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Old 01-22-2013, 07:05 PM
 
Location: KY
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Hello, my husband I will be making a military move to Fort Sam Houston in March, and plan to rent off base. I have done quite a bit of looking and research online, and it seems the majority suggest the NE area. I've found some great homes in the NE area, but I'm wondering about the NW or other areas as well. It looks like most of the good shopping areas are NE...am I wrong? And how is the drive from the NW to Ft. Sam and shopping (like Alamo Heights)? We don't have children, have 3 dogs and one cat (which always make it more difficult when we rent a home, though they are all house trained and well behaved), up to $1400/mo, would like about 2200-3000 sqft, fenced yard.

We appreciate any suggestions on good areas to look. I'll be making a home finding trip at the end of Feb, and hope to not need to criss-cross San Antonio for two days . Thanks for your suggestions!
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:10 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Alamo Heights is nice, but I don't think you can get in there with $1,400/month and 2,200-3,000 square feet.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:43 PM
 
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I would check online "apartment locators for San Antonio free ". Tell them
what area & price range that is close to Fort Sam. You don't have to
sign up or be obligated , but you will get a heads up of what to look for.
You already know that Alamo Heights can be $$....also the airport is nearby...
would the noise be ok or not ? Or the NW...which would be opposite of where
Ft Sam is..how do you cope with traffic ? Myself, Im pretty bad...I'm lucky
that I don't have to drive too far to work, especially on yucky days. But the
weather here is great...if you hate cold/snow...& like it hot...you'll love it here !
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:17 PM
 
Location: KY
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Alamo Heights is nice, but I don't think you can get in there with $1,400/month and 2,200-3,000 square feet.
Thank you for your input. We don't necessarily want to live in Alamo Heights, though I have noticed shopping near there is nice, and near Ft. Sam. We would really like Converse if possible...still looking!
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:22 PM
 
Location: KY
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I would check online "apartment locators for San Antonio free ". Tell them
what area & price range that is close to Fort Sam. You don't have to
sign up or be obligated , but you will get a heads up of what to look for.
You already know that Alamo Heights can be $$....also the airport is nearby...
would the noise be ok or not ? Or the NW...which would be opposite of where
Ft Sam is..how do you cope with traffic ? Myself, Im pretty bad...I'm lucky
that I don't have to drive too far to work, especially on yucky days. But the
weather here is great...if you hate cold/snow...& like it hot...you'll love it here !
Thank you, ranchodrive. I agree that NW may be a bit of a drive with traffic. We would like to be NE, such as Converse, Universal City, etc. We are in KY now, and I can't wait to be in TX's warm weather soon! We were stationed at Ft. Bliss (El Paso) a few years ago, and I miss the warmth. I hear it is more humid in SAT, but I'll take that over cold and ice.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:01 AM
 
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DO NOT move to NW side. Traffic is going to go against you with the drive (I go the opposite way and see it lined up on the other side of the median every weekday). I live not far from Ft Sam and it seems clean and safe, at least where I am. San Antonio is pretty cheap except for rents IMO. $1400 may be difficult.
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:42 PM
 
Location: KY
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Thank you, angieut01! That was was our major concern about the NW area (traffic). We will definitely try hard for NE area.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:30 AM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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Honestly there are homes that fit the bill in windcrest, royal ridge and Camelot I.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:00 PM
 
Location: KY
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Honestly there are homes that fit the bill in windcrest, royal ridge and Camelot I.
Thanks smuboy86. We have found quite a few good ones just north or NE of Ft. Sam with size/specs...just the question of landlords accepting our pets at this point. Home finding trip is set for late Feb w/ Coldwell Banker's rental people, and looks like they have a lot of avail homes.

Thanks to everyone for your input!
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:27 AM
 
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You can also look just inside loop 1604 and east of 281, there are tons of good homes for rent here that meet your criteria and it's a pretty good area. Close to everything with limited traffic. Just stay away from North of 1604 near 281, that's stone oak land and it will be a) too pricey b) a pain to drive into during rush hour (although it has gotten better with the new 1604/281 interchange and super street)
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