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Old 08-07-2007, 04:59 PM
 
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My husband, small daughter, and I want to relocate somewhere warmer (we're in Iowa). I've been researching for over a year - and it was between Phoenix, Dallas, and SA.

Based on the feedback on these forums - it looks like SA is the best bet. (SORRY - but, your secret is out!)

SO, the question is - where to go? Here is my criteria:
  • Safe-family-oriented
  • Far enough from the city to not feel claustrophobic
  • Close enough to be within 30-45 mins of fun stuff
  • We don't have a TON of money to spend - but can do $150-250k for housing (we can also fix-up a house)
  • Good non-denominational church available

I work from home - my husband works at Lowes - so we aren't too worried about commuting.

Thank you all so much - you are FANTASTIC! AND the main reason why we feel like SA is a good fit. I love your attitudes and the fact that you can be yourselves and not be like anywhere else. Not too cool, not too trendy,not too superior - just right!
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Old 08-07-2007, 05:46 PM
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Where in Iowa? We just got back from Sigourney, IA--my in-laws live there and my son visited for most of the summer. Is there anywhere they DON'T grow corn? lol--there was corn growing in people's front yards!!

Anyway, regarding SA--yes, we have a great city. I would stick to the Northwest side of town with those price ranges. Check out the Northside Independent School District website--nisd.net for schools. Zip codes are 78250, 78251, 78240, 78249 for starters (so you can check realtor.com or sabor.com). There is a Lowe's at Bandera and 1604 and one at Callaghan and I-10 which are both near those zip codes. Good luck!!
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Old 08-07-2007, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Lexington, South Carolina
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I would also check out Bradfield properties. They have a thorough list of available homes to buy or rent. We used them and they were so helpful. If you're looking at good bang for your buck, you might want to check out Trophy Ridge (off 1604 and Potranco) on the NW side or Stonecreek (between Marbach and Potranco.) The homes are quite well built and the communities are new and VERY family-friendly. We are currently leasing in Stonecreek and are really happy with our neighborhood. This neighborhood is also part of Northside Independant School district (at least OUR part of it is) which is considered desireable. Another option is Westcreek - which is nearby but a bit pricier....

Good luck with your move. We've been here almost 3 months and are really, really loving it.
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Old 08-07-2007, 08:27 PM
 
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Where in Iowa? We just got back from Sigourney, IA--my in-laws live there and my son visited for most of the summer. Is there anywhere they DON'T grow corn? lol--there was corn growing in people's front yards!!
YEP - that's IOWA. We're in Des Moines - which is about the only place you don't see a lot of corn. I was an adult before I actually visited the country. But, you are only ever a stone's throw away from the corn fields!
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Old 08-07-2007, 08:52 PM
 
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Default If You Want Home Ownership, Phoenix Isn't The Place

I am in the process of relocating to San Antonio from Phoenix. Phoenix has a ton of housing inventory and prices are still too high compared to Dallas and San Antonio.

If you are okay with renting, Phoenix has a ton of rentals, so, housing is indeed affordable if you wish to be a renter. If I stayed in Phoenix, buying a house could become a reality in 3-5 years after the weaker investors/speculators have been shaken out of the market.
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Old 08-07-2007, 08:55 PM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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If you are willing to at the top of your range 250k or so you might be able to buy a fixer upper in Alamo Heights. AH is it's own city surrounded by San Antonio, so it's very safe, it has is own School system which is widely known to be the best in the city and one of the best in the state. There is Lowe's with in a 5 minute drive of the city also. In the actual city of San Antonio just to the Northeast of the AH city line is Northwood, depending on the street it could be zoned for AHISD or NorthEast ISD which is also highly favored, with the rated recognized Northwood Elementary School at the center point of the community, homes here fall more in your price range. Lowe's is probably at max a 3-5 minute drive away. A little further out is Windcrest, another city separate from San Antonio you can find older homes from the 170s+ to brand new homes from 220s+. Windcrest has been very desirable in the past due to it's location and connivence to major freeways, I-35 and the 410 loop. It also has it's own elementary in NEISD and is home to the Windcrest Golf Club, along with a number of Parks. At christmas it's home to the cities most elaborate light displays, so much so that pilots coming in to SA international will point it out at night.
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:10 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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It's interesting that you are coming here to get away from cold! My dad's from Iowa and will be moving back when he retires in a few years. He grew up in itty-bitty Elkader and bought a 100-yr-old house last year as a fixer-upper. He is renting it out right now. I think he will end up being a winter resident here though since I don't think he really remembers just how freaking COLD it gets in Iowa!

SA is great--except for 5 years spent elsewhere, I have lived here all my life. I am actually one who would not mind having a decent winter!

I agree that the NW part of town might be ideal if you are want something newer. You can do the West part of town along the 1604 say between Marbach up north to Bandera although areas get pricier as you move north. Inside of Loop 410, areas get older and tend to be more rundown. The historic neighborhoods are an exception. They have beautiful architecture as far as exterior design and you won't have a cookie-cutter house. They are expensive though and may need some fixing up.

Really a lot of this depends on your taste--do you want something newer with less work requried to fix-up or do you prefer to maybe some work and have a more original home. If you do like to have more "wide open spaces", I might go with housing along Loop 1604. Traffic can be a bear, but west of the loop can be gorgeous. Lot sizes might tend to run smaller than what you might be used to also.

Take care!
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Old 08-08-2007, 04:22 AM
 
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FieldStone has several communities across San Antonio at an affordable price. You should check them out Fieldstone Communities and Homes, Inc. Quality New Home Builder in Texas (http://www.fieldstone-homes.com/texas/map.asp - broken link)

Perhaps Amberwood or Chestnut Springs?

Hope this helps!
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Old 08-08-2007, 08:31 AM
 
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fieldstone? i checked one their locations before, not only their prices are way cheap, it does look and feel cheap...
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Old 08-08-2007, 11:25 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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Schertz, Cibolo, Helotes.
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