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Old 04-04-2007, 04:54 PM
 
Location: San Jose
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Hey Fellow Rain City Folks,

We are from West Seattle. Currently in a holding pattern in San Jose - but moving down to SA 1/08. Husband will be working at the Riverwalk. Hoping to live up by 1604/281 (Stone Oak area) as our daughter will be headed for kindergarten in 08 and I want her in an exemplary school. What is the commute like to/from the Riverwalk to this area? Mapquest says 25 miles. But, if any of you saw what happened to the Sammamish Plateau - it took 1/2 hour just to exit off of 1-90. We don't want to get stuck in that sort of thing. We were spoiled - it was only 15 min from downtown Seattle to our W Seattle house. That said - I am not going to live in another 100 year old house. I want a house that has very minimal issues i.e. newer - no remodeling needed. We are hoping to not spend more than $300k for a house - is that feasible?

Thanks for any insight you can provide!
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Old 04-04-2007, 04:57 PM
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Location: san antonio - 210
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A commute from Stone Oak to downtown during morning rush hour (usually between 6:30 and 8:30) will be maybe 40 minutes. The problem won't be 281, the problem will be getting out of Stone Oak.

Commute time from downtown to Stone Oak during day time rush hour (from about 4:30 fo 6) will be a 30-40 minute drive.

I took the downtown (coming to the southeast side of town) to 1604/281 trip almost every day for some 2 years. The only time it got really bad is when the three lanes where closed down to one because of construction.
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Old 04-04-2007, 07:26 PM
 
Location: San Jose
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Thanks, 210.

Are there newer communities/schools below the 1604/281 - above the 410 (still on the west side of 281)? My husband works long hours and we are trying to make his commute shorter (so he can still see his kids before they go to sleep) and still be in an "exemplary" school district. I hear the Northern School Districts are higher in scores than the others (true?).
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:56 AM
 
Location: 10th Island
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Aloha mokuluas!
Glad to see your post! Here are some of the new communities that I am know of and all belong to great schools IMO. If you don't mind resale homes, you may consider looking into Thousand Oaks to be closer to downtown and still be in the NEISD.

Saddle Mountain (located across Barbara Bush Middle)
http://www.kbhome.com/Community.aspx?CommID=00865162 (broken link)

Quarry at Iron Mountain (located on Sonerra near Reagan High)
http://www.kbhome.com/Community.aspx?CommID=00865151 (broken link)

Promontory Reserve or Pointe (across Wilderness Oaks Elementary)
http://www.ryland.com/find-your-new-...d-heights.html

Cibolo Canyons
http://www.cibolocanyons.com/ (new LBJ High schedule to open Fall 2008)

There's also new communities building next to the Village at Stone Oak (281/Stone Oak)

Hope this helps.

Aloha!
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:04 AM
 
Location: San Jose
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Mahalo Nui Loa!

One other thing I have been reading: School Capping. What is that all about? My older daughter will be 4 next month - so I will need to enroll her for school when we get there in January. If we buy in Stone Oak (for example) we are not guaranteed that she will go to the elementary school in our neighborhood? Would she then be bussed elsewhere? I don't think I would be to keen on that...Any ideas?
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:20 AM
 
Location: 10th Island
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Recommend you contact the schools below to get the latest information. That's what I did prior to buying our new home. I checked the http://www.greatschools.net and http://www.neisd.net websites and requested to talk to the principal, and if he/she not available talk to the teachers for your child's grade. If you plan to stay longer, I recommend to look for the schools (elem, middle, and high) zoned for the neighborhood you're planning to buy into. Below are the schools that I checked:

http://www.neisd.net/canyon/ (my boys attend this school. it's exemplary after their first year and they're on their way to that again after their 2nd year)

http://www.neisd.net/stone/

http://www.neisd.net/roan/

http://www.neisd.net/wilderness/index.html

http://www.neisd.net/hardy/

http://www.neisd.net/bush/index.html

http://www.neisd.net/tejeda/

http://www.neisd.net/reagan/index.html

http://www.comalisd.org/School/MHSE/index.htm (broken link) (located in Comal ISD, but physically located in Overlook pkwy and 281)
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:55 AM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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Mahalo Nui Loa!

One other thing I have been reading: School Capping. What is that all about? My older daughter will be 4 next month - so I will need to enroll her for school when we get there in January. If we buy in Stone Oak (for example) we are not guaranteed that she will go to the elementary school in our neighborhood? Would she then be bussed elsewhere? I don't think I would be to keen on that...Any ideas?
School Capping is when a school is filled beyond capacity. Currently Roan Forest, Canyon Ridge and wilderness oak elementary schools are capped. If you moved in to that attendance area you child will NOT be able to go, they will be bussed to another school. The way population growth is going I would expect even more schools to be capped even with the new schools on the way. NEISD has plenty of schools outside of Stone Oak that are rated exemplary or Recognized, and often those school are around 400 students rather than the 1000+ at the schools in stone oak.
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Old 04-05-2007, 12:18 PM
 
Location: San Jose
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Thanks, smuboy!

Do the Districts have the list of which schools are capped on their websites or do we just have to go to the elementary schools in the areas where we want to live and check in with them? I have read in the paper here in San Jose that people pay $$$$$ to live in the nicer areas - assuming their children will go to the local schools and then find out after the fact that they will be bussed elsewhere. So this is definitely info we will need before purchasing a home.
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Old 04-05-2007, 12:20 PM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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Here is the listing for NEISD.
http://www.neisd.net/boundaries.htm (broken link)
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Old 04-05-2007, 12:21 PM
 
Location: San Jose
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Oops - sorry HI - missed your info - THANK YOU!!!
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