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Old 09-04-2007, 05:27 PM
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My job may be transferring me down to San Antonio and I am beggining to look into housing. One thing I was curious about was whether or not SA had homes with basements. I'd love to have something where I can have my own mancave seperate from the rest of the house. Thanks ahead of time.
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Old 09-04-2007, 05:38 PM
Location: Houston
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There are some older homes in the city with basements, but the vast majority of homes in San Antonio do not have basements. I was hoping to maybe find one myself for the same reason. A lot of homes here have "Game Rooms" that make great man caves.

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Old 09-04-2007, 05:42 PM
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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I live in an older section of the city, south of Alamo Heights. I have a basement and the house next door has a basement. A friend in Olmos Park has a basement.
Basements like your thinking of are hard to find. The older neighborhoods have them, but they are few and far between.
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Old 09-04-2007, 05:46 PM
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I live north outside 1604 off 281....no basements here.....way too much rock to get thru. I can just see them dynamiting to make the basement.....lol
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Old 09-04-2007, 06:56 PM
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I have to agree that most basements are going to be in houses of Alamo Heights vintage or older. My aunt's house in Monte Vista has an enormous basement complete with a dumbwaiter and a chute for coal to run the boilers. It was built in 1917.

There was another thread about basements a few months ago, and a poster mentioned something interesting. Due to the slope in some of the new developments outside 1604, many homes have a bottom level that is almost like a basement - from the front, the house looks like a single story, but due to the slope on the lot there is room for a substory that is accessible from the back. So something like that could be an option for you.
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Old 09-04-2007, 07:03 PM
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A friend of ours is a developer and says the few houses he's built with basements (walk-outs, as I recall) he's had trouble selling. I'm from Kansas and would love to have a basement, but in talking to several builders I've learned that the extra cost of foundation work makes it less affordable. So, for what it's worth, there are two possible reasons for you.
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Old 09-04-2007, 07:37 PM
Location: Western Bexar County
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Several plans in the Pulte Del Webb subdivision in Alamo Ranch offer finished basements as an option.
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Old 09-06-2007, 08:04 AM
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We have what my neighbor calls a "Texas Basement". It's a stand-up attic above the garage with pull down steps. Might be adaptable to a man room with a window cut in, some siding, and an air conditioning unit.

Another idea is to find a house with a cabana house. We saw several of these in different areas. They're guest quarters outside by a pool. A couple of them even had cooking facilities, though not a full kitchen.

Good luck!
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Old 09-06-2007, 04:24 PM
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There may be some in the hill country northwest of San Antonio.
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Old 09-12-2007, 08:15 AM
Location: San Antonio
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I would just go to one of the Lowes or Home Depot's and get one of there larger storage type units. You can even get them with front porches for the summer. You could insulate the heck out of it and put in a window unit AC w/ heat pump for the winter and your done.
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