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Stone Oak in San Antonio really resembles that two word description. StoneOak is in the northern section of San Antonio. Under about a half inch of top soil you'll find several feet, or maybe its miles, of rock. This can help make for a really solid foundation for buildings but it is tough to get any but the hardiest of plant life to survive without adding some good top soil, fertilizer, and a good supply of water.
Now the second part of the name for the area is oak. The most frequently seen tree in the area is the mighty oak. They are in abundance in the stone oak area. Most are not very large, but they are solid. Again the oaks in the area are usually not very large but they seem to mostly survive with the limited amount of water they receive..
One can enter the Stone Oak area from Loop 1604 (south), Huebner Road (west), Sonterra (east), or US Highway 281 (north). Many living in San Antonio consider Stone Oak Parkway a real traffic nightmare at rush hour. I will admit, it is congested, but I don't think it's anywhere near the congestion faced by people in certain areas of Dallas, Houston, or Austin. But I guess it's just what one becomes accustomed. It does not seem that bad too me.
There are over forty subdivisions, condominium properties, and apartment complexes in the Stone Oak area. During the past three (3) months, sold home prices in the Stone Oak area have ranged between $156,000 and $569,000. Median price for sold homes in the area was $270,000.
Steady growth in Stone Oak from the late 1990's has made this an attractive area for many new to the region. The traffic is a challenge for some, but if you can reduce the time you are in Stone Oak traffic during rush hour, it's probably no worse than most other big city rush hour.
As of July 11, there are around 400 homes and condos available for sale in the Stone Oak area, asking prices range from $159,000 to $639,000. Many of the homes in the Stone Oak area are in gated communities and have a Home Owners Association, neighborhood amenities, and dues for the upkeep and maintenance of those amenities.
Northeast Independent School District (NEISD) serves the Stone Oakarea. NEISD is the second largest district in Bexar County. Currently four (4) elementary schools, two (2) middle schools, and one high school serve the area.
Academic Rating 2011
School Academic ratings Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable, and Academically Unacceptable.
Since there is no state income tax in Texas, the largest portion of property taxes usually goes to the public school entity serving your area. Schools in the NEISD area have great physical plants. And based on the academic ratings for schools serving the Stone Oak area, it looks like high quality results are being achieved. See the NEISD website to verify the latest information regarding school boundaries, bus schedules, and school uniforms.
Commercial Activities in Stone Oak
Much of the growth in San Antonio over the past few years has occured in the north central area of San Antonio. Retail shops containing a variety products and services are strategically located throughout the Stone Oak area. Medical and dental practices, hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and veterinary services are also within the Stone Oak area. Restaurants: from fast food, to upscale can be found in the Stone Oak area. You'll never go hungry in Stone Oak for lack of a place to eat.
If you have a personal care need, there are probably several shops to handle your issue in Stone Oak. Hair salons and barbers, nail salons, cleaners and laundry, banks, and specialty stores can be found on many of the major intersections along Stone Oak Parkway.
Although not within Stone Oak proper, H-E-B, Super Target, Costco and Wal-Mart are also not far from Stone Oak. There are also few service stations in the area. From my observations, gas prices at these locations tend to be higher than many other locations in the area.
One thing the Stone Oak area lacks is an efficient mass transit system. We do like our own personal vehicles in Texas. Most of us like to come and go as we please so riding a bus is not something most of us want to do. So the transit system we have, VIA, does not have good coverage in terms of number of routes, and frequency of buses in the Stone Oak area. So I'm not sure if this a solvable situation in the short run. Without more riders, VIA cannot afford to increase the number of routes and buses for the area. And without more buses and routes, potential riders will avoid the VIA system because it takes too long to get to their destinations.
Current Homes Available for Sale in Stone Oak
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