Wednesday, April 15, 2009

We Got a House on Fort Hood

Whew, it's been a busy week ...

We've been unpacking boxes for the past 3 days. But it's all good, last week I got a nice surprise. We'd been looking at a few houses out the local community surrounding Ft. Hood, and even saw a few that we might like to rent. Well, the military has a rule that you're supposed to check in with the housing office before you sign a lease. So, like the good Airman that I am, I stopped by. To make a long story short, instead of giving me information about leasing in the community, they offered us a 5 bedroom house on post.

We took it.

So for now, our new "home town" is the Comanche II housing area on the western side of Fort Hood. It's a big house, probably more room than we actually need. There is a park/playground almost right outside the gate of our backyard, as Jasmine (6 y/o) is pretty happy. And both the elementary and middle schools are within walking distance ... although at .7 of a mile, Johnathan might argue that point.

I took a few pictures (just keep in mind that we are definitely in the "process" of our unpacking.

This a picture of the front of the house. There is a pretty nice storage area behind those 2 doors at the end of the driveway. And there is a small balcony over the front door (not sure what we are going to do with that).


Fort Hood Comanche II front of our house

This is the back of the house. We've got a big back yard, and two porches ... one covered porch on the ground floor, and another nice balcony that's actually big enough to put a patio set on.
Fort Hood Comanche II back of our house

The house is still generally a total mess, but we did manage to get a bare-bones living room together, so that at least we have somewhere to sit and watch tv.
Fort Hood Comanche II our living room

... that was just half the room (it's not that small). We're still not sure what's going in the back.
Fort Hood Comanche II our living room

Finally, I wouldn't be sitting here typing this if I hadn't also set up a couple of our computers. lol, although one of Ana's first goals is to replace my little desks with something not nearly so "ugly".
Fort Hood Comanche II our computer room

Looks like Ana also has a few more pictures of the house on her flickr page

Ok, I gotta get back to unpacking. I hope to catch up with all of you again real soon.

til then, keep havin FuN!
Todd

11 comments:

  1. hey Todd,
    Congrats on the new digs. Looks nice.
    I think it's great that school is within walking distance. I walked a mile to school as a kid (or was it ten miles, through 3 feet of snow...) so .7 miles doesn't seem bad at all. Good exercise!
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  2. Hi Todd, just found your blog. Looks like a nice place you have there. What kind of rent would one have to pay for such a place?

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  3. Congrats on the house...looks very nice! Enjoy following your blog!

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  4. Thanks Greg. I have my wife Ana to thank for the TV ... and if she has her way, that will someday be the bedroom TV, to be replaced by an even bigger one in the living room. :-)

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  5. Hi Kath,

    Thanks, much appreciated. I just popped over to your blog for a quick peek ... lol, lots of doggie pictures.

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  6. Hi Mikael,

    In the military we get a housing allowance to help pay for renting a place off-post. When we live on post, we have to give up that allowance. In my case, it would be right around $1200 a month ... so, I suppose you could say that's what I'm paying for rent.

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  7. Hey Steve,

    Thanks buddy. lol, I didn't think the distance was bad at all either ... but to hear Ana and Johnathan, you'd think I was asking him to run a triathlon every morning. I used to walk everywhere when I was a kid. But, since I lived in Hawaii then too, I can't honestly claim that it was through 3 feet of snow :D

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  8. Hey I have a question... What was your rank, and how many dependents did you have to get such a big house because me and my husband is stationed at Fort Hood and we need something bigger.

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  9. Hi Madison ... I'm an E-7, and we have 5 kids living with us. I'm not sure how the rules work with the privatized housing, but you can go to the housing office and ask. They might be able to get you on a list for something bigger.

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  10. hey! :) So, we were offered a house at Fort Hood last week. We dont move till the end of December. I have SEARCHED for pics and then I came upon your blog! :) Thanks for showing a few pics. it really helps. we were offered the comanche II, 4 bedroom. :) Do you have any more pics?

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  11. Hi Patricia,
    We recently bought a house and moved off base, and I'm actually in Afghanistan at the moment. I believe that the 4-bedroom houses in Commanche II are newer than the ones that we lived in. I can ask my wife next time I talk to her if she knows anybody who lived in those houses, and has pictures. Whichever ones you get, Commanche II is a pretty nice housing area (elementary school and a couple of playgrounds) .. I'm sure you'll like it.

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