There is truth to the argument that the older neighborhoods have maintained homes near homes that are not as maintained. This stems from the fact that the Monte Vista neighborhood dates back to the post civil war period through the 1920's for initial construction. Costs of bringing an older home into central air and heat, as well as, electricity is expensive. Further, things done 50 years ago may have to be redone again. On the other, their are large large lots and beautiful styles so depending on your purposes it can be a great project. The area is near Trinity University, Incarnate Word University and San Antonio College, as well as downtown, and many wonderful churches.