Your Name : Elena
Base Location: Killeen, Tx
How long have you been here? DEC 2008 to Present
What is housing like? On-post? (waiting list, conditions, etc.) Off-post? Any areas to stay away from? Average price to rent or buy?
We waited for about two months for housing when we PCSd from Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX. I didn’t want to get into a lease while we waited for housing so we rented a fully furnished apartment that did not have leases. The landlord that rented out these apartments was retired Army. He said he rented a lot to military coming to or leaving Fort Hood. Except we had to pay hotel/motel rates. I needed to do this because I did not want to live in a motel with three kids ranging between 1 and 7. Also I wanted to be able to enroll my kids in school so they wouldn’t get to far behind. When we did get housing we got a house on West Fort Hood. It is a 4 bedroom house and it is very nice. We are about two blocks away from the elementary school. Areas to stay away from are Fort Hood street and Rancier st. We actually rented the apartment near Rancier and we had our SUV broken into. All they stole was our Ipod and they broke our window to get it. So I was pretty happy to get out of there when we did. The housing on post ranges from older housing too new housing. If they are older they have been renovated.
Rate the PX & Commissary.
There are two PXs here. One has the electronics, furniture and sporting goods. The other has everything else like clothing and housewares. I think they are nice I just don’t like that you have to drive across post from one to the other it is a little inconvenient. There are two commissaries except I have never shopped at the commissaries here. I shop off post at a grocery store called H-E-B. Although the commissaries on post might have good sales, at this off post grocery store I can shop good deals or get their cheaper store brand.
Activities on base?
There is always something to do on post. They are always having activities. You just have too look out for the fliers and signs. Also housing community also has activities for their residents.
Active Spouses Club?
Not sure about this
Things to do in area?
There are some things to do here except when we have a chance we like to go to Austin or San Antonio since they are only a couple to a few hours away. In Killeen there is Blora Lake where you can swim, hike or camp out. There is some shopping here and plenty of restaurants. You get your favorite restaurants like Chilis, Olive Garden, and Red Lobster and all your fast food restaurants. There are also little local restaurants here too that are pretty good.
My kids go to the elementary school in our housing area. I have not had any trouble with this school. My kids like the teachers here and settled in pretty well.
Any colleges in area?
The Central Texas College campus is here. They also Tarleston University campus.
Jobs? (on post and off)
I’m not sure about jobs on or off post since I am a stay at home mom.
Favorite aspect of this base/surrounding city?
I like it here. It has that small town feel but you have that city look. Austin and San Antonio are to our south and to the North there is Dallas and Houston.
Local websites? (base, chamber, newspaper, schools, etc)
Any other tips?
My family and I enjoy it here. You can always find something to do here or in a nearby town.