 1 pm.

Hays Street Bridge

Hobbyist photographers will appreciate this beautiful walking bridge, located at 803 N. Cherry Street, that stretches over rows and rows of railroad tracks on the outskirts of downtown proper. With stunning views of the city, this bridge has becoming a popular spot to bring some refreshments and simply hang out. Expect the unexpected, such as drum circles and meditation groups to frequent this unique bridge.

Alamo Beer

Just below the Hay Street bridge is one of the neatest hang-outs in San Antonio. Alamo Beer is a brewery with an indoor and outdoor beer hall. This independent brewery features locally-made craft brews such as Alamo Golden Ale. On site, you’ll also find food trucks and often live music. We suggest grabbing a bike from the Cherry Street Co-op and riding over to Alamo Beer, where you can just kick back and be thankful you live in one of the most magnificent cities in the U.S.

If you’re looking to live in this wonderful town, call us at 210-494-5400 to set up a consultation for your new, custom-built luxury home – whether it’s on the Eastside or any side. If you wish to be added to our private email list for our newsletter, please sign up here.