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July 25, 2013

Charles asks…

On average Bill costs??

me and 2 of my friends are moving in together in a 2 bedroom apartment and are trying to figure out bill costs. we dont watch much tv, maybe 3 hours a day laundry once maybe twice a week, no lawn to water, possiby getting cable and internet oh and we live in san antonio TX. i know average bill rates are hard to give but can somebody help us out? thanks

Administrator answers:

The big utility costs are electricity for the air conditioning, refrigerator, stove, and if you have electric heat, the heat. So what kind of heat do you have? Washer & dryer, or go to the laundromat or laundry room? Laundry at a laundromat, apt. Laundry room, or the costs of running a washer & drayer: figure $10 per person per week minimum. Electric can easily run $200/mo., more with AC or heat in use. And you might be able to get a cable deal for cable, phone & Internet for about $100/mo + taxes. Don’t forget there are taxes on all utilities!

The 3 of you should each budget $100- 150/month for utilities, plus $25/mo. Each for household supplies (cleaning supplies, light bulbs and everything else), plus 1/3 of the rent each, plus your personal expenses like laundry, groceries, car expenses, etc.

Thomas asks…

does anyone know where there any real haunted places in San Antonio TX. and how to get there?

Administrator answers:

There is a group of paranormal investigators in based in San Antonio who investigate reported hauntings and also maintain a listing of each. You can contact them for information about locations. They also offer tours.

The website for the San Antonio Paranormal Network is:

http://www.ghost411.com/

Here are some San Antonio Hauntings listed on their site:

The Alamo – Cold spots and a feeling of melancholy can be felt throughout the Fort. 189 Alamo defenders and at least 1200 Mexican soldiers fought and died here in San Antonio, many without the benefit of a proper burial leaving a lot of lost souls in search of a eternal resting place, thus making San Antonio one of the most haunted cities in America.

Alamo quarry theaters – well the theater was built over an old cement factory and rumor has it that there are bodies trapped in the foundation, witnesses that work there have seen a child in the projection room , and have felt various cold spots on the second floor on both sides of the theaters. And at night when the auditorium’s light inside would dim slowly down then on and the process would repeat itself until you left the auditorium.

Alamo Street Theater – There is a ghost by the name Margarite that haunts the establishment. The theater is in an old church building and she is usually seen in the choir loft in Victorian garb.

The Alamodome – Before the Alamodome was built, there was a bad neighborhood at the spot where a lady got raped and killed. She has been seen walking around the parking lot, as if to be lost. Years passed and the neighborhood was demolished and the dome was built. While constructing the dome, a worker was walking on a high beam and made a wrong step and fell to his death. He is seen walking the long halls of the dome. Last but not least, a famous daredevil died while performing a stunt. It is reported, that you are sure to hear footsteps, screams, mumbling, moans and see shadows walking along about their business.

Caribbean Apartments – Now known as the Willow Run apartments. These apartments have been in business for over 60 years. Before they were turned into apartments, it was a Motel business. The doors were painted in light yellow and blue pastels. Existing in what used to be the outskirts of town and just outside of Castle Hills, it would bring many customers of all races and origins. It was during this time that a rape and murder occurred in the North end of the complex. Every now and then in the middle of the night a woman’s cry can be heard in the rear hallways. And in one of the apartment units, a suicide where a single mother overdosed on pain medication leaving her two year old to fend for herself. The child eventually died of starvation. The mother’s body was found on the bed. The child’s body was found on the floor next to the bed. It is unknown whether the overdose was accidental or intentional. When this particular apartment is empty the occupants of the downstairs apartment can hear the pitter patter of little feet walking up and down the upstairs unit. On occasion, a woman can be heard crying. Loud thumps can also be heard. Lights turn on and off by themselves and the toilet will flush on it’s own. An occupant of the downstairs apartment noted that her young daughter told her “she was playing with a little girl”. Believing that the child had an imaginary playmate, the mother discounted her little daughter’s claims. Until one evening while the mother was sitting in the living room watching TV and her little girl was playing in the hallway with a small toy, she saw her daughter toss the small toy across the hallway into the front bedroom. The door had been left open. Then she heard her daughter talk to this imaginary friend to “give it back”. To the mother’s surprise, something or someone tossed the small toy back to her daughter. The mother kept watching and realized that there really was “someone or something” there. On another occasion while sleeping, she felt the touch of little fingers playing with her toes or gently tugging at her blankets. The apartment where the “suicide” took place is constantly vacant. Tenants seem to come and go and never stay longer than three years. And when the apartment is occupied, the “occurrences” diminish and or are none existent until the apartment is vacant again.

Kindred elementary – it is said that a plane crashed in the field and when you enter the restrooms the sink will turn on and you can hear voices while you walk on the field.

Spanish Main Apartments – Rittiman Rd. – If you’re sitting at the bottom of the stairs you can see from the side of your eyes a little boy at the top of the stairs.

The train tracks – In the 20′s or 30′s a bus full of kids was struck by a train on the southwest side of town. I have been there, it is real if you put your car there in neutral something pushes your car over the tracks. Sometimes if you look you can see small hand prints people believe this to be the small children who died in that accident.

Tro Bridge – you’ll see a long bridge that is above water and if you look down while your walking across you’ll feel people grabbing your legs. No ever goes all the way cause they get to scared from the grabbing.

Brackenridge Villa Mansion – - built in the 1840′s, is said to also have activity. Strange shadows are spotted from its windows. Further, there is documentation that this campus had been inhabited for nearly 7,000 years by Native Americans, who were attracted to it since the campus is the source of the San Antonio River.

Brooks AFB – When fog rolls onto the base, at night, it is known that there is a young lady that walks around with a pack on her back. Cops on the base have told when they fall asleep on duty she will tap you on the shoulder to wake you up.

The Cadillac Bar – The ghost of an old owner is seen in the storage basement of the building and there is another ghost named “Beatrice”, who was a former employee. She is a “negative spirit” because she was very unhappy and not pretty when she was alive. She turns on sinks and throws kitchen utensils. Many employees have seen both ghosts.

Camberly Gunter Hotel – The Camberly Gunter Hotel is haunted by the ghost of a prostitute who was murdered there by one of her tricks in the early 1960′s. The room she was murdered in was found covered in blood but no body was ever found. A picture of her hangs in the Lobby Bar. The man who murdered her was said to have then checked in to the Menger Hotel in San Antonio three blocks away where he also disappeared without a trace.

Chinese Graveyard – Go down Zarzamora after you pass Loop 410 keep going the road will make a slight turn to the right and on the right (it is hard to see so go slow) there will be a big white cross. Pull in turn the car off along with lights its better with the windows down. Quickly flash your lights five times and look and listen for talking and white apparitions around the very small graveyard

Commanche Look-out Hill – Sources say they have seen ghost of the men that were stationed at the fort. They also have reported that they have seen Indians there.

Crown Plaza St. Anthony – There are known stories of sightings of strange shadowy outlines and feelings of a presence in the room, and the opening and closing of doors. Some also say that they here footsteps behind them as if someone were following them.

Devils bridge – It is so dark in there that you shine your high beams you will only be able to see few feet ahead. Also if you find a big rock throw it into the bridge; do not be surprised if you do not hear the rock land.

Douglass Elementary – some say that Douglass elementary was built on a Indian burial ground and that a janitor died in the auditorium, there the doors would slam shut by themselves and the piano would start playing. Witnesses could hear people walking and talking when they would spend the night there but every time they checked there was no one there.

Edison High School – It’s been said that teachers and janitors have seen ghostly children in their classrooms late at night. Some even say that at night if you listen closely you can hear the sounds of laughing children in the hallways.

Eisenhower Middle School – A country boy has been seen in the cafeteria. The school used to be a ranch.

El Cameronsita Dance Hall – There is a dance hall that is said to be haunted by a guy who is very handsome and he has hoof feet. It is said, he saw a beautiful women to dance with. She was in a trance with his good looks that she danced with him. Everyone around watched in horror, because he was not human (normal).

The Emily Morgan Hotel – Floor nine is a very active floor. Having been unaware that the building housed wounded soldiers during the battle of the Alamo, we stayed there on floor nine in room 902. We were the only ones on the floor yet doors opened and closed all night long. At one point he toilet seat slammed itself up and down about ten times while we were in the adjacent room. A bottle of wine slid off of the counter by itself as did the coffee pot the next morning and the elevator would not take us to the floor we wanted. Once we did get moving the doors would open and shut about ten times before standing still long enough to let us out. Management had responded to earlier complaints of the same but the motor was fine.

Fort Sam Houston – There are several officers quarters on this old Amy post that are said to be haunted. At one you can at times hear the sound of a piano playing. There is another house where there is of a child who will move items around the house. There is an older, large wooden quarters, where those that live in the house hear footsteps.

Fort Sam Houston Old B.A.M.C. – This place is known to be extremly haunted.sounds c

Steven asks…

Is there any way around breed restrictions?

I am moving to San Antonio, TX and I am having a hard time finding an apartment because of breed restrictions. I have a 6 yr old Doberman that I have had since she was 8 weeks old. Precious is her name and she is the most loyal, well mannered, loving, smart, lovable, gentle, and the most AWESOME and BEST DOG EVER!!!! She doesn’t have her ears done. I was thinking I could get away with saying she is mixed? I love this dog so much and she actually gets depressed when I leave her with my room mate when I have to go out of town now. I can talk about her all day long she is my lil angel!!!

Administrator answers:

I can sympathize! I rent out in DC with an APBT and a Cane Corso.
I would ask if I can bring in my dog for a “pet interview” and explain your situation then. Bring all vet records and reference from anyone who has worked with your dog and can attest to her sweet nature. (Doggie daycare people, whoever.) It really helped me. My landlord (reluctantly, at first,) allowed my dogs onto the complex regardless of their breeds. I also had renters insurance, with liability coverage and agreed to keep my dogs leashed at all times when outside the complex. It’s mostly about proving that you are responsible and that you can control your dog at all times, and sometimes landlords will help you out. :)

You can try to say she’s a mix, also- a lot of the people there probably won’t even care- but you stand the risk of being evicted if someone does find out.

Good luck, whatever you decide!

James asks…

san antonio,tx?

I plan on moving to san antonio to escape the boredom of Des Moines, IA which part of town should I avoid living in?

Administrator answers:

Most of the area from NE to NW along 1604 is pretty nice. Some of the homes are pricey, but not all. There are a lot of nice apartments in that area also, if you don’t want to buy right away.

Linda asks…

Moving to San Antonio, TX……?

Ok I’ll be moving to San Antonio in March. I would like to receive some opinions on what areas are the best to live in, not live in, best schools, day cares, areas to stay away from until I get more familiar etc… LOL!!! Basically any information that would help my transition would be greatly appreciated and extremely helpful. I have my 16 yr old sister, 8 yr old nephew, 3 and 1 year old children of my own. Help please!

Administrator answers:

It really depends on your income. Stay away from the east side and areas close to downtown.

Other than that, the city is relatively safe. It depends on where your work is, and what you’re willing to spend on a mortgage (good luck) or rent. I live on 410 and Babcock… It’s very affordable and relatively safe.

High end- North Central to Far northside. 281 and 1604 and north… Around that area are some of the most expensive houses and apartments. Alamo Heights (closer to the center) is also very pricey but more convenient as you don’t have to deal with so much traffic.

Middle- about 60-70% of the city, lol. Anything from far northeast, to northwest (some areas are pricey and some areas are very ‘urban’). Even parts of the southside are pleasant.

Low end- If you’re on a budget, the southside isn’t a bad choice. It’s not the safest, but it’s really not as bad as people say. Especially areas around military dr. Another safer option is the near northwest side… Anything inside the loop northwest of downtown.

Stay away from: East side. Martin Luther King Drive, WW White, Rigsby, FM 78, the city of Converse, anything thats near downtown on ii-35…. And anything near the AT&T center.

Best apartments are in the Medical Center area.

Sharon asks…

I need a landlord helps desperately?

Landlords help me out, parking issues?
First of all I don’t know if this even legal 
in San Antonio TX. A landlord is renting a one story house with  attached garage. He divided the house and the garage. He made the garage into a small apartment ( he calls condo). Long story short it’s a furnished apartment if you can call of that, everything paid for 1,200 a month. The landlord already found a couple to rent the house for 1,300 a nurse and firefighter. Before I signed lease I talked to landlord and asked if I could park my Acura in driveway, he then told me he would ask because couple has two vehicles. So to make it short, after I signed lease the landlord said I can’t park on driveway. That I have to park on grass or street! Why are they getting parking privileges just because they are a nurse and firefighter and work different shifts, that’s her argument.  So today, I was sleeping in my ‘apartment’ and the lady nurse comes opens door yelling at me to move my car! Door was opens because it’s still being worked on by workers. So landlords, your opinion please. Also I did not like that the landlord brought the nurse into my apartment just to ‘show’ it to her, none of her business!

Administrator answers:

Ismael,

You asked this question regarding the parking already under [Labdlords help me out?] although your details in that question stated that you and the other tenants were paying the same rent of $1200. That’s neither here nor there. Just thought I’d point that out to you. At issue is whether or not the landlord can force the other tenants to park in such a way that you both can use the driveway. In mulling over your question she may be able to have them change their parking arrangements to accommodate you. Keep in mind that you made the mistake of signing the lease before you got your answer about the parking. You were smart enough to ask before signing the lease but why did you not wait for an answer? The parking arrangement was obviously important enough to you to ask about and rightly so.

In the landlord’s defence she can just tell you that you ought to have waited for her answer before signing the papers. You could have told her before signing the lease that unless you can park in the driveway and not on the grass or the street that you’ll not be able to take the place. That might have applied some pressure on her to change the parking situation but you chose not to do that and signed the lease anyway.

It may be that the landlord can tell the other tenants that the parking is going to be re-arranged to accommodate your vehicle. In apartment complexes for example where tenants have been assigned a parking stall the landlord can and often does re–assign the stall number to accommodate certain tenants. The reasoning is that the landlord is still providing a parking stall, it just may not be the one the tenant wants.

In this situation the landlord included parking for the other couple so she is committed to that. As long as the couple gets parking spaces the landlord should be able to arrange the parking as she sees fit without have to ask permission of the other tenants. But she may be under no obligation to do this and you may not be able to force her. The reason is simple; your lease does not include parking.

“So today, I was sleeping in my ‘apartment’ and the lady nurse comes opens door yelling at me to move my car! “

If you were blocking her in she would obviously be upset. Regardless, she had no business opening your door if that is what she did.

“Why are they getting parking privileges just because they are a nurse and firefighter “

They are not getting parking “privileges” because they’re a nurse and firefighter. The parking spaces were included in their rent. They are paying for the parking!

“Also I did not like that the landlord brought the nurse into my apartment just to ‘show’ it to her, none of her business!”

You have good reason to be upset and to tell the landlord that your privacy rights are being violated and she is not to do that again. It is none of the nurse’s business and your landlord had no business doing this without your consent.

Robert asks…

What moving option should we choose?

My fiance and I are moving from southern New Hampshire to San Antonio, TX this summer. We currently live in a small, 1 bedroom apartment. We would need to move that furniture down with us. It isn’t a lot… quite literally a TV, a bed, a dresser, and a couch and a chair, as well as other necessities like kitchenware and clothes. What is the smartest and cheapest option for us? Should we rent a uhaul truck and drive all the way down? Should we put it in a storage container and pay someone else to drive it and we’ll just fly there? Or should we put it in a container on a train? I’ve already looked at the prices and it varies from every website. Does anyone have personal experience with any of these and can recommend any?

Administrator answers:

I would suggest renting a mid-size Budget, Penske, or U-Haul truck. Then drive down there, the small ones will get 10 miles per gallon. If you have a car you can rent a car carrier from any of those companies and haul your car down there also.

Carol asks…

Anyone know a good homeless shelter for a woman in San Antonio, TX?

A friend of mine who recently moved to San Antonio got evicted from her cousin’s house for reasons I care not to share. Her cousin is the only family member in this state, so she can’t get into any contact with them… I’m her only friend, but I do not have a house of my own, since I still live with my parents (who refuse to house anyone else) so living with me is out of question…
Does anybody know a good homeless shelter for a 19 year old woman to stay at for the time being? She can’t afford an apartment with a minimum wage job….

Administrator answers:

Is a new facility close to downtown named Heaven for Hope, The Salvation Army has one to, maybe the best option is call The United Way help line ( 211)

Good Luck for her.

Sandy asks…

i am new to san antonio, tx only here for the summer, i got 2 kids 7 and 5 and i would like to…..?

enroll them in some type of summer camp, since they spend all they in the apartment with me. but am wondering is it afordable, and where to start???

Administrator answers:

Go too the local church in the area that is of the same practice you have attended in the last place you lived. Speek to the folks in the office of the church they like helping young familys also if something were to happen to you they would step into light and assist in the childrens best interest. It’s the right thing to do.

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