Universal City, Texas
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Every one has their own view of the area around Randolph Air Force Base TX. And that area has a number of “bedroom cities” around San Antonio: Cibolo, Converse, Schertz, Marion, Selma, Live Oak, Garden Ridge and Universal City. The area has a lot of military families as it is close to not only Randolph Air Force Base but Fort Sam Houston also. It is an easy commute. Randolph AFB is located right off of Loop 1604 on the east side of San Antonio.
San Antonio has a population of almost 1.5 million and spans a large area but these small cities are on its borders. You actually don’t hardly know when you have moved from one to another. It is an emerging and developing area with a lot of potential. It is also a close commute to many area employers such as Rackspace. These cities have grown drastically in the last 20 years and are home to many eating, shopping, and other businesses as well as community things such as churches and schools. New home communities have been built with all the new bells and whistles and there are nice established subdivisions. There is also some senior living communities or subdivisions.
While there are many things to do while in San Antonio area, there are great reasons for living here. Good weather, central location, different types of terrain, many different types of people and long history and the military is part of that history. Fort Sam Houston goes back over 100 years. Many military families choose to retire here. It is not uncommon to hear someone say “I did my basic training at Lackland AFB and loved San Antonio. So here I am.” San Antonio is home to one of the nation’s largest active and retired military communities. The active duty military community is mainly concentrated in the areas around Fort Sam Houston and Randolph Brooks AFB since Brooks City Base completely closed in 2011. Fort Sam and Randolph are on the east side of San Antonio and I have a list of the common zip codes for that area on Search Homes for Sale. Lackland AFB is on the other side of town. The main zip codes around that area is 78245 and 78227. 78227 is older than 78245 which is a very active area of town and growing in great bounds.
The terrain is fairly level and has some small rolling hills. This area is on the edges of Loop 1604 with IH 35 to Austin on the northwestern edges. IH 10 is to the south so it is a quick access and an easy trip to Houston. IH10 connects with the Toll road 130 which bypasses Austin and the heavy traffic from San Antonio to Waco. The eastern edges by Marion still have more of a country feel and some back roads like FM 1518. There are new subdivisions off FM 1518 and the routes from those go into Randolph AFB from the back side.
So with the growth skyrocketing and likewise the prices in the north side of the San Antonio areas, many people have turned to the south for places like Adkins, La Vernia and Floresville (see Our Towns) which are all rural locations but are within a 20 minute commute.
And then many live in the outlying areas with a close drive to San Antonio. There are numerous locations around and in San Antonio. There are cities within a 20-30 minute commute where people have the sense of small town living.
So as you decide what meets your needs for your new home, we will review your desires and needs versus what areas are right for you and in what price range. That is part of the job that I do for you.
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