Nicknamed the "City of Lights" because of the annual Christmas lights displays that the area is known for, Windcrest is an incorporated city in Northeastern San Antonio. This used to be one of the best places to live in San Antonio, and is still a great neighborhood although the area around it fell into decay in the 1990s. Through revitalization efforts, the area surrounding Windcrest is bouncing back although through it all, the city itself remained relatively untouched.
Windcrest Number Crunching:
Median Age: 56
Median Housing Cost: $189,823
Median Income: $70,477
ZIP Code: 78239
Post Office: 8601 Midcrown Dr
Fire Dept.: 8601 Midcrown Dr
City Public Service (electricity): 7000 San Pedro Ave
Bear County Water District: 8601 Midcrown Dr
Wincrest Apartments and Real Estate:
The median housing cost in Windcrest has skyrocketed over the last 10 years, from $120,400 to $189,823 in just eight years' time. The median income also increased about $10,000 in that time. Out of the 2,280 houses in Windcrest, roughly 16% are rented, with the rest being occupied by the homeowner. Rental possibilities include homes, condos and townhouses with the average median rent being $761.
Windcrest is a part of the North East Independent School District.
It is served by Windcrest Elementary, Ed White Middle School and Theordore Roosevelt High. Roosevelt is also home to the Design and Technology Academy (DATA) magnet school that specializes in engineering, communications and environmental design. There is one charter school, the Lighthouse Charter School.
Windcrest started as an area on the outskirts of a then-developing San Antonio that was mostly known as a ranching community. Only a handful of people lived there, and they loved that they were close enough to the city to benefit from its growing status, and yet just far enough away to have a quiet, close-knit neighborhood. For that reason they applied for city status and on September 15, 1959 received it. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the area around Walzem Rd. began to fall apart, prompting Windcrest to form the Windcrest Economic Development Corporation.
There are approximately 20 restaurants in Windcrest, the majority of which are big chain restaurants like Taco Cabana or Red Lobster. There are a few ethnic restaurants for Thai or Vietnamese food but if you are looking for a great dining experience, you may want to try nearby Castle Hills.
Windcrest Activities, Attractions and Shopping:
There are dozens of businesses in Windcrest, and the official city site
does an excellent job of listing all of them. Of course, the biggest attraction of the year is the Light Up
which has been a Windcrest tradition for over 50 years. Entire blocks of houses participate in lighting up their houses, often with a theme. The area surrounding Windcrest at night is often heavy with traffic from those who come to see the huge and creative displays.