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Old 10-21-2012, 05:37 PM
 
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Hi, my family will be relocating to San Antonio in the next few months. I know next to nothing about the area except that I will be working in the Greater Gardendale/Downtown area. My husband will have to find a mechanical engineering job later. We have 2 elementary age children and want to buy a home shortly after moving to SA. We will spend between $250-$350k on a home. Can you give us suggestions for areas to consider:

Order of Importance:
1) Safety/Neighborhood/Crime
2) Schools - EXCELLENT and especially special education programs
3) Commute

Anyway, thanks for any tips/help you can give us. This is very overwhelming, we are moving from a small area that we've lived in for the past 30 years!
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:49 PM
 
Location: South Side
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the west side
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:19 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Look at city of Garden Ridge. Elem school is excellent!
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:14 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Stone Oak, Deerfield, Rogers Ranch or Alamo Heights
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Boerne area
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Welcome!

Southwest Research Institute is a big employer of engineering types. My husband works there and commutes to the Boerne area. Boerne ISD has excellent schools but you might not want that much of a commute.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:24 AM
 
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Several areas you can look at. First, from both and education and security angle, Alamo Heights and Boerne both rate very high. Alamo Heights is an urban enclave neighborhood within the San Antonio city limits, so a commute to anywhere in the city would be relatively easy. This all comes with a higher than average price tag when you look at home prices though. Boerne is NW of San Antonio, but many people make the commute. Nationally recognized schools, located in the Texas Hill Country, and a great downtown for a small town with lots to do. I travel from Boerne to just north of downtown 5 days a week.

The rush on Interstate 10 can be crowded, but nowhere near the volume of traffic on I-35 going NE to Cibolo/Shertz/Universal City area, or 281 going north to Stone Oak.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:25 PM
 
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On a regular day what is the commute from Boerne to downtown SA (weekday normal business hours)? Thanks for the input!
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:53 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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On a regular day what is the commute from Boerne to downtown SA (weekday normal business hours)? Thanks for the input!
Time of day that commute would be undertaken would be helpful...4am....no problem....8am....lots of traffic.
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:28 AM
 
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There are many options to choose from. Boerne is too far of a commute IMO.

Try NORTHWOOD, Stone Oak, maybe even Southtown.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Look into the area near and around Shavano Park. The kids would either go to Locke Hill or Oak Meadow (either Northside or Northeast). Both areas are known for good schools. The drive to downtown is almost exactly 20 minutes and straight down 10.

Others may also suggest "the far" (north)west side near 1604 and 90. The drive to downtown from 90 has been mentioned several times as not bad.

Also click //www.city-data.com/forum/san-a...formation.html to see more details about the city.
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