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Old 11-09-2015, 01:30 PM
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I would read about the sewer systems, etc for whatever area you are serious about cause I don't know how or why but I was reading about the horrible way alot of Austin's sewer system is, and how it all domino affects others. And then there was alot of flooding recently in areas around that we saw around I think it was San Marcos or Buda or Kyle. But those are building up alot. I'm not sure of the land amount but for some reason www.rcbaonlin.org came to mind because it is a Christian school that schools kids on how to defend their faith and there is a whole horse place, I forget what you call it, but it's right behind the RCBA. It's where you can put up your horses and or train them, etc etc. etc. And there is a massive property behind it but don't know what it's for. I also thought of Garden Ridge for you, which is nearby the school, but not sure of land amounts and I think it's pretty expensive…but you could spend on home and put horses up in that place behind the school.
Just thoughts. I haven't thought it all out. I'm just hurriedly typing something down just for possibilities.
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Old 11-09-2015, 01:58 PM
Location: South Texas
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Originally Posted by ognend View Post
You should look into the area south of SA, like Natalia etc. You can get a 10-15 acre property with a mobile home or a small real home for $150K and up. You can ride on many of the country roads just fine. Find a good realtor. Boerne area is for the rich horse people.
South of SA? No thanks. Stick with Boerne if you want to be around educated folks.
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Old 11-10-2015, 07:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Quattro72 View Post
South of SA? No thanks. Stick with Boerne if you want to be around educated folks.
Well yeah. Educated also means prices are exorbitant for what you get. Not every day you get 5 acres with a home and rocks mixed with grass advertised as "horse property" for $400K+....

I am educated (post-graduate, computer science) and my wife is a veterinarian with a BSc in Biology (two degrees). It is not where you live, it is how you live... I have lived in "posh"places and had a bad time, I have lived in "cheap" places and had a good time. But I will not be led around by the nose and pay for something 8x more because the neighbors are the Joneses. Besides, the way degrees are given out these days, "educated" is a very relative term.
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Old 11-12-2015, 12:53 PM
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Some of the older homes in Hill Country Village are close to your budget and it's a great location, unless you're specifically looking to be out in the burbs. I think ag exemptions are possible there as well. In fact, I think there's one currently listed that even has a horse barn on the property.

Best of luck with your search.
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Old 11-22-2015, 09:44 PM
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Bulverde/Spring Branch area would be my suggestion. Hwy 281 has less traffic heading south to town than
IH 10, and for some reason everything is a little more expensive in the Boerne area. Most of the acreage sized neighborhoods in Bulverde/Spring Branch have trails and allow horses, etc. Bracken Christian School is in the area, which I attended for a period of time. It has always been my preference to live on private land though, no HOA or deed restrictions.

Regarding the possibility of flooding I wouldn't worry much about it. If you pull a mortgage the property will not qualify if it is located in the 500 year FEMA flood zone. If you pay cash just verify it yourself through published flood maps. We do not flood much here, we are mostly in drought. I would only be worried if your potential new place is right by a river or creek. Keep in mind the Memorial day flood that happened primarily in Wimberly & Blanco was a 500 year flood. El Nino gives us H*** only once in a while.

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Old 11-25-2015, 06:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Dbazan1 View Post

We're looking to relocate from Southern California to the San Antonio area, and are interested in finding some acreage to keep 3 horses and a few 4-H animals. We really liked the Boerne and Fair Oaks Ranch area. We also are looking to be near a good Christian high school for our son, who'll be entering the 9th grade next year. We were told that Geneva is a good school to look into...any feedback on it? We've already requested info from them on enrollment. We need to keep our housing budget under $750,000, and the school budget under $10,000/year. We're currently home schooling, and if not able to find a private Christian school in the area within our budget, we could continue homeschooling, but only if there were local homeschool co-ops to get involved in, lots of outside classes available, and an active homeschool community focused on college prep. We still want to live in an area with an excellent school district though, in case we decide to switch to public school along the way. Also seeking a safe neighborhood with a rural feel and a close knit community that would feel like family. Is that possible to find these days??

Is Boerne the right area of San Antonio to be looking at to fit our needs? Are there other horse-friendly areas/communities near San Antonio we should consider that are within a 45 minute commute to downtown San Antonio and in excellent school distict? We've been told the footing is not ideal for horses in this area...what should we be keeping an eye out for when considering properties there? Also, other than Cordilerra Ranch in Boerne, are there any areas/communities that offer access to ride you horses on public trails? We'd ideally like to be able to saddle up and trail ride directly from our home and not have to trailer to state parks to be able to ride. Or do we just have to find a larger property and ride in circles on our own few acres...?

Would also like to be able to qualify for the Ag. or Wildlife Exemption if at all possible. Anything specific we should know about this in the Boerne/San Antonio area? One last thing...after the severe Memorial Day rains, we're now concerned about buying a home that will then be flooded. Where should we stay away from based on how much flooding y'all have seen in extreme rains?

Thank you sooooo much for your help! It's quite difficult to search from several states away!

What is a Christian HS? You do know that is not a religion. Just means you believe in Christ which is a ton of different types of religions.
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Old 11-25-2015, 10:28 AM
Location: San Antonio
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Originally Posted by DelightfulNYC View Post
What is a Christian HS? You do know that is not a religion. Just means you believe in Christ which is a ton of different types of religions.
Generally that would mean a Protestant, probably non-denominational Christian school. Most people would say Catholic school if they meant specifically Catholic.
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Old 12-15-2015, 02:28 PM
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Lutheran High School is off of Camp Bullis and I-10 (near the Rim shopping center). It's a great school, just building new athletic fields, 1:1 iPad campus, and small class sizes. It's around 120 students and growing. It's a very unique school and probably one of the best kept secrets in SA private schools.
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