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Located about halfway between Mexico and San Antonio, Uvalde is at a geographical crossroads where picturesque Texas Hill Country gives way to the beautifully-desolate and unforgiving Chihuahuan Desert. It's the kind of territory where southern hospitality becomes a survival instinct. When everybody knows everybody, there's never a dull, hungry, or dry moment. When you're bored, you'll listen for the tuning of a guitar across the street. When you're hungry, you'll learn that someone just shot a hog out at the ranch and is starting up the BBQ pit. When you have car trouble, you'll remember that your neighbor's sister's husband's friend is a mechanic. And, when you're thirsty on a 110-degree day, then a neighbor offering you an iced tea or a cold beer could very well save your life. Around here, talk ain't cheap. It's an unintentionally valuable tradition of Texas-ingenuity. Know thy neighbor.

What is cheap is the rental rates. You don't have to have a lot of money to get by out here. In the $300 - $500 range, you can find small apartments for rent in the city center, or trailer homes along the outskirts of town. For $600 - $800 you can find some beautiful townhomes and restored houses for rent. Or, you can plan to spend about $1,000 - $2,000 a month on one of the nicer, newer 'burby brick ranchers of any size and luxury you care to live in. If you've got the money, then these rental homes are the best option for families and renters with pets.

Most apartments in Uvalde are lacking in amenities. There are just a couple of apartment communities with a swimming pool and on-site laundry facilities. However, in-unit features such as private back yards and washer and dryer hookups can make up for the lack of these common features. Rather than amenities, renters should keep an eye out for places that advertise All-Bills-Paid so they can avoid those $300 - $600 electric bills during the dog days of summer.

Pet friendly rental properties can be found all over town, though a little more legwork is in order. Pet policies vary from place to place, and your best chances of finding a cat or dog friendly rental will be in a trailer, duplex, or house. Be prepared for an extra $100 - $300 pet deposit.

If you're looking for a family friendly neighborhood, then be sure to take a drive around town first. While everyone is friendly, not everyone is a saint. This part of Texas is home to a rowdy crowd of two-fisted drinkers, barroom brawlers, pistol-packers, and other crazy country folk that are lots of fun, but aren't always kid-friendly. At the same time, it is also home to some of the most devoutly family-oriented people you will ever meet. Finding your crowd is as easy as rolling down the windows while you drive through town. The good times crowd is loud. Very loud.

That's the Uvalde life for you. Now it's time to get out there and see it for yourself. Best of luck!

-By Katy Comal

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