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Old 03-06-2021, 01:52 AM
 
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San Marcos home pricing is attractive however we’re afraid that the schools are not up to standard. We’re eyeing the La Cima community and would love to hear any thoughts on the subject. We are a growing family with a two year old and schools and entertainment options are important to us so San Marcos seems like a great choice. Plus homes are priced lower than Austin.
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Old 03-06-2021, 05:04 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Are you choosing San Marcos because you want to be in the Austin area but can’t afford it? You aren’t going to be in Austin in San Marcos. I’ve seen this a few times in the Austin forum. People ask “what do you think of San Marcos? We can’t afford Leander and Leander is a *** show of a market, but we want to be in Austin.” No. You aren’t getting Austin or Leander in San Marcos. San Marcos is a sleepy college town that is now feeling the push of suburban Austin. You also aren’t going to get Eanes (or NEISD or NISD or AHISD) education in San Marcos ISD. It’s a rural district that is catching up slowly. In addition, La Cima can be pricy. I was looking at homes earlier in the week and a few were listed in the mid 600s. Pop over to the Austin forum and get a bit more input. San Marcos is actually in the Austin metro, no San Antonio. I might look into Sunfield in Buda if being close to Austin is what you want. It’s got great kid stuff and without traffic you can be in Austin in about five minutes. Although, you are then back in another rural district
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Old 03-08-2021, 11:27 AM
 
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Are you choosing San Marcos because you want to be in the Austin area but can’t afford it? You aren’t going to be in Austin in San Marcos. I’ve seen this a few times in the Austin forum. People ask “what do you think of San Marcos? We can’t afford Leander and Leander is a *** show of a market, but we want to be in Austin.” No. You aren’t getting Austin or Leander in San Marcos. San Marcos is a sleepy college town that is now feeling the push of suburban Austin. You also aren’t going to get Eanes (or NEISD or NISD or AHISD) education in San Marcos ISD. It’s a rural district that is catching up slowly. In addition, La Cima can be pricy. I was looking at homes earlier in the week and a few were listed in the mid 600s. Pop over to the Austin forum and get a bit more input. San Marcos is actually in the Austin metro, no San Antonio. I might look into Sunfield in Buda if being close to Austin is what you want. It’s got great kid stuff and without traffic you can be in Austin in about five minutes. Although, you are then back in another rural district
I would not call it a sleepy college town, but everything else you stated is spot on.

If anyone is going to live between Austin and San Antonio I would pick New Braunfels. It is more attractive ascetically and has more of a sense of community. It also has a superior school system in either district that covers the city.
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Old 03-08-2021, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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I would not call it a sleepy college town, but everything else you stated is spot on.

If anyone is going to live between Austin and San Antonio I would pick New Braunfels. It is more attractive ascetically and has more of a sense of community. It also has a superior school system in either district that covers the city.
I think what I meant is that it is a sleepy college town that is now getting an influx of urban refugees who can't afford Austin anymore. Agreed on New Braunfels, but that puts you in the SA metro and god forbid someone who wants to live in Austin lives in the San Antonio metro.
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Old 03-08-2021, 07:19 PM
 
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I think what I meant is that it is a sleepy college town that is now getting an influx of urban refugees who can't afford Austin anymore. Agreed on New Braunfels, but that puts you in the SA metro and god forbid someone who wants to live in Austin lives in the San Antonio metro.
Why you say that? I feel like it's close enough to be able to enjoy what Austin has to offer without having to pay Austin prices.
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Old 03-08-2021, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Why you say that? I feel like it's close enough to be able to enjoy what Austin has to offer without having to pay Austin prices.
On a Sunday it can take 30 minutes to get from the outlets to Ben White. On a pre-Covid rush hour day it can take 20 minutes to get ON 35 from Onion creek. You couldn’t pay me to commute into Austin from anywhere south of that. But, that’s just me and this is the San Antonio forum, not the Austin forum.

Also, 600k is pricey anywhere along the 35 corridor, whether it’s southeast San Antonio or north Austin. And 600k was for a 3/2 new build on a 50 foot lot.

For a commute to SM from SA expect a 45 minute to an hour commute to SM from the northwest side of town. My father’s been doing it since 1999.
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Old 03-09-2021, 07:01 AM
 
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I did an Austin trip this past weekend. Not sure I would want to live anywhere off I-35 between Austin and San Antonio if it means I have to use I-35 daily.
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Old 03-09-2021, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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I did an Austin trip this past weekend. Not sure I would want to live anywhere off I-35 between Austin and San Antonio if it means I have to use I-35 daily.
I'll take 10 and 1604 traffic any day over any traffic on 35.
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Old 03-15-2021, 04:35 PM
 
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I did an Austin trip this past weekend. Not sure I would want to live anywhere off I-35 between Austin and San Antonio if it means I have to use I-35 daily.
+1

If I absolutely have to live in NB, or nearby, I would be as far from 35 as possible.
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Old Today, 08:59 PM
 
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I live in SM and we never go to Austin anymore because the traffic is nuts. So, you probably won’t go as often as you think.

Schools are ok, La Cima feeds into Hernandez, which has a dual language program, if that’s interesting to you. Crockett is great, but transferring can be difficult to non-existent, so be sure to live in the zone where you want your child to attend. The district is 100% free lunch because over 70% of students qualify.

Childcare options are limited. There are also limited summer options. Entertainment is focused mostly on the student population.
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