NBC Sports Sports' Travis Hale - The Comfort of Feeling Small | San Antonio | Alteza

By Travis Hale, NBC Sports

It was a quiet cadence that he continued to repeat, rarely venturing beyond five simple words:

“Uno … dos … tres … quarto … cinto.”

Cade, my 5-year-old son, counted on his small, chunky fingers — often whispering incorrect numbers in Spanish to himself, seated next to me as I watched a San Antonio Spurs game. New to kindergarten this year, he’s been exposed to an entire new world of learning, a big part of which involves immersion in the Spanish language. E-mails from his teacher come in sets  —  one paragraph is written in English and the message is subsequently repeated in Spanish. All communication in his school is delivered similarly. Each directive is relayed verbally or in writing in both languages.

To be completely honest, his educational environment, and the journey he’s only just begun  — one that already looks and feels a lot different than the one I took —  is a bit daunting and occasionally unsettling. He is growing up in a rapidly changing world, one in which knowing Spanish is now more necessity than luxury, particularly here in South Texas. Though that newness, that unknown, at times gives his mom and me pause, this is the life we have chosen for our children.

This is life in San Antonio.

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San Antonio is a delicious mix of culture and grit. It’s Fiesta and rock ‘n’ roll. It is diversity and discipline; borracho beans, machismo and schnitzel. Almost 60 percent of residents in San Antonio are Hispanic/Latino according to the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. That demographic breakdown gives credence to visions of swirling, glorious China Poblana dancers and the masculine, majestic Mariachi bands that populate tourism brochures and crowd the famous River Walk. Those flamboyant displays give San Antonio an identity and help make the city the No. 1 tourist destination in Texas. But there’s richness to the culture that’s deeper than a sea of reds and greens and flowered crowns worn by latin princesses.

Beyond the spectacular color and sound, there’s a sense of family and community rarely found in a city so vast. Every metropolis has its tribal tendencies  —  a desire from its residents to grab hold of a common bond. Though there are San Antonio Spurs fans all over the world, there is no more concentrated legion of Spurs fans than here within the city limits. While other cities rightly claim a rabid fan base of their own  —  look no further than Boston’s recent celebration of the Patriots in three feet of snow, or Seahawks fans who literally move the needle on the Richter scale during a big play  —  the passion in San Antonio is a bit different, a bit more personal. Fortunes and spirits rise and fall with the Spurs. With rare exception, hearts and loyalties belong to the Spurs.

San Antonio doesn’t have the glamour and shine of Dallas or Austin. It’s America’s seventh-largest city by population but pales in comparison to the urban sprawl and never-ending highways that cut through and concurrently bind Houston. San Antonio is unique because, for all its size and people, it’s a really small town. And despite the celebrities that call the Alamo City home — from George Strait to Eva Longoria — San Antonio is at its core a blue-collar city.

U.S. Census Bureau data shows median income well below that of other major Texas cities and in the bottom third of the 25-most populous metropolitan areas nationwide. But there is a wonderful pride taken in that. Translated, “puro” means “pure,” and it is the single-word battle-cry to describe life here. For all our struggles, challenges and pitfalls, life in San Antonio is pure. And, regardless of race, income bracket, or neighborhood, all San Antonians take a measure of pride in our puro. The Spurs have their own identity, their own beautiful brand of basketball. San Antonians have a uniqueness, too, and that fierce independence so alive in both has made the love affair strong. The blue-collar city beautifully pairs with her blue-blooded basketball team.

There is smallness here. It’s not immediately visible, particularly on the drive into town on Interstates 10 or 35 as the seemingly endless suburbs and strip centers unfurl all around, but the smallness begins to tease soon thereafter. Several of the radio stations are owned by local media conglomerate iHeartMedia, Inc. (formerly Clear Channel Communications) so the same, familiar voices can be heard on channel after channel. Traffic reports are done from inside a studio rather than from a helicopter, and it is painfully obvious when the reports are farmed out to a sister station in Houston as the newscaster reads the (often dated) update, flubbing the most common San Antonio street names. “Culebra,” is mispronounced CUH-LA-BRUH or “Potranco Road” is laughingly referred to as POT-RAN-CO with a complete dearth of rolling ‘r’s. That’s not puro.

San Antonio is also dominated by a single grocery store chain, H-E-B, which has the local market cornered. Their massive stores dot the landscape every few square miles, and their real-estate ventures ensure the company owns vast swaths of land across South and Central Texas.

A tremendous community steward and advocate, H-E-B’s budget for charitable events and sponsorships is quite impressive. Furthermore, their annual television ads released in October and featuring members of the Spurs have become the most anticipated media launch in town. H-E-B understands and exploits the concept of familiarity, promoting smallness and family, above all else. From an article by Roger Dooley in Forbes:

We are inclined to like people more when they seem like us. As a Texas-only store, H-E-B works the Lone Star connection into every aspect of its marketing. In their extensive private label selection, Texas references abound. Many products are branded as “Hill Country Fare,” a reference to the Hill Country area of the state. Coffee varieties have names like, “San Antonio Blend.”

This strategy would help in any area, but is particularly effective in Texas. That state has an unusually strong sense of identity, and most Texans are proud to emphasize their association with the state. Driving around residential neighborhoods, it’s not uncommon to see the majority of houses sporting some kind of Texas symbol — a five-pointed star, or a state outline.

The sentiment isn’t unlike an allegiance to a sports team. Perhaps it’s not strong enough to induce Texans to paint their faces or wave banners every day, but it’s a pervasive feeling in the state.

It is organizations like these and countless others that limit options while breeding familiarity. And that contributes to a perpetual shrinking feeling inside a city of over two million people. But make no mistake: Nothing binds those who live here quite like the Spurs. Nothing makes the town smaller than the Spurs.

More than Banners…

The San Antonio Spurs were created in 1973 under peculiar circumstances. The Dallas Chaparrals were a struggling ABA franchise and its ownership was looking for an exit. A group of San Antonio investors led by Angelo Drossos, a former dance-instructor, and Billy Joe “Red” McCombs, the colorful entrepreneur and co-founder of the aforementioned Clear Channel Communications, “rented” the franchise from the Dallas ownership group and moved it to San Antonio for a three-year period, with the option to buy the team at the end of the term. Drossos and McCombs made the decision to purchase after just one year, when the newly formed Spurs posted higher attendance figures than their NBA counterparts in Houston. Their ABA existence lasted just a few years, highlighted by “Dime Beer Nights,” James Silas’ often late-game heroics, and the presentation of a live horse named “Tuff Julie” to Freddie Lewis, the winner of the MVP Award in the 1975 ABA All-Star Game held in San Antonio. Oh, and there was also the game against legendary coach Larry Brown and the Denver Nuggets when fans showered the court with avocados and Coach Brown with beer. Puro.

In 1976, thanks in large part to Drossos’ negotiation skill during the NBA Summer Meetings, the Spurs were one of four ABA franchises accepted into the NBA. And arguably the world’s biggest little city had arrived.

Al Sturchio and the Sound of the Spurs

The HemisFair Arena days featured trumpet player Al Sturchio and his seven piece band, regaling the crowd with rousing renditions of “San Antonio Rose” and “The Yellow Rose of Texas.”

“We had so much fun over there,” Sturchio told Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express News in 2013. Red McCombs shared his memories with Orsborn as well. “The great thing was the whole city showed up — West Side, North Side, East Side, South Side — with one common goal: Kill the opponent,” McCombs said.

And more from Orsborn:

When the team needed a boost, Sturchio played “Charge!”

“Al got everybody riled up with that trumpet,” Gervin said.

Between the third and fourth periods, the band serenaded the crowd with the Spanish ballad “Volver” as a spotlight fell on the Bum’s “Dancing Harry” while he waltzed with an imaginary partner.

“Al and the band played real San Antonio music, music you wouldn’t hear anywhere else,” former Spurs coach Bob Bass said.

Said Sturchio: “It was an atmosphere of joy.”

And one that screamed South Texas.

That was on purpose,” Wayne Witt, former director of communications for the Spurs said. “We wanted that identity. That was all part of the aura, of opponents saying, ‘Oh, geez, we got to go to San Antonio and play in that place, where all they do is play that loud Mexican music.’”

The Spurs recent accomplishments are well known. Five NBA titles in the last 16 years and a slew of Hall of Fame players have called San Antonio home. But here’s a little-known secret: The Spurs are so much more than banners and shimmering, golden Larry O’Brien trophies on display. Sure, the championship seasons are fodder for the best memories. But more than anything, those banners serve as validation for a city whose inhabitants often feel overlooked in favor of the larger, shinier cities in the state.

Those championships are grand, but so were the nights in HemisFair Arena when cigarette smoke wafted through the rafters and Al Sturchio played his horn. The raucous crowds of HemisFair and then later the cavernous AlamoDome have in large part been squeezed out in favor of corporate seating and a better-behaved audience. It still gets loud and rowdy, but the exuberance now is kept to an NBA-sanctioned, acceptable level.

Remember the Alamo?

Common on the glossy brochures promoting the city and living inside the imaginations of little boys (and girls) with a penchant for adventure, is the legend of the Alamo. The worldwide symbol for bucking the odds and standing one’s ground can be found in downtown San Antonio, unceremoniously situated across the street from the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum.

The famous battle took place at the fort in late February and early March of 1836 between Texan forces and General Santa Anna’s massive Mexican Army, with the final siege occurring in the pre-dawn hours of March 6. The siege and ultimate slaughter of almost everyone inside was over in a matter of minutes, but the legendary bravery of those men, from William Travis to Davey Crockett, endures. Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna a few weeks later at the Battle of San Jacinto, securing Texas’ independence, but the small force that fought at the Alamo remain San Antonio — and Texas — heroes. A description of the aftermath from that fateful morning from sonofthesouth.net:

Thus fell the Alamo and its heroic defenders; but before them lay the bodies of five hundred and twenty-one of the enemy, with a like number wounded. At an hour by sun, on that Sabbath morning, all was still; yet the crimson waters of the aqueduct around the fort resembled the red flag on the church at Bexar! The defenders of Texas did not retreat, but lay there in obedience to the command of their country; and in that obedience the world has witnessed among men no greater moral sublimity.

Within the city’s bylaws is the directive that no building can ever be built that will, at any time during the day, cast a shadow on the Texas landmark. It is a true treasure and hallowed ground. Yet, almost without fail, when anyone lays eyes on the iconic site for the first time their first reaction is always, “Is that it?” The chapel that remains is immeasurably smaller than the legend itself.

The smallness is there.

West Side, North Side, East Side, South Side

A few blocks south of the Alamo grounds is HemisFair Park, home to HemisFair Arena, which was torn down in 1995. The Spurs moved across Highway 281 into the massive AlamoDome following the 1992–93 season and played there for a decade. Just a few hundred feet north is E. Houston Street, and the stretch of road to the AT&T Center (where the Spurs now call home) is just a tad over three miles. The segment of road is a straight shot through neighborhoods with barred windows, yet no one seems afraid to sit on the front porch and visit. A few houses are decorated with homemade Spurs signs or pictures of any combination of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. At Christmastime the decorations are sparse but poignant.

City leaders decided to build the new arena east of downtown in an effort to revitalize the area. It hasn’t worked as well as originally hoped. The sparkling arena and its well-manicured landscaping seem a bit out of place among the weathered warehouses and parking lots that populate the land around AT&T Center Parkway.

To the northeast of the AT&T Center along I-35 is the city of Converse and one of San Antonio’s many military facilities, Randolph Air Force Base. San Antonio is known as “Military City, USA,” and for good reason. The expansive military presence gives the city a strong sinew built from discipline and control. Perhaps it is that presence that makes the Spurs  —  as they are currently composed — so well respected in town, and so well understood. Sure, the success of the franchise is a factor, but Gregg Popovich understands the warrior class and more importantly, the warriors understand him.

About five miles to the west of downtown along Highway 90 is the area of the city that will always be true San Antonio for me. When I moved my family here a decade ago my office was located on the corner of General McMullen and Castroville Road, across the street from the San Fernando Cemetery. It was there where I saw the vendors open shop, often out of the trunks of cars or under a canopy on the side of the road, on any major holiday to sell roses or valentines or poinsettias or tiny American flags for loved ones to lay in the cemetery.

The green grass and grey concrete slab headstones are covered in vibrant reds and blues almost daily. It was also there where I was introduced to Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the dead) and the elaborate altars created cemetery-wide to pay respect to the deceased. Common offerings in the altars include candy and a shot of tequila.

I’d often eat lunch at Taqueria Vallarta just down the street. Ordering was sometimes difficult, but I learned how to get the carne asada and iced tea in broken Spanish well enough. It’s a great place to watch old couples from the neighborhood enjoy their lunches in virtual silence and black Spurs T-shirts.

Just south of Highway 90 and a few miles further west are two more Air Force Bases: Kelly and Lackland. The roar of F-16s and the slow, majestic rumblings of the massive C-130 cargo planes fill the skies overhead. To the northwest, up along highway 151 is Westover Hills, one of the fastest growing areas of the city. What was farmland just a few years ago is now filled with strip malls and restaurants, whose consumers consist of west-side residents and military personnel.

Highway 151 intersects with Loop 410 in the middle of all the growth. Traveling northeast and cutting back through what is now the central part of the city are a few Red McCombs car dealerships, several H-E-B’s and Henry’s Puffy Taco. Henry’s is a terrific local establishment with the best Taco Nortenos in town and is where a waitress once asked my family if we were Norwegian. “No, we’re just pale and blonde,” I replied.

My daughter was three when we moved here and one of the most disconcerting habits of old-time San Antonians was their propensity to approach unannounced and softly touch her head before quickly moving on. It seemed to happen everywhere. Restaurants, H-E-B, everywhere. It was a relief to learn later that the act was out of respect and admiration, and an attempt to not curse her with “El Ojos.”

Ojos means “eyes” in Spanish, and legend holds that if you stare at something of beauty for too long you’ll curse it. To break the spell you have to touch the object. These older men and women around town were telling her how beautiful they thought her long blonde hair was without saying a word.

Further east on Loop 410 is Broadway, which cuts south through Alamo Heights, home of the 09ers and old money. The 09ers, named for the last two digits of the area’s zip code, are usually the fans with courtside seats at Spurs games. The neighborhoods are stunning with beautifully crafted homes and gnarling oak trees that often join to form a tunnel over the roads.

A couple of miles east of that is Austin Highway and Earl Abel’s Café, with the best fried chicken in town and where the waitress will do her best to sell you a pie or two to go. Austin Highway crosses Harry Wurzbach, and just off to the left of that intersection and behind an H-E-B is the George Gervin Youth Center. It’s a charter school and academy for troubled youth and home to basketball tournaments for teams from all over South Texas, founded by the Spurs legend in 1995. With my daughter’s love for basketball, we spend most weekends in one of the center’s three gyms and it’s not uncommon to say a quick hello and endure an appendage-swallowing handshake from Gervin himself.

A few miles south of the Gervin Center is one of the most breathtaking sites in all of San Antonio: the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery and its thousands of perfectly aligned, simple white headstones. I never pass without feeling profound gratitude and sadness for all those brave souls that gave their lives to protect us all. There’s an overwhelming sense of smallness when trying to comprehend their discipline and sacrifice.

Back to the west is the community of Terrell Hills, with more historic neighborhoods and well-appointed homes. A few miles north, just off of Highway 281, is the Mariscos El Bucanero restaurant, where construction workers and day laborers feast on fantastic, creamy Gobernador shrimp tacos or spicy steak ranchero.

Interstate 10 cuts into the city from the far northwest side and then makes an L-shape through the center of downtown, heading east towards Houston. The Dominion neighborhood is on the northwest side of I-10 with its rolling hills and mansions of stucco and terra cotta roofs. The Dominion is home to George Strait, some members of the Spurs and lots of new money. Five miles further west is Helotes and the legendary John T. Floore Country Store, where on any given night Willie Nelson just might show up and play. It’s a true Texas experience to gorge on their homemade tamales and drink cold beer while listening to live Hill Country music under massive oak trees.

Back towards the heart of the city along NW Military Drive is the Jewish Community Center that continues to sponsor adult basketball leagues for weekend warriors wanting one more taste of glory and several neighborhoods that are home to a large portion of the city’s Jewish population. The H-E-B in the center of it all has a terrific kosher selection and delectable Cuban sandwiches.

Further south, and back toward the east, are the airport and a seemingly endless number of large banks and hotels, en route to Interstate 35 and back towards downtown near the Alamo and River Walk.

Traveling the different corners of the city can be done in a couple of hours, depending on the time of day and traffic. But regardless where you find yourself, San Antonio’s uniqueness will overwhelm. Every place has a feeling, an emotion. Every city can be personified. New York and Houston are in a hurry; Santa Fe and Austin are artistic; Seattle is elegantly gloomy and Detroit is down on her luck. And as Hondo Crouch — the legendary Hill Country poet, former mayor of Luckenbach and “imagineer” — said, “Dallas smiles too hard.”

For San Antonio, it’s family. San Antonio is blue-collar and pure and small. San Antonio is home.

Fiesta & Reluctant Exuberance

In August, there’s a greyish haze in the air and the oppressive heat threatens to never relent. In January, there might be a translucent brown cloud covering the city composed of cedar pollen and pure evil. But the best time of year is in late April when Fiesta is underway, the grassy medians that divide the city’s roads are covered in bluebonnets and the Spurs are about to embark on another playoff run.

For the uninitiated, Fiesta is quite simply a party, nearly a month long, that begins in mid-April. There’s an Oyster Bake, and the ceremonial crowning of a king (El Rey Feo). Then there’s a crowning of a dog (El Rey Fido). There are “Nights in old San Antonio,” a River Parade and a Battle of Flowers. And weaved into all of these events are two things: beer and gorditas (think tacos but with a puffy, deep-fried yet softer outer shell).

As for the Spurs, their playoff charge has become an annual event, as well. Businesses all over town hang huge GO SPURS GO! signs on their buildings and the mood is festive. It’s after the pollen and before the heat, and a city that adores celebration is ready to once again live and die with its Spurs. The cars traveling along the highways described above are equipped with at least one black Spurs window flag, but, more often than not, at least two. What Friday nights in the fall are to tiny, West Texas towns and high school football, April is that for San Antonio and the Spurs.

But April 2014 was different. The usual bravado from a city home to a team with four trophies was replaced with caution. The Spurs themselves were quietly confident in their march, but the city was reluctant to believe again.

June 2013 was a devastating betrayal for those that love the Spurs. Not by the team or organization, but a betrayal by their own hearts. So many allowed themselves to be vulnerable, to believe that a group of aging veterans had one final run in them and they came so painfully close on a steamy summer night in Miami. Spurs fans have been preparing themselves for the end of the Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili era for several years, so it truly was a traumatic experience to have what many believed would be one final championship for these weathered veterans so quickly ripped away.

It was incredibly difficult for the fans all over, but particularly for the residents of San Antonio to jump back on board after such heartbreak as the team trudged along through the regular season last year. It was evident from the start that fans were reluctant to fully embrace the possibility that this team might be able to climb back to the top of the mountain. But slowly they did. Even after the pain from the summer of 2013, they did. The Spurs themselves methodically marched back toward their goal, and one by one, the fans fully gave themselves back to their team. The city wasn’t ready last April, but by June the familiar machismo was back.

In 2014, Gregg Popovich and the Spurs went out and did the impossible. They somehow found a way to use the devastation from 2013 to fuel them to another championship. They pulled themselves off the mat and continued charging forward, carrying a reluctant fan base and city on their shoulders who were quite naturally kicking and screaming in protest until the very end. Fiesta usually ends in April, but last year it carried on through late spring and for the entire summer.

I had the privilege of covering the Spurs last season during their championship run. I’ll carry with me countless memories from that magical time: Gregg Popovich’s piercing, all-knowing, yet oblivious stare; Tim Duncan’s pre-game routine of shadow boxing Kawhi Leonard; and Danny Green wandering the halls beneath the arena looking for a snack. And the length of the cathartic roar during Game 5 of the NBA Finals after Leonard made a pull-up 3-pointer to give the Spurs the lead for the first (and last) time will stay with me forever.

But perhaps my favorite came during the fourth quarter of Game 1 against Miami. During the regular season, the gameday press corps has a spot on the east end of AT&T Center looking down on the court. But as the playoffs progress, temporary seating is built for the throng of reporters on the west end in the H-E-B Fan Zone. The platforms are very high and the seats are essentially in the center of the arena so the view of the court is great. Game 1 was the now infamous night when the air conditioning went out and LeBron James struggled late with leg cramps.

It was indescribably hot inside the arena that night. I noticed the heat just as I got to my seat before the game started. At first it seemed a result of the extremely cramped temporary seating, but it wasn’t long before we heard that the air conditioning was out. The players struggled mightily on the court and the game was excruciatingly close throughout. The constant motion of the thousands in attendance fanning themselves with game programs distracted from the play on the court. But during the fourth quarter, as the temperature began to impact everyone, those fans inside relentlessly urged the Spurs to finish.

The chants of GO SPURS GO! would start high in the rafters on one side of the arena and the other side would soon follow. My seat was a perfect spot to hear the synchronization  — to my left the chant would start and seconds later the fans to my right would begin. The two sides would continue, seconds apart, but sync together and eventually make the tiny hairs on the back of your neck tingle. At one point, their roars prevented the famous Spurs Coyote from completing one of his bits, which never happens; the Coyote runs the show, but not on that night. It was organic and spectacular. And it was solely the work from the most die-hard fans in the cheapest seats in the arena.

I can imagine there were several thousand who spent more money than they should have to be there but had no regrets. They were the fans from all corners of the city that at one time probably enjoyed dime beer night at HemisFair, or sat up near the massive curtains at the Alamo Dome. Hell, some may have even thrown avocados at Larry Brown so many years ago. And it was those same fans that felt the most joy when the Spurs won on that steamy night and days later secured their fifth title.

It was those, and the thousands of others, that shut down the major highways and small neighborhood roads near downtown on Father’s Day 2014, to celebrate a championship in a way that only San Antonio can and that I’m most happy for.

Just before midnight, after the Spurs defeated the Heat and won their fifth title and the last of the press conferences had wrapped up, I walked out onto the court. The floor was covered in confetti and people, but it wasn’t fans or VIPs who were celebrating. It was the ushers and vendors and paid staff of the AT&T Center taking pictures and making snow angels in the piles of confetti on the floor. It was employees of Spurs Sports & Entertainment, celebrating an NBA championship on the hardwood of the AT&T Center late into the night. It was all the people that make the machine run, but few ever see. It was the Spurs Family. The nameless, faceless “little people” that make the big things possible.

The Smallest Details

Of course, if you were to ask those inside the Spurs’ organization they’d probably shrug it off. Sure it’s an important part of the evening, but it’s nothing special. It’s just another piece of the machine, part of the myriad operations that churn out success night after night, year after year. Like so many components of this franchise, there is an underappreciated precision in carrying out such a small, simple task.

There is a group of men assigned to it, rotating throughout the game. Sure, these men have other duties to perform, but taking care of it is just as important as anything they will do during the night. There is nothing fancy about it. It’s just an unassuming paper Gatorade cup. Actually it is two cups stacked together, doubled for stability and to prevent sweating. No bells and whistles. No rock ‘n’ roll.

Late in the fourth quarter of a game in early spring, Gregg Popovich called timeout with the lead. The cup was filled to halfway and placed gently atop a folded Gatorade towel on the edge of the scorer’s table as players left the court. The assistant coaches joined Popovich on the court several feet away to diagram plays. Boris Diaw sauntered off the court and prepared to take his regular seat on the edge of the scorer’s table. The cup was pulled to safety as Boris effortlessly plopped down. The feeling of relief from the cup men was palpable.

Soon after, Boris stood and joined the huddle. The cup was placed back on the edge, in its rightful spot. But suddenly Boris returned to lounge once again.

Pull the cup! Quickly, pull the cup!

Again the cup is pulled to safety just in time. No need for Boris to concern himself with its safety. He’s got a job to do, as do the cup men. Boris sits where he pleases and pirouettes on the court, while the men take care of the cup. Everyone knows their appointed role, no matter how small.

As the buzzer sounded and the players returned to the court, the chaotic symphony reached a crescendo. Popovich’s timeout chair was handed to Coach Engelland, who leaned it up against the scorer’s table behind the bench while all others scurried for their spots.

The NBA is a glorious wonderland but the space available during a game is minimal, ridiculous even. Giant men cramped together, shoulder-to-shoulder, knee-to-knee.

But it’s even more crowded for the support-staff that sit behind the team. A young trainer attempted to return to his seat with a tray full of water bottles. He’s a man of slight build, which is of critical importance. The distance between the last chair on the bench and the scorer’s table is a few inches at best and a larger man wouldn’t fit. His challenge was to navigate the opening while not disturbing Pop’s cup, which was sitting precariously on the edge of the scorer’s table atop a towel, leaving it completely vulnerable and unbalanced. He’d done it a thousand times but the butterflies never go away. It’s almost as if the cup was placed in that exact spot as some sort of test. And on that night, and during that particular timeout, the slight young trainer experienced the scare of his life.

He nudged the cup with his tray of bottles, almost tipping it over. Fortunately the nudge proved harmless and the cup didn’t spill. Everyone assigned, and even those that weren’t, took notice. That was too close.

As play resumed, Popovich walked past the cup and wandered a few feet down the sideline. He barked orders to Tony Parker and made a gesture with his hand, similar to a parent making shadow puppets for his kids. The defense was set. Popovich returned to the edge of the scorer’s table and looked absently at his cup. In the midst of wondering whether he had the right personnel and defense he took a quick drink, swishing the cool water in his mouth. The game resumed and he set it once again on the towel.

In one fluid motion it was refilled by one of the nameless cup men as Coach Popovich turned his full attention toward the play on the court. The moment went unnoticed by the thousands in attendance, but the routine, like so many other tiny, seemingly irrelevant tasks, are part of the bigger picture. The Spurs seem to do the small things better than most and the microcosm in that moment has always stuck with me.

And so it goes for the San Antonio Spurs.

Gregg Popovich’s expectations dominate the organization. He expects excellence from his players, coaching staff and those responsible for the tasks not usually seen. His pursuit is unending and, by his sheer force of will, the smallest things converge to create a series of very big things. Five of them in fact.

Or as my son might say, “cinto.”

The Smallness in it All

And so it goes for my city.

Differences in our cultures and the length of our winter are both small. My son cautiously taking small steps into a brave new world, counting in Spanish on his tiny fingers. The familiarity and routine found in the nation’s seventh-largest city, making it feel so little. The absence of a physically imposing structure downtown to match the history and allure of the Alamo, whose ghosts seem to come out in the spring shortly after the battle’s anniversary to celebrate with the rest of us. And the majesty and awe found in a military cemetery and the overwhelming realization that there are things, there are moments, there are movements bigger than all of us.

For 42 years the city of San Antonio has loved her Spurs. And the Spurs have reciprocated by bringing us closer together, making San Antonio feel like a family. Making everything feel smaller.

And, once again, it’s almost April.

 

 

 

 

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San Antonio’s Stock Show & Rodeo Opens This Thursday The Alteza

San Antonio’s Stock Show & Rodeo Opens This Thursday

Also known as San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. (S.A.L.E.) has grown to one of the largest, most prestigious single events in the city of San Antonio,… Read more »

Hotel, Office, Retail Development Coming to Hemisfair District The Alteza

Hotel, Office, Retail Development Coming to Hemisfair District

Alteza is excited to share the good news coming out of downtown San Antonio.  With the recent approval of the historic City Bond program, many… Read more »

10 Reasons Why Alteza in San Antonio Offers a Timely Real Estate Opportunity? The Alteza

10 Reasons Why Alteza in San Antonio Offers a Timely Real Estate Opportunity?

Most people have heard the old adage – real estate is all about LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. In truth, it’s even more about TIMING! When it… Read more »

The One Big Real Estate Trend You Need to Understand in 2017 The Alteza

The One Big Real Estate Trend You Need to Understand in 2017

FORTUNE Kerry Close,Money Forget a tale of two cities: Extreme housing market fragmentation is now creating different experiences for home buyers and sellers in a… Read more »

10 Top Things to Happen to Downtown San Antonio in 2016 The Alteza

10 Top Things to Happen to Downtown San Antonio in 2016

Convention Center Expansion – The $325 million expansion and renovation of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center was completed, giving San Antonio the infrastructure to… Read more »

What Are The Most Walkable Neighborhoods In Texas? The Alteza

What Are The Most Walkable Neighborhoods In Texas?

Texas cities don’t have a great rep for walkability. Like, you technically can walk around most cities in Texas, but doing so isn’t always super pleasant…. Read more »

Geekdom Touts Five-Year Rise of Downtown San Antonio’s Tech Scene The Alteza

Geekdom Touts Five-Year Rise of Downtown San Antonio’s Tech Scene

By David Holley, Xconomy San Antonio—Downtown San Antonio has been better known for its tourist attractions in recent decades than its business activity. In the… Read more »

Christmas Services Held at the San Antonio Missions The Alteza

Christmas Services Held at the San Antonio Missions

Hundreds of years ago, Spanish missionaries and indigenous peoples alike flocked to the five San Antonio missions, seeking protection, shelter and religious guidance. Today, locals… Read more »

City Vs. Country – Who’s Living Healthier? The Alteza

City Vs. Country – Who’s Living Healthier?

A variety of lifestyle conditions come together to make country living less healthy. For example, deaths from traffic accidents are more common in rural areas,… Read more »

New Model to be Unveiled at Holiday Open House Weekend The Alteza

New Model to be Unveiled at Holiday Open House Weekend

Christmas time in Downtown San Antonio is a magical time of year. Beautiful holiday décor lines the city streets and the River Walk, traditional holiday… Read more »

5 Ways to Enjoy San Antonio Downtown This Holiday Season The Alteza

5 Ways to Enjoy San Antonio Downtown This Holiday Season

Holiday Magic Festival of Lights December 1 to January 8, 5:30 PM until 11 PM Holiday Magic Festival of Lights is the first-ever Chinese lantern… Read more »

10 San Antonio Restaurants that Have Your Thanksgiving Meal Covered The Alteza

10 San Antonio Restaurants that Have Your Thanksgiving Meal Covered

Edited from an article by Alejandra Lopez, San Antonio Current Though fun to eat, cooking a Thanksgiving meal can be a time consuming, stress-inducing, hellish ordeal… Read more »

FOUR NEW REASONS TO BE THANKFUL IN DOWNTOWN SAN ANTONIO! The Alteza

FOUR NEW REASONS TO BE THANKFUL IN DOWNTOWN SAN ANTONIO!

New San Antonio Tech High School Receives $600K Donation from 80/20 Foundation The San Antonio nonprofit 80/20 Foundation is giving Tech Bloc a $600,000 grant… Read more »

5 Reasons to Attend the Alteza City Lights Tour Thursday Night The Alteza

5 Reasons to Attend the Alteza City Lights Tour Thursday Night

Daylight Savings time — Whether you love it or hate it, the early darkness provides a benefit you may not have considered.  It’s the return of… Read more »

Alteza Hosting City Lights Open House on Thursday, November 17th The Alteza

Alteza Hosting City Lights Open House on Thursday, November 17th

DOWNTOWN SAN ANTONIO –  The Alteza Residences above the Grand Hyatt in downtown San Antonio boast some of the most spectacular views in all of… Read more »

Alteza Above the Grand Hyatt Launches Closeout Campaign in Downtown San Antonio The Alteza

Alteza Above the Grand Hyatt Launches Closeout Campaign in Downtown San Antonio

Closeout Opportunities Offered on Remaining Residences As the “Decade of Downtown” continues in San Antonio, the neighborhood surrounding these luxury condominiums along the River Walk… Read more »

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts – 2016 Global Awards for Excellence Winner The Alteza

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts – 2016 Global Awards for Excellence Winner

HOT OFF THE PRESS – JUST ANNOUNCED! URBAN LAND INSTITUTE AWARDS TOBIN CENTER WITH GLOBAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Location: San Antonio, Texas Developer: Tobin Center for the… Read more »

Mala Luna Music Festival Comes to Southtown this Weekend The Alteza

Mala Luna Music Festival Comes to Southtown this Weekend

San Antonio is an incredibly unique and flourishing city with so much to offer – from the history to the local sports to the growing business… Read more »

San Antonio’s Wine Scene Celebrates the Opening of High Street Wine Co. The Alteza

San Antonio’s Wine Scene Celebrates the Opening of High Street Wine Co.

At the 25th Annual Wine Industry Financial Symposium held in Napa Valley in September, a wine market research company presented results of a Mobile Wine Consumer Survey.  Billed… Read more »

Downtown San Antonio Historic District – “A Good Move” The Alteza

Downtown San Antonio Historic District – “A Good Move”

Downtown San Antonio is constantly on the move, and for residents of Alteza Above the Grand Hyatt the future is bright.  This week, the San… Read more »

Alteza Shares News from Around Downtown San Antonio The Alteza

Alteza Shares News from Around Downtown San Antonio

Bliss Named to Open Table’s 100 Best Restaurants in America Bliss restaurant was named as one of the country’s 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies by… Read more »

Alteza Launches Closeout Campaign for Remaining 20 Condominiums The Alteza

Alteza Launches Closeout Campaign for Remaining 20 Condominiums

Alteza above the Grand Hyatt has been a part of San Antonio’s  history. With limited inventory remaining, the developer is motivated to move the remaining… Read more »

Hemisfair to Host “A Year in Review” Community Meeting at Majik Theatre The Alteza

Hemisfair to Host “A Year in Review” Community Meeting at Majik Theatre

It’s been said that Hemisfair is one of the most exciting things happening in San Antonio today. It’s an ambitious and transformational project, emblematic of the… Read more »

San Antonio Snags Top 5 Spot on Realtor.com’s Hottest Housing Markets Ranking The Alteza

San Antonio Snags Top 5 Spot on Realtor.com’s Hottest Housing Markets Ranking

The San Antonio Business Journal’s Katie Burke reported on the Hot San Antonio housing market this week.  For homeowners living in one of San Antonio’s… Read more »

Tech Industry Growth Brings High-Paying Jobs to Downtown San Antonio The Alteza

Tech Industry Growth Brings High-Paying Jobs to Downtown San Antonio

More  good news to share about downtown San Antonio’s growing business climate and growth.  The San Antonio Business Journal recently highlighted the surge in tech activity… Read more »

Zillow Ranks San Antonio in Top Ten Cities For Kids …. and Adults The Alteza

Zillow Ranks San Antonio in Top Ten Cities For Kids …. and Adults

Downtown Activities add to Consumer Appeal Zillow created a list of the nation’s best places for children by searching listing descriptions for kid-friendly terms across… Read more »

Get Your Tickets in Hand for This Hot San Antonio Performances The Alteza

Get Your Tickets in Hand for This Hot San Antonio Performances

Living at Alteza in Downtown San Antonio is never boring. In fact, one of our biggest challenges is keeping up with the never-ending calendar of… Read more »

History, Culture Revealed on World Heritage Bike Tour Near Alteza Condos The Alteza

History, Culture Revealed on World Heritage Bike Tour Near Alteza Condos

DANIEL KLEIFGEN on 10 September, 2016, The Rivard Report As more than 350 cyclists dismounted, had their “Tour de las Misiones” passports stamped, and explored San… Read more »

‘Transformative’ San Pedro Creek project begins in Downtown San Antonio The Alteza

‘Transformative’ San Pedro Creek project begins in Downtown San Antonio

By John W. Gonzalez, San Antonio Express News, September 8, 2016  After years of planning, construction is starting on a $175 million San Pedro Creek Improvements Project that officials… Read more »

Labor Day Weekend Events in Downtown San Antonio The Alteza

Labor Day Weekend Events in Downtown San Antonio

Every weekend is filled with fun for residents of Alteza in Downtown San Antonio, but holiday weekends are even better.  Walk from the Grand Hyatt… Read more »

New Federal Courthouse is Great News for Hemisfair and Alteza The Alteza

New Federal Courthouse is Great News for Hemisfair and Alteza

The San Antonio Business Journal reported exciting news for Downtown San Antonio this week, and it’s great news for residents of Alteza above the Grand… Read more »

Instead of Austin, Try San Antonio The Alteza

Instead of Austin, Try San Antonio

Money Magazine Announced 7 Trips That Are Better (and Cheaper) In the Fall by Stirling Kelso  Aug. 19, 2016 Another big week for San Antonio in the… Read more »

Hemisfair Civic Park Taking Shape Near Alteza Condominiums Downtown The Alteza

Hemisfair Civic Park Taking Shape Near Alteza Condominiums Downtown

This view of the Hemisfair’s Civic Park, taken from the rooftop pool deck of The Alteza above the Grand Hyatt,  provides a real time update… Read more »

Ambitious Plans Take Shape at San Antonio’s Lone Star Brewery The Alteza

Ambitious Plans Take Shape at San Antonio’s Lone Star Brewery

Here’s some more exciting news for Residents of The Alteza above the Grand Hyatt and others who have invested in San Antonio. The unparalleled urban lifestyle… Read more »

New Model to be Introduced at The Alteza Open House The Alteza

New Model to be Introduced at The Alteza Open House

On Saturday & Sunday, August 13th & 14th, The Alteza above the Grand Hyatt in Downtown San Antonio will be hosting its Sweet Summertime Open… Read more »

Law School Graduate Chooses The Alteza Downtown Lifestyle The Alteza

Law School Graduate Chooses The Alteza Downtown Lifestyle

When Stephanie Zaragoza finished up law school in San Antonio, she new that downtown was the neighborhood where she wanted to live. She appreciated the… Read more »

10 Upcoming Wine Festivals Within 3 Hours of San Antonio The Alteza

10 Upcoming Wine Festivals Within 3 Hours of San Antonio

The San Antonio Food & Wine Festival is scheduled for January 27th to the 29th. Mark your calendars and get your tickets early for this… Read more »

San Antonio Film Festival 2016 Underway at the Tobin The Alteza

San Antonio Film Festival 2016 Underway at the Tobin

July 25th – July 31st, 2016 San Antonio’s biggest film festival is well underway. Its director is Teacher/Film Maker/Entrepreneur Adam Rocha. This is the 22nd time that… Read more »

Rising Home Prices Open Lifestyle Options for BabyBoomers The Alteza

Rising Home Prices Open Lifestyle Options for BabyBoomers

Four years of rising home prices are creating new opportunities for a lot of baby boomers and entrepreneurs as and empty nesters nearing retirement. For… Read more »

Save the date! World Heritage Festival Scheduled for September in San Antonio The Alteza

Save the date! World Heritage Festival Scheduled for September in San Antonio

It will have been a year since the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)  designated the San Antonio Missions as a World Heritage Site…. Read more »

First Margaritaville in Texas opens at Rivercenter in Downtown San Antonio The Alteza

First Margaritaville in Texas opens at Rivercenter in Downtown San Antonio

Texas’ first Margaritaville restaurant opened within walking distance of The Alteza in downtown San Antonio.  Margaritaville’s new home is in The Shops at Rivercenter, and it… Read more »

San Antonio sees Surge in Homebuyers Seeking City Living The Alteza

San Antonio sees Surge in Homebuyers Seeking City Living

When walking through many areas of San Antonio or in the surrounding neighborhoods it is difficult not to notice the new vibe in town.  There… Read more »

Homebuyers Gravitating to The Alteza’s Walkable Downtown Lifestyle and Value The Alteza

Homebuyers Gravitating to The Alteza’s Walkable Downtown Lifestyle and Value

With downtown San Antonio continuing to attract new investment, The Alteza above the Grand Hyatt remains the address of choice for those who want to… Read more »

San Antonio Named America’s Friendliest City by Travel + Leisure The Alteza

San Antonio Named America’s Friendliest City by Travel + Leisure

Is it downhome charm—or just talking about good food— that makes a city seem welcoming? T+L readers ranked the most affable cities across the land. We’re proud… Read more »

Downtown San Antonio Events Near Alteza in July The Alteza

Downtown San Antonio Events Near Alteza in July

There’s always so much to do in Downtown San Antonio.  Here’s a sampling of upcoming events you won’t want to miss: University Health Systems Fitness… Read more »

Brazilian Scientists Descend on Grand Hyatt on June 29th and the World will be Watching The Alteza

Brazilian Scientists Descend on Grand Hyatt on June 29th and the World will be Watching

Edited article from PRweb, published by the Teratology Society In San Antonio, the Grand Hyatt is certainly the epicenter of life downtown. But on June… Read more »

San Antonio Home Market Kicks Off Summer With Steady Rise in Sales, Prices The Alteza

San Antonio Home Market Kicks Off Summer With Steady Rise in Sales, Prices

by Katie Burke, San Antonio Business Journal article The findings in the San Antonio Board of Realtors’ monthly housing reports have been so steady over the years… Read more »

San Antonio Health and Wellness Expo This Weekend Near Alteza The Alteza

San Antonio Health and Wellness Expo This Weekend Near Alteza

The 3rd Annual Health & Wellness Expo is coming to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center this weekend.  This year’s event will feature special guest… Read more »

Map My Ride – San Antonio Cycling Trails Near Alteza The Alteza

Map My Ride – San Antonio Cycling Trails Near Alteza

Early summer is a great time to ride in San Antonio. The days start out with a cool breeze and the high temps are still… Read more »

Perfect San Antonio Summer Day for History Buffs The Alteza

Perfect San Antonio Summer Day for History Buffs

If you’re a history buff, San Antonio Magazine recommends you immerse yourself in the story of the Alamo City   BY TRAVIS BOWLES, STEPHEN ROSS,… Read more »

Insurance Giant USAA Expands Downtown San Antonio Staff The Alteza

Insurance Giant USAA Expands Downtown San Antonio Staff

According to the San Antonio Business Journal’s Katie Burke, local insurance giant, USAA, is expanding its downtown San Antonio staff substantially in the coming year.  In San… Read more »

Downtown San Antonio Events – Memorial Day 2016 The Alteza

Downtown San Antonio Events – Memorial Day 2016

Are you gearing up for a great Memorial Day weekend with family or friends in Downtown San Antonio? If so, here’s a few activities you… Read more »

Tobin Center to Host Symphony Appreciation Weekend in Downtown San Antonio The Alteza

Tobin Center to Host Symphony Appreciation Weekend in Downtown San Antonio

Residents of Alteza and other locals downtown can enjoy a free simulcast at the Tobin Center Riverwalk Plaza of the San Antonio Symphony’s performance of… Read more »

Realtor.com – Reverse Migration: How Baby Boomers Are Transforming City Living The Alteza

Realtor.com – Reverse Migration: How Baby Boomers Are Transforming City Living

In a recent article published by Realtor.com, some of the nation’s top real estate professionals provide their insight on the impact retiring babyboomers are having… Read more »

Forbes:  San Antonio Looks To Boost Core With Hemisfair Park The Alteza

Forbes: San Antonio Looks To Boost Core With Hemisfair Park

By Scott Beyer, Forbes Contributor San Antonio, TX–A half-century ago, the city of San Antonio made a huge mistake. To prepare for the 1968 World’s… Read more »

Alteza Hosts Blue Star for Brisket & Brew Open House, May 21st & 22nd The Alteza

Alteza Hosts Blue Star for Brisket & Brew Open House, May 21st & 22nd

Two of Downtown San Antonio’s most popular neighbors are joining together to share a taste of the good life in this thriving urban locale.  Alteza… Read more »

VA Loans Approved for Alteza Luxury Residences The Alteza

VA Loans Approved for Alteza Luxury Residences

Many service members and veterans are looking to take advantage of their VA loan benefit but aren’t quite looking for the heavy maintenance of home ownership.  A… Read more »

“Love It” and “List It”   – Real Estate in Downtown San Antonio The Alteza

“Love It” and “List It” – Real Estate in Downtown San Antonio

The popular HGTV renovation show gives homeowners the choice of loving their home or listing it after the update. The decision often comes down to… Read more »

H-E-B buys City Block near Downtown San Antonio Headquarters The Alteza

H-E-B buys City Block near Downtown San Antonio Headquarters

Alteza Residences above the Grand Hyatt is excited to share the good news — Downtown San Antonio continues to attract corporate investment.  The new H-E-B was a… Read more »

Top 10 Reasons to Call Alteza Above the Grand Hyatt Home The Alteza

Top 10 Reasons to Call Alteza Above the Grand Hyatt Home

WALK THIS WAY. Right out the door to the world-class Hemisfair. To the galleries. To the Tobin Center. And, when you’re ready for a workout,… Read more »

Texas Cavaliers’ River Parade in Downtown San Antonio The Alteza

Texas Cavaliers’ River Parade in Downtown San Antonio

Tonight is the night.  San Antonio is celebrating its rich historic pass with this year’s Texas Cavaliers’ Parade along the River Walk.  The event will… Read more »

San Antonio Prices are Projected to Grow by 26% over the Next Three Years The Alteza

San Antonio Prices are Projected to Grow by 26% over the Next Three Years

The Alternative Daily Released it’s “5 Cities Where You Should Invest in Real Estate Now.”   San Antonio made the cut.   After reading the article,… Read more »

Triple A Baseball committed to Downtown San Antonio by 2019, Is Soccer Next? The Alteza

Triple A Baseball committed to Downtown San Antonio by 2019, Is Soccer Next?

The devil is always in the details, but the prospect of professional baseball downtown adds new excitement to a downtown lifestyle fit for sports enthusiasts. Last… Read more »

Economist — Just How Long Can San Antonio’s Real Estate Boom Last The Alteza

Economist — Just How Long Can San Antonio’s Real Estate Boom Last

By Katie Burke, Report San Antonio Business Journal Those in San Antonio’s real estate market know it has been a great cycle these past few… Read more »

Where in San Antonio will you find the smartest, most fashionable, healthy, and fun-loving people? The Alteza

Where in San Antonio will you find the smartest, most fashionable, healthy, and fun-loving people?

At the Alteza Open House on Saturday and Sunday! Okay, a little self serving…. but seriously, there are 5 super smart reasons to take a very hard… Read more »

San Antonio Could Make Home Court History Tonight with a win Over Miami The Alteza

San Antonio Could Make Home Court History Tonight with a win Over Miami

Our beloved San Antonio Spurs (59-11) are four games back of the Warriors for the Western Conference lead. After Monday’s disappointing 91-88 loss to Charlotte,… Read more »

It’s Big League Weekend in Downtown San Antonio The Alteza

It’s Big League Weekend in Downtown San Antonio

H-E-B Big League Weekend is an annual two-game Major League Baseball spring training exhibition hosted at the iconic Alamodome just minutes from the Towers of… Read more »

Living Lucky on St. Patty’s Day in San Antonio The Alteza

Living Lucky on St. Patty’s Day in San Antonio

It happens every year – March 17th…..that one day a year we are all a little bit Irish. Whether your holiday traditions include wearing green… Read more »

6 Things to Brag About When You Live 25 Floors Above San Antonio The Alteza

6 Things to Brag About When You Live 25 Floors Above San Antonio

I can invite 20 friends fly in for a girl’s weekend and still have hundreds of Guest Rooms left over! I can throw a stone… Read more »

New Condos Planned for Downtown San Antonio – Prices Likely to Rise Due to Construction Costs The Alteza

New Condos Planned for Downtown San Antonio – Prices Likely to Rise Due to Construction Costs

It’s a good news/bad news scenario for Downtown San Antonio. For Downtown San Antonio’s Decade of Downtown – the good news, developers are now making… Read more »

32 Reasons to Love San Antonio The Alteza

32 Reasons to Love San Antonio

Edited from an article by Sam Staff of San Antonio Magazine, February 2014 Non-San Antonians are often bewildered by residents’ passions for the city, and… Read more »

This Weekend’s Roundup for Downtown San Antonio The Alteza

This Weekend’s Roundup for Downtown San Antonio

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo February 25th – 27th 2016 | ATT Center | SARodeo.com It’s rodeo time, San Antonio! A mixture of livestock, shopping,… Read more »

Livability.com Ranks San Antonio #5 on Best Places to Escape the Winter The Alteza

Livability.com Ranks San Antonio #5 on Best Places to Escape the Winter

Winter blues got you down? You’re not alone. According to the National Mental Health Disorders Association, 10-20 percent of Americans struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder,… Read more »

San Antonio Ranks 4th Nationally for Prosperity, 9th for Growth The Alteza

San Antonio Ranks 4th Nationally for Prosperity, 9th for Growth

The Metro Monitor by the Brookings Institute measures the performance of the nation’s major metropolitan economies in three critical areas for economic development: growth, prosperity,… Read more »

Downtown San Antonio Fun This Weekend The Alteza

Downtown San Antonio Fun This Weekend

Sure it’s Superbowl Weekend, but that only takes care of Sunday night. Here’s some ideas for the rest of the weekend in Downtown San Antonio!… Read more »

ULI San Antonio Real Estate Forecast: 3 things to Watch in the Year Ahead The Alteza

ULI San Antonio Real Estate Forecast: 3 things to Watch in the Year Ahead

At the Urban Land Institute San Antonio Real Estate Outlook luncheon last month, the latest version of PricewaterhouseCoopers and ULI’s Emerging Trends Report was presented…. Read more »

Forbes – Best Buy Cities: Where To Invest In Housing In 2016 The Alteza

Forbes – Best Buy Cities: Where To Invest In Housing In 2016

By Erin Carlyle, Forbes Magazine, January 27, 2016 To find out where investors might get the best bang for their housing buck, and where aspiring… Read more »

$1 Million Artwork Unveiled at Convention Center Near Alteza Downtown The Alteza

$1 Million Artwork Unveiled at Convention Center Near Alteza Downtown

Edited from an article By Elda Silva, MYSA.COM The city of San Antonio unveiled a $1 million public art project Tuesday afternoon at a ribbon… Read more »

THERE’S NO FOOTBALL THIS WEEKEND – It’s the perfect time to Visit Alteza’s Open House! The Alteza

THERE’S NO FOOTBALL THIS WEEKEND – It’s the perfect time to Visit Alteza’s Open House!

Let’s face it – you’re bummed this weekend – NO FOOTBALL. It’s a weekend where you need to get out of the house and start… Read more »

The Inside Scoop on Alteza’s Condo Resale Rate The Alteza

The Inside Scoop on Alteza’s Condo Resale Rate

When looking for a new home, it’s easy to fall in love with 25th floor views of the city and a concierge at your beck… Read more »

Welcome Back Neighbor – Joske’s Building Reopens at Rivercenter Mall The Alteza

Welcome Back Neighbor – Joske’s Building Reopens at Rivercenter Mall

After three years of a massive renovation, the Rivercenter Mall finally celebrated the grand reopening of the Joske’s Building this week. The long-awaited event was… Read more »

Could the last Alteza Penthouse be in play for “Raider” move? The Alteza

Could the last Alteza Penthouse be in play for “Raider” move?

With rumors flying about the Oakland Raiders considering a move to San Antonio, players, coaches and key stakeholders remain in limbo for the 2016-17 season…. Read more »

San Antonio Restaurant Week  – January 18th – 23rd The Alteza

San Antonio Restaurant Week – January 18th – 23rd

Culinaria’s winter edition of San Antonio Restaurant Week is back for its second year with even more delicious food options to choose from. With over… Read more »

Job Growth Fuels San Antonio Condo and Real Estate Surge in 2015 The Alteza

Job Growth Fuels San Antonio Condo and Real Estate Surge in 2015

The frenzied pace of home sales in San Antonio last year drove the number of properties sold to an all-time high, eclipsing the previous record… Read more »

Alteza Vs. The Broadway – Who Scores Highest in San Antonio’s Luxury Condo Competition? The Alteza

Alteza Vs. The Broadway – Who Scores Highest in San Antonio’s Luxury Condo Competition?

Downtown San Antonio has risen to the forefront on the national stage. Foodies, history buffs, travel writers, and big business – everyone is talking about… Read more »

Good News for Downtown Condo Residents– Uber is Back! The Alteza

Good News for Downtown Condo Residents– Uber is Back!

Uber and Lyft are back in business in San Antonio after reaching an agreement with City Officials. For residents of Alteza in the heart of… Read more »

Half Hotel, Half Home: Is it the Best of Both Worlds? The Alteza

Half Hotel, Half Home: Is it the Best of Both Worlds?

Edited from San Antonio Express News Article By Richard Webner, December 24, 2015 New developments in San Antonio are fusing hotels and apartment buildings with the… Read more »

It’s Time to Celebrate San Antonio on New Year’s Eve! The Alteza

It’s Time to Celebrate San Antonio on New Year’s Eve!

Spend your New Year’s Eve at the Celebrate San Antonio festival in Downtown San Antonio.  Enjoy live music, entertainment, great food and libations.  The Celebrate… Read more »

5 Ways Living Downtown Ensures for a Healthier 2016 The Alteza

5 Ways Living Downtown Ensures for a Healthier 2016

It’s that time of year again. One for making resolutions about life for the coming year. With a growing interest on health and fitness, here’s… Read more »

5 Not-to-Miss Perks of Living Above a Hotel The Alteza

5 Not-to-Miss Perks of Living Above a Hotel

Living above a world-class hotel has its perks. Which one is at the top of your list? The location is prime. High-rise hotels have unparalleled… Read more »

There’s much more to San Antonio, Texas than the Alamo thanks to cool art, food, and design scenes here The Alteza

There’s much more to San Antonio, Texas than the Alamo thanks to cool art, food, and design scenes here

BY MICHAEL KAMINER NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Remember the Alamo? You will if you visit San Antonio. The limestone Spanish mission, whose 1836 battle shaped… Read more »

Alteza Hosts Final Open House Weekend of 2015 The Alteza

Alteza Hosts Final Open House Weekend of 2015

DOWNTOWN SAN ANTONIO –  2015 has been very good to Alteza. The luxury condominium residences above the Grand Hyatt is now 80% sold out. For those… Read more »

Alteza Announces 80% Sellout of Downtown San Antonio Condos The Alteza

Alteza Announces 80% Sellout of Downtown San Antonio Condos

As another positive sign for the renaissance of downtown San Antonio, Alteza above the Grand Hyatt announced it has reached 80% sellout. The achievement is… Read more »

12 Days of Alteza Kicks Off with Ugly Sweater Party for Real Estate Pros The Alteza

12 Days of Alteza Kicks Off with Ugly Sweater Party for Real Estate Pros

Tuesday night was filled with smiles and good cheer as San Antonio’s top real estate professionals were welcomed to Alteza above the Grand Hyatt to… Read more »

Holiday Home Tour Open House This Weekend, Downtown San Antonio Luxury Condos The Alteza

Holiday Home Tour Open House This Weekend, Downtown San Antonio Luxury Condos

Sat. & Sun., Dec 12th & 13th, Noon to 5 pm. The Christmas holidays are a magical time in downtown San Antonio. The festive atmosphere… Read more »

Kiss Members Open New Restaurant at ATT Center near Downtown San Antonio Dec. 11th The Alteza

Kiss Members Open New Restaurant at ATT Center near Downtown San Antonio Dec. 11th

Downtown San Antonio continues to attract empty nesters and retirees seeking a rock star lifestyle of arts, entertainment, culinary adventures and special events. One grand… Read more »

San Antonio Recognized as Bicycle Friendly Community The Alteza

San Antonio Recognized as Bicycle Friendly Community

The Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC℠) program provides a roadmap to improve conditions for bicycling and the guidance to make a better, bikeable community a reality…. Read more »

Living at Alteza, I’m Thankful for….. The Alteza

Living at Alteza, I’m Thankful for…..

Great Neighbors. We’re a true community of people who enjoy each other’s company. The Concierge Team. All throughout the year, they help make life easier…. Read more »

La Villita Announces New Fashion Boutique Near River Walk and Alteza Above the Grand Hyatt The Alteza

La Villita Announces New Fashion Boutique Near River Walk and Alteza Above the Grand Hyatt

New York fashion designer Marisol Deluna will open a design studio, boutique and educational facility in downtown San Antonio’s La Villita Historic Arts Village just a… Read more »

Celebrate Ford Holiday River Parade Near Alteza Condos – Dinner Packages Available The Alteza

Celebrate Ford Holiday River Parade Near Alteza Condos – Dinner Packages Available

November 27th, 2015 – 5 PM – Midnight The 34th Annual Ford Holiday River Parade is a San Antonio tradition cherished by the residents of Alteza above… Read more »

Downtown San Antonio Scores High on Condo Walkability Scale The Alteza

Downtown San Antonio Scores High on Condo Walkability Scale

WalkScore.com weighs in on one of today’s most important new home amenities – Walkability. A new blend of empty nesters, young professionals and retirees are flocking… Read more »

Our Condo has the Best Neighbors Ever…Cool, Fun People that it’s a Pleasure to Run Into The Alteza

Our Condo has the Best Neighbors Ever…Cool, Fun People that it’s a Pleasure to Run Into

I love living at Alteza. Everyone who knows me understands I don’t just like it here, I love it. There are mornings when I’m perched… Read more »

Popularity of Urban Lifestyle Have Prompted Runaway Condo-Value in Many Housing Markets The Alteza

Popularity of Urban Lifestyle Have Prompted Runaway Condo-Value in Many Housing Markets

Condos are appreciating faster than single-family homes in markets across the U.S., especially where job markets are thriving or urban renewal is underway, according to… Read more »

Millennials have Tough Competition for Downtown Condominiums The Alteza

Millennials have Tough Competition for Downtown Condominiums

Millennials have tough new competition for the condominiums and apartments heating up the nation’s housing market: Mom and Dad. Roughly 10,000 baby boomers are retiring… Read more »

9 Halloween Weekend Events Surrounding Alteza Condominiums in Downtown San Antonio The Alteza

9 Halloween Weekend Events Surrounding Alteza Condominiums in Downtown San Antonio

For our residents at Alteza above the Grand Hyatt, this weekend is filled with choices! So much to do, so little time. Here’s a snap… Read more »

San Antonio’s Dia de los Muertos, Zombie Walk & River Walk Halloween Fest Near Alteza The Alteza

San Antonio’s Dia de los Muertos, Zombie Walk & River Walk Halloween Fest Near Alteza

The weekend rain couldn’t stop the fun as La Villita hosted its first Muertos Fest’s contest. Completed altars were tightly wrapped in plastic and held together with… Read more »

Why are so Many Doctors Choosing to live in Downtown San Antonio? The Alteza

Why are so Many Doctors Choosing to live in Downtown San Antonio?

San Antonio is a city on the rise–nationally recognized for being one of the top foodie cities in the country, its friendly atmosphere, a great… Read more »

San Antonio’s New Reputation as a “hip” Secondary Market Expected to Fuel Investment The Alteza

San Antonio’s New Reputation as a “hip” Secondary Market Expected to Fuel Investment

By Katie Burke, San Antonio Business Journal People may have once called it lame, but San Antonio’s reputation among national investors is becoming a whole… Read more »

San Antonio Ranks in The 10 Best U.S. Cities to Get a Job The Alteza

San Antonio Ranks in The 10 Best U.S. Cities to Get a Job

Edited from a story published by Business.com With an unemployment rate of 5.3 percent as of July 2015, there are still approximately 8.3 million Americans… Read more »

¿Cuánto cuesta un departamento de lujo en San Antonio? The Alteza

¿Cuánto cuesta un departamento de lujo en San Antonio?

vive USA el Universal, Jueves 15 de octubre del 2015 Un nuevo edificio con 160 condominios de lujo en San Antonio Texas es la nueva… Read more »

5 Reasons to Attend the Pop to the Top Open House This Weekend The Alteza

5 Reasons to Attend the Pop to the Top Open House This Weekend

Downtown San Antonio life just keeps getting better, and residents of Alteza above the Grand Hyatt are loving every minute of it. With the opening… Read more »

Centro San Antonio Ready to Take a Swing at new Downtown Stadium The Alteza

Centro San Antonio Ready to Take a Swing at new Downtown Stadium

By W. Scott Bailey, San Antonio Business Journal After years of chatter among local business and political leaders about the merits of a new baseball… Read more »

Chalk It Up Turned Houston Street into a Work of Art The Alteza

Chalk It Up Turned Houston Street into a Work of Art

What a fantastic way to spend an afternoon in Downtown San Antonio.  The 11th annual Artpace Chalk It Up festival was hosted by local nonprofit… Read more »

Hemisfair Opens Near Alteza Bringing Art, History & Fun to Our Backyard The Alteza

Hemisfair Opens Near Alteza Bringing Art, History & Fun to Our Backyard

It’s Open!  Finally, the long-awaited phase I of the new Hemisfair opened this weekend, and it was worth the wait.  Throughout the opening weekend, special… Read more »

Yanaguana Garden to open next Weekend at Hemisfair Park The Alteza

Yanaguana Garden to open next Weekend at Hemisfair Park

By Tyler White, SA Express News, Friday, September 25, 2015 A new playground and public art display at Hemisfair Park opens next weekend, where guests can… Read more »

10 Apartments with the Best Views in San Antonio The Alteza

10 Apartments with the Best Views in San Antonio

No. 1 – Alteza above the Grand Hyatt Floors:  34 Rent:     From $3,095/month Neighborhood:  Downtown Amenities:  Rooftop Pool, City Views, 24-Hour Concierge, Fitness… Read more »

Amenities that Should be Ignored When Buying Luxury Condos The Alteza

Amenities that Should be Ignored When Buying Luxury Condos

Property listing on luxury condominiums can surely leave you drooling at the descriptions linked to them. Experts, however, warn us not to be easily swept… Read more »

San Antonio Listed in the Top Five Cities for Best Relative Real Estate Value The Alteza

San Antonio Listed in the Top Five Cities for Best Relative Real Estate Value

“It’s a Great Time to be Buying in Middle America” – CBRE A recent report from real estate services firm CBRE suggests that, not only are… Read more »

Arquitectonica Modern Architecutre On Display at Alteza Open House The Alteza

Arquitectonica Modern Architecutre On Display at Alteza Open House

Model Home Tour This Weekend – Sept. 19th & 20th, noon to 5 p.m. DOWNTOWN SAN ANTONIO – In Miami, The Related Group just announced… Read more »

A New Light Rail Line between San Antonio and Austin is Gaining Momentum The Alteza

A New Light Rail Line between San Antonio and Austin is Gaining Momentum

A new rail line between San Antonio and Austin is gaining support.  Anyone who has driven between San Antonio and Austin knows full well that… Read more »

World Travelers Choose Life Above the Grand Hyatt The Alteza

World Travelers Choose Life Above the Grand Hyatt

Retired Couple Opts for Alteza’s Five Star Conveniences After living in Seattle for 40 years, Bob and Jan Harvey, were ready for a new adventure… Read more »

Hello Downtown San Antonio.  Good Bye Big House and Washington DC. The Alteza

Hello Downtown San Antonio. Good Bye Big House and Washington DC.

When Chuck and Marion Palaza decided it was time to move back to Texas, they chose a big home in Stone Oak.  It wasn’t long… Read more »

Tobin Center’s First Season – An Inspiring Performance The Alteza

Tobin Center’s First Season – An Inspiring Performance

Since its opening in the fall of 2014, the Tobin Center in Downtown San Antonio has hosted hundreds of performances with several hundred thousand guests…. Read more »

Here’s why it’s a good time to invest in San Antonio’s Central Business District The Alteza

Here’s why it’s a good time to invest in San Antonio’s Central Business District

By Katie Burke, San Antonio Business Journal As far as other central business districts go, San Antonio has been behind the curve in terms of… Read more »

Homebuyers Flocking to Downtown and Singing its Praises The Alteza

Homebuyers Flocking to Downtown and Singing its Praises

San Antonio’s Downtown Alliance’s Urban Renaissance program launched in 1998, and individuals and businesses have been overwhelmingly in favor of the plan and its execution. Former… Read more »

6 Ways to Celebrate the Tobin Center’s First Anniversary The Alteza

6 Ways to Celebrate the Tobin Center’s First Anniversary

Downtown San Antonio is celebrating the first anniversary of the Tobin Center’s Opening. It’s been quite a year in the “Decade of Downtown,” one that… Read more »

The Hottest of the Hot: What Are the Top 10 ZIP Codes in America? The Alteza

The Hottest of the Hot: What Are the Top 10 ZIP Codes in America?

By Cicely Wedgeworth, Realtor.com | August 14, 2015 Homes in these top 10 communities sell four to nine times faster than the national average, and spend… Read more »

Young Professionals Use FaceTime to Secure Alteza Home The Alteza

Young Professionals Use FaceTime to Secure Alteza Home

Social Media Is a Growing Trend in the Home Buying Process When young professionals Samar and Kajel Shah found out they were moving to San… Read more »

Alteza Downtown Luxury Living – San Antonio The Alteza

Alteza Downtown Luxury Living – San Antonio

Published by: NHome, Written By: Chinyere Okoro Alteza Residences, where unparalleled living begins on the 25th floor, is located in the rich and diverse cultural center of… Read more »

Culinaria’s San Antonio Restaurant Week is Underway The Alteza

Culinaria’s San Antonio Restaurant Week is Underway

AUGUST 15-29, 2015 Alteza Residences above the Grand Hyatt is proud to support one of Culinaria’s most popular events of the year.  San Antonio Restaurants… Read more »

Five Things I Learned at Alteza’s Open House Weekend The Alteza

Five Things I Learned at Alteza’s Open House Weekend

The lifestyle is amazingly private.  The residences start at the 25th floor, and the Alteza high-speed elevators are isolated from the Grand Hyatt guests.  Two floors… Read more »

Go Behind Closed Doors This Weekend The Alteza

Go Behind Closed Doors This Weekend

The Alteza in Downtown San Antonio is one of this year’s hottest tickets. Downtown living is capturing the hearts of San Antonians who appreciate the… Read more »

10 Not-to-Miss Summer Events in Downtown San Antonio The Alteza

10 Not-to-Miss Summer Events in Downtown San Antonio

From their elevated viewpoint high above the Grand Hyatt in Downtown San Antonio, the residents of Alteza enjoy a unique perspective on life. Seeing the City… Read more »

San Antonio Hosting Inaugural Bike Bash this Weekend The Alteza

San Antonio Hosting Inaugural Bike Bash this Weekend

Article by The Rivard Riport, JOAN VINSON A downtown city block will close on Saturday from 4-9:30 p.m. to make way for the inaugural Bike Bash, a… Read more »

Grand Opening Set for Hemisfair’s Yanaguana Garden in October The Alteza

Grand Opening Set for Hemisfair’s Yanaguana Garden in October

Anticipation Builds for Alteza Residents for the Opening of Hemisfair, Right in Their Backyard Shared story by JOAN VINSON, Nuzzel.com The time has finally come. After more… Read more »

Shop San Antonio – A Few of our Favorites The Alteza

Shop San Antonio – A Few of our Favorites

The Alamo City is home to some splendid shopping, and Alteza residents are in the heart of it all. Whether in midtown or downtown, visitors… Read more »

Top 10 Reasons to call Alteza San Antonio HOME The Alteza

Top 10 Reasons to call Alteza San Antonio HOME

Live in one of the most coveted addresses in trendy downtown San Antonio.  Just take a look at the Top 10 reasons to call Alteza… Read more »

A 50 Yard Line View from My San Antonio Condo The Alteza

A 50 Yard Line View from My San Antonio Condo

By Andi Rodriguez, Alteza Resident I love living at Alteza. Everyone who knows me understands I don’t just like it here, I love it. There… Read more »

Linda Pace’s Legacy The Alteza

Linda Pace’s Legacy

Linda Pace, an artist, philanthropist and heiress to Pace Foods, left behind a legacy in 2007 when she passed away following a vigorous battle with… Read more »

San Antonio’s Missions Declared a World Heritage Site The Alteza

San Antonio’s Missions Declared a World Heritage Site

Downtown San Antonio continues to capture attention on the world stage. With the recent designation of the Missions as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Alteza Residences… Read more »

If You’re a Foodie, You Should be Living Here The Alteza

If You’re a Foodie, You Should be Living Here

PORTIONS BY BENJAMIN OLIVO, MY SA EXPRESS The scarcity of existing homes continues to be the big real estate story for San Antonio and Texas’… Read more »

Alteza Address, Grand Hyatt Services The Alteza

Alteza Address, Grand Hyatt Services

Alteza residents enjoy the all the benefits of living above a luxury hotel, with unexpectedly low ownership costs. Alteza residents enjoy a level of private privileges… Read more »

Art Curation Taking Shape for San Pedro Creek The Alteza

Art Curation Taking Shape for San Pedro Creek

By Don Mathis, The Rivard Report Improvements along the San Pedro Creek will tell a story. The story will combine history, culture, and nature. And,… Read more »

How Does Downtown San Antonio’s Walk Score Compare to Other Popular Cities? The Alteza

How Does Downtown San Antonio’s Walk Score Compare to Other Popular Cities?

Why Walkability Matters Walk Score’s goal is to help people find the right home, not just any home, and what often makes a home “right”… Read more »

Opportunities Still Exist for Real Estate Investors – Inventories Decline The Alteza

Opportunities Still Exist for Real Estate Investors – Inventories Decline

Edited Version of Article By: Xhevrije West, DS News Many opportunities still exist for real estate investors to acquire properties despite the decrease in inventory… Read more »

Hemisfair Brewing up Big Plans for Historic Downtown Structure The Alteza

Hemisfair Brewing up Big Plans for Historic Downtown Structure

By Scott Bailey, San Antonio Business Journal Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corp. is tapping into San Antonio’s rich beer history to bring new economic life… Read more »

RiverWalk Map Provides Valuable Insight The Alteza

RiverWalk Map Provides Valuable Insight

The River Walk Map link provides an in-depth look at San Antonio’s health and fitness focused parks. The River Walk boasts over 15 linear miles of continuous trails… Read more »

The Top Five Issues Affecting Real Estate for 2015-2016 The Alteza

The Top Five Issues Affecting Real Estate for 2015-2016

Contributions by:  CRE, The Counselors of Real Estate, Chicago Demographic shifts – the impact of retiring Baby Boomers and the rise of the Millennial generation… Read more »

Alteza Residences Surpasses 2014 Sales in Just First Six Months of 2015 The Alteza

Alteza Residences Surpasses 2014 Sales in Just First Six Months of 2015

Hemisfair and San Pedro Creek Redevelopment Projects Boost Luxury Residence Sales Alteza Residences today announced sales of its luxury high-rise downtown condominium homes during the… Read more »

Great Cities Have Great Downtowns, Great Downtowns Have Great Parks The Alteza

Great Cities Have Great Downtowns, Great Downtowns Have Great Parks

An Update on Construction at Hemisfair’s Phase I San Antonio’s new urban oasis, Hemisfair, experienced a slight delay in its completion schedule due to last… Read more »

Riverwalk Becomes a Fitness Trail Along the Museum & Mission Reaches The Alteza

Riverwalk Becomes a Fitness Trail Along the Museum & Mission Reaches

The Riverwalk has become synonymous with Downtown San Antonio. For years, visitors from around the world frequented the dozens of bars and restaurants along the… Read more »

San Antonio Celebrates Grand Opening of Do Seum Children’s Interactive Museum The Alteza

San Antonio Celebrates Grand Opening of Do Seum Children’s Interactive Museum

Life in Downtown San Antonio just keeps getting better. A dynamic new destination has opened its doors at 2800 Broadway. The new and improved San… Read more »

Dog Friendly Dining in San Antonio The Alteza

Dog Friendly Dining in San Antonio

For man’s best friend, living in San Antonio has it perks.  For those privileged pooches living at Alteza Residences, life far beyond “good.”  This pet-friendly… Read more »

$175-million San Pedro Creek Linear Park Will Bring Trails, Amphitheater to Downtown San Antonio The Alteza

$175-million San Pedro Creek Linear Park Will Bring Trails, Amphitheater to Downtown San Antonio

Today, San Pedro Creek is more likely recognized as a drainage ditch that runs through San Antonio. During a drive, bike ride, or walk through… Read more »

A Helping Hand is Just Around the Corner The Alteza

A Helping Hand is Just Around the Corner

Living in Downtown San Antonio, there is always something exciting going on. New restaurants, performing arts, sporting events and a never-ending calendar of festivals and… Read more »

4 Reasons Why People Love Living In Cities The Alteza

4 Reasons Why People Love Living In Cities

Edited portions written by Sydney Brownstone, HP Matters We’ve been hearing about it for years: The 21st century is the era of global urbanization, or… Read more »

San Antonio to Step up Support for B-Cycle Program The Alteza

San Antonio to Step up Support for B-Cycle Program

May 19, 2015, 7:00pm LYNDSEY JOHNSON / SAN ANTONIO BUSINESS JOURNAL San Antonio is now home to one of the largest B-cycle programs in the… Read more »

Meet the Harveys – “Alteza Puts the Salsa into Living in the City” The Alteza

Meet the Harveys – “Alteza Puts the Salsa into Living in the City”

Bob and Jan Harvey moved to Alteza late last year. After putting the finishing touches on their residence, the Harvey’s home is being showcased in… Read more »

Culinaria’s Grand Tasting in Alteza’s Back Yard The Alteza

Culinaria’s Grand Tasting in Alteza’s Back Yard

It’s here. Saturday, May 16th at the Grotto of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center right next door to Alteza and the Grand Hyatt. The… Read more »

Many Baby Boomers Are Choosing Entrepreneurship Instead of Retiring The Alteza

Many Baby Boomers Are Choosing Entrepreneurship Instead of Retiring

By Peter Daisyme, Entreprenuer.com If you think the largest demographic in the entrepreneurial world is millennials, think again. Baby boomers are actually the most powerful entrepreneurial… Read more »

The Perks of Living in a Condo Above a Hotel The Alteza

The Perks of Living in a Condo Above a Hotel

In many major US markets, the concept isn’t new.  City lovers have a unique appreciation for the convenience and services that come along with living above… Read more »

Alteza Address  – Grand Hyatt Services The Alteza

Alteza Address – Grand Hyatt Services

Prepare to be spoiled. Alteza residents enjoy a level of private privileges coupled with exclusive resort guest services that are unequaled in the realm of… Read more »

Business is Booming The Alteza

Business is Booming

San Antonio has achieved staying power as one of the most attractive locations for U.S. businesses. It is a regional hub for attracting, retaining, engaging,… Read more »

Alteza Hosts Fit, Finish & Fun Open House This Weekend The Alteza

Alteza Hosts Fit, Finish & Fun Open House This Weekend

DOWNTOWN SAN ANTONIO – This is your weekend to visit Alteza. While many have caught a glimpse of the popular downtown lifestyle, very few have… Read more »

America’s 15 Baby Boomer Boom Towns The Alteza

America’s 15 Baby Boomer Boom Towns

By Elizabeth Whalen, SquareFoot Blog   By the time the first Baby Boomers turned 18, they had witnessed the rise of Elvis Presley, the launch… Read more »

Fiesta Flambeau® Parade Lights Up Downtown San Antonio The Alteza

Fiesta Flambeau® Parade Lights Up Downtown San Antonio

The first Fiesta Flambeau® Parade rolled down the streets of San Antonio in 1948. Since its inception, the Fiesta Flambeau® Parade has grown to rival… Read more »

5 Things We All Have in Common at Alteza The Alteza

5 Things We All Have in Common at Alteza

Sure, you’ve seen the views – amazing right.  You’ve imagined yourself at the rooftop pool.  You may have even taken a tour of the designer… Read more »

It’s the Little Things That Count The Alteza

It’s the Little Things That Count

Up & Coming Magazine, Spring 2015 Picture yourself living at a world-class address located 25 stories above the Grand Hyatt in one of America’s most… Read more »

The Penthouse Please The Alteza

The Penthouse Please

For many, living in the “Penthouse” means having the best of the best.  At Alteza, it’s no exception….truly grand and situated high in the sky,… Read more »

Good Urban Design Keeps Water —and Greenery — in Mind The Alteza

Good Urban Design Keeps Water —and Greenery — in Mind

CALEB ETHEREDGE, FOR THE EXPRESS-NEWS : APRIL 12, 2015   Urban infill development is a vital market segment that should be a primary focus for… Read more »

Livability Key to San Antonio’s Greatness The Alteza

Livability Key to San Antonio’s Greatness

FOR THE EXPRESS-NEWS : APRIL 4, 2015 : By Sinclair Black, Crenshaw Professor of Urban Design, University of Texas Austin San Antonio is one of… Read more »

When One Just Isn’t Enough….. The Alteza

When One Just Isn’t Enough…..

We like things big in Texas, and Alteza is no exception.  As an alternative to owning a luxury penthouse, some residents are choosing to combine two… Read more »

On Top of the World The Alteza

On Top of the World

What will you discover 32 stories above San Antonio? Alteza Residences’s breathtaking rooftop amenities. With open sky above, city delights below and miles of spectacular… Read more »

The Comfort of Feeling Small The Alteza

The Comfort of Feeling Small

By Travis Hale, NBC Sports It was a quiet cadence that he continued to repeat, rarely venturing beyond five simple words: “Uno … dos …… Read more »

Interest in Downtown Living Driving Sales for Alteza Residences The Alteza

Interest in Downtown Living Driving Sales for Alteza Residences

BY:  Kathleen Burke, San Antonio Business Journal Alteza Residences above the Grand Hyatt are an anomaly for San Antonio. Walking through the front door of… Read more »

Expansion of Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Underway The Alteza

Expansion of Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Underway

  The Henry B. González Convention Center is undergoing a $325 million dollar transformation, and construction is well underway. The project coincides with the redevelopment… Read more »

The Word is Out San Antonio The Alteza

The Word is Out San Antonio

Few cities on Earth have earned—and keep on earning—accolades for such diverse excellencies. San Antonio certainly qualifies as an American city that is best of… Read more »

Chihuly’s Blown Glass Exhibited in Nearly Every Corner of the Globe The Alteza

Chihuly’s Blown Glass Exhibited in Nearly Every Corner of the Globe

Few modern artists have achieved such appreciation for their work as Dale Chihuly. His recognition on a global scale has reached a level more reminiscent… Read more »

Could Hemisfair’s Redevelopment be San Antonio’s Next Pearl? The Alteza

Could Hemisfair’s Redevelopment be San Antonio’s Next Pearl?

Katie Burke – San Antonio Business Journal The push for downtown development continues, and this time, it will look a lot like the Pearl. I… Read more »

Alteza Hosts Fit, Finish & Fun Open House This Weekend The Alteza

Alteza Hosts Fit, Finish & Fun Open House This Weekend

DOWNTOWN SAN ANTONIO – This is your weekend to visit Alteza. While many have caught a glimpse of the popular downtown lifestyle, very few have… Read more »

“You Don’t Bring Artwork Because the City is the Artwork.” The Alteza

“You Don’t Bring Artwork Because the City is the Artwork.”

When the sun sets on San Antonio, the view from Debra Jones and husband Robin Gould’s high-rise home gets all dressed up for the evening…. Read more »

San Antonio’s Farm-to-Table Favorites The Alteza

San Antonio’s Farm-to-Table Favorites

The number of San Antonio restaurants offering authentic farm-to-table cuisine is rising quickly. In these eateries, the region’s finest master chefs transform the freshest locally… Read more »

The Best Neighbors Ever….Cool, Fun People that it’s a Pleasure to Run Into. The Alteza

The Best Neighbors Ever….Cool, Fun People that it’s a Pleasure to Run Into.

I love living at Alteza. Everyone who knows me understands I don’t just like it here, I love it. There are mornings when I’m perched… Read more »

Wow – What a Weekend! The Alteza

Wow – What a Weekend!

Located 25 floors above the Grand Hyatt in downtown San Antonio, Alteza is no stranger to activity. In fact, not a day goes by that… Read more »

Front and Center – Tobin Center is Gathering Place for Dreams – Made Real The Alteza

Front and Center – Tobin Center is Gathering Place for Dreams – Made Real

What does it say about San Antonio that it voted for a 200-plusmillion-dollar performing arts center? And what does it say about its citizens when… Read more »

Facebook Photo Contest – Win Tickets To USA Vs. Mexico The Alteza

Facebook Photo Contest – Win Tickets To USA Vs. Mexico

On Wednesday, April 15th, The U.S. Men’s National Team will be playing Mexico in front of a sold-out crowd. However, you still have a chance… Read more »

San Antonio: The Culinary Hotspot Foodies Call Home The Alteza

San Antonio: The Culinary Hotspot Foodies Call Home

Located in the very heart of downtown San Antonio’s culinary and cultural district, many of the city’s top-rated restaurants are just steps from your new… Read more »

The Decade of Downtown The Alteza

The Decade of Downtown

Climbing to the coveted spot of seventh-largest city in the country, San Antonio has not managed to cultivate as sophisticated of a downtown as many… Read more »

Rental Rates Rising In San Antonio The Alteza

Rental Rates Rising In San Antonio

Median rental rates for houses in San Antonio are soaring. The median rental rate for a home in the San Antonio metropolitan area is $1,299,… Read more »

The Making of an Urban Oasis — HEMISFAIR The Alteza

The Making of an Urban Oasis — HEMISFAIR

Great cities have great downtowns. And great downtowns have great urban parks, so says Hemisfair CEO Andres Andujar. Imagine the grand urban centers across the… Read more »

SA Scene Magazine The Alteza

SA Scene Magazine

San Antonio is turning heads and capturing hearts. For those who already live here, there’s nowhere else they would rather be. Big city sophistication combined… Read more »

Alteza Residences: Luxury Living in Heart of Downtown The Alteza

Alteza Residences: Luxury Living in Heart of Downtown

San Antonio Express-News and Mysa.com/RealEstate – By Jeanette McNamee Sitting atop the Grand Hyatt at 610 E. Market St., Alteza Residences offer luxurious condos and… Read more »

One Family’s Story – Meet the Weynands The Alteza

One Family’s Story – Meet the Weynands

When Terri and Jim Weynand decided to relocate downtown to San Antonio’s Alteza Residences, they were surprised at the sophistication of the Center City. Living… Read more »

Alteza Residences Announces Year-End Sales of $16 Million The Alteza

Alteza Residences Announces Year-End Sales of $16 Million

Downtown Living Desirable Option for Buyers San Antonio, TX (Jan 12, 2015) – Alteza Residences celebrated a furry of activity in 2014, closing on 26… Read more »

SA Monthly Features Alteza in December’s Cover Story The Alteza

SA Monthly Features Alteza in December’s Cover Story

Not only does Alteza enjoy a premier location in the heart of downtown above the Grand Hyatt, but its stunning views recently provided a spectacular… Read more »

Hemisfair Park is Her Backyard The Alteza

Hemisfair Park is Her Backyard

By ROBYN BARNES Photography by AL RENDON Remember years ago when the idea of high-rise living in San Antonio was just a wistful dream? Downtown… Read more »

Alteza Residences Spreads Holiday Joy The Alteza

Alteza Residences Spreads Holiday Joy

Luxury High-Rise and Bexar County Medical Society Team Up for Toy Drive Benefiting Children’s Hospital of San Antonio WHO: Alteza Residences, luxury high-rise condos located… Read more »

Alteza Residences Reveals Final Installation of Art with an Altitude The Alteza

Alteza Residences Reveals Final Installation of Art with an Altitude

Downtown High-Rise Collaborates with SAY Sí to Showcase Youth Artists SAN ANTONIO, TX (October 13, 2014) – Alteza Residences unveiled the final round of artwork… Read more »

Alteza Residences Boasts Flurry Of Success In September The Alteza

Alteza Residences Boasts Flurry Of Success In September

Buyers Desire to Live Downtown San Antonio, TX (October 6, 2014) – Alteza Residences enjoyed an impressively successful September as rising demand for luxury condominium… Read more »

Alteza Residences Welcomes New Sales Associate to Team The Alteza

Alteza Residences Welcomes New Sales Associate to Team

Sales Veteran Offers Vision to Downtown High Rise SAN ANTONIO, TX (October 2014) – Alteza Residences, downtown San Antonio’s luxurious high-rise condominium, has added experienced… Read more »

Upscale condos, apartments offer easy living, Top amenities The Alteza

Upscale condos, apartments offer easy living, Top amenities

Alteza Residences Alteza Residences, located above the Grand Hyatt at 610 E. Market St., is home to 147 spacious condos up to 4,451 square feet…. Read more »

Growth Seen in San Antonio Condo Sales The Alteza

Growth Seen in San Antonio Condo Sales

In San Antonio, condo and townhouse sales grew by 18 percent the first five months of 2014, compared to the same timeframe in 2013, according… Read more »

Downtown San Antonio Gets a Makeover The Alteza

Downtown San Antonio Gets a Makeover

Recent arrivals include couples like Debra Jones and Robin Gould, who had never been to San Antonio when they decided to take a day trip… Read more »

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