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Old 12-30-2007, 12:57 AM
 
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We are looking at a possible transfer to RAFB and we will have 2 children in schools (7th & 9th grades). We would like any info on the cities/towns around; schools, housing market, subdivisions. ect.

Good and bad on any and all the areas around would be greatly appreciated!!
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:19 AM
 
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Hi
Good luck in your move. Here is something I wish somone had told me before I purchased a house in Bexar County. Your car insurance will be cheaper if you live in Guadelupe County. RAFB is actually in Guadelupe County. Bexar County is very close - it's the metro area - where San Antonio is acutally located. Double check with you car insurance company. I also believe that your city property taxes might be cheaper in Guadelupe County cities (Universal City, Schertz, Cibolo, etc..). To check, Google Bexar County Tax Assessor and/or Guadelupe County Tax Assesor

Oh yeah, one more thing. If you buy a house, make sure you have a thorough inspection. Maybe even professional structural inspection. Lot's of foundation issues. Take some time to google the home builders. Some of them have bad reputations, but you can decide for yourself. You can read a lot of posts on this forum on that issue as well.
Take Care
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Old 12-30-2007, 10:08 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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RAFB is actually in Guadelupe County.
What map are you looking at, Randolph AFB is in Bexar county. It touches the Bexar/Guadelupe county borders.
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Bellevue NE
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Hey Fam welcome to the forum and to Randolph AFB if you end up here. My husband just finished EWO/Nav school at Randolph. I will be here til Dec 08 feel free to ask me anything about stuff around the area and I will do my best to help. We live in a small neighborhood about 5 miles from the base I always call it the garden subdivision its right across from HEB at 1604 and Kitty Hawk. Nice neighborhood close to the base and everyones friendly. We are the second military family to have rented this house.
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Old 12-30-2007, 08:33 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Welcome to San Antonio. I retired out of Randolph just over 5 years ago. The town of Schertz is within Guadalupe County, and one of the fastest growing housing markets in the states (Better tax rates, lower insurance). Some nice areas are right off I 35, and some high-end neighborhoods (Garden Ridge) can be found NW of I 35. We moved a little closer to the San Antonio Airport, (good compromise for commute times to any post retirement work location in town). As for schools, consider visiting the school accountability website. http://www.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/account/
If you're considering working in San Antonio, the I 35 and Loop 410/Walzem Rd area is a persistent traffic jam during commute times. Additionally, there's a lot of road construction on the north side of Loop 410.
Hope this helps.
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Old 12-30-2007, 10:52 PM
 
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Thank you all for the information!

We have been looking online quite a bit (being stationed outside the US makes it harder to look in person) at the areas. We have checked the school testing ratios and have been pretty happy with Cibalo and Schertz. We would like more personal accounts of the schools as well.

We are thinking of retiring there to at least let the kids finish school there.
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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Thank you all for the information!

We have been looking online quite a bit (being stationed outside the US makes it harder to look in person) at the areas. We have checked the school testing ratios and have been pretty happy with Cibalo and Schertz. We would like more personal accounts of the schools as well.

We are thinking of retiring there to at least let the kids finish school there.
Also, Randolph has its own ISD, and has excellent schools.
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:01 PM
 
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If you are looking for housing off the base, your first choices should be Schertz or Cibolo. Schertz is ranked tops in the state for living. People are starting to take notice of Schertz (and Cibolo) as the population growth has been explosive. In 2000 the population in Schertz was 18,000. Today it over is 42,000. In Cibolo, the 200 population was 3,000. Today it's near 20,000.
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:24 AM
 
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Exclamation Home For Sale

We are an military family that just moved from the RAFB area and have a home for sale close to the base. It is in the city of Garden Ridge, TX. It is an upscale bedroom community. It is located in Comal County not Bexar. (Sounds like "BEAR") which has a much higher tax rate. The Home is located at 19902 Regency Run, Garden Ridge, TX. It is priced in the range of 425 to 450K range depending on closing cost. If you are interested, I can send you more information.

Thanks
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Old 12-31-2007, 11:30 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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There are several rules for attending the Randolph Schools... but if you qualify, it's one of the best in the area. Great academics and lots of outside activities. You may have to live on base, which is tough unless your husband is an O6+ or an E9. The waiting list can be over a year. Our son graduated from near by Judson HS. A perennial championship caliber football program, and decent AP academics. Appears to promote sports over academics... but that's just an opinion.
South of the base you can find rural living and large acreage at a reasonable price. Additionally, Floresville seems to be a rapidly growing community.
A large number of Randolph personnel live in the Stone Oak area, (just north of the 281/1604 intersection). It seems to be a bit over "over-built" with significant traffic issues. A large section of 281 will probably become a toll road soon to help traffic congestion.
Bottom line, the Randolph area has a wide range of housing opportunities. From New Braunfels to Floresville to Windcrest to Schertz/Cibilo to San Antonio. It will take some time to go through all of the options.
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