Growing up in the military, I was never fond of living in base housing. Bouncing from coast to coast and island too, my family stayed in base housing only once, while my dad was at a school based in Quantico, so, maybe for only a year. Everyone’s parents worked together all day so it seemed like a chore or mandatory work fun when trying to set up a play group. . .and, at least our family, felt a little closed off from the rest of the Northern Virginia Community staying weeks at a time on base. Of course, like any rental, no fun paint colors or great garden in the back yard and when you leave, no equity. That being said, for some folks it is a great fit, and if you plan to be in our area less than 2 years, renting or living on base are your safest bets financially for our market. Base housing construction, management and renovation has been turned over to a civilian construction firm. Right now, new units are being constructed with an estimated completion date of 2013, which quick math with the troop increase of just under 10,000 due to be completed by 2011. . .you can see things will be tight and waiting lists long. . .as things stand at present, the wait list to get into certain sized homes on Tarawa Terrace is up to six months. . .so, if you aren’t sure of what all of your housing options may be, please give me a call, I’ll help you find the right home. . .
Oh, and the groovy picture reminded me of Chesty, the USMC bulldog mascot, couldn’t resist with Valentine’s Day around the corner!