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Old 06-07-2019, 11:20 AM
 
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Will relocate to San Antonio in 2mo, work at west of the city near sea world. We have a 5mo old and we do prefer to have 3+ bedrooms house. Our budget is 250k~300k. I have looked through many of the previous posts and narrowed down to the Churchill and castle hill forest areas. Any other recommendations? Safety is our priority. Thanks!
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Old 06-07-2019, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Those are great areas. I’m surprised you’re not thinking alamo ranch. What are your preferences? Older? Newer? Size? What do you need to be near? That will be a trek, but it won’t be a horrible drive.
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Old 06-07-2019, 01:30 PM
 
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I'd suggest Alamo Ranch too
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:16 PM
 
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I'd suggest Alamo Ranch too
The thing is, castle hills forest has older character and backs right up to salado creek green felt and is near some great HEBs. The schools they go to are about equal, if not better then Alamo ranch and while the drive isnít the best, if someone is looking for an older home, this would be a good area. Thereís nothing anywhere near as old/established in the Alamo ranch area. Different strokes for different folks.
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:28 PM
 
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Thanks so much for the suggestions. Will definitely look at alamo ranch. We prefer newer house (after 2000).
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Thanks so much for the suggestions. Will definitely look at alamo ranch. We prefer newer house (after 2000).
Then that's a good place to be, especially if your commute is closer to the 1604/90 area. That's where all the new stuff is. As I mentioned, the Castle Hills Forest area is beautiful, but definitely older. I think the newest homes (Summerfield) were built in the late 1990s. There's a few pockets of farm/ranch land on West Ave, close to Churchill High School, that were bought up by builders that are building new homes, but if I were looking for newer, I'd look further out, honestly. I've been away from SA for about four years so I can't recall the zip code, maybe 78253? Search the forum for "Alamo Ranch." That will do most of the work for you in researching the area.
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Old 06-07-2019, 04:07 PM
 
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@ashbeeigh, really appreciate the detailed info. Thanks!
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Old 06-10-2019, 09:54 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I relocated over 5 years ago to San Antonio. The key is to select a realtor who can get you access to available houses on your visit and help pick those that meet your desires.

Many are internet savvy and you can get the plan set before you visit.

I looked at 20 or so before buying, backing out of the first deal after the inspection. Today, current customs allow backing out of an offer for $200. Sellers and realtors want to do a deal not squabble.

The realtor was essential for me.
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Old 06-10-2019, 02:49 PM
 
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Back out of an offer for $200? Really? Do all sellers know about this "current custom?"
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Old 06-10-2019, 10:48 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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It is in the written offer boilerplate in use in San Antonio. Based on enough time to get a buyer's inspection (but a formal/professional inspection is not required by this provision). Worked for me.

That is if you use a realtor in making your offer. Also note that "current custom" applies to many real estate issues, and they vary by area in the U.S. and not all are nailed down in law or contract.

I used to do land deals in Louisiana for my employer and that was an especially interesting real estate education.

Anyway, I expect a realtor will chime in here at some point.

As to the original post, a stranger to town showing up in San Antonio to do house hunting better have some help and a plan. Or expect to spend many weeks in town driving around and setting appointments.

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