As a military spouse, I know how stressful it can be to find a place to live at your new base. Everyone has an opinion, and it is hard to truly sort through all the information from thousands of miles away. Often times we just end up living on base until we can see the area for ourselves. However, for families this can make for a hard transition making several moves within a short period of time (like we don’t move often enough!). JTR Property Network takes pride in offering factual information so you can make the best decision for your family. It often surprises me what the facts are versus public perception. (Even my own perception!) Overall, the most popular areas for our local military were: North Bossier City (20%), South Bossier City (17%), and Haughton (13%). Now, let’s take a look at the Top 10 Subdivisions Military tend to Buy in Near Barksdale AFB.
1) Golden Meadows
More military purchased homes in Golden Meadows than any other single neighborhood. Golden Meadows is popular because of its location to base, as well as Shreveport shopping. It is located in South Bossier City, off Barksdale Blvd, so it is a straight shot to base with a right turn into the Main Gate! Golden Meadows also has a wide variety of homes (age, style, and price), that makes it welcoming and affordable for all ranks. You could purchase a home in this neighborhood for as low as $100,000 and could easily push $300,000 with the new homes currently being built by James M Brown Builders. The schools are also popular. This zone includes Bellaire/Curtis Elementary schools, Elm Grove Middle, and Parkway High.
2) Cypress Bend
Cypress Bend has been a favorite for military since the first home went on the market in 2008. Located in North Bossier City off Benton Road, Cypress Bend is almost to Benton. Because of this its school zone starts in Bossier City, currently in Legacy Elementary, and soon to be the brand new Kingston Elementary School. Then it feeds into Benton Middle and High Schools. Cypress Bend is gated, but doesn’t feature any amenities which keeps the HOA dues low. Even though it appears far from base, it is a straight shot down Benton Road to the Main Gate, and many military members find it faster to take the scenic route and drive over and across Swan Lake Road to the North or East Gates. It is hard to get in this neighborhood for less than $200,000, but it is possible.
3) Dogwood South
If you ask me where the most popular places military tend to buy, Dogwood South would be at the top of my list. This gated community has all the features many buyers (both locals and military) are looking for. It is technically in Haughton, so there are no city taxes. It attends Stockwell Place Elementary, Cope Middle, and Airline High; one of the most popular school combinations in our area. It has several amenities that appeal to most people. It features a community pool with clubhouse, playground, tennis courts, walking trails, and even a horse stable! Dogwood South does include a garden district, so it is possible to purchase a home in this community for under $200,000! Easy access to I-20, I-220, and Highway 80, you can literally be in most places in Shreveport/Bossier City 30 minutes or less! Base is 20 minutes or less away, and shopping is even closer!
JTR PRO TIP: Dogwood Park is the original Dogwood community. It is not gated, and has older homes, but that means you can buy a home for as low as $100,000 and can join the Dogwood South HOA for all the amenities! It also attends the same Bossier schools! Click here for homes for sale in Dogwood Park.
4) Savannah Place
Savannah Place is a master-planned community developed by Southern Home Builders. We love Southern Home Builders because their communities are very affordable, and first time homebuyer friendly with their many incentives on new construction homes. The building in Savannah Place is coming to a close, but there are still a few new homes to be found here. It is located in South Bossier City off Barksdale Blvd. It is two right turns to get to the Main Gate (we love efficiency!), and almost a straight shot over the river to Shreveport’s Youree Drive. Students attend Sun City/Curtis Elementary schools, Elm Grove Middle, and Parkway High.
5) Southern Oaks
Southern Oaks is one of the area’s newest subdivisions. It is just a couple years old, but still growing rapidly due to its affordability. Located in Haughton, the drive to base is easy on I-20, but shopping can be bit of a trek. That doesn’t prevent it from making the Top 10 list. Military families tend to buy homes in Southern Oaks because the schools and community are small. Students in this neighborhood would attend Rodes Elementary, Haughton Middle and High schools. Not to mention you can buy a new construction home here for under $120/square foot!
6) Island Park
Island Park in Shreveport, was one of the area’s best kept secrets. Originally marketed as a high end neighborhood along Clyde Fant Parkway, this community has received an affordability make over with DSLD Homes. Where homes were once $150/ square foot, you can now buy for less than $120/square foot! Schools include Riverside Elementary, Youree Middle, and Captain Shreve High. Buyers could purchase a home in Island Park for as low as $189,000, and with builder incentives, these homes are affordable for most ranks. You can’t beat the location with the parkway access. Shreveport-Barksdale Highway bridge provides for a straight shot into the Main Gate.
Lakewood is located in North Bossier City, conveniently nestled between Airline Drive and Swan Lake Road. This makes for a fast commute to base (via Swan Lake) and to shopping on Airline Drive! Even though this neighborhood is nearly 20 years old now, new homes are still being built and many of the existing homes have been updated. Many factors play into the appeal of this established neighborhood. The very large lots provide for plenty of space, and gives a country feel, right at the edge of Bossier City. The schools include W.T. Lewis, Greenacres Middle, and Airline High.
Tiburon is a very popular neighborhood in North Bossier City. I suspect it is 8 on the list, because they literally can’t build the homes fast enough. Also, our data comes from MLS sales, and oftentimes buyers buy direct from the builder. Tiburon consists of two gated neighborhoods: Tiburon and the Villages at Tiburon. Originally, developed to be two distinct neighborhoods, the community and the developer have found themselves banding together as one cohesive community. Annual community yard sales, neighborhood trick or treating, and all around neighborly feel, makes Tiburon one of North Bossier’s most popular neighborhoods all around. You can no longer find a home in Tiburon for less than $200,000. W.T. Lewis Elementary, Cope Middle, and Airline High school zones, is just the icing on the cake.
9) Cypress Place
Cypress Place is a hidden gem in South Bossier City. A newer, gated community off Barksdale Blvd, this neighborhood features park like green spaces with trees. New construction homes were the real drive in military purchases, but now the construction is complete, so resale value is yet to be seen. However, Cypress Place is one of 3 gated communities in South Bossier City where you can still purchase a home for less than $200,000. Schools include Sun City/Curtis Elementary, Elm Grove Middle, and Parkway High.
Broadmoor is a classic neighborhood, and locals favorite too! Located in Shreveport, this neighborhood is very widespread and boast homes with lots of character. Schools vary depending on what part of the neighborhood you live in, but do include AC Steere, Shreve Island, Youree Middle, Broadmoor Middle Lab, and/or Byrd High. Homes in Broadmoor vary from under $100,000 to $300,000+ You can can’t beat the location, and the Mardi Gras Parade route is right along the neighborhood on East Kings Highway!
Surprised by this list? We were too! Neighborhoods often sited that are missing from this list, just barely missed it. Legacy, Shady Grove, Greenacres Place, and Stockwell Place all tied at 11th place for most popular neighborhoods military tend to buy in. So tell us what you think! Where did you buy and why?
Data Caveat: The above list was compiled with information pulled directly from the Shreveport Multiple Listing Service (MLS). This is the cooperative system that local real estate agents use to market their listings to other real estate agents. Without getting too technical (we’ll post a white paper for that!), let me explain our method. We pulled all the sales where the buyer used the VA loan in 2014. We then sorted by subdivisions. The one caveat to this is that purchasing with a VA loan does not reflect all homes purchased by military members. Some buyers may have used other forms of financing. Also, the VA loan is available to all military members (meeting certain criteria) as well as veterans. So not all VA loan purchases in our area may have been active duty.