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Find the Best San Antonio School Districts


We know that if you have children, deciding which area of town to live in is of paramount importance, primarily because you want to be within the best school district possible. Here are some insights to better help you make an educated decision.

1. K12.niche.com ranks school districts based on statistics, both parent and student reviews as well as expert opinions. Factors include test scores, college preparedness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality and more.

Based on that, they have determined that the top 10 districts in San Antonio and surrounding areas are (in order): Alamo Heights Independent School District, Boerne Independent School District, Lackland Independent School District, Randolph Field Independent School District, North East Independent School District, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District, Falls City Independent School District, Fort Sam Houston Independent School District, Kerrville Independent School District, and Three Rivers Independent School District.

2.  According to mysanantonio.com, Curington Elementary School in the Boerne Independent School District ranked No. 1 out of 100 for San Antonio-area elementary schools.

3.  Based on greatschools.org, other highly-ranked elementary schools in San Antonio include Encino Park, Heubner, Roan Forest, Blattman, and Hardy Oak.

4.  If you would rather do your own research, as opposed to relying on the experts, some tips to get you started include talking to the parents as well as the kids at the school you’re looking into; review the state education department’s website and find the school’s profile to see test scores and more; beware if the district has a revolving door when it comes to the superintendent; if you’re evaluating a middle school, make sure they encourage the study of algebra.

5.  Three additional red flags include dirty school hallways, unhappy students in the kindergarten class, and lack of school transportation.

Regardless of where you decide to live, we can build you a home fit for a king and queen and assorted princes and princesses too. Please call us at 210-494-5400 for a consultation. If you wish to be added to our private email list for our newsletter, please sign up here.



Why Finding the Right Property for Your New Custom Home is Important


One of the most valuable things that we at Stone Creek Custom Homes offer our clients is help with lot selection. This is a service that’s overlooked by many home builders, but if you’re investing hundreds of thousands of dollars or more into a new custom home project, don’t you think every aspect of that project should be carefully considered? We certainly do.

Perhaps you already own a piece of land. We find that about half of the clients that come to us already have a lot in mind, which is perfectly fine. We’re equipped to build on any kind of topography. Part of our job is to go in and dissect it to determine how best to utilize it.

However, if you don’t already have a lot picked out, it’s extremely beneficial for you to include us in the process. It’s one of the things that our Director of Sales, Brad Ynostrosa, really enjoys doing for our clients and is equally skilled at doing.

Why Lot Selection is Important

When most people think of a natural piece of land they don’t realize how varied each lot can really be. When you have a custom home built, it’s necessary to pick a lot that best suits your plan in order to minimize slab exposure as well as cost.

One of the first things Brad asks new clients is, “Do you know where you plan to build your house?” If the answer is no, he jumps into action. Many factors should be considered, such as your geographical preference, ideal school district and cost. It’s likely that anywhere you’ve considered living, we’ve built a house in that neighborhood.

Not only can we make recommendations, but we can put you in touch with land experts. We help our clients identify trouble areas or red flags such as trees and easements. Here are just a few things we look at when helping clients determine the best piece of land for their new home:

  • Will the topography greatly affect the cost of your foundation? If it’s going to cost an extra 40k, for example, it may be best to look elsewhere.
  • Is natural gas available on the lot? Is that important to you?
  • What other fees might impact you, such as a water meter tap?

Even if you’re only at the very beginning stages of perusing land options, please consider giving us a call at 210-494-5400. We’d love to help!  To be added to our private email list to receive the newsletter, please sign up here.