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Old 07-13-2008, 08:15 AM
 
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You mean SW General Hospital? That's not NW. That's south - on SE Military,

There are not many places where you can walk to the grocery store, but my southtown neighborhood has everything else (school district quality varies by school. We have an excellent elementary and HS. Working on making the elementary K-8), and it's an easy commute to SW General.

If you're talking about another hospital.....that'll be a huge difference in location.
Yea, I will be working at SW Hospital...but I was referred to check out the NW area to live. Thanks
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:18 AM
 
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Basically, there is only one grocery store and that is HEB. You might try the Alamo Ranch area (if you're looking for a home), or some apartments near Bandera and Loop 1604 or in the SH 151 and Loop 1604 area.
Thanks. I will check out those areas.
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:25 AM
 
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There are tons of places you can walk to the grocery store. My neighborhood specifically, the dreaded 78250 (see other threads) but HEB is strategically located near people's homes. If you don't like HEB, then your choices are limited and will likely involve driving.

The NW side has excellent schools, convenient shopping, entertainment and restaurants, and is very family-friendly. Crime is everywhere, from our lovely downtown all the way out to Stone Oak. You just have to use common sense and not put yourself into situations where you are an easy target.

As for the commute, it's a quick trip from the NW side to practically anywhere. We can either hop on 410, 1604, or 151, and be where we need to be. San Antonio is very spread out, so if you move here, plan an extra few minutes into your commute time until you get comfortable driving here, and then it's a breeze.

Good luck with your move! We're usually pretty friendly here.
Thanks..I hear that SA is one of the top friendly cities in the US!!
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:29 AM
 
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It really depends if you are renting or buying - huge difference in time and recourse. One thing about schools is to check to see if they're full. You might be in the "right" district but the specific school you're eyeing is temporarily full. Work location: If you're working on the SW side of town and live in a great school district on the NE side, your commute will be a fun one.

I moved to SA last year and tried a couple of different methods to buy and rent.
For renting, wanted a fully furnished, month to month lease to get started. Found a couple of places that find you a rental and they get a small commission. I think they are worth it because you give them the search criteria and they know how to find places in the areas that you are looking. This only took one or two days and included visiting a half dozen places before signing a lease.

For buying, researched all I could for the areas to determine which areas are in and out. Sifted through online sites for a few weeks to get a feel for prices and then created a short list and drove for three days to the areas in town to get a feel for the city. Worked okay except SA has a lot of gated communities.

On a different trip, after getting a buyer's agent, gave all the search criteria and settled on 15 or so homes. Visited all those homes and found one or two. Before an offer could be submitted, found a new one online and after visiting it that evening, made a quick offer. All the searching helped to recognize a good deal when it arrived.
Thanks. I think renting is best. My contract with SW is for 3 years...and I am not sure if imma stay in SA or not.
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