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Where is the best place to buy a house in San Antonio?

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Maco

Palmerston North, New Zealand

#1 Aug 29, 2007
I plan to buy a house in San Antonio. Where is a place with reasonable prices? Good Schools?
justin

Canada

#2 Aug 30, 2007
this is off topic,but my wife and i lived in "howick",just outside of auckland, for nearly 2 years.beautiful country.
now, we are also thinking of moving to san antonio. i have been told north is best. i think you can tell what kind of district you want by the house prices,which by the way, are much cheaper than n.z. or canada.and like any big city there are areas that are rougher,with high crime rates,and "ratbags".
but wait, and you may get some postings that are more specific.
you can google "remax texas" to find houses for sale,and the listings tell you about any schools nearby.
Karen

Houston, TX

#3 Aug 30, 2007
North Central and North East sides of San Antonio are the area to live in. Suburban towns of Boerne and New Braunfels are even better - about 30 miles commute to San Antonio. Helotes, TX about 15 miles from San Antonio is a stellar place to live.
Maco

Palmerston North, New Zealand

#4 Sep 1, 2007
Thanks for that
Maco
John

San Antonio, TX

#5 Sep 27, 2007
Karen wrote:
North Central and North East sides of San Antonio are the area to live in. Suburban towns of Boerne and New Braunfels are even better - about 30 miles commute to San Antonio. Helotes, TX about 15 miles from San Antonio is a stellar place to live.
I wouldn't recommend ALL of the NE side. UPPER Northeast maybe. Everything from Windcrest down is becoming like the East side. I would recommend, as you said, just outside the city or the North and Northwest sides. They have their share of crime, but not like the East, South, West and now Northeast side sees.
Mary Jane

New Braunfels, TX

#6 Sep 27, 2007
You might really want to check out SA before moving here. Yes the nicer homes are in North Central and Northwest SA. However the taxes are very high, there is crime (even in schools like Reagan), the traffic is HORRIBLE on 281, 1604 and I10. School districts cannot keep up with the demand for new schools. There are nice areas such as Boerne and Helotes that are very expensive also. Most houses in all areas of SA are being built one on top of the other with hardly any yards. It would be better to look where you can buy acreage and have a house built. Again the traffic is horrible (I live out there by 281 & 1604) but will soon be moving out to Floresville. There is crime in all parts of the city.
John

San Antonio, TX

#7 Sep 27, 2007
Mary Jane wrote:
You might really want to check out SA before moving here. Yes the nicer homes are in North Central and Northwest SA. However the taxes are very high, there is crime (even in schools like Reagan), the traffic is HORRIBLE on 281, 1604 and I10. School districts cannot keep up with the demand for new schools. There are nice areas such as Boerne and Helotes that are very expensive also. Most houses in all areas of SA are being built one on top of the other with hardly any yards. It would be better to look where you can buy acreage and have a house built. Again the traffic is horrible (I live out there by 281 & 1604) but will soon be moving out to Floresville. There is crime in all parts of the city.
So realistically you should avoid San Antonio all together. And any major city with close to a million or people.
It's better if you learn to live in the wide open country and forget about working or even visiting cities anymore.
Mary Jane

New Braunfels, TX

#8 Sep 27, 2007
Well John, the truth hurts doesn't it??????
John

San Antonio, TX

#9 Sep 27, 2007
Mary Jane wrote:
Well John, the truth hurts doesn't it??????
No, the truth is the truth. San Antonio is a major city you twit. All major cities are like this. Go to Houston for a while. You'll end up living in a cave somewhere in Canada after that.
AnD

San Antonio, TX

#10 Sep 27, 2007
MySA.com has a decent listing of homes all over SA. I use a combo of website for I am currently looking for a home as well. My favorite site in my arsenal is

http://www.txhomesearch.com/browse_adv.php

I don't plan on contacting the couple for assistance on buying a home but I use the options provided for narrowing down my searches. I too am looking in the Northcentral and Northeast areas. SA traffic is a joke compared to Cali! You run into small slinkies here and there but once you're past them it's smooth sailing.
mariposa

San Antonio, TX

#11 Oct 2, 2007
San antonio has no traffic. lol
go to los angeles... traffic is when you do not MOVE for a hour, your car inches on the highway at under 5 mph.

I hate the weather, but the freeways are a beautiful thing.

I am living in the NE near woodlake area its okay... but the cookie cutter houses are just yucky looking. and the baby trees are useless. I wont buy one of these new houses and Im stunned that they are so desired!
New Braunfels Amy

AOL

#12 Oct 21, 2007
Wow, it seems like y'all are missing the best reason to move to Texas, especially the hill country. The people here are awesome! I grew up in Oklahoma. After graduation I moved to Houston and lived there 15 years. Three years ago I moved to New Braunfels and love it. We spend our weekends floating the beautiful Comal and Guadalupe rivers. Live Americana music is played everywhere. And everyone is very nice and helpful. As far as the taxes being high, yes Texas does have high property taxes, but there is no state income tax so it evens out. My parents have a 200K home in Oklahoma and only pay about $1500 in property tax, the same house here would be about $4000, but my parents also pay about $3500 in income taxes every year. Also, Texas has no taxes on groceries and other necessities.
Texas Expatriate

Köln, Germany

#13 Oct 22, 2007
Anyplace on Guadalupe street, Cupples Road, Frio City Road, Culebra Road, S.W. Military Drive, Alazan Courts.
Maco wrote:
I plan to buy a house in San Antonio. Where is a place with reasonable prices? Good Schools?
Maco

Palmerston North, New Zealand

#14 Oct 24, 2007
Is there any problems with flooding around NISD?
Mary Jane

New Braunfels, TX

#15 Oct 24, 2007
Are you kidding??? NISD has a horrible flood drainage. You should see most of the roads when it rains..........
Cathy

Spring, TX

#16 Oct 25, 2007
Mary Jane wrote:
Are you kidding??? NISD has a horrible flood drainage. You should see most of the roads when it rains..........
I am looking also in SA. I like Helotes but not sure about o'connor High School. I like Reagan High Schools reputation on the academic side but seem overcrowded. Any comments on the new high schools Brandeis and Johnson? Boerne is also, building new high school and transfering all the kids out of the current high school to the new one for a year to redo the old one. Any opinions on the Smithson Valley high School? I am moving from the Woodlands north of Houston and this is basically a utopia. Schools are awesome, people are friendly and family living is perfect. It will be hard to beat.
Connie

San Antonio, TX

#18 Nov 14, 2007
Maco wrote:
I plan to buy a house in San Antonio. Where is a place with reasonable prices? Good Schools?
See my comments noted under "CONNIE".
Mark

AOL

#19 Nov 15, 2007
The best place to buy a home is near the Alamodome in san antonio, walking distance to downtown and Sunset depot and take a stroll down Hackberry street, its a beautiful scene.
Maco

Palmerston North, New Zealand

#20 Nov 16, 2007
Connie, how and where can I find your comments?
Cheers Maco
Robin

Glendale, CA

#21 Nov 30, 2007
I was born and raised in San Antonio....and for about the past 15 years I've been living in L.A. I've traveled back and forth for years and have seen the tremendous growth on the city! My Husband just got a job offer which may have us moving to New Braunfels area. I would have to agree on the traffic issue in S.A. Although L.A. has traffic you can avoid a lot of it due to the times of travel.(around 7-8am going n.405......4-5 s. 405). No matter what time of day I hit traffic in San Antonio. A lot of it due to construction! We are looking into the New Braunfels area to live rather than San Antonio. I think with you coming from New Zealand.....you would like it. I've lived in great places in L.A. next to the beaches, in Santa Barbara, and Bali, Indonesia. New Braunfels, and the Canyon lake area are appealing to me. Beautiful!!! Lots of nature! I also have kids and wonder about the schools. However, my kids are in private schools here in L.A. due to "bussing-in" kids from over crowded areas (ex. Compton).........any way look into the Hill Country areas. If you can stand a little commute (30 mintues or so), to work in San Antonio (of course depending on construction traffic which changes sometimes daily). You maybe happier than living in the Hill Country/Comal County area

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