Fort Belvoir

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29/08/2012
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Well it depends on where you live if you time your morning or evening commute just right you can make it home in a decent time (an hour). However remember rush hours are like 6am to 9:30am and 3pm to 7pm....sometimes you will get stuck on the major roadways...You can take alternates like highway 1 but so does everyone else they call it bailout traffic...




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08/02/2012
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Raven M. says:  Run from Fort Belvoir VA! I could write a short story of why but I'm sure I would still leave something out. But be prepared for this @ least...Your automobile insurance premium will sky rocket here! We are hoping & praying we are out of here soon. Most of the housing is newer & nice but that doesn't matter much if you are afraid to go outside of it. Homicides kidnapping rapes u name it! The people here for the most part don't speak any or very little english either so were ready to get back to normal lives ASAP. Traffic here is a nightmare! When we lived off the installation we only lived 14 miles away & most nights it took my husband right at 3 hrs to get home & when he wasn't even released til almost 2000 hrs it made it very stressful to say the least. 




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Erin T. says: Avoid Fort Belvoir.... This place unless you love traffic sucks. It has to be the worst military friendly post.. There are more civilians than military people it's sad... I would go with Ft. Carson if you can.




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03/02/2012
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Raven M. says: Run from Fort Belvoir VA! I could write a short story of why but I'm sure I would still leave something out. But be prepared for this at least...Your automobile insurance premium will sky rocket here! We are hoping & praying we are out of here soon. Most of the housing is newer & nice but that doesn't matter much if you are afraid to go outside of it. Homicides kidnapping rapes u name it! The people here for the most part don't speak any or very little english either so were ready to get back to normal lives asap. Traffic here is a nightmare! When we lived off the installation we only lived 14 miles away & most nights it took my husband right at 3 hrs to get home & when he wasn't even released til almost 2000 hrs it made for a very stressful marriage. Good luck wherever you go!




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06/11/2011
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Welp....what can I say.....Fort Belvoir WAS Beautiful until they destroyed it by building housing that was so out of context with the fact the base housing ON MAIN POST was build during the 30's.....the housing built in Gerber Village was temporary housing for officers going through training on their way to what they knew would be WWII....and they never tore it down just kept it up and soon it was way too late to tear it down....and it became historic....they spent 25k a house to put the slate roofs on it in 2000-2001 and then they went against all that and completely renovated it to look what it does not which is a travisty....and then ripped apart all the beautiful rolling grounds that made the base what it was to put up the privatized fiasco housing that looks like some alien housing subdivision was dropped in the middle of it....who ever the "genius" who thought that up ought to be taken outback and shot....he destroyed the property that Colonel Fairfax named Belvoir "beautiful to see" and it is HARDLY that now....I am glad I no longer live there and if we were happened to be stationed there again I would definitely fork out the money to LIVE OFF base to never have to endure seeing that installation every day knowing what it looked like back when it was BELVOIR....

for those who have never lived there before I'm sure you like it....it has it's perks great PX great Commissary....it had a nice pool.....but for the most part the best part about living there was the Historic housing and the Thrift shop at FORT MYER!




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12/08/2011
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Christina M says:
May 29, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Housing on installation?

Well we started off in Dogue Creek let me just tell you those places need to be condemned thats all I am saying. Now we live in George washington village these are the new ones, they are ok however they like to charge you for everything something I am not use to. We are getting ready to PCS in a few months so I will return here to give you and update on the move out inspection.

Housing off installation? Like I said before traffic is bad especially in the mornings going towards Dc. I dont really know much about housing off post.


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12/08/2011
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Christina M says:
May 29, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Fort Belvoir, Va U.S. Army This is an Army post just miles from DC and historic Mount Vernon where George Washington lived. There are 2 AFB up the road and Virginia beach is three hours away as well as Williamsburg,Va and Baltimore,Md is 1 and a half hours up the road. The traffic can be really bad at times. But Metro runs really frequently and seeing all the monument and the white house is so worth it. On base its not just Army that lives here all the branches as well as retirees live here so you get to mingle with others. TIP: if you dont have one buy a GPS your gonna need it.


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Danielle says:
March 24, 2011 at 11:14 am

Any comments on Woodlawn Village? We?「どィび「re looking to move into housing there and don?「どィび「t know if we should wait it out for a different neighborhood. My concern would be crime/safety since it is an off post housing community. Any help is much appreciated!


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Jackie V says:
October 15, 2010 at 9:37 am

We are no longer stationed here but I can give some advice from when I was. The commissary is very crowded so avoid paydays if you can. Housing maintenance is the worst I have ever dealt with. They put in work orders and then never do them, they claim there is no mold when it?「どィび「s clearly black and things take forever to get fixed or done. For what they take in bah, you think they could do better. I lived in older housing so perhaps there are just more problems there but I think it?「どィび「s this place. I have lived in old housing many times at other places and they fixed things and seemed much more professional.

The area itself is wonderful, I loved the seasons and being able to do so many things in DC. The traffic I could do without. I liked the school and felt my children got a good education. Much better than the school my kids are in right now. It?「どィび「s very crowded though!


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12/08/2011
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Phyllis Starz says:
July 30, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Fort Belvoir is great. It?「どィび「s beautiful and a quiet surrounded by overcrowdedness and the chaos of being in the DC-metro area. That being said, the housing, while LOOKING great, is much to be desired. How one can justify installing cream-colored carpets in houses with multiple young children, much less this same cream carpet in the eating areas of a good number of houses is RIDICULOUS! PLUS, it?「どィび「s CHEAP carpet, too. Let?「どィび「s not get started on the ABSURD housing list that as one of my friends from our previous posting let us know is now at OVER a YEAR! Yes, if you are an officer and qualify for a 4 bedroom house, start looking elsewhere as you put your name onto the waitlist. As of 7/30/2010, we STILL have friends who have waited OVER a year for a 4 bedroom and STILL are not near the top! They keep getting bumped from those ?「どィ?priority?「どィャ on the list?「どィてsome legit and some not so. Clark remodelled or built new houses and they did it for as cheap as possible?「どィてsome of our rooms in our home are not completely insulated and in the winter, they are very drafty! However, they are probably the only reasonable and affordable homes to be rented. But, while they are converting a mixed community to an enlisted-only community, there are no current plans to build any further officer housing, further frustrating new families that want to live on post. They are currently working on renovating and building new houses in the Gerber Village for the enlisted and they do look nice. But, once again, looking nice doesn?「どィび「t mean that they are really truly worthwhile homes!

Fort Belvoir Elementary School is of both mix in quality. Personally, I haven?「どィび「t been impressed and at 1300 kids from K-6, you better be on your A game! But, I have known others who have been so happy with the school, too. The teachers aren?「どィび「t always of great caliber and you get this sense that they resent having to be assigned there and would be rather assigned to a much wealthier school district within the county. Hey, the military pays for each child and I?「どィび「m sure it?「どィび「s not a little, too, but really, I think the school is too large to control. We have had our issues and so have opted to send our older daughter to a magnet school elsewhere in the county?「どィてyes, she was accepted and then actually grabbed a space in the lottery! Our other daughter will just have to wait yet another year until we can, too, transfer her to the magnet school. Like I said, WE?「どィび「ve had our problems and issues with the school and a teacher/admin but others have not.

Otherwise, it?「どィび「s close to drop into the Commissary or the PX. Note: There?「どィび「s a separate Home & Garden which divides up the PX goods?「どィてie toys, sportings goods, gardening supplies are in the Home & Garden and NOT at the PX. It can be confusing.

Also, PLEASE note that there is an estimated 20,000 MORE civilian workers expected to be transferred or hired for the new and LARGE Army Community Hospital. Look at the map of the post?「どィてthe hospital is being built on the South Post Golf Course which would affect the traffic in a few of the housing areas surrounding it (ie Cedar Grove, George Washington, etc.)?「どィてresearch which Villages you are eligible for and determine if you could deal with this added traffic/hassle. Also, the traffic ALL around the post will be affected by this additional number of bodies! IF you think that traffic on and OFF post during rush-hour is bad (it can take between 30-45 minutes to get off post during the afternoon rush-hour), then expect it to be MUCH longer as now MORE people will be trying to get off post!


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