Want to live close to San Antonio but not IN San Antonio you need to visit Boerne and Fair Oaks. Fair Oaks is straight up IH10 only a few miles North. It’s close to the La Cantera Mall and The Rim shopping area. Go a little further, 7 miles or so, and you will reach Boerne.
Both of these towns have charm in abundance. Boerne has a lake that people enjoy cooling off in, but no motorized vehicles allowed. This keeps it fresh and peaceful. You can also pull over in downtown Boerne by the river and have a picnic and, of course, feed the ducks. Your main large stores are HEB, Wal-Mart and Tractor Supply, but there is plenty of other privately owned places to shop and chat.