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Old 05-07-2012, 05:54 PM
 
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We're retired military, have lived in Dogwood subdivision since 1993, and highly recommend it. It's got a somewhat rural feel to it, although it is a subdivision in every sense of the word. The subdivision operates its own horse stable here, has a clubhouse with children's playground and a swimming pool, it's a quick drive to the base, and our part of Haughton (on the Haughton/Bossier City border) allowed our daughter to attend Stockwell Elementary, a great school. There's an apartment community close by on Stockwell Road ("Stockwell Landing"), as well as a Daycare called "Mini Miracles Daycare Center," in answer to the other posting about renting.

There are houses for rent here, as well. You should take a drive sometime and visit this area...

Unless you have a lot of money and can buy yourself a small or large mansion in the South Highlands District or the area around Southern Trace/Ellerbe Road, which also means you can send your kids to a private school instead of exposing them anywhere near the Caddo Public School System, I would avoid Caddo Parish at all costs. You couldn't give us a house free of charge in Caddo, just our own opinion.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:25 AM
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Unless you have a lot of money and can buy yourself a small or large mansion in the South Highlands District or the area around Southern Trace/Ellerbe Road, which also means you can send your kids to a private school instead of exposing them anywhere near the Caddo Public School System, I would avoid Caddo Parish at all costs. You couldn't give us a house free of charge in Caddo, just our own opinion.


All true, if you ignore the FACT that the Caddo Magnet School system has the top performing public schools in all Louisiana and rival the best in the rest of the US.

South Highlands Elementary Magnet - Home - The highest achieving elementary school in the state of La since 1998.
www.middlemagnet.com - Home Page - Highest ranked middle school in La
Caddo Magnet High School - Shreveport, LA | : Home - One of the top high schools in the United States and nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a Silver Medal winner (in the top 3% of high schools) and by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School (for academic superiority). It's the the only five star high school in northern Louisiana.
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:39 PM
 
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There are actually quite a few homes for sale in South Highlands that are in the $200k - $250k range. It is a beautiful area with mature tree-lined streets, sidewalks, proximity to shopping and restaurants, etc. Crime in that area is low, but it is surrounded on three sides by very sketchy areas (north, west and south) so you have to stay out of those areas. There are also nice areas in South Shreveport, but they are in the mid 300's.

Even if you decided to live in Caddo, you would still face the school district issue. The magnet High School is one of the top schools in the state and has won national awards. Then there are private schools available for elementary and middle school ages. But the public schools are a deal breaker for most.

We preferred this area because it isn't a cookie cutter, planned neighborhood with no sidewalks, no trees, stuck in teh middle of nowhere with no back yard. But, the truth of the matter is that those cookie-cutter houses in those cookie-cutter neighborhoods is what most people want. And if you think about it that way, you are probably going to end up in Haughton where the schools are good and the neighborhoods are safe.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:23 AM
 
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Wow! Civilian people truly have no idea how small an Airman's paycheck is... 200K-250K? Prices in Shreveport-Bossier City are outrageous! They're as high as some parts of California and even parts of Europe. We're currently living in a beautiful, large 19th century renovated farmhouse in Europe on half an acre of land in a lively villiage within 8 miles of the base here and our rent is only about $1300 a month. And we get paid extra to live over here because it's so expensive. We're relocating to Shreveport this summer, whether we like it or not and I just can't get over the sticker-shock! Is the area really that great for the housing prices so high? It doesn't sound like it on this forum.
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Old 06-09-2012, 11:16 AM
 
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Wow! Civilian people truly have no idea how small an Airman's paycheck is... 200K-250K? Prices in Shreveport-Bossier City are outrageous! They're as high as some parts of California and even parts of Europe. We're currently living in a beautiful, large 19th century renovated farmhouse in Europe on half an acre of land in a lively villiage within 8 miles of the base here and our rent is only about $1300 a month. And we get paid extra to live over here because it's so expensive. We're relocating to Shreveport this summer, whether we like it or not and I just can't get over the sticker-shock! Is the area really that great for the housing prices so high? It doesn't sound like it on this forum.

If you can afford to pay $1300/mo for rent you could easily afford the payment on a $200k house, assuming your credit is ok. We nearly bought a home for $193k in Shreveport and the payment with insurance and taxes was around $1150.

Housing prices do seem to be inflated in SBC from my perspective. So unless you are a nuke and are expecting to return to Barksdale for future assignments I would just find a nice rental. That way when you get orders you can pack up and get out quickly. Thats why we decided not to buy afterall. Just my opinion.
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:14 PM
 
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We can afford $1300 a month over here in Europe because we also get paid a cost of living allowance and an overseas housing allowance. We won't get that anymore when we PCS to Barksdale. We may have to rent, but I was hoping to be someplace we could finally settle down and buy a house since my husband will retire after this next tour. Oh well.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:57 PM
 
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My house was $128,500 at the height of the housing boom. It's a very nice house, albeit not very large. It's in a nice little community of about 3,000 people, with good schools (so I hear from parents, I'm not a parent) and it's 10 minutes east of Bossier City. You don't have to pay outrageous prices. You're clearly not looking at everything the local housing market has to offer. The cost of living in Shreveport-Bossier is very low, and that's a fact. You need to speak to an agent or something, because I'm afraid you're looking in the wrong spots. And even then there is no comparison between the markets you mentioned. In Shreveport-Bossier, $300,000 will get you a lot of house compared to California, where $300,000 doesn't go very far.
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Old 07-01-2012, 04:56 PM
 
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A lot of military folks live in South Bossier. Check out Shady Grove, Bellaire, Southgate, Golden Meadows, for starters. Homes can range from $130K to $250K depending on neighborhood. Nice thing about S.Bossier is it's a straight shot up hwy 71 to BAFB Westgate. Good schools and lower crime rates, stable property values, etc. You can find a good house to rent on occasion, check with a realtor. S.Bossier is also a quick drive to S. Shreveport / Youree Dr. corridor which is the 50 yard line for retail, restaurants, medical (WK & Christus/Highland).
Good luck.
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:11 PM
 
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Don't forget about AHRN (Automated Housing Referal Network). It's a great service for military members.
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:21 PM
 
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Reasons for not living on base.

1. You can not personalize the home - no holes in the walls, no painting the walls, etc without fear of losing your deposit.

2. From what other military personnel have told me about the new homes on base is that they were all thrown up in a year, and the quality is much less than desirable.

3. In the amount of time you are at Barksdale, there is a good chance you will be promoted therefore increasing your BAH. However, just because you now have a greater income does not give you the option to move into a larger or better home on Base. They just take the increased BAH.

4. If you look at area neighborhoods around the Base, you'll be surprised how much home your can get for the money, and possibly keep some of your BAH for other things.

5. As DR2012 mentioned earlier, because SBC did not have the major economic downturn the rest of the country experienced, rent around here is very high in comparison to owning something.

I hope this helps.
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