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Old 12-31-2012, 09:33 PM
 
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Hi all! We're moving to San Antonio in a few months with our 2 year old and 2 month old. My husband will be working on the W/NW side at SWRI and I'll be able to continue working remotely from home. I'm wondering if I can hear some suggestions on 1) elementary/high school districts (I've only heard of NISD and Alamo Heights), and 2) safe, family-friendly neighborhoods within commuting distance to SWRI? Our budget is around $500k.

Thanks so much in advance - we're looking forward to the move!
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:47 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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SWRI is pretty west, no? I'd go for Alamo Ranch with your budget :-) Gorgeous, master-planned, great schools. You might also want to consider Aviara in Westover Hills ($350+) or further north in Helotes. Good luck!
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Boerne area
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Depends on how far you want to commute. Husband works for SWRI, and we chose Boerne ISD even though it was a further commute due to the school district.
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:58 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Lots of great places to consider, I'd recommend a realtor to help you find a home. If you need one, DM me and I'll send you the one who helped us...

Welcome to SA!

Cheers! M2
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Boerne, Texas
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With your budget, I would focus on Alamo Heights or Boerne (pronounced Bernie) school districts. AH is in town while Boerne is more of the hill country (Fair Oaks Ranch is also part of the Boerne district if you are searching online). AH is probably a quicker commute. You might also want to consider Helotes in the Northside school district, although the concentration of homes in your price range is more prevalent in AH and Boerne. Good luck in your search!
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Shavano Park wouldn't be a bad option either.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:33 AM
 
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Shavano Park, Alamo Heights, Boerne and Castle Hills are all good options for you. SWRi is a great place to work but you don't want to live too close to that area of town.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:04 AM
 
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Boerne and Alamo Heights are the top performing local districts. As with others, I opted for the longer commute to live in the Boerne ISD. Well worth a little extra drive time.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:01 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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"Commuting distance" is relevant here. Listen, I adore Boerne, but come on. It takes us 40 minutes to get to Boerne city center from our house in Westover Hills, on a SATURDAY MORNING! I can't imagine what that drive is like at 5pm. Ugh!
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:24 PM
 
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"Commuting distance" is relevant here. Listen, I adore Boerne, but come on. It takes us 40 minutes to get to Boerne city center from our house in Westover Hills, on a SATURDAY MORNING! I can't imagine what that drive is like at 5pm. Ugh!

We have a few friends in the Fair Oaks area and also in the Cross Mountain Rd area (I think the school district is NISD - kids go to school off Bandera Rd) and Sonoma Ranch area who work at SwRI. They all do altered schedules due to traffic (leave SwRI no later than 4pm, come in no later than 6am). Many of our SwRI friends live in the Sea World area, including Alamo Ranch. Even though it's close, the commute at rush hour is kind of a pain given the poor roads and heavy traffic. Some love living there though, and some don't.

*I* wouldn't want to drive that - my husband's commute to SwRI (and I used to commute near there) is about 15 minutes. I love where we live, but while our neighborhood elementary is good, if you're main concern is high test scores, it won't be the place for you. We like it because we find the dual language/immersion program important and especially like the arts and science components, but it's not for all.

Talk with some of the people in your husband's division. That will give you an idea of what may work best for your circumstances. Your budget gives you a huge range of locations.
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