S.B. asks from Boca Raton, FL on March 21, 2008
Relocating to San Antonio - San Antonio,TX
Our family is relocating to San Antonio soon and I wanted to see if anyone could help me get more info on the city and the activities around. There is a lot on the internet, but maybe too much, so I'm confused. I was getting attached to the idea of moving to the Woodlands, but we found a better job in San Antonio...is there an area similar to the Woodlands around there? Which area is the best within San Antonio to live in - meaning low crime rate, or at least pretty secure, and with lots of things to do for young ones. Also wanted some insight into the schools, I need to know about elementary schools in the city, Pediatricians recommended, OB-GYNs, etc... - help! :)
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Wow! Thanks to everyone for their help and information! What a great response, I feel at home already!!!! I will be traveling to San Antonio next week to check things out...and then should be coming back home and packing soon! I will definitely take all the info on realtors and areas you guys wrote me to check it all out! Thanks again to everyone!!!!
R. answers from San Antonio on March 22, 2008
The two more affordable desirable areas in San Antonio are the Stone Oak area and Alamo Heights. Stone Oak is new and on the north side of town and Alamo Heights is a charming older part of town. If you have big bucks there is also Olmos Heights and Boerne. My family lives in Stone Oak. We have terrific schools here and it is very safe and family oriented. The only down side is the traffic, but all the desireable areas have bad traffic these days. Hope this is helpful.
S.F. answers from San Antonio on March 22, 2008
So funny, S., we just moved from The Woodlands to here in November, and I like San Antonio WAY more than there! It's way more humid there, way more bugs, and way more crowded there, too.
The atmosphere here is so much more laid back and less stuffy. The Woodlands was beautiful, but I would choose San Antonio to there 100x's over. We already have great friends here, and there's more stuff to do here. We live in the NE side here, but we go downtown a lot to go to festivals, museums, etc. There, we never dared go into Houston much because it was farther, and the traffic was always AWFUL!!!
I'd say Stone Oak and 281N is pretty much most like the Woodlands, but it is so crowded, I wouldn't want to live there. I do use ABCD pediatrics up there, and LOVE them. Once you register, they'll get you in the very day you call, every time. I love it!
My cousin teaches in Alamo Heights, and it is kindof the ritzy, older-but-restored place in town. Their schools are great. I agree, I've heard NE ISD is the best, too, that's where we are.
If I could live anywhere, and didn't have to worry about a little longer commute (only 20 minutes), I would live in New Braunfuls. I love that city! Smaller, but beautiful!! And lots of fun things right there to do.
I've also heard great things about Schertz/Cibolo.
The only thing I don't like about S.A. is the lack of grocery shopping options. In Houston I had an HEB, Randalls, Kroger, Fiesta, etc. Here there's only HEB and super Walmart or Target. I miss all the good sales at the other places.
Good luck and welcome to a great, friendly, laid back place!
D.P. answers from San Antonio on March 22, 2008
I have lived in San Antonio my entire life. It's the best kept secret in the country..well not a great secret anymore. It's a big town with a small town feel. My husband and I and our 3 kids live close to UTSA just inside Loop 1604. We love it in this area. It is just on the northwest/northcentral boundaries of SA. The Northeast is great but it has grown incredibly fast. The traffic is terrible off 1604/281 so I would avoid that area if you can. You may want to look off I-10 just outside Loop 1604 heading towards Boerne.
We have a great Pediatrician named Dr. David Popp who has been with us since our oldest who is almost 13years old.
Good luck on your move and welcome to SA!
A.S. answers from San Antonio on March 22, 2008
Welcome to SA! When we moved here 2 years ago from Dallas, we found temporary housing for 6 months so we could really explore the town, tour & visit schools, and look at homes all over town. Our Realtor, Yvonne Busby with Harper Coldwell Banker, was very accomodating in taking me & the kids to visit literally 100's of properties all over town. I interviewed elementary school principals, counselors & sat in Kinder & 1st grade classes to choose the schools I liked. We also found a church home during this time. Once we had our church, my husbands work, and the schools we like - we mapped them all and looked at houses that offered the shortest and easiest commutes from place to place.
We live inside loop 1604 on the NW side in a neighborhood called Braun Station. There are new & old homes, ranging 1600 - 6000 sqft... So there's lots of variety. And I have found lots of activities for my kids (art classes, swimming, church activities, sports, parks, and playgroups) - they are 6 and 4 yrs old now.
My husband is from SA and his folks still live here - but we still really had to find our own bearing for our own little family's needs. It was a little bit of a hassle to move into a storage facility & temp housing and then turn around and move again into our "real house" 6 months later - but it really paid off... we love our neighborhood, schools, church & new friends.
Best of luck! Give me a shout if I can help you with anything else or any specific questions.
L.W. answers from San Antonio on March 22, 2008
We are moving to SA as well. However, I grew up there, so we are coming home so to speak. We are looking in the Boerne area. Stone Oak is a huge area, kinda like the Woodlands. Northeast ISD is a great school district. I am hearing good things about Comal ISD as well, but that is Bulverde way. Alamo Heights is a great little area. Good schools, small, expensive and older if that's what you are looking for.
Lots of people recommend ABCD pedi. clinic in Stone Oak but I am not looking for a huge office. Dr. Fitch and Dr. Graham Hall come highly recommended in Alamo Heights.
Welcome to SA!
W.C. answers from San Antonio on March 22, 2008
I just moved 5weeks ago, so I have been feeling my way around. I LOVE the Stone Oak/Canyon Springs area. We just lucked into it. I only have a 3yr old so I don't know for sure about the schools, but we have been told that they are great. We love the children's museum (Which is not the same as the Witte. We found that out the hard way.) The Witte is geared toward adults and much older children. How old is your child/children?
S.S. answers from San Antonio on March 22, 2008
We live in the NEISD school district and our daughter goes to Huebner Elementary...it is the best school ever! Seriously! We were nervous about her going to public school but all of our fears have turned into complete delight! This school is so loving and nurturing...the neighborhoods in the area are all nice...there are some apartments, but you will probably get that in any area. The traffic is not as bad in this area as it can get in some other parts of the city. There are parks in and most of the neighborhoods have pools that you would belong to by living within the HOA. Hope your move goes well! You'll love SA...it is great! (Stay North-Central to North)
S.C. answers from San Antonio on March 22, 2008
Well, my family and I have been living in San Antonio for about 6 years now and we love it :) I have the best peditriction (Dr. Linda Cook) and OB/GYN (Dr. Richard Lackritz). Also, I worked for 5 years as a teacher in the Northeast ISD and they are by far the best district in SA.
S.F. answers from San Antonio on March 22, 2008
Northeast ISD is the best school district and the Stone Oak area is THE place to live. Have a hospital, doctors, dentists, banks, cleaners, restaurants, 2 golf courses, etc all within the Stone Oak "planned communitee". Traffic is a drawback, but can't be all perfect. There is a new YMCA close by, some new daycare spots, a new park, new schools. Dr. Vernon Theis is my assitant's OB- she's very happy with him, and Dr. Susie Hayden is a great pediatric dentist.
S.M. answers from San Antonio on March 24, 2008
I have lived here my whole life. It is a nice city to live in. We live off of 1604 and Kyle Seale area. It is in the Northside ISD. We have lower property taxes then NorthEast ISD. The schools are in the top schools in Texas in these two school districts. You can travel to most parts of the city pretty quickly. Since you can do that you can choose doctors in the Stone Oak OR the Medical center. Shopping is great around here. We are really close to La Cantera shopping mall and many shopping centers. There are probably four parks within 8-10 minutes. If you do decide to go to Stone Oak, do not go too far outside 1604. My friend lived in the Heights of Stone Oak and she hated that it took almost 15 minutes just to hit a highway. Traffic in that area is really a nightmare. Wouldn't want to live there and deal with that all the time. Also figure out where the job is gonna be, because it will really influence the time on the road. You can look on realtor.com and type in different zipcodes. Try looking at zipcodes 78023, 78258, 78255, 78248 with your price range of homes. The 78258 zipcode is in the StoneOak area, but look at the map and try to get closer to loop 1604. If you have any other questions send me an email!
Hope this helps