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Old 08-14-2009, 12:12 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I actually TOTALLY get the AH fascination, along with the Olmos Park fascination and the King William fascination. I adore older homes...ADORE...and I like the neighborhood feeling in each of those areas. They're walkable, they have lots of homegrown business and restaurants, etc. Those neighborhoods remind me of midwestern cities where I used to live.

We play the lotto so that someday we too can live in Olmos Park.
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Old 08-14-2009, 05:41 PM
 
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Celeste nailed it. The huge homes on Elizabeth, Garraty and Terrell Road were all handed down from granpa. They call the old money families in AH and Terrell Hills "Blue Bloods." When granny gets old they put here in a condo and the next generation takes the mansion and remodels. There are of course some exceptions to this such as the CEOs of Tesoro, Valero, etc. All the new money is on the northside. Ball players etc. dont find the "bubble" attractive.
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Old 08-14-2009, 08:43 PM
 
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I wouldn't put AH/TH/OP on par with Stone Oak....more like Dominion and Elm Creek.
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Old 08-14-2009, 09:08 PM
 
Location: in my mind
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Almost everyone I've ever known who lived in AH and was not renting, was there due to inheriting their home. A college professor, a woman who runs a charity organization, and a CPA.

I have a friend who lives in '09 and is a public school teacher... but she was aided in her home purchase by her father, who wanted to help her by in '09 so that his granddaughter could attend AH schools. He helped her buy a HUGE AH "fixer" and he lived there as well. When he remarried and moved out he paid off his "portion" of the mortgage and she refinanced so she was able to afford it on her own. She has enough room that if she ever has trouble making the payments, she can easily rent a room to someone and hardly ever see them.
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Old 08-14-2009, 09:26 PM
 
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Neither my parents, who live in Olmos Park, and my in-laws, who live in Terrell Hills, inherited their homes. They were just lucky to have bought in the 70s. My in-laws paid somewhere between $150 and $170,000 for their house. That was quite expensive back then, of course, but compare that to now, where the homes on their street have appraisals starting in the high six figures and head north from there.

Also, the prices in the tri-cities skyrocketed to just ridiculously high levels during the past ten years in a way that is totally unconnected to reality. I flip through the big glossy books Kuper and Browning send out and think to myself, "wow, that's a nice house, but it sure ain't worth 2.4 mil."
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Old 08-14-2009, 10:03 PM
 
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Thank you Eleanor for putting a realistic spin on some of the houses that are not 2.4 mil. Many of the residents there have been living in the tri cities for 25-40 years when a lot of the smaller bungalows were very affordable. The challenge for these residents is that many are on fixed incomes and struggle to afford the skyrocketing property taxes. In many cases the land is worth more than the house that stands on it! There are plenty of middle class people that live in the area that live by modest means. The fortunate thing is that they did buy at the right time in the right place and will probably have a nice nest egg when they sell their homes to move into smaller quarters. There are still plenty of fixer uppers like the 8000 sq ft house on Primrose that's worth 2mil. It was built in 1928 and has some fabulous detailing in the interior and exterior. It sits on almost 2 acres and would probably take another 2 mil to fix up! Fabulous house is tragic condition. Look it up if you're curious.
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Old 08-15-2009, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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The only people I know that live in AH is a pair of veterinarians. They don't live in the crazy houses people are talking about though.
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Old 08-17-2009, 10:11 AM
 
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Do you know where I can get some of that pretend money so I can move to Stone Oak?
get a boob job and find a "rich" husband who's willing to lease you a Chevy Tahoe that you can drive from your 100%-mortgage to La Cantera.
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:36 PM
 
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A friend of mine and I were having a discussion which led into how lovely Alamo Heights houses are and also how expensive the absolute gorgeous ones there are... which made us joke that we'd like to go up and knock on the door just to ask, "What on earth do you do for a living in order to afford this house?" LOL
So it got me truly thinking- what are the type of jobs people have that live in those Alamo Heights houses?
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It sounds as if you're assuming that ALL homes in AH are ritzy, larger-than-life and expensive. What makes that hood so interesting is that there's a good mix of small, bungalow-style homes mixed with the newer, stucco stuff (and everything in-between).

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Old 08-29-2009, 06:49 PM
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get a boob job and find a "rich" husband who's willing to lease you a Chevy Tahoe that you can drive from your 100%-mortgage to La Cantera.
You're assuming she needs a boob job. Um, nope.
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