FORT MEADE HOUSING: 6 ON-POST OPTIONS
By Kevin Lankes
IntroductionFort Meade is the home of the National Security Agency and is the headquarters of U.S. cyber operations. While over 56,000 people work on post, it has a live-in population of around 10,000. Fort Meade is the largest employer in the state of Maryland and the second largest in the country in terms of employees. If you’re looking to live on Fort Meade, there are some great housing options to choose from. Check out the guide below to get a feel for what’s available to you.
Suggested Read: Fort Meade Maryland: In-Depth Welcome Center
Fort Meade BAHIf you’re more interested in living off post, if you have a family that needs more space, then you’re going to want to qualify for Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). BAH is a monthly stipend that’s calculated based on your rank and zip code. The formula used takes into account cost of living in neighborhoods around post and certain data about you, like your seniority. Taking advantage of BAH will help you cover the costs of housing every month and leave you with some dependable savings to pocket for the future. You can follow this link to look up your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for your rank and zip code. This will help you create your budget and guide your home search. To learn more about what goes into your military BAH rate, visit our in-depth guide here.
Fort Meade BarracksUnaccompanied housing at Fort Meade is available and managed for junior enlisted service members who get their PCS here and don’t have a family coming with them. Freedom Barracks beside Gaffney Gym is a likely place to be assigned. Everything you need is provided for you here. There’s a barracks manager and friendly staff to help you get situated and keep you comfortable. If assigned to Freedom, you’re going to need a ride to the PT field. Make sure to call for availability and if you have any questions.
Bachelor Housing Office6405 Simmons Road Fort Meade, MD
Phone: 1 (301) 677-4783
Fort Meade Housing OfficeThe housing office at Fort Meade should be your first point of contact when you’re getting ready to move. They can help you plan for the trip, as well as for storage when you arrive. If you’re interested in a particular community or other, they’ll have the most up-to-date information on availability, conditions, and amenities. Please get in touch early so that you can enjoy a seamless move.
Fort Meade Housing Office3081 Ernie Pyle St. Fort Meade, Md. 20755
Phone: 1 (301) 677-7748
Fort Meade HousingThe communities at Fort Meade are managed by Corvias Property Management. If you have any questions or require special assistance for one reason or another, you can contact their office by phone at 1 (410) 305-1258. Corvias advertises special moving rates on different occasions, so make sure you’re getting the best deal.
Benefits of Living on the Installation• No commute or wait at the gate. • Convenient access to the commissary, exchange, and recreation facilities. • No security deposit. • No credit check.
Features of Fort Riley Neighborhoods• Pet-friendly • Kitchens with all major appliances. • Washer and dryer connections. • 24-hour emergency maintenance service. • Five modern and conveniently located community centers. • Outdoor gathering and common areas. • Four luxury swimming pools.
Services of Corvias CommunitiesEach community center features staff offices, a club room, a media room, a fitness center, a playroom, locker rooms, meeting rooms, and an outdoor pool. Use of the community center amenities and pools are free to on-post families, regardless of which neighborhood you live in. • Lawn care. • Package acceptance. • Water, sewer, and average electricity and gas included. • Waste and (opt-in) recycling collection.
Fort Meade Housing Options
1. Heritage Park
Ranks: E1 - E5, O6 - O10 Heritage Park is a popular neighborhood on post that’s dedicated to the historical memory of George Meade. Burba Lake is close by, as is the neighborhood center, a movie theater, the PX, the commissary, and much more. You’ll find cottages and historic homes here. Some of them date back to the 1930s. The Maryland Historical Society is involved in keeping up the restoration efforts of some of the more historical homes in Heritage Park. There are multiple floor plans here. E 1 - E 5 ranks qualify for most of them, except the historic homes that are reserved for ranks O 6 - O 10.
2. Normandy Bluffs
Ranks: E1, DoD Contractors Normandy Bluffs isn’t a separate community, exactly, but rather an NCO extension of Heritage Park. Normandy Bluffs contains 115 townhouses reserved for E1s and DoD contractors with 2, 3, and 4 bedrooms. These are sizable, 2-story homes with front porches, patios, utility sheds, and other convenient amenities. You don’t have to live in a historic home to reap all the benefits of living on post.
3. Midway Common
Ranks: E1 - E8, O4 - CW5, DoD Contractors Midway Common is a great spot for families. There are a lot of single-family ranch homes here that offer a lot of space for everyone to have their own place. Most of the floor plans are 3 bedroom, 2 bath. There’s a 2-bedroom townhome available as well. The neighborhood center at Midway Common has a game room and theater room. The neighborhood is named for the Battle of Midway.
4. Meuse Forest
Ranks: All Meuse Forest is a community on post that’s named after a historical campaign from World War I. Meuse Forest has a rustic vibe to it. Even though it features some of the newest construction on post, it’s made to feel like the wood cabin homes are from a separate age, featuring lots of dark woods and wrought iron accents. The neighborhood center comes with public space and a movie theater. All ranks are welcome here. The houses themselves come in multiple floor plans and contain 3 or 4 bedrooms, carpeting, full kitchens and other amenities.
5. Patriot Ridge
Ranks: E1 - E5, DoD Contractors The neighborhood of Patriot Ridge is built up in a colonial feel that’s meant to evoke the imagery of the Revolutionary War. The colonial architecture reminds soldiers of the history they fight for every day. Patriot Ridge is nearby the on-post schools and two child development centers. The floorplans have 2, 3, and four bedrooms and are open to junior and senior NCOs as well as DoD contractors.
6. Potomac Place
Ranks: E1, O1 - CW2, DoD Contractors Potomac Place holds the oldest neighborhood center on any post and the largest at Fort Meade. It features an indoor half-court gym, a children’s library, and Internet cafe. There’s a hodgepodge of construction styles in the neighborhood with no governing architectural theme. From ranch homes to townhouses, colonials, and more, there’s something for everyone’s style at Potomac Place. Potomac Place is also close to the Exchange and other post amenities that will make your time living here a breeze. There are 2, 3, and 4-bedroom floor plans available.
ConclusionThere are a lot of great neighborhoods on post at Fort Meade. All of the on-post housing is carefully managed and affordably priced to give you the best experience the Army has to offer. If you ever have questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to the housing office or Corvias Management. From the options that are available to you here, it isn’t going to be difficult to find a great place to live for you and your family while you’re stationed at Fort Meade.
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