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Old 02-24-2011, 01:37 PM
 
Location: California
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My husband will be retiring from the military in the next year and we are looking to move back to Texas. (I am from Midland). Either the Ft. Worth/Dallas area or San Antonio, depending on jobs.

Looking for ideas on best places to live in the San Antonio for commuting to probably Ft. Sam Houston and likely somewhere around Randolph AFB for my husband. We are looking for great school options for our daughters, middle school and high school aged. Plan to buy a home and anticipate a budget of $200-$250k for a home.

Ideas on energy costs? Insurance rates? That sort of thing. We have lived in military housing for 20 yrs, so a little out of touch on what utilities cost.
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Old 02-24-2011, 04:17 PM
 
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I hope you get the Dallas/Ft. Worth option. We just spent a weekend in Frisco... such a nice suburb of Dallas... spotless, no graffiti, an amazing baseball field, hockey arena, shopping. I just don't understand how San Antonio, the 7th largest city in the U.S.A. can't and won't require more of itself. We are leaving in two weeks after having planned to stay here upon my spouse's military retirement. If you do end up here, be careful where you buy; take your time looking... that's my advice.
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Old 02-24-2011, 04:28 PM
 
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I cannot say enough about the Schertz/Cibolo area. We lived in Northcliff (off Country Club) and had easy access to both Randolph and Ft Sam. The Comal County side of this area is served by Comal ISD. The neighborhood is composed of retired and active military and professionals. It has quick access to shopping and attractions. The Guadalupe County side is served by Schertz Cibolo Universal City ISD. I don't know much about these schools.

It may not seem like a big deal now, but this area is also served by the Carrizo Aquifer which means you will not have unreasonable water restrictions like those in Bexar County. They only ask that you do not water during the daytime hours which makes sense. You'll appreciate this when your friends lawns are dead and yours is a beautiful green.

For the amount you are looking to spend, you might also consider Scenic Hills. These are newer and quite a bit pricier but basically the same homes and Northcliff. The yards are a bit smaller.
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Old 02-24-2011, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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I cannot say enough about the Schertz/Cibolo area. We lived in Northcliff (off Country Club) and had easy access to both Randolph and Ft Sam. The Comal County side of this area is served by Comal ISD. The neighborhood is composed of retired and active military and professionals. It has quick access to shopping and attractions. The Guadalupe County side is served by Schertz Cibolo Universal City ISD. I don't know much about these schools.

It may not seem like a big deal now, but this area is also served by the Carrizo Aquifer which means you will not have unreasonable water restrictions like those in Bexar County. They only ask that you do not water during the daytime hours which makes sense. You'll appreciate this when your friends lawns are dead and yours is a beautiful green.

For the amount you are looking to spend, you might also consider Scenic Hills. These are newer and quite a bit pricier but basically the same homes and Northcliff. The yards are a bit smaller.

I would second that area and anywhere around the 3009 area. Although traffic may be quite miserable at times, it may be worth it for the schools.
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:39 PM
 
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Keep this in mind.
If you live in Schertz/Cibolo (1) There's a hell lot of trucks that drive on I-35 all the time, day/night (2) Going to Ft. Sam you are gonna have to deal with rush hour traffic both ways.

I recommend you finding a place close to Ft. Sam.
Because when you drive to Randolph, you'll be driving against rush hour traffic.

Ideally (I lived both close to 281&1604 and now live in Schertz and work by the airport)
I think Terrell Heights and Windcrest are just best options. But I don't know anything about the schools there.

BTW,
property taxes are cheaper in Guadalupe county (East of Cibolo creek and South of I-35)

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Old 02-24-2011, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Ideally (I lived both close to 281&1604 and now live in Schertz and work by the airport)
I think Terrell Heights and Windcrest are just best options. But I don't know anything about the schools there.
The schools, I think, are the main concern living in these areas. While Windcrest is a so-so option just getting on 410 right there..the schools are not stellar. I'm not sure as to what school exactly TH feeds into. Is it Alamo Heights? I'm not 100% the OP will be able to afford a good house in that area within that price range. It's such a bummer as I think you're right in that the commute will be bad, as I mentioned as well. Schools, though, in the SCUCISD are a better option.
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:08 PM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Actually, you can cut down 78 to 410 S and avoid the mess up around 3009....
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:11 PM
 
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The area just outside of Alamo Heights is nice around Northwood Elementary.
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:50 PM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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Pretty sure that the schools in Northwood, Windcrest or Terrell Heights are just as good or in fact better than SCUCISD. They are going to be either NEISD or AHISD. Northwood would feed to Garner and MacArthur High. Windcrest would be Ed White and Roosevelt High which is just very impressive since it was torn to the ground and rebuilt, more so than MacArthur's rebuilding.
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:36 AM
 
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anyone know anything about the Live Oak area?
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