April 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm
Miyoko posted this on the facebook militarydutystations discussion board:(Personal Data changed in observance of PERSEC)
HOUSING LIST: there are several reps in the housing office. Each one will tell you something different. Some people were told that they could not be added to the list until they actually arrive on the island, while others were added to the list before they arrived. If you want to move into a house quickly, see if you can be added to the list. If you don’t care about moving in quickly, get added to the list once you arrive. Your hotel room and food (TLA) are covered.
LIVING ON/OFF POST: Yes, everything over here is priced high. Check out http://honolulu.craigslist.org/oah/apa/ to see what you can look forward too. We were looking for a 2 or 3 bedroom place in Mililani. Closest city to the base and is nice and clean. Our price range was between $1400 and $1700. Some places cover the water bill in your rent and some even cover up to $100 of the electric bill. Things to keep in mind when living off post:
1. You will be coming to the base to go to the commissary, PX and to see the doctor.
2. Traffic may be bad for your husband to get on base.
3. If you live on base and only have one car, it will be easier for your hubby to find someone to pick him up and/or drop him off when you need the only vehicle you guys have.
4. You have to pay for repairs, and electric and/or water bill and sometimes parking.
5. You must pay a deposit and 1st months rent and possibly a deposit for utilities.
6. Even though you won’t need it most of the time, some places do not come with an AC nor ceiling fans.
7. If you have kids, communities on post have playgrounds.
We decided to live on base, we moved in on 04/14. If we would have stayed off post, we would of had to get a storage unit. The houses on post are very spacious. This is the first time we have lived on base, and so far we don’t have any complaints! Yes they take all of your BAH but. . .
EX: If you are an E-4, BAH is $2016. IF you were to move off post, I estimated that you would have paid around $1650 for rent, $125 for electric, $75 for water, $1850 (plus a storage facility). Still have to pay for cable, internet and possibly a phone. So you would probably end up saving like $166. He would have to fill up his car more often (right now gas is $4.11). If you live on post Time Warner Cable gives you a larger discount than living off.
There are older houses on post that only take 85% of your BAH.
The ride to Ewa Beach can be long. The road to get there is a curvy one lane road. There re some non-passing spots on the road and I believe the speed limit was like 40mph. We went there to visit the first house that sparked our interest. It took us about 20 mins to get there and its seems to be so far away from everything.
“We’ve looked at a few [houes] in Mililani. We found them on Craigslist & AHRN. How they do things here kinda sucks. You will find a place you like then email and/or call them, half of the time they don’t email you back or respond to their VMs. Then they show properties once a week. For example, they will say “Yes it’s available. The next showing is Thursday from 2 to 4.” And when you get there either someone will be leaving when you are arriving, arriving when you are leaving, or there at the same time as you. The agents “say” that they only have 1 property.
Mililani is the closest city to the base. Even though the apartments in Wahiawa are cheaper, Wahiawa is dirty. Also. When you are doing your search, try to get a place where the water is covered. That’s one less bill you will have to pay. ‘