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Off Base Neighborhoods

Although Montgomery is close by Maxwell AFB, most of the housing is older and smaller. Military families prefer neighborhoods slightly farther away, even if it means a commute to base. Some recommendations are Deer Creek and Providence to the east, or the Prattville area to the northwest of base.

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On Base Housing

There are a variety of housing choices in and around Maxwell AFB. The Maxwell Housing Management Office is a good place to ask questions. Hunt Companies manage the 750 homes between Maxwell AFB and the Gunter Annex which make up Maxwell Family Housing. Base housing includes central AC/Heat, ceiling fans, energy efficient appliances, gated community, 24-hour emergency maintenance services, pest control, and landscaping services.

Schools

Maxwell AFB has a DoD elementary and middle school for Pre-K to 8th grade for Maxwell and Gunter AFB housing residents. On-base Maxwell residents are authorized for Carver Senior High and Gunter residents are approved for Robert E. Lee High School.

Cost of Living and BAH

The cost of living in Montgomery, AL is 8% below the national average. Most military families find the cost of housing to be very reasonable. Maxwell AFB BAH matches the affordable housing in the surrounding area. BAH at Maxwell AFB for enlisted begins at $978 and goes up to $1,485. Maxwell AFB BAH for officers ranges from $1,119 to $1,836.

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Housing Costs

Housing in Montgomery, AL is affordable, so military families will have many options to rent or buy off base if they choose. The median home value in Montgomery is $118,000. Average rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1,124.

Weather

Summers are long and hot in this part of Alabama. The good news is the cold winters are short! Temperatures are highest over the summer months, usually reaching the 90’s. The warmest months are May, June, July, August, and September. During the winter months, temps rarely drop below 25°F. The coolest months are December, January, and February, with an average low of 39°F and a high of 58°F.

Base Amenities

On-base housing provides walk-able neighborhoods with easy access to the community center, parks, a pool, and playgrounds. There are also youth centers, fitness centers, a BX/Commissary, Child Development Center, swimming pools, barber shop, beauty shop, and Post Office.

Area Attractions

Maxwell AFB is close to the Montgomery metro area, with recreational activities, entertainment, dining, shopping, and cultural events to enjoy. Montgomery is known as the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, so history buffs will be especially excited. The Rosa Parks Museum, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and the Alabama State Archives and History Museum are three great museums to start. The Alabama National Fair, during the first week of October, celebrates this deep southern state with a Choral Festival, an In-Flight Frisbee Dog Show & Dock Diving Show, Kachunga & The Alligator Show, Creative Living Center, and many other attractions with lots of fun and enjoyment. The First White House of the Confederacy features civil-war era items donated by the family of Jefferson Davis. Davis was the one and only President of the Confederacy serving from 1861 to 1865. Permanently housed in the Carolyn Blount Theatre, one of the ten largest Shakespeare festivals in the world is based in Montgomery. Productions are staged up to 14 times a year, including up to three Shakespeare productions. Riverfront Park is a popular venue for concerts and other events. There is a splash pad and access to the river for boating. Locals like to pack a picnic lunch and watch the boats go by. For sports fans, there are baseball games at Riverwalk Stadium. Eastbrook Antique Hall features rare antiques and estate-sale finds. The main floor houses antiques, with the second floor set up as a Flea Market. A downtown Montgomery museum dedicated to country star Hank Williams is a favorite of country music fans. This attraction is home to his infamous blue Cadillac, his 1947 Gibson guitar, autographed albums, and his stage costumes.

Food and Drink

Maxwell AFB is in the deep south, so you can enjoy all kinds of favorite Southern foods here: fried chicken, fried pork skins, BBQ ribs, shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, and fresh peach or pecan pie. Montgomery has a good variety of restaurants, so there are plenty of chains and non-Southern options too.

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