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Old 11-11-2008, 10:34 AM
 
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Hello everyone, Im new here and from Kansas (town of 45,000+ people). Yeah, the past two homes I lived in have had alleys and sidewalks. Having sidewalks is no big deal but an alley is helpful and gives access to backyard! Can have or build a small garage if desired. We are planning in moving to S.Antonio or be 15-20 miles from it so PLEASE suggest areas where I can have an alley! Ohh..yeah Im looking to buy a 2-3 bdrm.home thats no more than 50,000...what can I say..Im not wealthy and the economy is not great this days! THANKS for your positive responses!
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Old 11-11-2008, 10:39 AM
 
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Many areas inside Loop 410 have alleys. I lived in a neighborhood near St. Mary's University for a while that had alleys.
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & San Antonio, TX
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Im looking to buy a 2-3 bdrm.home thats no more than 50,000.
Yes, many older neighborhoods areas inside Loop 410 have alleys behind the houses or between blocks. I know you find this all the time in Mahncke Park, some parts of Monte Vista, Alta Vista, Tobin Hill and Government Hill. I would assume you'd find similar situations in the near South and near West sides as well, since the neighborhoods/housing stock were all built in the same time frame (1900s-1930s).

Your request for 2-3 BR housing under $50K is truly your primary hurdle. You won't find housing of that size and price anywhere on the near North side inside 410 unless it is a total fixer-upper, but you might be able to find something on the near West or near South sides if you look really hard. I'm thinking you might find something in the South Presa neighborhood, a linear corridor about 3 miles south of downtown and near the new McCreless Market shopping center. fierce_flawless may have some recommendations for you to look in the near West side (downtown to St. Mary's University).
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Old 11-11-2008, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Castle Hills Forest off of Huebner and NW Military also has alleys.
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Old 11-11-2008, 01:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Valley Hi off Ray Ellison . My mom lives there and has a 4/2. It's an old neighborhood but still has some nice places and there are alleys.
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Old 11-11-2008, 01:55 PM
 
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Castle Hills Forest off of Huebner and NW Military also has alleys.
But sadly, nothing REMOTELY close to Al's second requirement of under $50K. (Least expensive home on the market in CHF right now is about $130K.)
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:02 PM
 
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Al,

Go to mysa.com's real estate section (just google mysa.com real estate) and do a search for homes in the 78223 zip code for under 50,000. You'll find a couple of three bedroom homes and a lot of 2 bedroom home, most if not all with a alley. The 78223 zip code home sales average just under $120,000 so a home under $50,000 is a really good bargain.

The zip code isn't bad itself though personally I'd suggest you try and stay east of 37 and you'll be very happy with your choice.

I'll pm some more info.
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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But sadly, nothing REMOTELY close to Al's second requirement of under $50K. (Least expensive home on the market in CHF right now is about $130K.)
darn. My grandmother lived there in the mid 90s and it was a cute neighborhood. I always thought it was at least in the 80s (what's 30k?)

The Prospect Hill area (near where fierce_flawless) may be a good alternative, as someone mentioned previously. I looked online one week and saw some in the 40s all the way to the 100s depending on upgrades. It is within a 5/10 minute highway trip to 410 and 151 depending on traffic. You're near downtown and all the other fun areas of town.
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:44 PM
 
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darn. My grandmother lived there in the mid 90s and it was a cute neighborhood. I always thought it was at least in the 80s (what's 30k?)
You're right, it is a really cute neighborhood! But "what's 30k"? giggle!!! 30K will buy a pretty darned nice, 2 bdrm. home in some areas of Kansas! (I know. My folks just sold my grandmother's house for $19K a coupla years ago when my grandma passed away. And my great Aunt's home is on the market right now for about $27K, and it's a 3bdrm on about 2 acres.)

To the OP ~ I hope you are able to find what you're looking for. We quite frequently take for granted our "low housing prices" here, not always realizing that there are areas of the country with lower housing prices. What you can buy in KS for up to $50K (depending upon the area, of course), will likely cost you $75-100K here. Just a heads up.
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Old 11-11-2008, 03:04 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for your opinions/replies. I will look into this areas you'all said.
Jules: You are right on the home pricing here in Ks...especially here in Hutchinson...$80k, will buy a NICE home with nice size lot.
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