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. If you live in an on-base house that has not yet been featured on this site, please contact our Submissions Manager for the template.

Here’s a great link to access, too, if you’re on the fence as to whether to live on-base or off-base.


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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.

If you live in on-base housing OR off-base housing that has not been featured on Okinawa Hai, or in housing that has been renovated since its last post, please contact our Content Manager for the on-base housing template and instructions on how to share your little slice of Okinawa with the rest of us.

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  • September 28, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Due to technical difficulties this comment was not saved on our server. We are re-publishing it now to continue the conversation on this post.

    From Dave on 9/19/13:
    “Hello, does anyone know what the square footage of the remodeled places in O’Donnel Gardens is? I’m looking at a house stateside to purchase, but not sure how it compares to what we’re in now. i have a 3 bdr/2.5 bath. Up/Dwon stairs unit.
    thanks, Dave”

    Content Editor
  • May 30, 2013

    I could if that’s allowed.

    • June 1, 2013

      please post them sarah!

      • June 5, 2013

        Where can I do that? Lol. Does anyone know?

  • May 29, 2013

    Would either of you ladies be posting pictures of the updated housing anytime soon? Thanks a bunch!

  • February 25, 2013

    We will be moving in to a multiplex on Camp Shields this week. They have been renovated and have added a “den” where the front patio was. Looks like we will even have carpet. Lots of storage. One of the rooms upstairs is super little but we will work with it. Not the greatest location since there are not a lot of facilities on Camp Shields but we have Kadena less than 5 minutes away. looking forward to moving in. :)

    • May 23, 2013

      We live on Shields. The housing is great, very nice. We love it here. Kadena is a convenient hop and skip away.

  • December 11, 2012

    This needs to be updated, the houses on Shields don’t look at all like this and Shields probably has some of the best housing on Okinawa now.

  • September 30, 2008

    I lived on camp shields from 86 till 91. It was told to me that they constructed a small cement skateboard park near the baseball field and tennis courts. Is this so, because I’ve not been able to find any information on such.

    kevin wilks
  • February 4, 2008

    We’ll need another post about your NEW house!

    A big thanks also for all the shout outs to this blog you do on the Cinchouse forums! Those are super cool!

  • February 4, 2008

    Congrats on your new home off-base! Thanks for giving us a peek into living on Camp Shields and can’t wait to see what your experiences are for you and your family living off-base in Yomitan.

  • February 4, 2008

    Correct, but I believe it will be so worth it. Yomitan is a great area and I love living on the beach.

  • February 5, 2008

    ahhh, I was thinking this is the same Daniela that gives so much great advice from cinchouse! Good luck with your move, sounds amazing to be by the sea!

  • February 4, 2008

    So, if you move from your provided housing to different housing, do you have to move yourself (no military aid)?

  • February 4, 2008

    Well, as you guys now know we found that perfect house on the beach in Yomitan. Couldn’t turn that one down.
    As soon as we move in I post again and share that one too.
    I will miss my storage space however and am now hunting for a linen closet and pantry:)