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Old 10-20-2006, 07:49 AM
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Does anyone live in Beacon Hill, Alta Vista, or Monticello Park (or know someone who lives there)? I like the looks of the homes there, I like how the neighborhoods are described, and I like the fact that they are urban, but there's nothing like talking to someone who has lived there.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-22-2006, 02:38 PM
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Hello there,

If I were going to buy a place in SA, it would be in one of those areas. I live near I-10 and Huebner, but have several friends who live in the areas you listed, and they really like them. I would definitely WALK the neighborhood before you buy, though. One of my acquaintances lives, for example, on Fulton between I-10 and Fredericksburg road on a really cute 1920s block. However, there's a homeless shelter a few blocks away that closes during the day, forcing all of the guests to walk the streets during the day. This is an issue that a realtor certainly will not tell you about. You need to do your research on crime stats, and see what kinds of halfway homes and shelters are in an area before you buy. Otherwise, my friends really like those areas a lot.
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Old 10-25-2006, 05:23 PM
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I used to live in Monte Vista, and while I wouldn't call it urban it was nice to be out of the generic suburban mold. I know the old-money vibe of Alamo Heights turns some people off, but the houses being so close to good shops and restaurants gives it a nice urban feel. Southtown has some of that as well.
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Old 11-25-2006, 11:57 PM
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I lived in Monticello Park for several years. It's still the best area for amazing historic homes at a relative steal as opposed to Monte Vista (which I would definately consider urban) King William, etc. A realtor friend of mine has dubbed Monticello the "poor man's Monte Vista." But well, um, there's a reason why some of the homes in that area are a steal if you skip your homework and get slack on your due dilligence, like hello13685 stated about Fulton, which is a neat little street made up mostly of small spanish revival pads. There's one for sale right now that was owned by a neighborhood architect I believe, and is probably a bit snazzier inside than some of the neighboring houses I would assume (maybe not, who knows?).

Anyway, I digress. There are several halfway houses scattered around Monticello, and unfortunatetly your real estate agent will NOT inform you of this. I know firsthand. I used to live on Furr in a great little 1930's bungalow. The not-so-great part was that directly behind me was an apartment subsidized by the county for newly released psych patients! One of the fellas actually set fire to a neighbors garage. They shuffled up and down my street and eyeballed my girlfiend frequently, etc. In short, my mom, who works in a psych ward and is used to dealing with these guys daily, took over my mortgage and I moved to the Alamo Heights area.

Now, I still think Monticello is a terrific area, primarily due to the great housing stock and good prices, but it's still very much a transitional neighborhood, and has been for many years (and may be for the next 20, ha ha). San Antonio moves VERY slowly in the gentrification department, unlike, say Austin, where former shotgun shacks in forlorn ghettos suddenly fetch mid six figures within like 3 years (i.e. "SoCo"). Also, the shopping in the area is not-so-great and I routinely drove several miles to Whole Foods as the nearby HEB's were pretty basic, and the area is generally made up of taquiria's (which I dig, but I like a bit of variety, you know?) and various shabby endeavors. In summation, good prices and great houses, so-so area, study your potential neighbors, and when you can afford it, move to Monte Vista asap
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Old 12-05-2006, 11:17 AM
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Thanks everyone, those are great tips. House hunting should be fun!

On another note, how are Lavaca and King William? Would you feel comfortable living there with small children?
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