FORT STEWART

In Hinesville and Savannah

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Ft Stewart MBG_2019 Housing & Real Estate in Hinesville and Savannah

Enjoy the convenience of on-base living with Fort Stewart Family Homes.

Base living has never been easier or more comfortable. At Fort Stewart Family Homes, we offer spacious, contemporary, move-in ready two-, three-, four-, and five-bedroom homes in single-family, town home and apartment styles in a community where you’ll be surrounded by support from other military members and their families. Located at Fort Stewart with easy access to Hinesville and Savannah, Georgia, our residents enjoy a secure and comfortable hometown environment with the convenience of 24-hour maintenance, lawn care services and free community events.

While residents appreciate features such as central heating and air conditioning and energy-efficient appliances, what sets us apart are our amenities and commitment to customer service. There are no deposits or application fees, and most importantly, when you live on base, you’re not just another resident; you’re a member of our military service family. To learn about Fort Stewart Family Homes and current leasing specials or availability, please call 855-623-7865 or visit our website: www.fortstewartfamilyhomes.com.

On-base living is also available for unaccompanied NCO and officers at Fort Stewart. Marne Point Apartments offers one- and two-bedroom apartment homes in a pet-friendly, gated community with abundant amenities. Move-in ready apartments feature updated finishes, porches, central heating and air conditioning, and fully equipped kitchens. Residents can enjoy a resort-style pool and sundeck, basketball and sand volleyball courts, outdoor grilling areas, a clubhouse with a lounge and billiards, and access to recreational trails. Residents benefit from on-site management and maintenance, curbside trash and recycling pickup, and a calendar full of exciting activities and events. To learn about Marne Point Apartments and current leasing specials
or availability, call 912-408-2501 or visit www.fortstewartsinglesoldierliving.com.

Hunter Army Airfield also offers on-base living with Hunter AAF Homes. Move-in ready rental homes at Hunter Army Airfield are available in two-, three- and four-bedroom floor plans in walkable, pet-friendly neighborhoods. Amenities include playgrounds, basketball courts and splash parks. This community also offers on-site management and maintenance, curbside trash and recycling pickup, lawn care services, and activities and events for residents. To learn about Hunter AAF Homes and current leasing specials or availability, call 912-459-2133 or visit www.hunteraafhomes.com.

LOCAL COMMUNITIES

A low cost of living, rich history and laid-back lifestyle in Savannah and Hinesville contribute to a quality of life not often found in larger urban areas. In 2017, an estimated 146,444 people called Savannah home, while around 33,140 lived in Hinesville, near Fort Stewart, the U.S. Census Bureau says. Between the two, serene Richmond Hill’s 12,632 residents live just to Savannah’s south; its total land area is 14.44 square miles.

Fort Stewart is a little less than 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 have approximately 20,265 military members, 4,150 civilian employees and 37,000 family members. The installation is one of the largest employers in Coastal Georgia.

The area’s 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 Realtors website is a central source of local real estate information and services. Those interested in purchasing a new home can find the expertise and professional services they need at www.garealtor.com.

Savannah

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 1-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. 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.

Savannah is a center for the arts and significant architecture and boasts visual arts, dance, theater, music, museums, historic cemeteries, shopping and literary events. There’s always something to do in Savannah.

Residents can enjoy dozens of parks, playgrounds, bike paths and 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.

Housing prices vary widely based on neighborhood, condition and historic value. Savannah’s median gross rent is $942 and the median selected monthly costs for an owner with a mortgage are $1,288, the U.S. Census calculates. It takes commuters an average of 20.2 minutes to get to work.

Richmond Hill

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.

Fords’ presence is still felt in Richmond Hill. 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 Greenway Trail, makes a protected wetland accessible to the public and demonstrates wetlands’ importance as “nurseries of life.”

Other Richmond Hill highlights include community events. Community parties are regular events in J.F. Gregory Park, and there are special celebrations like the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival, July’s Family Festival, and the holiday season’s chili cook-off and parade.

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 2017, the count was 12,632.

Housing costs vary, but overall, median monthly rent in Richmond Hill is $1,292, and median selected monthly costs for a homeowner with a mortgage are $1,567. Commute times averaged 26.6 minutes.

Hinesville

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 still exists today.

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 and parks, 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 a recreation center, a senior center, and multiple sports and playing fields; and Liberty Independent Troop Park with, among other things, a football field, a skate park and a swimming pool.

Hinesville’s median gross rent is $966, the U.S. Census says, and median selected monthly costs for a homeowner with a mortgage are $1,124. The average commute to work takes 21.7 minutes. Many Fort Stewart personnel choose to live in town.

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