Anxious move, specific questions (San Antonio, New Braunfels: rentals, new home, to buy)
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I worked out job details and will be moving to SA at the end of July. I have reviewed a lot of the posts and decided to live either in areas that feed into the NEISD (will have two kids attending school) or the New Braunfels area. My max limit for a house is 170K. I was also hoping for a newer home.
Some specific questions if you please:
Iíll be working for a facility on medical drive. The drive from NB on the map is approx 37 miles & 40 minutes. Is that taking traffic into acct. or will I be looking at a much longer commute time?
Also I was looking at new homes on Bulverde rd. built by Centex. Any opinion on Centex homes? Also they advertise the community will be near a proposed PGA golf course. Is that true? If so is that good or bad?
I wonít have a lot of time to search for a house, and if I donít sell my current house (SC) before I leave I will be looking at rentals (short term hopefully). However with school to start Aug 27th I would want to rent in the same area/school system that I would want to buy inÖso any info on short term house rentals for the areas I mentioned.
How old are your children? The new high school for Bulverde Village won't be open until Fall 2009 and until then high school students are being bussed to a school a bit farther away. If your children are younger you will be fine. As far as the PGA Village - it is a great development for San Antonio and the area. It will cause your property values to increase, which can be great for equity and resell, but maybe not so great for property taxes. It's just how you look at it.
New Braunfels could be a drive of as much as an hour going into the Medical Center. I would advise against living there because of traffic.
If you're wanting to live in NEISD and be convenient to the Medical center I would advise looking at homes that feed into Churchill High School. Most of these homes are older (not old old, just not new construction) and you should be able to find one within your budget. Churchill is a great high school, and you will probably be within a shorter drive to the Med Center than if you lived in Bulverde Village or New Braunfels.
If you're being quoted 37 miles with a 40-minute commute, that will be under ideal traffic conditions, I would think, especially since you'll be working in/around the Medical Center (Medical Dr. is a main thoroughfare in the Med Ctr.). If you're concerned about quality in academics, then you should really not be at all concerned with schools in the NISD, which will not only be much closer to your work but will also be able to provide your children with an excellent education.
I feel very strongly that you should try to look for a place that will feed into Clark or Marshall HS. Those two high schools are stellar IMO and will allow you to live close enough to your work place that you won't have to fight traffic for a good hour and a half on your drive home, which I guarantee will be your fate if you decide to live where you're apparently wanting to go for. Especially considering the fact that there's heavy construction going on at the moment around the Medical Dr./Wurzbach intersection -- yeah, you're going to want to live half that distance away. Why not try Shavano Park or a surrounding community? I'm sure you could get a good deal there, considering the declining housing prices located in town. Or perhaps somewhere in Leon Valley (which would feed into Marshall) -- heck, even the part of S.A. bordering Helotes (feeding into O'Connor HS) would be closer/more convenient for you, I'd think.
Oh wait, there are plenty of nice communities along Prue Rd., between Babcock and Fredericksburg, and even extending a little bit further toward the direction of Bandera. And there are plenty of new housing options practically in the shadow of UTSA, right where Babcock forks off from Babcock/De Zavala. But realistically, you should aim to live no further away than maybe 18 miles away from the Med Center if you want to keep your sanity. Really. Keep in mind that the Med Ctr. will be completely jammed with traffic around rush hour, so even if it might take you a quick 20 minutes to get to that part of town, it might take you another 20 or even more minutes to try to get around even maybe two or three miles inside the Medical Center itself. I lived around there for about 12 years before moving a little further away, so I speak from experience.
Edit: TXRose is right re: Churchill. If you just HAVE to live in the NEISD school district, then Churchill will be the only sane option for you. Everything further away/elsewhere will be complete madness IMO.
Last edited by krushsister; 05-31-2007 at 03:27 PM..
Reason: replying to a post made while typing my own post
I agree with the others -- the commute from NB will be difficult. Many [ok, most] of the highways in SA are under construction right now. Traffic will be a bear. After three months on the job, you'll be wondering why you didn't move closer. Good luck with the new job and the move. You'll like SA a lot [just don't get surprised by the high property taxes and utility bills].
I have one child in Middle school, and one to start K5 this year. The schools they will attend are high priority. I was told to concentrate on NEISD. NISD has similiar ratings, is there something I am missing i.e higher tax district? overflow schools? a concern over ethnic makeup?...
I drive 22 miles & 45 min now (each way), I would have loved to live closer but the schools & housing dictated otherwise. At that same max drive time
(45 min) how far could I go out from the medical center area, I am also assuming I need to be north of the center for better schools & housing under 170K.
Thanks for all your help.
NISD and NEISD are comprable districts. Of course, each district has "pockets" of schools that I would avoid, but they also all have excellent schools.
The Bulverde Village would probably put you at about 45 minutes. If your child is scheduled to start HS before Fall 2009 you will probably run into the bussing problem discussed earlier in this thread. You will need to call the district to make sure.
Have you talked to a realtor? I would advise getting a realtor to help you. He/She will not only be able to provide excellent advice on the school districts and quality of schools, but will be able to tell you where you will be able to find housing within these districts in your budget range.
NEISD and NISD both have very good schools and both have some not so great schools. There are some really nice areas, near the medical center, that feed great NISD schools. I agree with pretty much any area that feeds Marshall H.S. or Clark H.S. in NISD would be a safe bet. I currently live near Bulverde Village and commute to near the Medical Center area and on a good day with no traffic I'm looking at about 45 minutes...Friday afternoons after 4PM, 1 hour 15 minute minimum. Some, not all, of that traffic headache comes from the area closest to home, 281 North of 1604, Bulverde Road & 1604 East of 281.
I would strongly suggest looking more into NISD. If you need the name of a good realtor, let me know.
Northside ISD has several magnet specialized high schools like Business Careers, Health Careers, Communications Arts (CA was 100 in Newsweek's Top 100 high schools in the US), and Jay Science and Engineering Academy.
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