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Old 04-22-2017, 08:57 PM
 
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The main U of the riverwalk is a section of restaurants in the city center (not that interesting, IMO), but not of that is the Museum Reach and South is the Mission Reach. I walk along there nearly daily. It's - I think - a total of 25 miles of trail. I live a short walk to it and love it. Lots of bird life and general riparian wildlife. I feel like I have the best of all worlds, but it's to what everyone wants. WE have an old house, with old house issues. We have some houses in the 'hood that look like crack houses (they're not, just look like them) next to $500K houses. We have general city noise and rising property taxes. But we have an amazing community, we have the river, we have old houses with all their charm, mature trees, a large yard for kids to play, the best neighbors, a good school, and nature a short walk away.
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Old 04-23-2017, 08:29 AM
 
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Oh, and one bonus - the neighborhood marching band sometimes practices before big events - like the King William Parade - marching and playing through the neighborhood. I love it!
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Old 04-23-2017, 05:32 PM
 
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Chaka your neighborhood sounds awesome! 25 miles of river walk trail sound terrific to me! So does the marching band practice. Used to live in Utah and we had a bagpipe band that practiced along with a school marching band. Might not be for everyone but I loved it!

Thanks for the information. The more I learn the more I think we'll have to plan a trip there to check out the city itself and surrounding areas to make a complete decision about exactly where to start looking before we start looking.

For me a good kitchen and nicer yard, with pantry storage are very important as well as more than one bathroom. My husband wants warm weather, a garage, and an office for all his clutter.

I'm beginning to think that city noise may not be a deal breaker at this stage in our lives so long as we aren't near constant blaring sirens.

All this information is very helpful and just what I was hoping for. Its helping me clarify and whittle down to essentials.

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DeeAns
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Old 04-23-2017, 05:46 PM
 
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Chaka your neighborhood sounds awesome! 25 miles of river walk trail sound terrific to me! So does the marching band practice. Used to live in Utah and we had a bagpipe band that practiced along with a school marching band. Might not be for everyone but I loved it!

Thanks for the information. The more I learn the more I think we'll have to plan a trip there to check out the city itself and surrounding areas to make a complete decision about exactly where to start looking before we start looking.

For me a good kitchen and nicer yard, with pantry storage are very important as well as more than one bathroom. My husband wants warm weather, a garage, and an office for all his clutter.

I'm beginning to think that city noise may not be a deal breaker at this stage in our lives so long as we aren't near constant blaring sirens.

All this information is very helpful and just what I was hoping for. Its helping me clarify and whittle down to essentials.

Respectfully
DeeAns
We are about 1000 ft from a fire station, and while we occasionally hear a siren, it's not a common occurrence. The hospital is a few miles away which tends to be more the reason for sirens. We DO hear them, but they're infrequent enough that you know something must be happening if you've got them going.

We have trains though. They honk at nearly every intersection (despite quiet zones). Mostly, you get used to them, but some don't. We're about 1 mile in the middle of a U of trains. The only time they really bother me is if I'm already having trouble sleeping.

I do strongly recommend getting a real feel for a place. Some really hate the proximity to the bars and restaurants and would prefer not to have any people walking on the streets near their homes. That's cool, but if you live in the urban core, you have to expect that.
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Old 04-23-2017, 05:59 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA>Tijuana, BC>San Antonio, TX
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We live in rural Bexar County outside of the city limits, I like that I can enjoy everything Chaka describes in the city center but can quickly escape it with a 20-25 minute drive home to the country. I like that we can have acreage at a reasonable price and live in the tranquility of the country. What I don't like about where we live (Southern Bexar County) is how very NORTH centric San Antonio is from the jobs, the airport, the Medical Center, entertainment and the good stores. When I have to drive North of downtown that's when I feel the drive becomes tedious.

For entertainment I find myself in Central SA alot, when I have to I will go to the North Side but not very often.
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Old 05-26-2017, 09:46 AM
 
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Default Thanks and question about property taxes

Thank you to all who responded. This information is very helpful in helping us narrow down our search. There seem to be many options.

My husband is a disabled veteran. In much of Texas that means we pay little to no property taxes. Does San Antonio follow this as well? Most of the surrounding towns do. It makes a huge difference in how much money we have to spend and what we can afford.
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Old 05-31-2017, 09:43 PM
 
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Default Recently moved to Schertz as military retiree

Hi DeeAn,

I recently moved here to Schertz from Okinawa, Japan (moving into a new built house last week). A few months ago I was browsing this Forum as well. And I narrowed down to Schertz and Cibolo area. I was a California Resident and chose Texas because:

1. No State Income Tax
2. Discount of property tax for disable veteran (starting from 60% to 100% VA disability rating)

Went to look for many new communities in Schertz and Cibolo (78108) and finally settled on a new home in new Riata Subdivision, Schertz. The zip code is 78108 as same as of Cibolo. It's a quiet neighborhood and fitted what we're looking for.

My house is only 15-20 minutes from Randolph Air Base. We do shop there about once a week and fuel up my car because the gas on base is always about 10-15 cents a gallon lower than off base. We also shop at nearby Walmart and HEB for groceries.

Like your hubby, I recently hung up my sword and retired from the Marines after 27 years in service. I am truly a broken machine with many medical conditions. Schertz Medical Home Clinic (part of the Brooke Medical Center Tricare South System) is only 5 minutes away. I have been seeing the Primary Care Doctor there and they referred me to Brooke Medical Center for MRI, CT Scan and other specialist needs.

One more note; if you live in the North East area, you can also go for Austin Airport for air travel. Austin has more direct flights to other places than San Antonio International. It's about one hour away. San Antonio International Airport is 35-45 minutes away.

Best of lucks!
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Old 06-01-2017, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Can anyone speak to costs of maintaining one's own pool? My husband is not able to do that on his own.
Kind of depends on whether your pool is a chlorine pool or a salt water pool. We have the chlorine kind (really wish we could convert to salt, but with limestone edging, that's not a good mix).

We have an automatic chlorinator, which gets refilled with chlorine tablets anywhere from once a week to once a month (more often in the summer, when the sun cooks the chlorine off almost as fast as the pump puts it in). If you get a chlorine pool, do NOT buy the cheap tablets. They cause more problems than the savings rate. We buy a 10 pound bucket of tablets about twice a year, for a total of around $100.

You may occasionally need various chemicals to battle algae buildup (rare if your chlorine stays at the right percentage), adjust the PH, clear up cloudiness, etc. Buy the very best quality you can, so you can use the least amount necessary. Can't speak to cost here, as it depends entirely upon your pool's chemistry (and again, don't use the cheap stuff). For example, if folks decide to pee in the pool, you'll have an algae problem. We don't allow peeing in the pool...

You need to test the chemicals and PH weekly. We do it on the same day each week, and clean out the skimmers and run the pool vacuum.

You can clean the leaves, dead bugs, etc. off the bottom of your pool manually, but having a pool vacuum makes it so very much easier. Some pools have built-in vacs, but I can't speak to them, as ours does not. We use one from iRobot.com, the same folks who brought you the Roomba. Ours is an older version of what they currently offer, but we are very, very pleased with the results. After it runs, we pull it out, open it up, take the bag out, toss the contents, wash the bag with a water hose, then hang it to dry. If necessary, we could run it several times a day, or every day, but once a week has been working for us.

Total pool maintenance time each week is about fifteen minutes (not counting the vacuum's run time, since we don't have to be there). It's not hard, and there are plenty of pool companies in the area to teach you how to maintain it, or will provide pool maintenance for a monthly fee.

If you do get a place with a pool, you'll find yourselves quite popular. Enjoy.
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Old 06-01-2017, 11:09 PM
 
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Thank you to all who responded. This information is very helpful in helping us narrow down our search. There seem to be many options.

My husband is a disabled veteran. In much of Texas that means we pay little to no property taxes. Does San Antonio follow this as well? Most of the surrounding towns do. It makes a huge difference in how much money we have to spend and what we can afford.
Yes. Depending on his disability percentage. If he is 100% disabled, then you pay no property taxes.
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