Diane has let us glimpse into her lovely home. Thank you so much, Diane!
What military installation is your home located on?
Vogelweh Air Base
What area of the country is your home located in (i.e. Bavaria, Hessen, Baden-Wurttemberg)?
Kaiserslautern, Rheinland Pfalz (considered a state in Germany)
What is the name of the housing area in which your home is located?
Generally speaking, most on-post homes are approved for occupancy based on military or government rank. If you would like, please provide the range of ranks that your home is approved for?
Senior Enlisted Housing
What DoDDS schools are your home districted for? Is there a school bus system available?
Kaiserslautern (Elementary, Middle and High). Students that live on base are not bussed, they walk to school. However, there are indeed buses that bring kids back and forth from neighboring villages.
The villages that are slotted to go to K-Town schools:
Kaiserslautern School Zone
Dansenberg, Morlautern, Erzenhausen, Niederkirchen, Erzhutten, Olsbruecken, Espensteig, Pfeiffermuehle, Eulenbis, Stelzenberg, Kaiserslautern City, Sulzbachtal, Kaiserslautern-Engelshof, Trippstadt, Kreimbach, Wiesentahlerhof, Moelschbach, Woersbach, Vogelweh School Zone, Einsiedlerhof, Krickenbach, Forsthaus-Einsiedlerhof, Linden, Geiselberg, Queidersbach, Heltersberg, Rodenbach, Hermersberg, Schopp, Hohenecken, Siegelbach, Horbach, Steinalben, Hoeheinoed, Thaleischweiler, Kaiserslautern-Vogelweh, Waldfischbach, Kindsbach, Weilerbach
** Students living in the Vogelweh Zone who are in Grades 6-8 will attend the Kaiserslautern Middle School and students in Grades 9-12 will attend the Kaiserslautern High School **
Please describe the “feel” of your neighborhood (i.e. pet-friendly, child-friendly, level of safety, friendly neighbors, spacious, etc.)
The neighborhood is a quiet one. There children that play outside mostly are are at the parks or the basketball court. The streets are short besides the main road that runs into the school and walkway bridge, which is quite busy during the school months. It is pet friendly as Germany itself is known to be. I do generally feel safe living in our neighborhood but I never underestimate the safeguards we should put upon our children. Living on base does not mean a child should be able to run free without proper guidance. The houses do have yards but they are small. The qualm of living on base for me has always been the fact that your neighbors are CLOSE. I would enjoy a bit more space.
Please describe the style of your home (i.e. detached home, duplex, apartment, age of the home, etc.)
Our home a townhouse style home that is at the end of a 3 house spread. We moved in when it was about 2 years old. It is totally modern for military housing and the backyard has an extremely tall wall that allows for complete privacy.
Please provide general information about your home such as square footage, number of bedrooms and baths, number of stories/levels, special amenities, etc.
Our home has two stories, 4 bedrooms, a kitchen, extended living room, separate dining room (we use for an office & guest area), laundry room, 2.5 baths, a full garage with storage room, and two attics. Our favorite feature in the home are the kitchen drawers…they do not slam shut. They is a mechanism that stops them about an inch from closing and then slowly guides into place. It always amazes our guests. Plus, the privacy wall is a definite winner since it is unique to our home as opposed to others in the neighborhood!
What places of services are available near your home such as restaurants, shops, commissary, playgrounds, parks, etc.?
I shop at the Vogelweh Commissary since it is on our side of housing and love the convenience and set up. Also on Vogelweh is the Dry Cleaners & Laundrette, USO office, Galaxy Theater, Chapel, Vogelweh Community Center with Frijole’s Mexican Restaurant located inside, Vogelweh Teen Center, Vogelweh Library, Mom’s Video Store, Gym, Burger King, Popeye’s Bowling Center with Strike Zone Snack Bar & Subway located inside, and the Kazabra Club. Pulaski Barracks is also located on Vogelweh which belongs to the Army and houses Army Community Services, 24hour Shopette, Chapel, Pulaski Auto Skills/Car Wash, Thrift Store, Outdoor Rec, and Child and Youth Services. Pulaski also has a huge park where gazebos can be rented through Outdoor Rec for parties/events at $50 per day. Another station attached under Vogelweh is Kapaun Air Station. Kapaun is the home Vehicle Registration, Kapaun Auto Skills, Barber Shop, School Age Services Before & After Care, Recycling Center, and dining facility. There a few playgrounds throughout the housing areas.
How is parking provided for your home?
Housing residents are assigned one parking spot in their driveway, with other spots on a first come first serve basis.
Is there any yard space or outdoor spaces provided for your home?
Front yard is a hard name to give our ‘front yard’. It is so small, but at least it is a yard, so I don’t complain. There is a basketball court a few houses down that provides the children with a great place to play close to home.
What do you feel is special about your home or neighborhood – what makes it feel like “home” here in Germany?
Obviously, being on base is the closest to “home” as we have seen. However, I am firm believer in making a home wherever you are. I still decorate my home for the holidays that I enjoy. I also, love to entertain which always makes a house feel like a home when we are so far away from loved ones.
What housing expenses are included with on-post housing (i.e. utilities, rent, appliances, etc.)
Housing expenses include some of the basics…electricity, water, sewage/garbage, maintenance. Phone, Internet, and cable are not included and are at the tenant’s discretion to secure these amenities.
Are you satisfied with the maintenance services provided by your on-post housing organization?
The housing maintenance has been stellar since we have moved into the base housing. Usually I have a maintenance worker at my home within a day for any issue that comes up with the house. They do routine checks on the major appliances as well as beautification upkeep.
Finally, what advantages and disadvantages do you feel have been your experience living on a military post here in Germany?
Advantages for living on base has been the convenience that it brings. My children have a two minute walk to school, all the necessary services my family needs are located within minutes drive. Living behind military gates does bring somewhat of a safety factor in a foreign country. It’s also safe to assume that neighbors are in similar situations living overseas so that neighborly vibe with those who speak the same language is an added bonus.
Disadvantages of living on base is space…yard space, room space, storage space. Also, most neighbors are in super close proximity. That can lead to disagreements on noise level, invasion of space, etc. In other cases, I have heard from some families that living on base doesn’t motivate them to venture outside the gates. Exploring the surroundings is one the major benefits of living overseas. However, if you spend your time behind the gates because it’s convenient to where you live, you end up missing out on an adventure of a lifetime!