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Old 12-10-2013, 10:03 AM
 
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We are possibly moving to San Antonio and looking at a few neighborhoods. They include Dominion, Forest at Stone Oak and Sonoma Ranch. Our budget is up to $600k. Schools are very important to us as we have three young children.

We are open to other suggestions. Any feedback on these areas is greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:21 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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All areas are great for that budget and the schools are pretty much equal.

The Dominion is more isolated than the other two areas listed.

Have you tried looking in Alamo Heights? That budget can get a pretty nice house in one of the best school districts in the area.
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Old 12-11-2013, 03:42 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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It really depends on what type of house you're looking for, yard, etc. Schools are pretty solid wherever you are in those areas. I've got clients in all three and all three swear that "their" school is the best.
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Old 12-11-2013, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Boerne, Texas
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Have you looked at Boerne/Fair Oaks Ranch and the Boerne school district? While most of the custom home neighborhoods are above your price range, I would highly recommend you consider Deer Meadow Estates as something that would offer some options within your budget. It feeds into one of the best elementary schools in the San Antonio area, includes 1/2 to 1 acre lots, fully custom homes and lots of families with young children.

The other areas you mentioned are good as well, but the Boerne area offers an incredible lifestyle. If you are commuting to somewhere along I-10, this area wouldn't be much further (and maybe closer drive time than the Forest at Stone Oak) than your other options.

Good luck!
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Old 12-14-2013, 07:39 AM
 
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All areas are great for that budget and the schools are pretty much equal.

The Dominion is more isolated than the other two areas listed.

Have you tried looking in Alamo Heights? That budget can get a pretty nice house in one of the best school districts in the area.
agreed. i saw some NICE houses in AH for a hair under 450k, well within your budget.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:56 PM
 
Location: San Antonio TX
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Have you looked at Boerne/Fair Oaks Ranch and the Boerne school district? While most of the custom home neighborhoods are above your price range, I would highly recommend you consider Deer Meadow Estates as something that would offer some options within your budget. It feeds into one of the best elementary schools in the San Antonio area, includes 1/2 to 1 acre lots, fully custom homes and lots of families with young children.
Deer Meadow Estates is a great area. My cousin lives there and I just finished a three-month stay with him while getting settled in here. I loved the neighborhood, the homes, the people.

What I absolutely HATED was how isolated it is. One way in, one way out. It takes FOREVER to get anywhere. No such thing as a "quick trip" to the store. Takes 15-20 minutes just to get to the freeway. But if that's not an issue for the OP, it is a great community.

I do miss happy hour at Conroy's. Now that I'm in Alamo Ranch it's just too far to trek.
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Stone Oak
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Forest at SO, acre lots, borders a nature preserve or the new Panther Springs Park, new HEB speciality store opens soon, THE BEST schools, ce t airport ad eneryhing important!!!!
I've sold numerous homes there and would like to live there myself.
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Old 12-19-2013, 08:12 AM
 
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Thanks for all the responses. We have considered Alamo Heights, it is very similar to the area we currently live and I think an area we would really like. But we are trying to get away from the older small expensive homes. We are looking to purchase a home between 3,000-4,000 sq ft. I've looked online at Alamo Heights and I think we would have to spend closer to $900k to get a newer home home with a pool. Part of our reason for relocating to SA is to get a more affordable home.

Thanks for the feedback. We are still open to other areas.
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Old 12-19-2013, 08:33 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Thanks for all the responses. We have considered Alamo Heights, it is very similar to the area we currently live and I think an area we would really like. But we are trying to get away from the older small expensive homes. We are looking to purchase a home between 3,000-4,000 sq ft. I've looked online at Alamo Heights and I think we would have to spend closer to $900k to get a newer home home with a pool. Part of our reason for relocating to SA is to get a more affordable home.

Thanks for the feedback. We are still open to other areas.
Have you looked at Deerfield off of Blanco? You are close to Stone Oak with less traffic.
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:48 AM
 
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All 3 are nice neighborhoods, and you can't go wrong with elementary and middle schools in any of them. You may want to think about the high schools that the neighborhoods feed into, though. The Dominion does not feed into the best public HS. Don't get me wrong, it is good, but it does have quite a few low income neighborhoods that go to it. Sonoma Ranch feeds into Brandeis, which is new and is a great school with great athletics. Stone Oak feeds into Reagan which is known for being a stellar school- great academics, many affluent neighborhoods (mixed with middle income neighborhoods), and a great athletics program.
I lived in Sonoma Ranch and loved it, but now live in the Stone Oak area and love that too.
You may want to think about the HOA fees in the neighborhoods too. The Dominion has the priciest HOA fee. There are so many neighborhoods that would fit your price range too! Greystone, Cavalo Creek, Deerfield, Fossil Creek, Cibolo Canyons, Shavano Park area, just to name a few!
Check out makesanantoniohome.com, you can get a comprehensive list of all homes for sale updated in real time by the MLS system!
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