Exploring the 910: Welcome to Fayetteville, NC!

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You’ve finally gotten your orders, and surprise: you’re transferring to Fayetteville, NC!

Wait a minute…Fayetteville, NC? It’s smack dab in the middle of the state! Is there anything even remotely close to it?

Here at PCSMoves.com, we have an ongoing series of posts about potential new duty stations and how to get your family situated. Each month, we’ll cover different regions, served by the nationwide network of real estate professionals that make up PCSMoves.com. Click here to read our last post about Quantico, VA.

Fayetteville is best known for Fort Bragg, a major United States Army installation, best known for being the home of the 82nd Airborne Division, on the northwest side of the city. With an estimated population in 2013 of 210,533 people, the Fayetteville metropolitan area is the largest in southeastern North Carolina and the fifth largest in the state. Fayetteville has received the All-America City Award from the National Civic League three times.

If you’re moving to Fayetteville without a place to live, check out IHG Army Hotels Normandy House & Carolina Inn. Staying at here for a week or two can take off some of the pressure you might be feeling while looking for a place to live. The Normandy House offers wireless high-speed Internet, microwaves, refrigerators, in-room coffee makers, a common use area kitchen, free laundry facilities and continental breakfast. The Carolina Inn Bungalows are 2 and 4 bedroom units. Pets are allowed but there is a non-refundable pet fee.

However, on-post temporary lodging may be available, provided by the Airborne Inn, which has three separate guest houses: the Leal House which offers pet-friendly rooms, the Delmont House, and the Normandy House. The Inn also has three transient lodges including Mardy Hall, Moon Hall, Forrestal Hall and Distinguished Visitor's Quarters. Most quarters offer a microwave, refrigerator, hairdryer, and high-speed Internet service. PCSing personnel may occupy temporary housing up to 10 days in general and more, with approval. Although Leal House does have pet-friendly rooms, they are limited, and if not available, a Non-Availability slip won't be issued; kenneling will be required. Call 910-396-7700 for more information about the Airborne Inn.

If you’re ready to move into housing, the on-post Housing Office can be reached at 866-253-1217 for more information. On-post housing at Fort Bragg is pet-friendly and managed by Corvias.

Another other option for housing is to live off-post, outside of Fayetteville. “The median home value in Fayetteville is $111,500. Fayetteville home values have gone up 0.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.6% within the next year…The median price of homes currently listed in Fayetteville is $135,000.” Zillow reported.

According to Trulia, the median rent in Fayetteville is $883, which is about 4 percent lower than the national average. Renters make up just over 51 percent of all households.

Other suburban areas include Hope Mills, Spring Lake, Raeford, Pope Field, Rockfish, Stedman, and Eastover. Zillow reports, “The median home value in Hope Mills is $140,200. Hope Mills home values have gone up 0.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.7% within the next year…The median price of homes currently listed in Hope Mills is $174,900.”

If you’ve made a PCS move with the military packing you out, a bonus is not worrying about storing your personal belongings while you’re looking for a place to live. Your household belongings may take longer to get to you, but your items can be stored for you if they arrive while you are still looking for housing.

If you’ve made this as a personal move, chances are you didn’t bring everything with you that you owned in your previous home. If you need to pick up a few items for your new home, Yelp has a list of the "Best 10 Thrift Stores in Fayetteville, NC". There is also the usual assortment of Target and Wal-Mart stores in the area as well, so finding your favorite brands of everything shouldn’t be a problem.

If you’re bringing a family pet along with you on this move, the Fort Bragg Veterinary Center provides routine care services. The clinic does privately owned animal surgeries and serves active duty military and their families, as well as reservists, including National Guard and Coast Guard.

Make sure you start getting plugged into your new community as soon as you can. Fort Bragg Family & MWR has a Facebook page to follow.

If you have young children that may need care because of your work schedule, be sure to look into Fort Bragg’s Child Development Centers (CDC). The CDC’s are on-post childcare centers offering full-day, part-day and hourly care for children, in nationally accredited environments. Active duty military personnel, reservists on active duty and DOD contractors at Fort Bragg are eligible for this program.

But your new life in Fayetteville can’t revolve around what’s on-post. Get out and live like a local! When you get a chance, check out the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. Cape Fear Botanical Garden delights the eye and the heart, from the stark, sculpted beauty of the winter forest to the exuberant masses of summer flowers. The 80-acre urban forest provides nature trails, a natural amphitheater, steep ravines sheltering unusual plants, and a varied riparian terrain which steps from open pine forest down hardwood slopes to a lush riverbank. Ponds, pools and waterways, lodged like jewels in a brooch, attract birds and other fauna and provide habitat for aquatic plants.

If something historical is more your style, check out the 1897 Poe House. This Edgar Allan Poe was born in Fayetteville and, although he shared the same name as the famous writer of the macabre, this Poe was a local businessman. Tours of the house highlight women's roles, African-American history, children's roles, and technological, economic, and social changes in southern North Carolina and the country during that era.

If you’re still looking for more of what Fayetteville is like, follow PCSMoves on Pinterest and check out our, “How To PCS Like A Pro,” and our, “Life in Fayetteville, NC,” boards.

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