Where I Live: Greenbriar Colonial Hills

I walked outside with my morning coffee. The scent of mountain laurel wrapped around me like a blanket that comforted me in this moment. I’m home and could not be happier. There’s a sense of accomplishment that overcomes me as I look at my little plot of land that I own. I worked hard for it and aside from all of the odds stacked against our generation owning a home, we were able to establish roots in my hometown. It feels amazing, and I feel gratitude in moments like these.   

My family moved back home to San Antonio from Austin in the summer of 2019. We are a fairly young family with a preschooler, and living in San Antonio was our goal. We were in search of an affordable housing market that Austin will simply never offer and wanted more opportunities to attend family gatherings. We wanted our son to create the same memories I had as a child, such as running around with my cousins at my grandparents’ house on every occasion that warranted a barbecue with a helping of my grandmother’s homemade Mexican rice. We dreamed of being able to show him Christmas lights on the River Walk, cheer on the floats during Fiesta and ride the same rides that I rode as a child at Kiddie Park.

We originally chose to rent an apartment at The Compound on Broadway before purchasing a home. This was the perfect location to access the trails to Lions Field and Brackenridge Park, the Pearl, the San Antonio Zoo, the DoSeum, Kiddie Park and the Witte Museum. We had all of the cultural institutions for families within walking distance, but once the pandemic hit, we knew it was time to start searching for our forever home. Our apartment that we once saw as a portal to the heart of the city felt like a tiny living space surrounded by businesses and playgrounds that were temporarily roped off and shut down. All of my son’s daily adventures and learning opportunities came to a sudden halt, and his world was reduced to two patios overlooking the Brackenridge Golf Course. We needed a yard, and my son needed space to grow and stability during uncertain times.

Ninjay H Briotyon

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