“Must-haves for families with kids are a lot different than those without,” Zillow Chief Marketing Officer Jeremy Wacksman said in a statement. “Proximity to happening nightlife isn’t nearly as important as growing up close to lots of other kids to play around with. On this list of kid-friendly communities, currently ‘hot,’ amenity-rich, dense cities like San Francisco and Seattle take a back seat to communities in wide-open places like Texas and the Midwest that offer plenty of room for children to grow.”
Texas was home to some of the study’s top finishers, with four of the top 10 cities sitting in the state. Corpus Christi (1), Fort Worth (3), San Antonio (4) and Dallas (10) all had a high amount of residents under 10 years old and listings with kid-friendly terms. Zillow also produced a list of the top 10 cities for adults.
Austin, Houston and San Antonio all have reported median yard sizes of larger than 5,800 square feet, and each metro has at least 14.5 percent of its population under the age of 10. San Antonio saw a relatively high number of listings with kid-friendly terms, at 14.3 percent, while Austin has four parks per 1,000 people. Although more than 10 percent of both metros’ populations are under the age of 10, Baltimore and Washington D.C. scored poorly for child perks. Baltimore’s median yard size is on the smaller end, at 1,232 square feet, while D.C.’s is just 1,707 square feet. A paltry 2.2 percent of listings had kid-friendly terms in Baltimore, while only 1.9 percent did in D.C.
San Antonio’s downtown renaissance has focused on family members of all ages. Hemisfair park, the River Walk fitness trail, the UNESCO World Heritage recognized San Antonio Missions, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and a host of fun-filled museums, sporting events and festivals have all had an impact on the quality of life for everyone in San Antonio. For those interested in making the move to the heart of the City, Alteza Residences above the Grand Hyatt is the epicenter of activity. The luxury condominium property boasts floor-to-ceiling glass windows, panoramic city views and a rooftop pool that is the envy of the region. Only 20 luxury condominiums remain with prices for a 2 Bedroom Residence starting in the $500s. The community will be hosting an Open House on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24th & 25th from noon to 5 pm. For more information, click here.