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Greater San Antonio neighborhood

Residents enjoy community, proximity to markets

It's bordered by California Street and Showers Drive and nestled next to the San Antonio Caltrain station, which is just one of the reasons residents of the Greater San Antonio community say it is a desirable area for home buyers.

Another appealing feature, according to Nancy Morimoto, a resident of the Greater San Antonio area for the past 20 years, is the community's diversity. Residents come from a mix of ethnic and religious backgrounds and families range from couples with small children to baby boomers.

Morimoto said she also enjoys the fact that the community, consisting of townhomes, row homes and condominiums, is a short walk to the Milk Pail Market. She also likes that there's a Mexican market around the corner where she purchases treats and the store within the complex with shaved snow. Plus, it's convenient to walk to the train station, allowing residents easy access to travel to a San Francisco Giants games or the airport.

Additionally, the community is located near the San Antonio Center strip mall at Pacchetti Way and California Street, which has a Kohl's, Wal-Mart, Trader Joe's and Ross Dress for Less, and the Village at San Antonio Center with a Safeway grocery store, Starbucks, Sprint store and a variety of eateries and other specialty shops for locals to enjoy.

Among the Greater San Antonio's lesser loved features, said Morimoto, are a lack of parking. Many homes only have a single-car garage and street parking can be a problem. Also, noise from the train and increasing traffic along San Antonio are also negatives. But she cited plenty of pros as reasons she loves the area, including neighborhood events that bring the community together.

"The events can change from year to year, depending on who takes on the planning, but we have had pumpkin decorating and a Fourth of July kids' parade," Morimoto said. "Halloween brings lots of trick-or-treaters to this well-lit, sidewalked neighborhood. The kids know you can reach many homes with a short walk."

Morimoto continued by saying other pluses to living within the community are that it is in the Los Altos School District and that her home's small yard is a benefit for her because of the minimal yard work needed to keep it tidy. She also enjoys that residents share private community parks, which contain features like green space, a gazebo, children's play structures and a community pool.

"I love the sense of community, with people meeting in the parks or at the pool," Morimoto said. "People make close friends with their neighbors who either have kids the same age or have dogs."

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FACTS

CHILDCARE AND PRESCHOOLS: Oak Tree Nursery School, 2100 University Ave.

FIRE STATION: No. 3, 301 N. Rengstorff Ave.

LOCATION: between San Antonio Road, Showers Drive and California Street

NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Greater San Antonio Community Association, Stephen Friberg, president, stephen.friberg@greater-san-antonio.org

PARKS: Concord Circle and Sondgroth Way, Beacon Street and Laurel Way; nearby: Klein Park, Monta Loma Park

POST OFFICE: Mountain View, 211 Hope St.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS: Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, 450 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto

PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Los Altos School District — Covington Elementary School, Egan Junior High School; Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District — Los Altos High School

SHOPPING: San Antonio Shopping Center, Village at San Antonio, strip shopping on California Street

— Melissa McKenzie, 2015

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