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Old 10-18-2013, 11:44 AM
 
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I just received word that my employer will be relocating me to San Antonio to do contract work for the Air Force. My workplace will be at the former Kelly AFB. I've been told that, in general, the neighborhoods around the air force bases tend to be seedy at best. Given that my wife is pregnant and we'll be having our baby there, I'd like a nice, stress-free, reasonably decent neighborhood that's not going to have crime or security problems.

Most recommendations I've heard are that I should look for a house in the Alamo Heights/Olmos Park/'09 Area Code area and just commute in. I'd like to have reasonably convenient grocery shopping and basic services fairly close by, but I'd rather drive 25-40 minutes to shopping and restaurants than to work. But I do have to wonder whether I might find a decent neighborhood closer to my work. More reasonable rents would definitely sweeten the proposition, too.
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What's your price range?

If you're being steered by people who know you toward a $500K home in Alamo Heights, you might not be satisfied with anything south of downtown.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:02 PM
 
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I'm sorry, I should have clarified - we'll be renting, hopefully in the $900-1200 per month range, for the first year we're there.

I definitely don't require Alamo Heights levels of "niceness," though I'd absolutely take something there if it met my requirements.

I'm getting the impression that the southern third of the city is generally not terribly desirable, but I've heard there's nice places around 151 and 410.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:26 PM
 
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78245, 78251, 78252, 78253 and 78254 are where I would look. Many will recommend areas between highways 90 and 10 outside of 410 and just outside of 1604. You will find what you are look for there. The 151 area is within those boundaries that I mentioned.
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:18 PM
 
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78245, 78251, 78252, 78253 and 78254 are where I would look. Many will recommend areas between highways 90 and 10 outside of 410 and just outside of 1604. You will find what you are look for there. The 151 area is within those boundaries that I mentioned.
Great, thanks for that. Should I avoid the part of that pie-slice that's inside 410?
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Great, thanks for that. Should I avoid the part of that pie-slice that's inside 410?
It has it's own issues that I wouldn't recommend for a young family. Some drug, gang, at risk areas. While I love the area for the historic aspect, I wouldn't recommend it to newcomers as a first place to look for homes.
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:48 PM
 
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Try westcreek, should be in your range and not a bad drive (I also work at Kelly)

https://www.google.com/maps/preview#...!4d-98.7233402
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Old 10-19-2013, 02:25 PM
 
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Welcome to SA! My recommended search area...



Neighborhoods in those areas are usually nicer (but no guarantees!) and easily within a half-hour's drive of Lackland AFB.

You don't want to be too close to base. Once you get here you'll understand why.

Cheers! M2
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:37 PM
 
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Try westcreek, should be in your range and not a bad drive (I also work at Kelly)

https://www.google.com/maps/preview#...!4d-98.7233402
Some observations on Westcreek after 1.5 years renting there (not in pro/con order):

Rentals start at $1200/month, we're paying $1350 for an 1850 sqft 3/2.

A lot of Active Duty SNCOs and officers, retirees, and government (GS and contractors - I'm a non-DoD government contractor myself). It's a good neighborhood with a strong HOA, some might say too strong but it also hasn't seen the decline some developments of the same age just inside 1604.

Cookie cutter houses offer little variation of models in any particular subdivision (though this appears to be the case in all newer developments), not so bad in the older subdivisions where trees have matured but painfully obvious in the newer ones.

The most affordable youth soccer league (Fall & Spring) I've seen on this side of town.

Aside from Mexican, very few options for non-chain, non-fast food restaurants nearby (10-15 minutes to more developed commercial areas - I'll leave it to you if that's good or bad.

Alamo Drafthouse nearby, <3 miles from SeaWorld. ~10 minutes to Alamo Ranch and Westover Hills shopping. ~10 minutes to Northwest Vista Community College.

No decent farmer's markets (they're trying to get one going at the community center but I've only ever seen a single vendor) or organic/natural grocery stores nearby - the nearest ones are all half the city away. (If I'm wrong about this please let me know where they are.)

I'll add to this if more come to mind.
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:56 AM
 
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More to add in the "+" column for WCreek: I know several people in our neighborhood who drive over there for Zumba, yoga, swim team, etc. They seem to have great picnic/festivals/casino night type things going on, too.
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