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Old 06-19-2012, 08:58 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I live in the Alamo Hts area and work in Westover Hills. Both areas are nice and obviously I prefer Alamo Hts since I live there. That said I have frequented the Alamo Ranch shopping center since it was built daily and have never had a problem. The only problem I have is the graffiti in the area.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:55 AM
 
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Thanks for the correction Steel Man... I readily admit I am horrible at N,E,W,S directions... So if Bandera runs E to W then I guess hubs didn't want to look at houses anywhere North? of Bandera???

LoL, I told you I was horrible...
You're not wrong, for San Antonio.

I-10 is an East-West interstate, but through San Antonio, it runs more North-South than East-West, or at best, Northwest/Southeast before it turns fully west. https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q...tonio&ie=UTF-8

Bandera Road (Hwy 16) parallels it. I-10 runs nearly parallel to 281 - picture a V. So, within city limits, or at least north of downtown, I'd refer to it as east/west of I-10, and similar for Bandera Rd.

San Antonio roads were once described to me as being spokes on a wheel.

Last edited by Chaka; 06-19-2012 at 10:29 AM.. Reason: wrong map...
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:10 AM
 
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You're not wrong, for San Antonio.

I-10 is an East-West interstate, but through San Antonio, it runs more North-South than East-West, or at best, Northwest/Southeast https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Needl...ie=UTF-8&hl=en before it turns fully west.

Bandera Road (Hwy 16) parallels it. I-10 runs nearly parallel to 281 - picture a V. So, within city limits, or at least north of downtown, I'd refer to it as east/west of I-10, and similar for Bandera Rd.

San Antonio roads were once described to me as being spokes on a wheel.
You are absolutely correct!
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:12 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Does anyone know if a gated community deters home invasion overall? Do a large number of home invasions still occur in gated communities?
I can tell you if you are looking at the neighborhoods along Huebner in SO the guards from Sonterra drive through during the day and night--I know that includes Oaks at Sonterra across from the more expensive neighborhoods as well. Also if you run the gate they chase you down. Not sure about the other gated areas. Gates don't stop anyone determined but any measure to take to make it harder helps. I don't live in a gated neighborhood but feel safe in SO. Most break-ins are well planned out and my street has a lot of moms in and out all day. It is unlikely a normal criminal wants to run into anyone so it's probably not heir favorite area. There were some break-ins several years back but they were done around the homeowners hey specific schedule. I don't think you see much random crime in this area.

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Old 06-19-2012, 10:27 AM
 
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For security and piece of mind, there is no other option than Stone Oak or the Dominion are off the IH - 10.

Those area are just in another class and at times it can almost seem like you are not in San Antonio.

Safety is key and Stone Oak is probably one of the safest areas in the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metro.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:38 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Does anyone know if a gated community deters home invasion overall? Do a large number of home invasions still occur in gated communities?
If the gate has a guard at it all the time, that deters people from running the gate. Having a guard at the gate all the time makes your HOA dues higher but for some people it's worth it.

I've had people give me the code to their gate, in the fancier subdivisions in Stone Oak, when I was buying something from them on Craigslist. It's happened several times. A gate only works well when everyone who lives within it is trying equally to keep strangers out.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:41 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Oh and about home invasions, if it's a big fear of yours, then buy a gun for home defense and learn how to use it. This is a castle law state, you can shoot someone who breaks into your home, without having to wait until you feel like your life is in danger.

If anyone breaks into my house when I'm not home, they can have whatever they can carry, as long as they don't hurt my pets. I have insurance. But if somebody breaks into my house when my kids and I are home, that person will be leaving the house in a bag.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:32 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I am just glad the Katrina victims are gone from around here , San Antonio is much safer place. Lets keep it that way. Keep up the good work here.
How can you be so sure? Look at all the diversity in and around I-35 and I-410. A lot Katrina evacuees were brought there. I used to live at Newport Apartments, and there would be pit bulls running loose inside the gated complex, even that breed was supposedly banned from the complex. Every race owns pit bulls, but still, they should be on a leash.
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:10 PM
 
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Here ya' folks go.

Another weekend on the "NORTH" WEST side just inside the 1604 Loop and another headline news making crime.

Alamo Ranch is just 3 miles away from this?

Would you want to live in this area???

1 of 2 suspects nabbed in home invasion | News - Home

1 of 2 suspects nabbed in home invasion
Crime happens everywhere. You can't point to one instance, or even a dozen and say someplace isn't safe. Especially when you're talking about populations this large.

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The thing to remember is that there is a large number of real estate agents on here. Many go to great lengths to pump up neighborhoods, and rather unethically, for financial gain.
I must be missing how this is advantageous for them. Don't they get paid a percentage of the sale no matter where it is? Why would they care? Realtors aren't limited to just selling houses in certain neighborhoods last I checked.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:44 AM
 
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I must be missing how this is advantageous for them. Don't they get paid a percentage of the sale no matter where it is? Why would they care? Realtors aren't limited to just selling houses in certain neighborhoods last I checked.
It might not be personally advantageous at this moment but overall pumping up an area will slowly increase values and therefore commission. It's easier to pump up the value of a cheaper neighborhood.

Many agents also buy foreclosures and cheap properties in bad areas, pump them up, and sell them. We've seen this on here already with areas east of downtown. Go to bcad.org and search for some of the agents on here that have publicized their names and see what they own. This isn't breaking news.
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