Corvias Military Living showed off its newly-renovated townhouse to the community during an open house at APG South (Edgewood), Sept. 27, 2017.
Twenty-three rental townhomes were recently renovated with upgrades that include new heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, units; and new major appliances, countertops and light fixtures in the kitchens.
The three-bedroom townhomes, originally built in 1952, include hardwood floors, fenced in backyards, utility sheds and basements.
Corvias Resident Service Specialists Kathy Jones and Anne Fleming led tours and answered questions from visitors during the three-hour event.
One of the main advantages to living on post, Fleming said, is the short commute.
“The majority of the individuals who live in this area bike to work every day,” she said.
Other benefits include 24-hour emergency maintenance services, trash pick-up, free snow removal and lawn mowing services, and free access to the Bayside Community Center, which features a fitness center, a game room, and a multipurpose room with a full kitchen, a swimming pool and a playground.
The townhomes, located near Exton Golf Course, rent for $1,495 per month, including most utilities. They are available to active military, military retirees, government civilians and Department of Defense contractors, with priority given to incoming service members.
John Spillman, with the 20th CBRNE Command, said his family is interested in living on the installation.
“There are a lot of perks to it,” he said. “Around this area is very expensive, and with utilities involved, this is a better deal, that’s what attracted me to it.”
Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Conway, of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, attended the open house with his wife Melinda Conway. They said they plan to tell other military families about the townhomes.
“It’s very quaint, it would be an awesome starter home for people that have small children,” Melinda Conway said. “The hardwood floors are fantastic, and that basement, is to die for.”
New energy conservation program
Jones said the townhomes are set to receive new gas and electric meters as part of the the Live Army Green Program, promoting energy conservation. Under this program, families are only required to pay the difference of the utility costs if they exceed more than 5 percent above the real monthly average utility usage for similar homes in their neighborhood. If the family uses less electricity and gas than the average, they will receive a refund or credit.
Another open house will be held 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 8121 F Everette Road, at APG South (Edgewood). For more information about about living on-post, visit http://apg.corviasmilitaryliving.com/, or call 410-305-1076.