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Freedom Estates

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Sheppard AFB, Texas
Base Housing
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Freedom Estates1.5225

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  1. Kara
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    Freedom Estates, which is part of Sheppard base housing, is located across the street from the actual base. It is open to the public to live there, but is still considered base housing. (Yes, non-military can live there, but they don’t pay near what military pays in BAH.) The houses are not that bad, but they’re very old. Constant water problems such as toilets backing up or water being shut off occurred. There is new base housing that was built a couple of years ago that is on the base. Those houses are mainly “reserved” for Officers and SNCO’s. You are lucky if you get one by fluke chance. Those are very nice.

    I only reason I liked the 4 bdrm housing is because it had alot of storage closets. The smallest bedroom was perfect for a nursery, but not a good room for older child.The kitchens were small and the backyard was non-existent. We did have awesome neighbors that made up for everything though. We made it work. That is the best I could say.

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  2. jenclark8
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    Freedom Estates is across the street from the main base. It is gated, with a security code access, not guards. Housing here is owned by Balfour Beatty Communities. In this neighborhood, they just opened it up to the general public, so it is not exclusively military. The neighborhood is divided into two sections, to the right of the main street is all civilians and airman. To the left of the main street is all military. In addition to opening housing to the public, it is also open to single airmen with no dependents. Pretty much anyone can live here. There are not many civilians, they are mostly contained on a few streets. They must pass very strict background and credit checks to live here and are held to the same standards that military are…so they are clean and quiet, most of them are older, retired military, or DOD workers. Senior NCO, and Officer housing is on main base, so this is mostly Jr NCO. The neighborhood has been here since the 50’s, so there are very large mature trees. The houses are made up of 3 and 4 bedroom duplexes and 3 and 4 bedroom stand alone houses. There are several different floor plans and square footage for the 3 bedrooms starts at 1100 sq feet. The 3 bedroom houses are small, and the smallest floor plans are completely renovated with new kitchens, bathrooms, and floors. All of the stand alone houses are renovated as well. The 4 bedroom duplexes are not…they are old. I live in a 4 bedroom duplex that has just over 1500 sq feet, which is the largest. I have a kitchen that has the original cabinets, a ivory linoleum counter top with cracks and scratches all over it, and my appliances are so old that when the parts on my dish washer and refrigerator broke they had to order new ones for me because they didn’t have any way to fix them. My stove is easily from the 80’s and will not cook hot enough for me to even boil water. Balfour Beatty does not consider this to be a problem however, so unless my stove brakes, Im stuck with it. We have old linoleum floors, and new carpet in the hall and bedrooms. Aside from the ugliness of my kitchen, the house is a good size and has a really good layout. The bedrooms are small…my kids bedrooms are big enough for a bed and dresser and that is it, but we have a den in addition to our living room, so they have a play area outside of their rooms. The master bedroom is just large enough for a king size bedroom set. We used to live in a 3 bedroom duplex and our master bedroom there was not big enough for our king bedroom set. There is alot of storage in this house, and the closets are large. I share a carport wall and driveway with my neighbor. Some of the houses here are fenced, and some arent. There is a local company that will come out and install a fence for you to rent monthly while you live here. BBC does all of the landscaping weekly,unless you have a fenced yard, and then you are responsible for mowing it. They have a maintenance department that is extremely efficient. We never have to wait more then a day to have anything fixed…however they will fix it until its unfixable, so getting things replaced rather then fixed is next to impossible. The neighborhood here has wide roads, large trees, there are play areas all over, and they are currently installing 3 new ones. We have a large community pool. The elementary school is behind the neighborhood, and there is an access gate to get to it, mothers can walk their kids to and from school, even though it is not a base school, or on base. All bills are included here, however they just started monitoring our usage for water, gas, and electricity. If we go over the allotted amount then we have to pay out of pocket. If we use less then we are allotted then we get paid by BBC. All in all…old house aside, we love living in this neighborhood. There are a ton of kids, it is very clean, very well maintained, quiet, and safe. We do not lock our doors at night….and that is not something that I can say for any other place that I have ever lived. The location of base is very removed from the rest of the city. It is out of town, so there is a small drive to get to shopping, dining, and entertainment. The area is small and there is no traffic, so from here to the center of Wichita Falls its only about 10 minutes. There are a few places around here to eat, there is a Walmart a few miles down the road, and everything else is in town. This is a great area for families. If you are single or have not started a family it isnt the ideal place. There is little to no entertainment outside of a few bars and a movie theater.

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  3. Chasity

    Wow! A lot has changed since we moved from Sheppard. We lived in what you’re calling Freedom Estates from 01-04. When we were there it was all military. Once you passed the gate guard enlisted lived on the right and the officers lived on the left. It was a nice and quiet neighborhood. We loved the big park for the kids on the officer side and the pool on our side. I also like that John Tower Elementary had an entrance to their school from the community and the kids safely walked to school everyday.

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  4. brody
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    wonderful place

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    1 / 2 found this review helpful.
  5. Joe Johnston

    I lived in a 3-bdrm duplex at 202-A Polaris from ’68 to ’72–I was in grade school. Capehart was all officers housing then, with a nice swimming pool for residents’ use. We kids attended either the Burk-Burnett public school just behind Capehart or (in my family’s case, anyway) a private elementary school in town. Like all military base secure housing areas (I grew up on several), the environment was a little unexciting and bland compared to civilian neighborhoods, but it was still a resonant place to live for us during those childhood years. And all of those big trees were small back then.

    A friend visited one of his friends who lived there about 6 years ago and took some pictures of my old house and yard and the immediate area around it, which seems very unchanged.

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