Housing Snapshot  

The Southeast Community Area stretches from the intersection of I-10 and I-37, adjacent to Downtown, all the way east, past Loop 410 to the San Antonio city boundaries. The area includes a variety of neighborhoods and building ages. The older western neighborhoods are separated from the new, eastern neighborhoods by the Salado Creek Greenway and Southside Lions Park, while the newest subdivisions are located east of Loop 410In 2018, the population of the Southeast Community Area was approximately 40,550, with 13,800 households. Despite the presence of stable older neighborhoods, the area continues to grow and attract new residential homes and apartments. The Southeast Community Area experienced a 1.3% average annual population growth rate between 2000 and 2018, which matches the rate of growth citywide.


Due to the diversity of ages of buildings and neighborhoods, the Southeast Community Area has a mixture of residents that, on average, are similar to the City of San Antonio’s demographic profile. The median age of residents in the area is 34.7 years, compared to 34 in the City. However, there are differences between the Southeast Community Area and the City as a whole. The Southeast Community Area has a slightly higher presence of family households (72% of all householdscompared to 65% of households in the City, resulting in a slightly higher average household size of 2.92 compared to 2.71 in the City.  


The area’s population is also slightly more diverse than the region. The population of the Area is 73% Hispanic, higher than the 65% in the City, and 63% White, compared to 71% in the city.  


Household income in the Southeast Community Area is lower than the City as a whole. The average household income in the area is $57,700, compared to $70,000 in the City of San Antonio. Southeast Community Area residents are also less educated compared to the region overall. Of the area population aged 25 and older, 23% have an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Graduate/Professional degree (compared to 34% in the City).  

At 74%, the Southeast Area has a higher proportion of single-family homes compared to 64% in the city.  Similarly, the area has a high proportion of owner-occupied housing unitsat 65%, compared to 53% in the City and 63% in the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). 


Housing stock and housing costs in the Southeast Community Area vary based on the location within the area. The plan area is bi-furcated into two sides, split by the Salado Creek and its associated flood plain. The western half of the area generally has older homes and lower values on average. The 78210 zip code, which stretches into Downtown, has a median home value of $96,000. The eastern half generally has newer homes and a higher median home value of $130,000. The average price of new homes in the eastern portion of the plan area is $173,000. These newer homes are generally being built east of Loop 410.  


The average rental rate for an apartment unit in the Southeast Community Area is $712 per month or $0.97 per square foot, which is less than the county-wide average of $952 per month, or $1.11 per square foot. There has been limited new multi-family housing added to the area in the recent past. 


Both renter and ownership households in the area were assessed to measure the general level of housing affordability based on the percent of households that pay more than 30% of their income on housing costs, also known as cost burden. Based on this measure, affordability is not a major issue for homeowners as only 23households pay more than 30% of their income on housing. However, changes in home prices that have occurred in the past few years may not be reflected in the U.S. Census numbers used in this measure. The affordability of rental housing is becoming an issue in the Southeast plan area; over half (51%) of renter households are cost burdened, up from 37in 2000.  


Housing Challenges in the Southeast Community Area 


The Southeast Community Area Planning Team completed an assessment of the area’s housing challenges as part of two meetings devoted to economic development and housing during the plan process. This analysis helped identify housing challenges that need to be addressed as well as missing housing types the plan can help capture.  



The plan area does have a number of attractive neighborhoods and assets, including its location proximate to Downtown and the Brooks Area Regional Center, and connectivity to the wider region via the interstates that bisect or border it. The wide variety of housing styles and ages give the area character and also help make it family-friendly with affordable housing stock. Despite these positive assets, there are challenges the Southeast Community Area faces that need to be addressed in this plan.  


  • Aging in Place  While the area has a diversity of housing in terms of age of construction and styles, most of the housing is oriented towards families. There are limited options for existing and potential residents who seek smaller and less maintenance-intensive housing, such as more concentratepatio homes and townhomes. There has also been limited multi-family development in the recent past. The lack of diversity in types of housing products limits residents’ ability to age in place and to attract new residents or older children to return to the area.  
  • Reinvestment in Older Neighborhoods – Some neighborhoods in the western portion of the plan area have not had significant reinvestment in the older homes in recent years. The Planning Team expressed a growing perception that more single-family homes are becoming rentals when homeowners move to other areas, which can result in poorly maintained or neglected properties 
  • Connecting Neighborhoods  The Southeast Community Area is well connected to the region via major transportation routes, but connectivity within the plan area is not as good. Connections between neighborhoods via car or alternative modes (transit, bike, pedestrians) are limited. The area is split east and west by the Salado Creek Greenway, which creates a physical barrier and limits connectionsSimilar to Salado Creek, Loop 410 is also a barrier that separates neighborhoods, and crossing streets, such as Sinclair Road, do not provide safe routes for pedestrians or bicycles to cross the highway. The Planning Team and community also expressed that there is a lack of gathering places and destinations where neighbors can interact outside of their neighborhood boundaries 

Housing Recommendations 

Housing recommendations were developed based on the Southeast Community Area Plan vision and goals to address the challenges identified during the planning process. Specific strategies to implement these recommendations can be found in the Implementation section of the plan. 

The Planning Team and community expressed support for a wider range of housing options in the area to help provide existing residents a greater variety of housing choices, allow older residents to age in place, attract younger residents, and maintain affordable housing options. Higher density housing options should be encouraged in areas with access to major transportation routes and amenities. A greater diversity of neighborhood-compatible housing product types is desired, including more compact single-family detached and attached options, as well as affordable, senior-oriented housing.
A number of Southeast Community Area neighborhoods remain appealing due to their proximity to major employment destinations and access to major transportation routes. However, many older neighborhoods have struggled to attract reinvestment in the existing housing stock from new homeowners/buyers or developers. Over time, such lack of investment begins to negatively impact the appeal of these areas. Efforts are needed to support reinvestment in existing homes and neighborhoods to maintain their appeal to current and future residents.
The Southeast Community Area lacks entertainment destinations and attractions, such as restaurants, youth and family-oriented recreation, businesses, and community gathering locations. The area has great outdoor recreation amenities and natural assets, but not all neighborhoods have safe and comfortable access to these amenities, especially by alternative modes such as walking and biking. Housing options oriented towards parks, greenways, and open spaces will provide better connectivity to these community assets, and will help mitigate impacts of new development on natural areas.