On Base Housing, Shields: E4+
Living overseas has its challenges, and a commonly agreed upon one is finding that perfect place to live. To help those of us who are curious about the different options for living on Okinawa, readers have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about on-base housing.
This week, we get a an in-depth look at living on a military base thanks to Daniela, who lives on Camp Shields outside of Kadena Gate 3.
1. What military base and nearest accompanying entrance (aka Gate) is your home located on? Camp Shields
2. What area of the island is your home located on (i.e. North Island, Central Island, etc.)? Central
3. What is the name of the neighborhood in which your home is located? O’Donnell Gardens
4. Generally speaking, most on-base homes are approved for occupancy based on government or military rank. If you would like, please provided the range of ranks that your home is approved for? E-4 and above
5. What DoDDS school district is your home attached to? Is there a school bus system available? Kadena, yes buses
6. Please describe the “feel” of your neighborhood (i.e. pet-friendly, child-friendly, level of safety, spacious, etc.). Very safe, plenty of pets and children. Generally quiet, does sit on the end of the runway however. Sometimes the jet noise gets a little loud.
7. Please describe the style of your home (i.e. detached home, townhome, apartment, duplex, etc.). Multiplex, living downstairs, sleeping upstairs.
8. Please give general information about your home such as age, square footage, number of bedrooms and baths, number of stories/levels, special amenities, etc.).
3 bedrooms, 2 ½ bath, big kitchen, plenty of storage space
9. What places of services are available near your home such as restaurants, parks, shops, commissary, playgrounds, etc.? Small Shoppette on base with video rental, baseball field with playground
10. How is parking provided for your home? 1 spot, another shared with the neighbors, plenty of curbside parking
11. Are there any outdoor spaces or yards provided for your home? Front and back yard
12. What do you feel is special about your home or neighborhood – what makes it feel like “home” here on Okinawa? Out of the way, quiet
13. Generally speaking, on-base housing provides for the costs of rent, utilities, and appliances. Have there been any fees or special expenses that you have had to pay for while living on a military base? Telephone and cable/internet
14. Are you satisfied with the maintenance that is provided for on-base housing?
Very happy, prompt service
15. And finally, please provide any thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of living on a military base here in Okinawa? Also, please feel free to add any COMMENTS that you feel would be helpful to others about living off-base. Living on base seems to be a “no-brainer”; meaning everything is pretty much taken care of. Off post living includes paying utilities, garbage disposal can be difficult, especially for bulk items. The base provides sidewalks etc. for walking, which we all living on Okinawa know, can be difficult to find without driving. We move around the island enough so that we feel we are doing enough “mingling” with the locals.