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Old 02-13-2016, 04:02 PM
 
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What are the best neighborhoods to live in, assuming 1) working at the Medical Center, 2) needing great public schools, 3) preferring but not requiring to spend on the lower half of $300-600k range? Searching the forums suggests Alamo Heights (expensive) and Shavano Park (poor middle/high schools). Is Stone Oak (inexpensive, good middle/high schools) not realistic due to rush hour traffic? Any other areas to consider?

Also, what is the better ways to find single family house rentals in the San Antonio market (Zillow, Craigslist, real estate agent)? What about the best way to buy a house (Redfin)?
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Old 02-13-2016, 04:14 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Personally I'd get a good Realtor to address rent OR buy - they'll know the area, and can help you avoid the scams.
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Old 02-13-2016, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Not sure where you got your info on poor middle and high schools in shavano park. I'd go with shavano park or maybe over towards tigers ranch. Not much further east or west or even north. Maybe a tad south toward castle hills but otherwise I'd stick in that area. Take great schools ratings with a grain of salt as well.
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Old 02-13-2016, 08:24 PM
 
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Boerne
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Old 02-14-2016, 12:40 AM
 
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Old 02-14-2016, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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God. My auto correct is horrid on my phone. I meant ROgers Ranch. Not sure where tigers ranch would be. For me, Boerne would be a hell of a drive to the Medical Center. But you'll have to try that for yourself. Shavano Park would be 25 minutes tops whereas Boerne could be 45 wih bad traffic (and even in Austin I am not driving for that long of a time).
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Old 02-15-2016, 11:15 AM
 
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There is a ton of housing going up around O'Connor and Brandeis. Not the upscale areas, more solid working middle class.

Helotes has new housing. The drive isn't that bad, even at peak. If you lived other cities, our jams aren't that terrible.
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Old 02-15-2016, 02:08 PM
 
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It must just be me, but I can't understand why anyone would want to live in Boerne and work in the Medical Center but then I don't have kids. It must be for the good schools.
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Old 02-15-2016, 03:32 PM
 
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It must just be me, but I can't understand why anyone would want to live in Boerne and work in the Medical Center but then I don't have kids. It must be for the good schools.
I live downtown so I could care less about Boerne really. But, it is a straight shot up I10 and the improvements already made on I10 has helped traffic. And more improvements are being worked on right now. I personally think living in Stone Oak would be much worse of a commute. 1604, Blanco, Stone Oak Parkway, and 281 are a mess. Shavano Park would be ideal to me, but Clark isn't rated as highly as the two Boerne high schools. I take school ratings with a grain of salt though.
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Old 02-15-2016, 03:34 PM
 
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I live downtown so I could care less about Boerne really. But, it is a straight shot up I10 and the improvements already made on I10 has helped traffic. And more improvements are being worked on right now. I personally think living in Stone Oak would be much worse of a commute. 1604, Blanco, Stone Oak Parkway, and 281 are a mess.
Oh, I agree with you on Stone Oak being a worse commute. If I had to choose between the two only being the options, then Boerne will be my first choice no doubt.
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