This is part 3 of my series focusing on older, established neighborhoods within the city of San Antonio. In 1919, six families along with three bachelors, founded Terrell Hills in an area originally known as Terrell Farms. The founders were seeking a rural area north of San Antonio to build homesteads. Today, Terrell Hills' borders are Harry Wurzbach to the east, North New Braunfels to the west, Burr Road to the south and Rittiman Road to the north.
Terrell Hills is a separately incorporated city within the city of San Antonio. Terrell Hills has its own city government and police and fire department and is home to more than 5,000 residents in 1,900 households -- giving it a small town feel within the big city.
Homes in Terrell Hills include mid-century modern ranch houses, large mansions on multi-acre estates, older fixer-uppers in a great central location, and even elegant new construction. Homes in Terrell Hills are in one of two school districts: Alamo Heights ISD or North East ISD. Those homes in North East ISD offer more affordable homes in sought after 78209 zip code. Homes range from the $100,000s for fixer-uppers to multi-million dollar, multi-acre estates.
In Terrell Hills, you are in the heart of mid-town San Antonio with Alamo Heights to your west and Fort Sam and BAMC to the east. There is easy access to I-35 via the Austin Highway and a short commute to downtown via Broadway.
Terrell Hills is entirely residential. However, the neighborhood is surrounded by excellent shopping, restaurants, a stunning world-class museum, and many other amenities.
For shopping and restaurants, Terrell Hills is a short drive to Alamo Heights and all it has to offer.(See Small Town Living in the Big City, Part 1). To the north, the Austin Highway is undergoing a magnificent revitalization -- with new shopping centers, high-end apartments and retail space under construction, and great restaurants such as Silo and Nosh, and even some relocated favorites such as Earl Abel's Restaurant, a San Antonio legend.
Also adjacent to the north of Terrell Hills is the McNay Art Museum, a true San Antonio treasure. The McNay was established in 1954 following the death of its patron, Marion Koogler McNay in 1950. Marion McNay bequeathed nearly 700 works of art, her home and 23-acre estate along with an endowment to establish the very first museum of modern art in the state of Texas.
There have been seven additions to the museum since its inception and the current museum is home to more than 20,000 works of art, stunning galleries, storage space, an auditorium for lectures and special events and also educational space. The McNay grounds are a magnificent setting for weddings, parties, and even family picnics and photos.
Terrell Hills also abuts Fort Sam Houston and Brooke Army Medical Center, the flagship of military medicine. Fort Sam was established in 1870 when the city of San Antonio donated 92 acres for an army post. Brooke Army Medical Center can trace its roots to 1879 when a 12-bed temporary hospital was constructed. Over the years, Brooke Army Medical Center has grown from these humble beginnings to being the US Army's Medical Field Service School in 1946 and today comprises nine separate facilities including inpatient, outpatient, rehabilitative and troop leadership components. In recent years, BAMC (also known as the San Antonio Military Medical Center) has become world-renowned for its Level 1 Trauma Center, Graduate Medical Education training unit and the only American Burn Association recognized Burn Center within the Department of Defense.
Living in Terrell Hills you can enjoy the quiet and calm of an older suburb and be only minutes away from downtown San Antonio to the south and the San Antonio International Airport to the north. Nestled between Alamo Heights and Fort Sam, Terrell Hills is one of San Antonio's most sought after neighborhoods.
Terrell Hills Facts
- Population: 4,878
- Median Age: 45
- Housing Units: 2,060
- <span>Median Housing Value: $409,400
- Median Income: $133,750
- Adults over 25 with a Bachelor's degree or higher: 74.1%
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