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Old 08-10-2007, 08:19 PM
 
Location: KY soon to be DC area
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Hello,
I had posted a little while back about relocating to NOVA this fall since my husband will be working for the military in Arlington. The rent we can probably afford is in the 2K area and we have two kids, one school age. We recently learned we can live on Ft Belvoir if we choose to, any thoughts or suggestions on that? I probably will not work until our baby is a little older, and my husband will be traveling quite a bit. So I didn't know if from what anyone knows of base would we do better living there or finding a town house to rent? I have learned so much from reading this forum, even though I don't really know the area that well. Thank you!
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Old 08-11-2007, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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I really would suggest living on Belvoir if you can. I think a military base is the safest and cleanest place you can live in any area. I drive by the TH's on belvoir a lot and they look really nice. Also the area along Rt. 1 north of belvoir is very ugly and a lot of crime in Farifax County is in that area (but not exactly a war zone) but as is the case with Bolling AFB right next to the war zone known as anacostia the base is the safest place you can be. My mother is even thinking about moving us there (retired military) and the one thing that would make her bare that commute back and forth to the Hoffman building every day would be that she'll never have to worry about crime on belvoir.
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Old 08-12-2007, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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I happened to be on Belvoir just a few weeks ago and drove through a housing area that looked very nice. That was just one of many housing areas I am sure but I would say if the school district is good, it would be worth taking a serious look.
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Old 08-12-2007, 07:22 PM
 
Location: KY soon to be DC area
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Thank you all very much!
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Old 08-12-2007, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Chesterfield, VA
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Stay on the installation! The good outweighs the bad in almost every way! Convenience to facilities is a major plus - I so miss the 5 minute trip to the commissary!!
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Old 08-13-2007, 07:19 AM
 
Location: TX
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in htis area if you can get on post housing...DO IT!!
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Old 08-13-2007, 09:05 AM
 
Location: KY soon to be DC area
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Ok, thank you all! We have lived on post and off post in the past, but when we were in Southern California, another expensive area, we did on post housing. It seemed what we were able to have on base was nicer than what we could have afforded out in town for that amount. It helps to have input who actually know the area though!
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Old 08-13-2007, 11:50 AM
 
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Definately stay on Belvoir, I personally chose to live off-post when I was stationed at Belvoir, but that was back in '97, and with the higher cost of housing, increased traffic etc. You are better off living on post-housing, even if you won't be living in the senior officers quarters!

Good Luck!
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Old 08-13-2007, 04:38 PM
 
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The elementary school is located right on base. It is part of the Fairfax County school system. Here is the school website:

FCPS - School Profiles - Fort Belvoir ES
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Old 08-13-2007, 08:08 PM
 
Location: KY soon to be DC area
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Thanks for the website link!

Seldomseen, well my husband will actually be stationed/working in Arlington but since we can have DC area BAH the housing office on Belvoir said we would qualify to live there. No, we won't be in senior officer housing! But he's an E6 and the staff NCO housing looks nice from what I can see.
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