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Old 02-09-2021, 11:31 AM
 
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I can't answer a whole lot as I'm new here. I do know property taxes vary from city to city and county to county. Where I live in Alamo Heights its about 2.3%, which seems a little cheaper than SAT proper or some of the other small cities. That said, there is zero state income tax so that certainly offsets it from your MI state taxes. I came from NV, so I didn't have that difference or advantage, so yes - I notice the much higher property taxes.

What I do know about the property tax is there is a locality portion and a ISD portion as well as other things. See here: https://www.bexar.org/3331/2020-Offi...tes-Exemptions

For instance, Alamo Heights is ~17 cents cheaper than San Antonio (38 vs 55 cents). Additionally, AHISD is 30 cents cheaper than SAISD (1.20 vs 1.50). To me the other things are going to be the same for the county between the two but those differences together mean AH is about 50 cents cheaper. Which on a 300K house would be $1500 per year.
Just bear in mind that property values in City of AH, as well as AHISD in general, tend to be higher than other areas in and around San Antonio. A $300K house in the City of AH would be at the low end, probably a small older 2/1 in the "Cottage District". So the lower tax rate is offset by higher valuations. Even in parts of the district that are in COSA limits, $300K is still mostly lower end for AHISD, whereas in other parts of San Antonio, that would be getting you a pretty nice house.
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Old 02-09-2021, 01:53 PM
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Just bear in mind that property values in City of AH, as well as AHISD in general, tend to be higher than other areas in and around San Antonio. A $300K house in the City of AH would be at the low end, probably a small older 2/1 in the "Cottage District". So the lower tax rate is offset by higher valuations. Even in parts of the district that are in COSA limits, $300K is still mostly lower end for AHISD, whereas in other parts of San Antonio, that would be getting you a pretty nice house.
Yeah, for sure. Having just looked at houses in a few different areas of the city, AH (Terrell Hills and Olmos Park) were by far the highest cost per sq foot places. TH and OP costing even more - maybe same price per sqft actually, they just had bigger homes on average.

In our research, seems houses for the mid-300s were complete tear downs in AH. Anything somewhat reasonable was at least $250-300/sqft. The school district both in and outside of those three cities seems to demand a significant price increase over just outside of it.
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Old 02-09-2021, 05:34 PM
 
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I was going to bring this up. While it won't be in the city of AH, if you are closer to 410/281 you are still in the AHISD and homes are much cheaper. We just moved here and were in the same boat looking for the best schools. The AH district actually goes to a small area NW of 410/281 called Crownhill Park. 3/2 homes in there are ~$250K. Be careful though, if you get too far west in Crownhill Park then it won't be in AHISD. There is a weird dividing line.

District Map* - Alamo Heights Independent School District

FWIW, the home we bought in the cottage district is 94 years old.
I would tell the op to try to move to Terrell Heights if you can, although if it is out of budget Crownhill park will do. There is actually another neighbourhood by Jones Maltsberger, the old target, walmart, whataburger, 54th street, all that. It is probably even cheaper than Crownhill park. It is kind of "ghetto" though. Probably still a lot nicer than many places in San Antonio, and you get to be in AHISD.
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Old 02-09-2021, 05:36 PM
 
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Just bear in mind that property values in City of AH, as well as AHISD in general, tend to be higher than other areas in and around San Antonio. A $300K house in the City of AH would be at the low end, probably a small older 2/1 in the "Cottage District". So the lower tax rate is offset by higher valuations. Even in parts of the district that are in COSA limits, $300K is still mostly lower end for AHISD, whereas in other parts of San Antonio, that would be getting you a pretty nice house.
You get what you pay for.
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Old 02-09-2021, 05:37 PM
 
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https://www.zillow.com/schools/79770...22%3A%7B%7D%7D

Tear downs?
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Old 02-09-2021, 06:30 PM
 
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I would point out that none of those listings are in the City of AH, though. With two exceptions, they are in the Terrell Heights neighborhood in COSA, and another is in the nearby Northridge neighborhood, also in COSA. Without investigating deeper, all appear to be 1940s to early 1950s construction. The highest price listing is new construction in a redeveloping area by the Home Depot on West Sunset.
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Old 02-09-2021, 08:06 PM
 
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They have trees, cozy, and not brand new which is what the op asked for
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Old Yesterday, 06:30 AM
 
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Keep in mind you’re paying property taxes in lieu of income taxes. They’ll get you one way or another. Having lived here since 2015, if I had to do it over again I would have picked Alamo Heights or Shavano Park. I love the safety in SP with their own police force. They are everywhere and aggressive with speeders.
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Old Yesterday, 06:57 AM
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I referenced the city of Alamo Heights for tear downs. And none of the homes were in AH there.

A house down the street from me sold in April for somewhere around 350K. It is currently being rebuilt: 212 Argo

This house is in the same area is listed for $241/sqft and I don't think anyone would argue it is updated. 121 Argo

Also, be careful. As another poster pointed out, Zillow doesn't have the ISD boundries right. Every time I thought I saw a "deal" it was close to AHISD but not in it.
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Old Yesterday, 07:58 AM
 
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Also, be careful. As another poster pointed out, Zillow doesn't have the ISD boundries right. Every time I thought I saw a "deal" it was close to AHISD but not in it.
Zillow typically lists the schools that are closest to the listed property based on distance, but they sometimes are not the schools that the property is zoned to, and sometimes not even in the same school district. There has also been an issue going back many years, where listings in the 78209 Zip Code are touted as "Alamo Heights", though that Zip Code also includes Terrell Hills and the portion of COSA south of those cities, and north up to Loop 410. Some of those could be in NEISD or even SAISD.

Best to verify the correct school district by doing a property search and entering the address on the Bexar Appraisal District website (BCAD.org). That will list the school district that the property is located in. It will also show property taxes assessed for the last year (watch out for exemptions the current owner qualifies for that you may not). Then check the school district website for campus attendance boundaries.
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