What is the housing like at Fort Stewart?

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We have orders to go to Ft. Stewart in January. I currently have a toddler and another one on the way. Is the housing on base safe for infants? I currently live at Ft. Benning, and am not pleased with the housing at all. Problems include lead paint/ lead in the pipes, aspestos, mold, the houses are just falling apart all together. Am wondering since this is supposedly "the best army installation in the world" if it is only going to be worse at Fort Stewart. Has anyone lived at both Benning and Stewart? Any advice/recommendations?

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Michelle - posted on 06/01/2011

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We just left there. I would really live off post. You will have to live in 2 bedroom apt. type housing(upstairs/downstairs) because your child is 18months old. You would have to wait until your first child is at least 4, after your next one is born. They share a room until then. Now I have known people to go to the doctors and get a referral to get a 3bedroom home because of the infant keeping the other child awake all night and it worked. The only new housing there is, is officers housing and 3 and 4 bedroom homes. We had lots of problems w/upstairs neighbors letting their 3yr old run wild back and forth and jump around until midnight or later. It was crazy. We had numerous leaks in our apt. and a flood while they were trying to fix one of the leaks. We had mold in the walls and behind baseboards and they sprayed it w/kiltz paint and said it was fine. My son and myself had headaches all the time, weezing and coughing while living there. Since we have pcs'd we no longer have all those symptoms. The post itself is really nice, lots of things to do, from miniature golf, pools, water park, basketball and tennis courts, tons of parks,a movie theater, 2 bowling alleys, lots of shoppettes. It's very family oriented there. We actually miss that very much. Where we are now, they are not like that. If it is BBC in Fort Benning, they are the same in Ft. Stewart and if you have all those problems w/housing in Benning, then it will be the same in Stewart. Sorry to tell you that, but I wouldn't want anyone going through what we and everyone we knew there went through. Best of luck to you though. You will love the on post family attractions and the places surrounding Stewart, like Savannah and how close you are to Florida unless you've already been to those places. :)

Suki - posted on 05/31/2011

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housing is new on post most of it is. theres tons of shoppettes in the villages in bryan village there is 2. off post in hinesville by gate 6 there is a shoppette there too and right off post there is a kroger and a bunch of shops there and several nice neighborhoods and good schools. Stewart does not have a lead paint issue...all the buildings that did have those they tore down and redid housing. For the amount of bah i would have to agree, post is nice and convienient but you can do better off post in hinesville. I would find neighborhoods like waterfield, stonehenge, some parts of eagles landing, courtland, and the country club areas to be nice and fairly priced and affordable and nice. the high schools are liberty county high and bradwell institute. liberty is the better school for high school. the middle schools in hinesville are good, the elementary schools in hinesville are decent too. if you live off of south main it is lower income area...but downtown is up and coming and alot of places near base are alright. stay away from northgate, wingate and those apt areas near the gates..they are low income housing by the housing authority...not knocking anyone who lives there but with these places come problems. best to rent through a real estate company or just stay on post. the real estate places to go to in hinesville that are good with military are trinity realty, realty executives, coldwell banker, elaine boggs realty. rent for 3 br and up are around 650-1300 and bah is not bad for stewart...dep on rank. utilties off post ga power would be around 115-250 and canoochiee electric is about 100-200 a month dep on usage. water in hsvl is around 30-55 a month includes garbage. some places pay for water/sewage/garbage fees for you and occ u can find the place that pays for utilities too, but its rare.

Suki - posted on 06/02/2011

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you can find 2 bedroom apartments off of hwy 84 near exxon, not sure what they are called and near there is the ymca...i know the townhouses there are called tupelo woods/ tupelo trail, you have to go down the road past the housing authority apartments and take the first left you see before you come to the houses and it is on the same road that the parks authority.baseball fields. parks and ymca is by. Take the first left into tupelo trail those town homes are nice and see if anyone might have for rent there. To purchase in hsvl is actually a good investment i own 3 homes there and sold 2 already in this crazy market for PROFIT. i profited 58k on one home and 32 on another and one I have rented out but am getting ready to sell when i get back at the end of july. Our goal is to be completely debt free before we go to korea and with that house we technically have debt although our renter pays for the debt. condos and town homes are nice. There is a place called Brett drive that you can check out they are ok, but not sure if you could live in that neighborhood with your kid its kind of loud...the other condo areas i can think of are near the gate that are privately owned places that are new that are around 2 and 3 bedrooms, near main gate, they are near baldino's to the right right outside of the gate--last i remember the rent here was under 700 a month. try some of those real estate companies you can ask them to fax or email you a copy of the rental list or ask housing on post to give you a list...they get a daily list from the real estate offices all of the time or used to, to keep incoming personell and people looking for housing informed.

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Suki - posted on 06/02/2011

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oh ty, the waiver i got through the housing office, just ask. hope they still have that available, it helped soooo much!!! i never lived on post as an adult and the lady was nice and gave me the paperwork and i took it and our orders to the leasing office at trinity and got our place with a waiver and just first months rent. i had to pay a 150 app fee though but i didnt care the rent at the time was 550 and it was for a 3 br townhome...

Suki - posted on 06/02/2011

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the water deposit for us was 50 bucks electric for us was 100 through ga power, canoochiee was nearly 300 but they are a co op. I bought my home so i paid a small earnest money fee which for us was under 900...depends on your credit. When i rented i actually got the deposit waived...you can ask about it, i think they do it mostly for people moving out of housing but i am not sure, i think some people were given it before if their credit was good. hope this helps.

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Thank you Suki, that was very informative! Especially the neighborhood recommendations = ]
Michelle, that is what I was afraid of. We have the same problem at the housing on Benning. They are rennovating a lot of the housing, but the one we have lived in for the past 3 years is awful. The walls are insulated with newspaper, we constantly have mold because there is no way to air out the bathrooms. The windows in the living room won't open because they've been painted shut. The only way to get fresh air in the house is leaving the front and back doors open. My son had a constant cough for 3 months, and the doctors would not tell us what was wrong, but we knew it was the house. As soon as we went back home for a month at christmastime, he was fine. Thank you very much for the honesty. I would rather know for sure what I am getting into. What neighboorhood did you live in so I know to avoid it and how long has it been since you moved, in case they have rennovated since then?

Suki - posted on 05/31/2011

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you can also apply for a waiver at the real estate offices...check for availability.

Jennifer - posted on 05/31/2011

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I have seen some on post housing at stewart and depending on what you can qualify for some are pretty nice. I will tell you though there is not much to do in the hinesville area but for the amount of bah you receive you can find a decent off post place.

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