Where should we live near Ft Hood?

Christy - posted on 06/07/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi my hubby, DD, and I are moving to Ft Hood in about 8 weeks and we were planning on living off post. I have been researching possible places to live in Copperas Cove and Harker Heights but it seems like most everything is more than my husband's BAH. We really want to live in a house so we can have a backyard because we have 2 big dogs and I have a two year old that loves to play outside! So I was wondering if we should look at living on post instead. And what are some of the good neighborhoods? And also I was wondering if we would qualify for a 3 bedroom house? We have a three bedroom here at Lewis but, I think each base has their own qualification system. Any information would be appreciated!

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Toni - posted on 06/29/2011

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Ok so I try to help w/ fort hood questions as much as possible. I tend to ramble though so brace yourself. :-) I was raised on fort hood from 5-18 yrs old, and when my dad retired my parents bought their house there. I just left and I am now 24.
Ok here we go....
Hood is great b/c it's right in the center of everything. Plenty of travel and leisure time to keep you entertained in surrounding cities. There is a FB page called Fort Hood Wives With Event. Look it up. Soooo helpful! They post free or nearly free activities on fort hood, Killeen and surrounding cities.
Off post housing:
Look in the neighborhoods around Stan schleuter, clear creek, the back pt of WS young (behind walmart), bck half of trimmier (behind HEB).
Harker heights is extremely expensive w/ rent, but there are some really nice housing developments there. Skiptcha Mountain is the newest I believe. Behind harker heights Walmart. HH does have a brand new shopping plaza w/ lots of great restaurants, store, and the movie theater is right in that area as well.
Not much to say about cove besides it's quiet, pretty boring if you like that kind of peace. Small school district not better than any other though, so I'm not sure why ppl say that. Test scores there are high b/c there is only one HS and maybe 2 to three elementary schools. As opposed to Killeen school district which has 4 HS, nearly 10 middle schools, and about 6-8 elementary schools, and they're still building more. I graduated w/ honors and had no problem from grade school throughout HS.
On post housing: stay clear of Chaffee village, Comanche I and II, liberty village, & wainwright village if possible. That's a lot of the older housing and most of it hasn't been updated.
Kouma village, McNair village (older but updated & renovated), montague village are the villages for enlisted soldiers that aren't that bad and some of them brand new like kouma village.

Kimberliejoparks - posted on 06/28/2011

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Well anything north of 190 stay clear of! I live south of 190 and we rent a house. Its pretty nice. There are duplexes in Harker heights that are 3 bedrooms for like 7or8 hundred I have a few friends who live in them and they are pretty nice. We actually live in Killeen off of Elms and WS young. a pretty nice area. We found an owner looking to rent and we are only paying 835 for a 3 bed 2 bath 2 car garage house with a huge yard. Its only about a 15 min drive to post and harker heights is not a 40 min drive by any means. Copperas cove is a lot further than harker heights!
Anyway I would stay away from leasing agents they seem to have Jacked up prices and if you get post housing there are some nice area's and some not so nice ones. I have a friend who qualified for a 2bed and got a 4 bedroom b/c that is what was avaiable. It really depends on what is available! But stay clear of Racier... I have heard nothing but Bad things and driving down it doesnt look pretty either! Hopes this helps some and if you have any questions please let me know!

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User - posted on 11/19/2012

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If you are serious about secluded but convenient off post housing and want to buy, this is the time of year to get the deals. Nonexistent listed $10K below realtorsrecommended price. No commission.

User - posted on 11/19/2012

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Sorry about typos! Can't see what I'm typing on my phone. Cal me if you want low down on Belton. Number is in the ad in ky previous post. Text if no answer. You do not have to drive through all that town mess to get to Ft. Hood from Belton! It can be a faster commute than the usual towns--Harker Heights, Copperas Cove, etc.

User - posted on 11/19/2012

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Move to Belton. We habe military families here, but it's mixed with regular families. Very quiet. Schools are considered the best in county. Back way from my household 20 minutes through pretty countryside. Tons of new shopping and other necessities here but ibcamtcsee or heart because I'm at theater end of the neighborhood. Almost no traffic. Huge fenced yard, brick home on golf course, trees, deer, fireplace. My son is in college so downsizing. Retake know if you want to see it. http://killeen.craigslist.org/reo/341408...

Michelle - posted on 06/07/2011

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if you decide to live off post stay clear of anything on Rancier... It is basically the ghetto of Killeen. Housing is cheap on that side of town, but most of the breakins occur on around that area. Harker Heights is expensive and about a 40 minute drive for your man for morning and evening commute. Copperas Cove seemed nice and quiet. When we lived there 3 years ago we lived right off of Willow Springs Road which is the first exit south of the Main gate. Unless they have remodelled stay away from the apartments right there. And good luck finding a place that will let you keep to big dogs. Hope that helped.

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