FORT STEWART

In Hinesville and Savannah

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Ft Stewart Housing and Real Estate In Hinesville and Savannah

 

Living at Fort Stewart Family Homes affords a wealth of benefits that are hard to match beyond the gates. The moment you tour the community, you’ll discover the built-in family atmosphere where you’ll be surrounded by support from military members and families alike. Many of the people hired to serve you are themselves former military members who have a unique understanding of your housing and lifestyle needs. All you need to do is choose from spacious, contemporary, move-in ready two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, which offer features such as central heating and air conditioning and energy-efficient appliances. Don’t worry; the community is pet friendly and welcomes your family pets!

The exclusive amenities and commitment to customer service set Fort Stewart Family Homes apart, and you can count on on-site maintenance and management teams to resolve emergencies 24/7. And in times of natural disaster, the entire team will work together non-stop to return your lives and homes back to normal as soon as possible.

You’re invited to take part in the award-winning LifeWorks resident program, which provides residents of all ages with a wide variety of fun and educational activities and events at no cost. Plus, there are no deposits or application fees. Most utilities are included and you won’t experience any wait at the gate either. Because you’re living close to work, you’ll have more time at home, too, whether to relax or spend more time with family.

Your new home is waiting! Call the management office at 912-408-2480 or visit the website at www.FortStewartFamilyHomes.com to find your perfect place!

A low cost of living, rich history and a laid-back lifestyle in Savannah and Hinesville contribute to a quality of life not often found in larger urban areas. In 2015, an estimated 145,674 people called Savannah home, while around 33,398 lived in Hinesville, near Fort Stewart, the U.S. Census Bureau says. Savannah’s 103 square miles had 1,321 people per square mile and Hinesville was even denser, an average of 1,641 residents in its 20.37 square miles in 2010, the Census found. Between the two, serene Richmond Hill’s 11,935 residents live just to Savannah’s south; its population density is 642.6 people per square mile, and its total land area is 14.44 square miles.

Fort Stewart is a little under 3 miles north of Hinesville and 42 miles southwest of Savannah; Hunter Army Air Field is in Savannah proper. Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield between them have about 26,000 soldiers in addition to National Guard members; a government count determined Hunter to be the second-largest employer in its region, with 6,700 civilian and military personnel. About 18,200 retirees live within a 50-mile radius of the installation, as do nearly 43,000 veterans.

The counties’ communities give newcomers plenty of choices when selecting a home. Enlist the help of a reputable real estate agent to help you sort through the area’s home options. The Georgia Association of Realtors is a central source of local real estate information and services. Visit https://www.garealtor.com to find expertise and professional services for those interested in purchasing a new home.

Savannah

2 E. Bay St.
Savannah, GA 31401 912-651-6926
www.savannahga.gov

Founded in 1733, Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia, the last capital Britain set up in her American colonies, and county seat of Chatham County. The original planned city was laid out in one-acre squares called wards, 600 feet to a side, along a 40-foot-high bluff overlooking the Savannah River, 18 miles upstream from the Atlantic Ocean. Each ward was divided into narrow lots and organized around a central open square; today, 22 such wards still exist downtown, one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States but just one of the city’s five. This ward model imposed by founder Gen. James Oglethorpe has proven so responsive to residents’ needs that it has been copied worldwide.

The city has six distinct areas — Downtown (including the Historic Landmark and Victorian districts), Midtown, Southside, Eastside, Westside and Southwest/West Chatham — and these six hold more than a hundred neighborhoods.

Weather is mild in winter and a steam bath during the long summers. Almost half of Savannah’s rain drenches the city from June through September and thunderstorms are common, typical of such monsoon-type climates. Atlantic hurricanes are a risk and some neighborhoods are so apt to flood that pumping stations and five canals have been built to carry the water away.

The top bracket in Georgia’s state income tax is 6 percent; in addition, there is a sales tax of 7 percent in Chatham County.

Historically, agriculture underpinned the region’s economy, from the blue dye indigo and pure silk early on to cotton later, all shipped through the Port of Savannah, one of four continuing financial mainstays along with manufacturing, the military and tourism.

Savannah’s import-export wealth has always made it a center for the arts and for significant architecture, and from the visual arts to dance, theater to music, museums to historic cemeteries and shopping to literary events, there’s always something to do in Savannah.

Residents can enjoy 47 parks and playgrounds (for a complete list go to www.savannahga.gov/index.aspx?NID=351), three bike paths and nine walking trails. Parks run along the Savannah River at the bluff’s top, and the downtown wards terminate to the south in 30-acre Forsyth Park with its beautiful fountain and Fragrant Garden for the blind.

There are plenty of opportunities to pursue continuing education in Savannah, what with four colleges or universities (Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah State University, South University and Armstrong State University); Georgia Tech Savannah’s certificate programs; Georgia Southern University’s satellite campus; Savannah Technical College; the University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography; Mercer University’s medical program; and Savannah Law School.

Population in the Savannah Housing Market Area or HMA (Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties) began growing again after 2010 and with more housing pressure, prices are beginning to rebound from 2008’s national real estate debacle. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development expects continuing population growth to be concentrated in Chatham County. Since 2010, 75 percent of growth in the Savannah HMA has been from renter households, though strong improvement in job prospects are driving an uptick in housing sales as well. Housing prices vary widely based on neighborhood, condition and historic value.

In 2014, Savannah’s median gross rent was $891 and the median selected monthly costs for an owner with a mortgage were $1,302, the U.S. Census calculates. It took commuters an average of 19.7 minutes to get to work.

Richmond Hill

40 Richard R. Davis Drive
Richmond Hill, GA 31324 912-756-3345
www.richmondhill-ga.gov

It took just one visit for automaker Henry Ford and his wife, Clara, to fall in love with the little Bryan County community just the other side of the Ogeechee River from Savannah. By the 1930s, they’d built their winter home there on the site of old Richmond Plantation, burned to the ground by Gen. William T. Sherman’s army as an afterthought on their March to the Sea. The Fords named what eventually became their 85,000-acre estate and philanthropic project “Richmond Hill,” a nod to its predecessor, a name embraced in 1941 by the nearby community in gratitude for the Fords’ generosity in reestablishing Bryan County’s post-Civil War economic framework.

Geographically, Richmond Hill is in an unusual situation. It’s part of Bryan County, but Fort Stewart splits the county in two, into rural North Bryan County and suburban South Bryan County, and there is no way to drive from north to south or vice versa without leaving the county. Richmond Hill is the shopping and service center for South Bryan County residents, who must travel through town to get out of their county.

Developers discovered Richmond Hill in the 1970s and began building new homes there, which attracted new residents, who needed more new homes, and so the cycle continues. In 1970, the population was 826; in 2015, the count was 11,935.

Small local businesses provide most job opportunities, though the city is also a major employer.

But it’s not all work. Community parties are regular events in J.F. Gregory Park, and there are special celebrations like the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival, the July 4 Salute and Fireworks and the Chili Cookoff and Christmas Parade.

Looking to the past, the Richmond Hill History Museum is in the former kindergarten the Fords built in 1940 for the community. The grounds include the Bailey Carpenter Barber Shop. Carpenter was the local barber for more than a half-century and trimmed Henry Ford’s hair during the magnate’s winter tenures.

Heritage moves outdoors with the Green Creek Interpretive Trail, a work in progress. In the 1930s, Ford crews dug a creek on his lands to help drain them for forestry and farming; these days the interpretive trail winds along the high creek banks thrown up alongside the water channel. Thanks to federal and state funding, the trail, part of the Coastal Georgia Trail, makes a protected wetland accessible to the public and demonstrates wetlands’ importance as “nurseries of life.”

Overall, median monthly rent in Richmond Hill was $1,145, and median selected monthly costs for a homeowner with a mortgage were $1,524. The combined sales tax rate was 7 percent. Commute times averaged just under 26 minutes.

Hinesville

115 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Hinesville, GA 31313 912-876-3564
www.cityofhinesville.org

Hinesville has been Liberty County’s county seat, its third and last, since 1836, chosen because of its central location and its proximity to both the Gulf and Western Railroad and a militia drill and muster ground. The name commemorates the county’s state senator at the time, Charlton Hines, who introduced the legislation to move the county seat.

The sale of ship supplies like turpentine from abundant pine trees, and rice, indigo and cotton from the plantations, brought steady prosperity, but that ended with 1864’s arrival of Gen. Sherman’s Union troops. Fighting erupted in and around the town, schools closed, residents fled and most farms and plantations were looted and burned. The region was devastated, the survivors hungry and despairing. Then in 1870 schoolmaster Samuel Dowse Bradwell made an act of faith in the future and opened not one but two schools, the first the public Poor School and the other the Bradwell Institute, named after his schoolmaster father. The institute’s high-quality instruction for boys and girls made it famous statewide, and the original student body had grown from 63 to 465 by 1938. Bradwell Institute exists to this day as one of the county’s two comprehensive public high schools, along with a pre-K center, seven elementary schools, three middle schools, a learning center and a college and career academy.

The decades passed and tiny Hinesville had recovered enough by 1900 to promote its mineral springs as a natural health resort, but back-to-back hurricanes in 1928 and 1929 gave Liberty County “a head start on the Great Depression,” as the histories say, though by the end of the 1930s the community had stabilized enough to hire its first-ever policeman.

Residents find recreation and refreshment in numerous green spaces, among them Courthouse Square’s Bradwell Park across the street from City Hall; Bryant Commons Amphitheater and Grounds; Irene B. Thomas Park with its fishing pond and walking trail; James A. Brown Park, which holds the Shuman Recreation Center, the Hazel Carter Senior Center and multiple sports and playing fields; Liberty Independent Troop Park with, among other things, a football field, the LCRD Skate Park and Hinesville Swimming Pool; Stafford Pavilion; and five additional parks.

In 2014, Hinesville’s median gross rent was $892, the U.S. Census says, and median selected monthly costs for a homeowner with a mortgage were $1,215. The combined sales tax rate, state and county, was 6 percent. The average commute to work took a little over 20 minutes. Many Fort Stewart personnel choose to live in town.

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