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Old 04-15-2009, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Whitehouse Texas
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I live in Austin and there MIGHT be a chance me and my husband will be moving there in a couple of months. I have never been to SA and I have a few questions and hope that some of you can help me.

What is the best side of town to live in?
What is the average rent for a 2 br apt or small house in SA?
I use city bus here all the time , how is the bus system there?
Is the city pedestrian and bike friendly?


We want to be near grocery, restaurants, ect as we are here.

I might have more questions later. Thank you for any help you can give me.
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:10 PM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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I live in Austin and there MIGHT be a chance me and my husband will be moving there in a couple of months. I have never been to SA and I have a few questions and hope that some of you can help me.

What is the best side of town to live in?
What is the average rent for a 2 br apt or small house in SA?
I use city bus here all the time , how is the bus system there?
Is the city pedestrian and bike friendly?


We want to be near grocery, restaurants, ect as we are here.

I might have more questions later. Thank you for any help you can give me.
http://www.city-data.com/forum/san-a...index-san.html
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Old 04-16-2009, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Whitehouse Texas
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Thank you for that link. It has helped a lot. I still do not know which side of the city is the best to live in and and has an easy bus commute to downtown (which is where we both will be working if we move there). We are in our 40's and 50's.
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Old 04-16-2009, 02:25 PM
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What is the best side of town to live in?
The far north side has the highest average valuations per zip code, but there are pockets of the inner city with more expensive older homes.

There may be other parts of town that would be best for you, depending on your preferences.

I'll let someone else answer the rent question.

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I use city bus here all the time , how is the bus system there?
Is the city pedestrian and bike friendly?
The popular statement about the Via bus system is that it requires 3 transfers to get anywhere. That's likely an exaggeration with a grain of truth.

The city is not as ped and bike friendly as Austin.

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We want to be near grocery, restaurants, ect as we are here.
It sounds like you might like the Mahncke Park/Alamo Heights areas. They are older homes within walking/biking distance of groceries and restaurants.
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Old 04-16-2009, 02:33 PM
 
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Have you lived in Austin very long? You do know that SA is less than two hours away right? (I have found that a lot more people than I thought were geography challenged) I would just drive down for a few hours and form your own opinion. Then get back on here and ask others if they agree with your opinion.

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Old 04-16-2009, 02:50 PM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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Have you lived in Austin very long? You do know that SA is less than two hours away right? (I have found that a lot more people than I thought were geography challenged) I would just drive down for a few hours and form your own opinion. Then get back on here and ask others if they agree with your opinion.

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Old 04-16-2009, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Whitehouse Texas
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Thanks for all the info Bowie I am suppose to come to SA the first week in may and I will be there for a week. I am sure I will get all the info I need at that time, I just wanted to see others opinions about it.
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Old 04-16-2009, 04:45 PM
 
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Have you lived in Austin very long? You do know that SA is less than two hours away right?
Just a suggestion...
besides saying that, I would tell people a few places to drive around to get a feeling of what a good and bad area look like...
instead of just driving around Alamo Heights and go back home thinking that all of San Antonio is that way.
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Old 04-16-2009, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Whitehouse Texas
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I was thinking the same thing. I do know where SA is and how far it is from Austin. I have only been in Austin 1 year and still learning this area and before I got here I did visit a few days and got lots of help in the Austin Forum of the site and thought I would do the same thing this time.

I have NEVER been to SA and I know it's a lot bigger than Austin and I am sure I will not have the time to tour the whole city. Thanks for everyones help.
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Old 04-17-2009, 12:56 AM
 
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given your description of what is important to you (especially the part about walkable neighborhood and bus transit to downtown) you should definitely consider mahncke park as discussed above. do a post search on this site using keywords "mahncke" and "mahnke" (the first is the correct spelling, but it has several iterations in the posts here) and you will get a good idea of what it's like. it's not only on a major bus corridor to downtown, you actually could get there on bike pretty easily, too.
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