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Old 09-05-2008, 08:13 PM   #21
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I'm visiting for a few days and loving it here. River Walk, Alamo, Market Square, what a nice town to retire in.
One of my good friends took an assignment to San Antonio at the end of his career with the Federal Government. He worked that job for about 4 years and then retired there. He and his wife like it very much. That actually surprised me as he was originally from the DC area and she was from Canada.

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loved the Alamo and the park. Alamo
Meals all over downtown for $3.99 lunch, Chinese, Mexican, deli, nice. Hospital is super modern and great air con.

River Walk has a duck gaggle to rival On Golden Pond.

Great town to move to.
In addition to visiting my friend there, I spent a wee bit of time in San Antonio on business trips. I would only caution one thing, since you seem to be so enamored of the River Walk and the Alamo. How often do you think you will visit those places if you were to become a resident there? If your experience is like mine, I suspect not often. (My experience is from Baltimore where the Inner Harbor, Little Italy, Ft. McHenry, etc. are really impressive sites when you visit there. But I ended up moving there and found that after the first few trips to those locations, I only went there when I had out of town guests.)

So my only point is this: don't judge a place as a potential place to retire solely on the neat stuff you see there as a tourist.
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My parents retired to San Antonio. It's pretty much been a no-go zone for me since.
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My parents also retired in San Antonio about 30 years ago. The cost of living is very low, beyond that they regret it, but they're too old (in their view) to move again. Mostly they can't take the heat, in the summer it's pretty much unbearable outside much of the time...
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How's that humidity working for you? I see it is about 83% today.
The only problem with SA is that it is in Texas and miles away from anything.
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You must be giving these guys some kind of kick back. Maybe some rattlesnake meat?
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My son was a city planner in San Antonio for several years. He really liked the city. He was offered a huge salary increase and more responsibilities by the City of Alexandria, Virginia. He moved there and lasted just one year. He has just moved back to San Antonio and regrets ever leaving. He likes the weather (most of the year), the people, and the Mexican food.

On the other hand, I tend to defer to REWahoo's postings.
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My son was a city planner in San Antonio for several years. He really liked the city. He was offered a huge salary increase and more responsibilities by the City of Alexandria, Virginia. He moved there and lasted just one year. He has just moved back to San Antonio and regrets ever leaving. He likes the weather (most of the year), the people, and the Mexican food.
Jake, I know you're almost old enough to start collecting SS but I thought you'd be able to hang on to your full cognitive abilities for at least a few more years. This is depressing...
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San Antonio is probably one of the best places to retire in Texas. That doesn't mean it's a good place to retire. It's just one of the best places in Texas.

I won't repeat REW's list. I will add the comment that trying to go anywhere from San Antonio is a pain. If you drive, it's two days for anywhere out of Texas. If you fly, you will always have a layover and frequently have to change airlines. The alternative is a ~5 hour drive to Houston IAH.

San Antonio is a tourist town. A short visit would be fun. There isn't a lot there after the touristy stuff except a bunch of military bases.

SA has a decent climate but is very hot in the summer. Before buying a house, figure out where the flash floods hit so you don't flood or get isolated for a week during heavy rains.
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My parents retired to San Antonio. It's pretty much been a no-go zone for me since.
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I see what you mean, the only reason to stay out of Texas is that I have distant in-laws there.

AT&T, we know you are the same varmints formally known as SBC, don't get me started; and you allow your name to be used on a stadium with a losing team? Shame shame on Texas.

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This thread is either incomplete, deliberately misleading, and/or the following items really are myths:

What about gully washers, messy oil wells, Enron! and NASA?

There will be further research needed. Bring on more reports from the field, Enuf.
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What about gully washers, messy oil wells, Enron! and NASA?
NASA? Except for their scattering debris over half the state I don't see what you mean. Good thing I was in ground safety.
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And what about armed retired Texas Rangers acting as security at the front door of every restaurant and store? What about the exhaustingly long walk from the parking lots to the Pappas restaurants? I admit being able to get a margarita at Taco Cabana is a draw, however
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Taco Cabana? Please...

Yeah, at one time TC was a great place to get cheap, decent Tex-Mex and a beer or Margret. Then they were purchased by a company out of New York.

Might as well eat at Gringo Bell...
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