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Old 04-03-2012, 09:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Schools district, neighborhood safe or not? Also how long it would take to drive to Lackland AFB. Google says approx: 34mins
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:44 PM
 
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It's going to be more like 45 minutes and that's on a good day. As far as buying a house out in Converse, it tops my list as the last place to buy. Renting, it kinda doesn't matter but expect major foundation issues around there. The area is nothing but Houston Black Clay and is about as stable as the San Andreas fault line.
Here's the info on Judson High School:
Judson High School, Converse TX School Profile, Ranking, and Reviews - SchoolDigger.com

If you want to get into a lower property tax area and don't mind country living, look to Lytle. It's about 20 minutes from Lackland out IH35 south. It rivals a lot of upper scale San Antonio neighborhoods for more millionaires per capita. Schools will be about the same as Judson and the High School is fairly new. Not sure about rentals or if the local housing is in the dollar bracket for your budget. Might look at realtor.com for comparables.
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:10 PM
 
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Crips wear blue, Bloods wear red
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:10 PM
 
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Crips wear blue, Bloods wear red
That bad huh?
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:14 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Some parts of Converse are nicer than others. I wouldn't want to live out there though, even if you live in the nicer part you still end up in walmart with the people from the not-so-nice areas around there and your kids end up in school with theirs.

Foundation problems are common in that area, as mentioned.
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:16 PM
 
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That bad huh?

No, not that bad yet but getting pretty close. Converse has been going downhill for quite a while.....I wouldnt personally look there if your looking to reside somewhere for more than a couple months
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:07 AM
 
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I wouldn't want my kids going to Judson ISD. The San Antonio areas surrounding Converse are bad. There have been more murders in Stone Oak than Converse though. Converse has only had one murder in the past 10 years or so.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:41 AM
 
Location: North Central S.A.
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I grew up in the area and, sadly, it has gone downhill since the 70s/80s. I would recommend something closer to Lackland. It is closer to Randolph AFB, however quite a drive to Lackland. Look around the NW side of town, outside 1604 I would recommend.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:42 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I graduated from Judson also, and I really wouldn't recommend it either. Aside from the declining neighborhoods, the commute is going to be pretty bad. Have you looked @ Alamo Ranch?
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:29 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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The commute is not fun depending on time of day. I live in Live Oak and drive to the Lackland side of town daily (I teach in Edgewood), and I would not suggest the drive if it can be avoided.

I attended Judson ISD schools off and on throughout my elementary, junior high, and high school years (father was in Air Force, so we would get stationed somewhere else for a couple of years, then back here for a while, and so on) and have no issues with the education I received. I was in GT from pretty much the beginning of elementary and took Honors/AP/IB classes, so I don't know if it was drastically different for others. However, I did graduate in (eek!) 1990, so there have certainly been changes in the district since then. I do know a few people who teach in Judson ISD as well as many who have kids in the schools and most of them are pretty happy with the district and the programs in place.

However, none of them actually live in Converse. Growing up, we had a somewhat negative perception of Converse - not because of the purported Crips and Bloods, but more because at that time many folks saw it as more of a trailer park kind of area. The area has grown and changed over the years, of course... There are okay areas in Converse today, but it is hit and miss. I also would not suggest the Kirby area. (If I had to pick between Converse and Kirby for some reason, I would pick Converse.) If you are interested in the general area of town for some reason (again, I would say no because of the commute), there are several small communities that would be a better bet.
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