Originally Posted by Austin
My kids are far younger than your so the High school issue I can't really help on, but I do know a bit about the community and where to look.
You say you budget is limited? What are you able to spend monthly? Houses and duplexes in town are pretty expensive ($1,400 and up for a 4/3) but you can find things on the out skirts of town that are more affordable.
I would suggest using a rental locating service. They are free and save you time and money (you're not aimlessly driving around).
Thanks for responding! I was beginning to think the forum was totally dead.
We've found acceptable apartments in the range of $940 to $970 (3 bedroom units that will accept our pets) so if we need to we will go that route. We've viewed a few and made notes about them but under the category of "last resort". We'll shoot for a max of $975, depending on if water is paid or not. I don't think we'll be able to afford a four bedroom so we're okay with that and aren't even looking at four bedroom units right now. The older 2 will just get the larger room regardless.
We would like to keep any rental under that, house, mobile home, duplex, triplex, whatever. I've seen other rentals between $775 and $850, for 3 bedroom duplexes, and they were fine but the problem is we cannot move until July and they are available now. We don't care about pretty, or pools, fitness centers blah blah. Just safe, decent, and with washer dryer connections. Our requirements are pretty basic. I REALLY want to avoid having to pay to park on campus though or use the car at all to and from campus really. In fact, we h ave an opportunity to live pretty cheaply in Seguin instead but because of the car issue we turned it down and we really want to be in San Marcos and only need the car to go out of town or get groceries and so forth (i.e. not for daily driving if possible). I need to investigate more to learn about the CARTS bus and the Texas state shuttle as options to make that happen. I have not yet figured out the routes and boundaries for either of those yet.
I have contacted a couple different locator services. At this point they only have apartments in complexes but I'm hoping they also might have different leads as we get closer to moving time. I am very worried about having to wait until July to seriously look though.. is that going to be too close to crunch time with other students also looking? We just can't do it any earlier for financial reasons. I mean, we can look now but we cannot sign any leases until July (ours ends here in August)... unless we decided to "pre-lease" with an apartment complex. If it means getting a place or not getting one then we'll do that I suppose.
Is there any neighborhood in particular we should absolutely avoid? Keep in mind, we've lived in some pretty "rough" areas in San Antonio out of necessity so we don't scare easily...
but I still don't want to worry about letting the kids go ride their bikes and walk to the corner store or whatever.
Also do you (or anyone) know specifics about the Texas Preparatory School (charter school)? It seems to have good reviews on the greatschools site..
Does San Marcos follow the usual rule about needing to be 2 miles away from a school in order to be able to ride the bus?
And about the zoning issue.. since I am related to my older son and his brother, and my wife is related to her daughter are we going to be okay even though she and I are not related and not married either in the eyes of Texas law?