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not so good area
I moved to SA zip 78250 came from out of state. I trusted the RE agent I hired to find me a home, I was told this was a very good and safe area..
After I moved in , I realized I was misled and had made a big mistake...
1. Neighborhood looks and feels neglected...
2. noise level is high, loud loud music
3. 95% of fences are not maintained, fences haven't been replaced since they were built in the 80s.
4. The streets are crowded with cars...
5. Cars are parked on the front lawn...
6. Everyday there are wanderers that makes the neighborhood feel unsafe.
7. HOA does not enforce rules for the properties and residents.
8. Rude neighbors - do not control their dogs from barking all day!!!
Anonymous (Current resident)
Jun 07, 2020
Not as great as it used to be 15+ years ago.
Lately (past 5 years or so) there has been an increase in homeless persons sleeping in the drainage runoff ditches nearby, growing marijuana, drinking, prowling neighborhoods at night for unlocked doors or things that can be easily stolen off a doorstep. Just a couple nights ago, I saw a homeless woman who looked very high/drunk stumbling into the very busy Culebra Road and almost get hit by a pickup truck. Drunk/high people whether homeless or not stumbling into the roads is a serious safety issue and unfortunately seems to be getting more common. We've had issues too with teens and middle-schoolers causing trouble, especially during lengthy holiday gaps when they are not in school (such as egging houses/cars, vandalizing property, etc). If you can find a neighborhood with residents who've been here 15-20+ years, they're usually willing to look out for one another. Even some of the newer residents are good quality people that will let you know if they see anything suspicious or out of place. Most folks mind their own business. A lot of the younger people driving through quiet residential streets often have extremely loud modifications to their muffler and will frequently drive 50 mph or faster even though the posted speed limit is 30 mph and small children are often outside playing.
There is a local Homeowners Association (HOA) that employs a neighborhood security patrol, both of which are difficult to deal with. Many problems have been reported to them and they do nothing (such as people whose fence-line touches public sidewalk where joggers & people walking go by, and there's big holes and structural damage to the fence with a huge aggressive dog trying to break it down and squeeze through anytime someone goes by; an issue like this being an IMMEDIATE SAFETY CONCERN...this is just one example) and meanwhile they would rather pester other residents who are in the process of renovating or repairing their homes because they don't like seeing a pallet of planks or shingles in someone's front yard even though there's people actively working each day until its done, which is more of an AESTHETIC nuisance than a safety problem.
One of my neighbors in the 78250 ZIP code had their car stolen right out of their driveway in the middle of the night about a year ago. When the police finally recovered it, the vehicle had been used as a weapon by an illegal alien drug dealer from Mexico when he tried to ram it into US Marshalls and SAPD & Sheriffs before he was taken down in a shootout on the other side of San Antonio.
This area is close to Sea World and a few other neat spots, but traffic is absolutely horrendous. The city of San Antonio just keeps on expanding. Construction is year-round, but it genuinely feels like all they are building are houses/apartments, and little shopping plazas for things like barber shops, salons, taco shops & Mexican restaurants, and small medical clinics for specialists like podiatry, chiropractic, urgent care, etc. Occasionally they'll slap together a new gas station or a storage facility. There really isn't much of a diverse economy here. The majority of available jobs are low-wage or middle-income jobs. Which means even if you are above middle-class and work a specialty job like attorney, financial advisor, surgeon, etc., your clientele is very narrowly concentrated on a small segment of the population, most of whom live on the outskirts of San Antonio in areas like Helotes, the Rim, the Dominion, or even further out in the Hill Country on big ranches.
Overall, there is a ton within reach to see/do, but it gets expensive quickly. The staples of San Antonio's "big business" economy I would say revolve around USAA, Citi, all the university campuses (UTSA, Texas A&M at San Antonio, OLLU, UIW, Trinity, etc.), the military communities (mainly Fort Sam Army base and Lackland Air Force Base, soo....lots of opportunity for govt. contractors), and the Medical Center side of town nearby which has tons of options for people in the medical field (University Hospital, Audie L Murphy VA Hospital, St. Luke's, Children's Hospital of San Antonio, bunches of others, and tons of options in small clinics too).
The public schools are really trying their best, but unfortunately there's a lot lacking. If you can afford to put your kid(s) into a private school, they will be much better off in terms of their education, extracurricular activities, and even their physical safety. There have been several parents I know personally who've lodged complaints and grievances against NISD (Northside Independent School District) for numerous issues. Sometimes its related to bullying where oftentimes ESL students are kept behind several years until there is such an age gap between the child and his/her peers it creates unhealthy tension for everyone; one such scenario even resulted in a 17 year old sexually assaulting an 11 year old on school grounds (and yes, this kid was held back 5-6 years and was in the same grade as the 11 year old). Again, if you have the money to spare and care about your children, keep them away from public school.
Another note on children, if you have small kids I recommend doing some thorough research on any daycare facility you might be thinking of enrolling them into before making it official. Some of them are great: security and lockdown protocol for dangerous persons procedures, and staff people only who've been fully background checked and fingerprinted and certified to administer pediatric CPR in an emergency. Others have very minimal standards but lower their prices to accommodate low-income families and unfortunately these facilities are the most vulnerable. My neighbor was recently called from work to pick up her daughter from daycare because a parent (divorced with an active restraining order against him) showed up drunk and waving a large knife around demanding to take his child home, which got the police involved, and they had to close down for the day. These are the trade-offs you have to consider.
Anonymous (Current resident)
Feb 18, 2020
Source: The Northwest Crossing, San Antonio, TX data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).