Osan Air Base Housing – Jirisan Tower

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Kassia has given us a glimpse into her lovely home on Osan Air Base.  Thank you, Kassia!

CONTRIBUTED BY KASSIA REEDY

Hello Korea Ye readers! I’m Kassia… here with my family living on Osan AB about 40 miles south of Seoul. We are still new here (only about 3 months), and I’ve been promising to write for the blog for months… Here I am, finally!

There are so many things about the Osan AB area I could write about (I promise more posts as I learn more and adventure more!), but information about housing is always what people search for first. So here we go…

Are you ready?!

Okay. Wait.

First, I have to say a few things.

  1. I am the world’s worst interior decorator…
  2. I attempted to clean up before I took these pictures, but then I got distracted by cookies…
  3. If something is dirty and unkempt, we’ll blame it on these little mini-humans I have living with me, called children… they are akin to wild animals and refuse to keep anything clean. Clearly, it’s all their fault…

Okay, now that we have those things out of the way.

Welcome to my home.

What military base is your home located on?

Osan Air Base.

What area of the country is your home located in?

Area 5? Gosh I should know this …

What is the name of your neighborhood in which your home is located?

Osan doesn’t have neighborhoods so much as tower complexes. There are only a handful of townhouses for GOs, the Wing Commander, etc. The rest of the military family housing is tower-based. There are three family housing towers: Jirisan (jeer-ee-san), Hallasan (hall-a-san) and Seoraksan (sa-rock-san). The tour I’m going to give you today is a Jirisan 3-bedroom apartment.

Generally speaking, most on-base 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?

The towers themselves aren’t necessarily divided by rank… each tower has a mix of enlisted and officer, but the size apartment you get will likely depend on both your sponsor’s rank AND  how many dependents you have along with their age difference and gender.  For example, a married O3 with no kids may rate a 3 bedroom apartment; while a married E5 with two little girls ages 2 and 3 may rate a 2 bedroom apartment… and a married E6 with a boy and a girl may rate a 3 bedroom. As well, a lot will depend on availability in the towers. People come and go all months of the year… we have only been here 3 months and I’ve had 2 neighbors move out already. They turn these houses quickly… one family moved out and within 4 days, the new family was in.

For specifics regarding housing, please contact Osan’s Housing Management Office. http://www.housing.af.mil/osan/

 What DoDDS school district is your home attached to?  Is there a schoolbus system available?

All on base school-aged kids go to either Osan American Elementary school, Osan Middle School ,or Osan American High School. All students that live on-base walk. The three towers are all relatively close to the schools. Only off-base students are bussed in.

There is also a large population of home school families. The DoDDs schools here on Osan do a really impressive job of supplementing the home school programs. For more specifics there’s an Osan Homeschoolers FB page

Please provide general information about your home such as square footage, number of bedrooms and baths, number of stories/levels, special amenities, etc.

I’m not sure of the exact square footage of the house – I know, fat-lotta good I am right? But, one of the floor plan pictures on the AF housing website lists a Hallasan 3 bedroom as about 1741 sq feet and a 4 bedroom with approximately 2302 sq feet. I would assume that these are roughly the same tower to tower. The housing website (linked above) has pictures with floor plans, which is really helpful. I will say, though, that their pictures are deceiving and make the apartments look small, thin and strange. I’ve attached some pictures throughout that will hopefully help a little…

So, in my unit I have 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. Here’s my floor plan.

Korea--OSAN HOUSING floorplan--Koreaye.com

Let’s take a little tour shall we?

Welcome. Here’s our front door. Meet my dog, Didi. After we adopted her from the rescue organization we thought “oh cute name. Didi! Like Didi-doodle” We later discovered it was DD, for Devil Dog. Well crap. But we love her (most days) and she’s a good dog (most days).

Korea--OSAN HOUSING entrance--Koreaye.com

This is a view of the foyer/entry hall, etc. Yay for the hall closet that actually fits all our puffy winter coats (you’ll need these folks! It gets cooold here) & boots & snow pants. Also junk. Our Wii Rockband set up is in here…because, well, because it made sense at the time and I don’t feel like moving it now.

Boo for the fact that here is no electric outlet in the entry hall. So no plug for your Scentsy warmer or a cute little lamp or anything…but maybe that’s just a me-thing.

Korea--OSAN HOUSING entrance--Koreaye.com

When you come into the foyer and walk in the house, you can turn left (living rooms – yes my layout is the opposite of the floor plan pic… they flip-flop the layouts so no one’s bedroom backs up to another person’s living area – or maybe it’s for shared plumbing or wiring or something else logistically important, but I’m saying they did it for privacy-sake. Yep, going with that).

This is the living area. The living area and bedrooms are “carpeted”… it’s really more like an indoor/outdoor carpet. It’s the opposite of plush, but I’m sure it holds up quite well. A lot of people bring (or buy) large Oriental rugs to add some color and comfort.  Also please keep in mind that I’m using a wide-angle lens here. I wanted to get the WHOLE room in one picture. Because I’m shooting wide (about 16mm), it distorts the edges just a tad and makes the room look slightly larger than it really is. According to the layout, this room is roughly 16×20.

Korea--OSAN HOUSING living room--Koreaye.com

My take… it’s bigger than we expected (I’m reserving that comment for this room only). You can comfortably fit almost any living room set up here. Both walls (the one where my TV is set up) and the one opposite (where Didi’s head is facing) are set up for TV/Cable, so you can choose whichever suits you best.

Now for the kitchen (lots of pics here for you). It’s relatively small and there are NO garbage disposals. However, we do have all American-style appliances and I like the open floor plan. So while messing around in kitchen I can still keep an eye on the boys in the living room.

This kitchen is made for people averaging, oh 6’4 in height…I can maybe reach the bottom two shelves in these top cupboards. So bring a step stool if you’re short-ish like me.

Korea--OSAN HOUSING kitchen--Koreaye.com

Here’s another view. Notice, I have a whopping TWO drawers. Yes, two. One, two… that’s it. This was a bit of a challenge.

Korea--OSAN HOUSING kitchen view--Koreaye.com

Cool thing? I really like the under-cabinet lighting…and there are plenty of electrical outlets along the walls for your stuff. Space? Maybe not-so-much, but outlets, yes!

Here’s a shot of the two lower cabinets on either side of the stove. Two lazy-susans. That’s pretty handy…

Korea--OSAN HOUSING oven--Koreaye.com

Here’s the view of the pantry-ish thing next to the fridge. Beware, these shelves are very DEEP. So be prepared to dig for your canned goods and/or bring/buy some kind of organization device. I am the opposite of organized when it comes to the kitchen so clearly I have not figured this out. Notice our trash can IN the pantry. If you look at the layout, there’s really not a GOOD place to put a larger kitchen trash can. Some people put it under the sink or in the little walk way between the kitchen and dining room, but this just worked for us.

Korea--OSAN HOUSING pantry--Koreaye.com

Speaking of dining room. Here it is. That’s my oldest. I think he was attempting homework, but really he was peppering me with questions, “Why are you taking all these pictures of the house? What are you doing?”

That there is a small IKEA Bjursta table and 5 Henriksdal chairs. The table is pretty thin, width-wise. If you have a very large dining room set, it may be a tighter fit.

Korea--OSAN HOUSING dining room--Koreaye.com

Oh! Also, if you’re not going to put a rug down in the dining area, those felt things that go on the bottom of the chairs will be helpful. Otherwise it’s a loud scraping noise as chairs move around. When it’s quiet in my house (which is almost NEVER) I can hear chairs moving in the apartment above me.

This is a view of the whole living/kitchen/dining complex from my deck door. That’s my youngest. Not quite sure what he’s doing there. Notice the crown-molding… I thought this was a nice touch – one that you don’t find in most government housing. Also the ceiling fan… there are ceiling fans in the dining room, living room, and each bedroom. They are controlled (power and speed) by in independent switch on the wall, so no reaching up to yank on the cord. Helpful! Also the recessed lighting in both the living and dining room is on a fader switch.

Korea--OSAN HOUSING living room--Koreaye.com

Each unit has a balcony. It’s small, so a small table/chair set is about all that will fit (the door opens OUT which is why it’s hard to fit everything). On the plus side, each unit has a pull-down screen, so when it’s nice outside you can open your door, secure it with the latch outside, pull down your screen and you have a breeze with no bugs.

You are authorized to have a grill. Housing regulations stipulate that it’s a propane grill only – no charcoal. No you can’t ship your propane, but they have tanks for sale at the exchange.

Korea--OSAN HOUSING balcony--Koreaye.com

Korea--OSAN HOUSING grill--Koreaye.com

Okay, now we’re headed down the hallway. First door on my right is the laundry/storage room.

Korea--Osan washroom--koreaye.com

Once again this is bigger than I expected. There is a decent amount of room for your extra stuff here. Granted, if you’re coming from a huge house with a basement and shed and 6 extra bedrooms… this is miniscule. But, overall, this was unexpected (for me at least).

Korea--OSAN HOUSING storage--Koreaye.com

Korea--OSAN HOUSING closet--Koreaye.com

A counter and more cabinet space. And, OH LOOK!, drawers! There they are…and ignore the dirty laundry tower…

Korea--OSAN HOUSING laundry--Koreaye.com

Moving on down the hall…first door on the left. This is one of the three bedrooms. We put our kiddos together and used this one as a “guest” bedroom, but really who am I kidding, it’s a junk room. Notice the turkey fryer from Thanksgiving. This is also where we put our dog crate, my husband’s crocs, blah blah – okay junk room you get it.

Korea--OSAN HOUSING junk room--Koreaye.com

And here we’ve got the kiddos room. Don’t make fun of the arsenal of Nerf weapons… they annoy the ever-living snot out of me, but my boys (to include the husband) love them fiercely. So, they made the trip. Yay! We are using that square shelving unit with the red and blue baskets as a dresser to save a little space, but you get the idea.

Korea--OSAN HOUSING children's room-Koreaye.com

Korea--OSAN HOUSING bedroom--Koreaye.com

If you are planning on doubling-up your kiddos in one room, consider bringing a long closet tension rod (or some other type of shelving/organization to create space for more clothes).  We bought this one at the exchange and it BARELY fit (we ended up having to rig it a little). All closets have just the ONE bar up high.

Korea--Osan Housing bedroom closet--Koreaye.com

Moving to the hall bathroom. (Hi! That’s me with camera in front of my face.) It’s pretty standard. The toilet and shower are in a separate room. The toilet/shower room is pretty dark, but there’s not much you can do about that I gather… something about ballasts.

Korea--OSAN HOUSING bathroom--Koreaye.com

Here’s the master. I do believe this is where my interior decorating skills really SHINE.

That was sarcasm by the way…

This is the one room where I really feel the space pinch. We left our armoire in permanent storage anticipating this, but it’s tough to find the space for larger bedroom sets.

Korea--OSAN HOUSING master bedroom--Koreaye.com

Korea--OSAN HOUSING master bedroom --Koreaye.com

This is what annoys me most. My dresser doesn’t fit exactly along the wall. My OCD tendencies kick in full force with this… it drives me nuts. But there is really no other place to put this. So, it is what it is. Anyway, keep this in mind when deciding how much furniture to bring. I believe the 4 bedroom units have slightly larger master bedrooms…

Korea--OSAN HOUSING 22--Koreaye.com

And last, but not least… the storage cage. Every apartment has a corresponding storage cage. Here in Jirisan it’s on the same floor out by the elevators. Each unit comes with a padlock that’s pre-keyed to match your house key. Handy! Ours is there in the middle… (I took this several days after the previous pictures… notice the turkey fryer finally made it into the cage! Huzzah!). Not all cages are created equal, so keep that in mind. The one to the right of ours is considerably smaller as it’s at the end and is a strange triangle shape. You will be able to store some of our extra stuff in these, but it’s far from spacious. Also, consider bringing shelving (not huge stuff) & bungy cords… they will help when looking for creative places to put your things.

Korea--OSAN HOUSING Jirisan Tower storage--Koreaye.com

What places or services are available near your home such as restaurants, shops, commissary, playgrounds, parks, etc.?

Osan is what they call a ‘walking base’, meaning just about everything is in walking distance. If you’re a command sponsored family, you are authorized one car. (Second cars can be authorized with a waiver, but your sponsor will need to go through their chain of command for this.)

I LOVE this part of living here. I love that everything is close. I love that my husband drives our car to and from work everyday and we fill up the tank MAYBE once a month (more if we’re out adventuring of course).

How is parking provided for your home?

Hallasan and Jirisan share a parking garage. It’s actually a four level garage with the 2nd and 3rd levels reserved specifically for tower residents. Each apartment has one designated parking spot in the garage. The 1st level and the top level of the garage are public parking.

Korea--OSAN HOUSING tower parking--Koreaye.com

I believe Seoraksan has a large parking lot for resident vehicles.

Is there any yard space or outdoor spaces provided for your home?

There is a large playground in front of the Seoraksan tower, I believe it’s known as Mustang Valley. Also, there’s a new fenced-in dog park in the same area.

Jirisan tower has two very, very small playgrounds next to the building that are suitable for small children. The more popular play area for older kids is behind Hallasan tower. It’s much larger and there are about six swings for the kiddos.

Other than these areas, there isn’t a whole lot of green space for kids to run and play. However, my kids have taken their bikes onto the top of the parking garage to ride around (supervised of course) … and when it snowed they were able to run around and have a snowball fight with daddy up there… It’s not ideal, but it works. You make do.

What housing expenses are included with on-base housing (i.e. utilities, rent, appliances, etc.)

Since its government housing, you aren’t billed for electric or water. If you plug your coaxial cable into the wall, you’ll automatically get about 10 channels of AFN – for additional channels you pay through the contractor at the exchange (in the concessionaire mall). They are the same people that can set up your internet and VOIP phone. A basic phone line is free (it’s an off-base number and it’s free to call locally) – they have other plans you can choose from that will add long-distance calling, a US number, etc.

As well, the government will provide you with loaner furniture for up to 90 days as you PCS in and as you PCS out. It’s basic, but it’s better than sleeping on the floor. The Airman & Family Readiness Center has a loan locker where you can check out dish packs, iron, coffee pots, toasters, etc. It may take several weeks for your household goods to arrive, so these conveniences help to ease the transition.

Are there any expenses or fees associated with on-base housing?  Are you satisfied with the maintenance services provided by your on-base housing organization?

No additional expenses/fees. Maintenance response is typically very quick, though the language barrier can sometimes be a challenge. Be prepared to be patient.

Finally, what advantages and disadvantages do you feel have been your experience living on a military base here on Korea?

I haven’t lived in an apartment since I was in my college dorms… and that was a long, long, LONG time ago. Needless to say, I was very skeptical when I found out it was ALL apartment living here at Osan, especially because we have two very rambunctious lunatics kids and a smelly wild four-legged-beast dog. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how happy I am in this little abode.  In a nutshell:

 

CONS:

  • Taking the dog out – there was no way around this one. Gone are the days when I wake up, hair askew, fumble blindly for the coffee pot and stumble to the back door to let the dog out back. Now, I wake up, fumble blindly for something to put on my feet (my husbands boots, crocs, slippers, whatever) grab a plastic bag and head out the door…often cursing her as I go. Taking the dog out is my absolute least favorite part of this living situation.
  • I’m terrified of setting off the smoke alarm. So, on top of having zero interior decoration skills, I’m also quite the non-chef. I can make a few things, but I’m still prone to burning the bacon. The fear that comes the instant I smell something burning and think ohmigod-the-entire-10-floors-of-the-building-will-have-to-evac-because-of-me… yeah. That’s a real fear.
  • Base-regulated AC/Heat. I miss being able to adjust my own thermostat. For us, it’s more of an issue in the summer when I really want to crank up the AC – or when they turn the AC off at the end of September, but there’s a hot spell in October. Sweating at night is just no fun.
  • All housing is close enough to the flight line that… uhm… WHAT DID YOU SAY?! Oh the planes are flying… WHAT?! I can’t hear you! If you’ve lived on a base with a very active flight line, you will be used to this… if not… it can get a little loud (more so with the windows open).

 

PROS:

  • I love the trash chute. Is that weird? No more waking up at 5am thinking, “OH MY GOD I MISSED TRASH DAY!” Nope. And it’s close to our door, so it’s an EXCELLENT chore for the kids.
  • If it’s raining or frigid-cold outside, my kiddos can run next door or upstairs to play with friends.
  • Each of the towers has a facebook page, which is actually pretty handy… people helping each other out. Need an egg? Want to offload some boxes? It’s a nice little community.
  • Covered parking. Hello! Both the Jirisan and Hallasan towers share a covered parking garage (keep reading for a little more on that). No, it’s not underground or heated or anything fancy, but in the winter not having to spend 10 minutes scraping your car windows is something to be thankful for.
  • More storage than I expected. Okay, so this doesn’t mean that there’s a TON of storage here, but our laundry room is larger than I expected and lined with shelves. It’s great. I love it!
  • Safe. While any base is just like a cut of any other community… complete with people who intend to do no-good, I would say I feel this is a safe environment for my children. Lots of parents with smaller children… but a small enough and intimate enough community that my kids (even after only 3 months here) would have trusted adults they could go to in the event of an emergency.
  • Your kids will feel like rockstars. Again, similar to the comment above… it’s a small enough community that you will see people you know everywhere… post office, commissary, exchange, Chili’s, etc. Your kids will love seeing their friends from school everywhere… on the other hand, that means I’ve had days where I’ve looked down and I was wearing beat-up yoga pants, crocs (I KNOWWWW… I knowwww), a t-shirt with holes, and maybe SOME of my hair made it into the hair binder. Yeah. That day. That day you see everyone you know. Okay, maybe this belongs in the CONS column…dang it.
  • Great sense of community. There aren’t a whole lot of families at this base. 90% of our force are unaccompanied service members. There’s a great sense that we’re all in it together. Our spouses all work A LOT… so everyone helps each other out.

That’s the end of my little tour, please feel free to leave specific questions in the comments, I’ll help out as much as I can.

If you’d like to take a look at another unit on Osan, this blogger has given me permission to link to her site. Her home (Hallasan 3 bedroom) is amazing – the decorating is on par with professionals. Beware, her awesomeness knows no bounds and I’m hoping you will feel wildly inspired and not shockingly under-accomplished. I… am waivering right in the middle. Enjoy!!

http://cathgrace.blogspot.kr/2013/12/christmas-open-house-part-1.html

http://cathgrace.blogspot.kr/2013/12/christmas-open-house-part-2.html

PCSing to Osan with young children? Check out Kassia’s childcare post!

38 thoughts on “Osan Air Base Housing – Jirisan Tower

  1. Joseline says:

    Thanks so much for your blog. I just got orders to Osan and am deciding if my husband and daughter should go with me or not. I’ll be a 1st Lt when I go this summer, and my daughter is five. This really helped me a lot! I was wondering what the housing situation would be and how safe people felt and how close they would be. Nothing else on the internet seemed to be current or to have any real information other than generic answers. I am offered a command sponsored position and have to decide in the next week.

    Thanks again : )

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  2. Lesa says:

    Thank you so much for the pictures and info… We are in the process of getting CS for me and our three kids to go with my husband in October (wow run on sentence)! Do the washer and dryers come with the apartments?

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  3. Kassia says:

    Hey Lesa,

    Yes, the washer & dryers do come with the apartments. Also if you end up living off-base, the furnishings management office will deliver them to your apt. 🙂

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  4. Lesa says:

    Ok great! just trying to figure out what to sell, store and take! we have done an overseas move before, but it was before we had kids, or any furnishings! and it was 10 years ago! We are hoping to get on post…

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  5. Joseline says:

    Well Lesa see you there! I will be stationed there as well, in July. I was also offered a command sponsorship and we keep going back and forth. Now leaning toward bringing the husband and daughter with me. I don’t know that I could be away from my daughter for a year!!

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  6. Joseline says:

    One other question, Kassia, did your husband go there first and then you and the kids met up with him? If so, how long after he arrived did you get housing and your HHG? And did you just stay at your previous base until then?

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  7. Lesa says:

    Joselin! Take your family… I have friends that think i am crazy for wanting to take my kids to Korea… I couldn’t imagine being separated from my husband for a year intentionally! Osan will definitely be interesting.. We are in the Army, and being stationed at an AFB… I have only heard great things about Osan. So we are excited… Just hoping everything clears ok!

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  8. Marisa Bergeson says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to do this! My husband, and daughter and myself will be there in April. I’m currently in the process of deciding what to take and what to store! How helpful to see the average space I will be working with. We are so excited and here all the best things about Life at Osan!

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  9. Kassia says:

    Joseline! I’m so sorry I just now saw this… Yes we were approved concurrent travel. But we PCSd during off-season (October). If your’e coming during high PCS season I’m not sure if it will change things or not. The lodge here (Turumi) was built about 10 years ago. I know that prior to that they weren’t approving concurrent travel because there was no place for the families to go. We even brought out dog with us and they have a few rooms that are pet-friendly.

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  10. Kassia says:

    Hi Marisa! So glad this was helpful! We’ve been here four months now and are really enjoying it. I’m working on a few more posts for the site (regarding Osan) so hopefully you’ll have some more information soon!

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  11. Kassia says:

    Lesa, we had the same issue… people gave us the crazy-eye looks when we said we were taking the fan to Korea. It’s definitely a big change from living in the states, but with a little perseverance and a good attitude, you will have a lot of fun here.

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  12. Valentina says:

    Thank you for the information! It helps to see the furniture in the apartment. I appreciate the time you spent on these questions. See you in 4 months

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  13. Joseline says:

    I have another question which I just cannot find the answer to…regarding medical care. So before I got orders to Osan, we were thinking of having another child this year (my one daughter is 5). Osan seems like the last place where an Active Duty officer wants to have a baby, with all the exercises, gas masks, mopp gear, etc! That’s part of why we said ok I’ll do one year and my husband will stay behind, but now we want to stick together, which means 2 years there. What has anyone heard about the OB care there, and have you even seen any pregnant active duty females since you have been there? If not I guess I will just stay with my one child, because I’m not getting younger, and the opportunity is just never there to do it! I had her right before I joined so I didn’t have to do all this calculating. I just don’t want to be “that girl” who is the only military member who thinks of getting pregnant in Korea and then has to be away so much for medical care that they think they wasted their time sending me there. So much to think about and this is the only place I feel safe asking about this.

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  14. Kassia says:

    Hi Joseline! I’ve seen a few pregnant active duty around here! Maybe not as many Active Duty, but for sure there are lots of babies born here in Korea. For routine prenatal and OB care, there is a Women’s Health clinic here at the 51 MDG. However, there are no L&D services, so all routine L&D is done at the 121 Clinic up on Yongsan Army Garrison (in Seoul… about 65km from here… about 1-1.5hour drive). All high-risk prenatal care is done at the 121 and emergency deliveries are done at off-base hospitals. According to the Spouse Orientation briefing done by the MDG last month all routine care up to 32 weeks can be done here at Osan – weeks 36+ are at the 121.

    The only other thing to think about when having a baby overseas is timing regarding paperwork and your DEROS. Getting the new baby’s CRBA (or whatever they give her in Korea) and passport takes some time. So be sure to build in a bit of a window if you’re pushing the pregnancy towards the end of your tour 🙂

    If you’re comfortable with the FB thing, I believe there is a FB page called ‘Pregnant in Osan’ (it’s a closed group that you have to request acceptance to).

    I hope this helps some… I know it’s a really hard decision to make.

    Good luck!!

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  15. Irma says:

    Me and my husband with my 3 kids are PCS this coming May! we don’t have any idea for a place to live! Is it better to wait until you get there to look for a place?

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  16. Irma says:

    Me and my husband with my 3 kids are PCS this coming May! we don’t have any idea for a place to live! Is it better to wait until you get there to look for a place?

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  17. Irma says:

    Hi Ms Kassia! We are moving there at osan air force base this May and so worried about the move because it’s our very first PCS. I need help on what i need to do and what i will be expecting there. Thank yo so much for the help!

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  18. Kassia says:

    Hi Irma,

    Are you coming command sponsored (CSP) or non-command sponsored? That’s the first question… The second is, are you Air Force? If you’re CSP Air Force you’ll look at base housing first. The new rule is you are required to take on base housing unless they can’t offer you something for whatever reason (large family size — like 6+ kiddos or no availability). If you’re non CSP or Army (stationed at Osan) you’ll probably be looking off base first. Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions. Also check out the Korea Ye FB forum which is a great place to ask questions! https://www.facebook.com/groups/koreaye/

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  19. Uriah says:

    Hi!

    I’m currently trying to come to Osan on CSP with my wife and daughter, FROM another overseas location. Your house looks pretty spacious. Is this the same layout that an E5 in the AF would get? Also, would you recommend leaving any furniture in storage?

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  20. Kassia says:

    Hi Uriah,

    Housing assignment is based on a combination of rank and family size. Do you have kiddos? That will come into play when they determine the size house they’ll offer you. Determining what to leave in storage is tough… if you have a lot of oversized pieces you may want to consider leaving those behind… but we’ve found that, the majority of the stuff we left, we could have brought. The master bedroom is where we’ve felt the biggest space pinch. Good luck!

    K

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  21. Rena says:

    Thanks so much for posting this! We are moving to Osan this July 2014 CSP. I’m so glad I found your blog. It’s very helpful in helping me plan our move. I do have one question. I want to sell out current master bedroom suite and I so badly want to convert to a king size bed. In your opinion, would you absolutely not bring a king? We just got our daughter a puppy for Christmas (before finding out about orders) and now I’m dreading the consistently having to take the dog out part!!!

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  22. Kassia says:

    Hi Lesa,

    Kindergarten is full-day on base 🙂 They just sent out an email announcing kindergarten registration. As soon as you get your orders I would try to give the school a call. The registrar can email you the forms so you can get started early (you can also upload them into the dodea system). You’ll still need to visit the registrar as soon as you get here to finish any missing paperwork and to show her the kiddos’ passports. http://www.dodea.edu/Pacific/Korea/OsanAB/OsanAmericanES/

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  23. Chris Harwell says:

    Hi Kassia! Seeing all your pics have really helped. We should be arriving mid August and it is command sponsored. We have 2 dogs we are bringing. One is a bulldog. How did you take your dog over? Were you able to fly the Patiot Express and take them. We will be coming from San Antonio, TX. Any info on flying with them will be appreciated!!! Look forward to meeting you:)

    Chris Harwell

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  24. Hannah says:

    Hi Kassia,
    Thanks you so much for your blog!!! It was very helpful for us to understand Osan base housing better. We are also moving to Osan this August with two kids, 14 years old daughter and 9 years old son. We will get one of these 3 towers and wonder what advantages and disadvantages are for each tower. We will have a 4 bedrooms apartment. How do you compare these towers to the town houses? I heard townhouses are older but have nice yards. Any advice you can offer on the base housing will be appreciated. Thanks so much! 🙂

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  25. kim says:

    we are in Germany and want to PCS to Korea next. It’s so expensive here. How is the exchange rate in Korea? And are nannies fairly cheap to hire?

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  26. Kassy says:

    This was such a helpful post! Thank you! We have two kids (3&1) and two dogs. We arrive late January. I’m most worried about the living conditions for the dogs. Do you have any additional info about the proximity of dog parks or even dog walkers for hire?! Our dogs have always had a yard and I’m feeling very anxious about all the indoor time they have ahead of them. Any help or advice you have will be appreciated.

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  27. Jessica D says:

    Thank you so much for sharing and opening up your home to us! We are PCS-ing here/there in April ’15. It’s my first move, although he’s been twice before. I love all the info you shared, and it’s so helpful to look at a picture. It makes me feel less stressed!

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  28. Christi B says:

    What dies the dog area look like? Is it a shirt walk away? I assume so, but wanted to get the low down on how it worked letting the dog out to potty? Does that mean every time we are in the elevator there will likely be a dog with us? How do they get around dog fights? We have a pug and he’s a sweetie pie but he’s been attacked by bigger dogs so I’m a bit freaked out about how the process works.
    We are coming from Alaska so I know the winter will be easy for us (it’s currently negative thirty here) lol but I’m dreading the summers. Are box fans easy to come by there or do I need to find some before our overs come?
    I noticed you have bottled water. Does the water there taste bad? I am kind if a water snob after living here so I was contemplating getting a system. Do you have it delivered or haul it up yourself? Any tips on wheelie carts or contraptions I should bring from here to help facilitate the hauling in of the groceries? We live on a small farm here so it’s going to be a huge change for us, but one that we are looking forward to. I welcome any suggestions you might have and thank you!!

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  29. Christi B says:

    Jessica D, we come in April too! Can’t wait!! Same here as the hubby has been two or three times but this is our first time there. We have pcs’d many times though. The key is to laugh at all of the craziness, go with the flow, and be excited through every crazy part of it. Congrats on a new assignment. Maybe we will see you there. Probably so as the base is so tiny!!

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  30. Christine says:

    Hi Christi – I’m passing your Osan specific questions on to Sibo to see if she can help you – watch for that reply soon! As for the box fans – the PX will usually have a good amount, or local electronic markets. The water is drinkable, but I’d say about 80 percent of households either used bottled water or have a water delivery system. That can be set up on post or through a realtor. For grocery carting, any sort of wheelie device or basket is handy. I live in a high-rise in Seoul, so I always end up using my son’s old stroller for the trek from parking garage to apartment. Hope that helped!

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  31. sibo says:

    Hi Christi,
    I don’t have pets and live off base but I am told the dog park is next to the tower housing. It is basically a fenced off grassy area.
    Aggressive breeds are banned here too like at most bases and your dog must be on a leash unless in the dog park. So I’d think if you had your little guy close to you in the elevators it should not be a problem. Dogs aren’t allowed to run loose in the towers. Or you or they can just take the next elevator down. There is also a kennel near the main gate that has a play area too. Accoding to their FB page “Osan Boarding Kennel”, they have separate playtime for small dogs and large dogs. And aggressive dogs are prohibited.
    Lastly there is a tiny strip of grass fenced off near temporary family housing. It’s a bit far from the towers but is usually empty.

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  32. JM says:

    Hi Kassia and thanks for the pictures and the detailed tour of the apartment. It looks nice!
    One question though, apart from the nearby planes, how is the noise isolation in Osan’s apartments? Where I currently live, I can hear my neighbors’ steps from the unit UNDER me, while I’m taking a shower. Needless to say, I’m always afraid of making too much noise for them.

    PS: I share the same fire alarm fear. I hate those things!

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  33. Kassia says:

    Hey JM,

    Noise is always a concern when moving into the towers. Here’s what I’ve experienced —

    EXTERNAL NOISE
    Yes, you’re right, we are CLOSE to the flight line and when those jets are flying, we KNOW it. During exercises and such it gets even louder. I tend to be a light sleeper and I can hear the alarms through the night. However, when the windows are closed it’s quite a bit better. My recommendation? Invest in a white noise machine if you’re really concerned about it. Otherwise I wouldn’t say it’s an issue that I think about more than every so often…

    INTERNAL NOISE
    So … much of that strange indoor/outdoor carpet I posted about in the original post is being changed to all tile. As families move out, housing is replacing that carpet with tile. While it’s SO MUCH easier to clean, it does tend to make things like moving furniture and kiddos running up and down the hallway echo a bit more below. I think there’s a little one who rides a trike or something up and down their hallway above me. I can hear that every once in a while. I can hear what sounds like moving furniture, but it’s not too distracting (disclaimer: both my husband and I work full time, so we ARE gone most of the day). But, to put that in perspective, my neighbor across the hall is a concert pianist and practices and teaches and I NEVER hear her from within my house. Yes, If I’m walking down the hallway (outside the apartments) I can hear, but it’s muffled.

    It’s not as bad as I’d thought, but sometimes there are moments that annoy me. If you’re a mid-shifter, night-shifter, swing-shifter, it can be tough too as sometimes on cold/bad-air days the kids tend to play in the hallways. So there is a lot to consider, but overall I’d say it’s not as bad as you’d think.

    Good luck on your move here! Let us know if you have any more questions 🙂

    K

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  34. Tiffany says:

    Why do the photos not work anymore? I was looking forward to getting a general idea, and there’s nothing there.

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  35. Paul says:

    I realize the base can provide a washer and dryer but what if I want to bring my own and not use theirs? Does something say I have to use their washer and dryer?

    We get there in August with my spouse and three boys

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