RISING HIGHER

San Antonio’s The Broadway Luxury Condos Bring New Beginnings To Downtown San Antonio

By Sean Wood   

Susan Moulton is home. She is perched 15 stories high, in The Broadway San Antonio, a luxury high-rise condominium at the corner of Broadway Street and Hildebrand Avenue. The building, owned by Koontz McCombs, has been Moulton’s home since February 2012. It is a departure from the house she built for herself on the edge of Alamo Heights in the Oakwell Farms subdivision. It’s thousands of miles and an ocean from her adopted home on the island of Maui.

But in San Antonio, Moulton is about an hour away from her eldest son, Charlie Moulton, a student in Austin. Her two paddleboards – one for her and one for Charlie – are stored in one of two spaces she has in The Broadway. Her one-ton diesel truck parked easily below in the underground garage.

At The Broadway, Moulton sits 150 feet above the crowded intersection, far removed from the chaos below as workers cut new turn lanes and bury utility lines below the street. On the opposite corner, workers at the University of the Incarnate Word bustle, draping trees with millions of lights for the school’s annual holiday celebration. She is far removed from all this activity yet still at the center of everything – five minutes from downtown, 15 minutes from San Antonio International Airport, and in the heart of a community she knows and loves.

“Living here you get the feeling that you have a room in this big mansion,” Moulton says in her soft-spoken tone. She takes an elevator down to the catering kitchen, barefoot in jeans and a t-shirt, to grab a cup of coffee each morning. Later, she might go out by the pool, dangling her feet in the water or sitting under a cabana, music and laptop with her, working or enjoying the weather.

Back up in her home, Moulton enjoys a spectacular view of downtown San Antonio, just two miles to the south. She can gaze upon the Witte and Brackenridge Park from her balcony, so long as she doesn’t disturb the pigeon that built a nest under her patio chaise. A 24-hour concierge is at her beck and call. “I’m a little frantic,” Moulton admits. “If I need someone to come in to my home and look for a document while I’m away, I know they are available to do it.”

More than five years ago, Moulton’s life took a tragic turn on the Island of Maui. While driving with her 8-year-old son Will Smith, a driver crossed the center line and hit Moulton’s car. Her son died a few hours later as the result of his injuries. A month later Moulton started the Will Smith Foundation. The organization, dedicated to the memory of her son, tries to provide positive life experiences to children.

According to the foundation’s website, a trip to Zambia two years earlier helped bring her son’s foundation into focus. “He was so moved by the children of Zambia, how happy they were together, playing,” Moulton wrote on the website. “He said to me by the campfire one night, ‘I want to do something to help these children. I have so much and I want to share it with them.’”

During those first few years of the foundation, Moulton told The Maui News she was spending more time on Maui and less at her home in San Antonio. There were too many painful memories that made being here difficult. Now she is back home in San Antonio, and has been for the last several years. She is closer to her eldest as both continue to heal from the loss of Will. Though she still travels frequently to Maui, continuing the foundation’s work both there and here on the mainland.

The Broadway provides a good fit for Moulton’s busy schedule. She says she doesn’t have to worry about her home when she’s away. Her room inside the “mansion” is worry-free. “I know everything is taken care of when I’m away.”

SETTLING IN

When Moulton is home she raves about her view. She lived briefly in a downtown high-rise, but the congestion and the traffic got to be too much. Moulton came to a party in the penthouse of Bart Koontz and fell in love with the property. She arranged to spend the night in one of the building’s two guests suites and said she didn’t want to leave. “I think I stayed an extra day, I just enjoyed it so much.”

So Moulton bought a home on The Pinnacle level. In February she will be in the building for a year. Moulton’s Southwest vista from her two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home allows her to take in the brief, yet beautiful South Texas fall. She is a block away from the San Antonio Country Club, where she is a member.

The walls of her 2,400-square-foot home are adorned with the adventures she shared with both her sons. A leopard from a successful African hunt is crouched along one wall. A portrait of Susan and her late husband Will hangs on the opposite wall. Photos of the boys are everywhere. The home is filled with memories while the rest of her household lies in two storage units within the Broadway property.

Susan Moulton’s life is different, as she’s said. But she is home. “I really feel secure here. I feel safe. The service is wonderful. The Broadway is perfect for me.”

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