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 in Korea, readers have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about on-base housing. Do you live in an off-base (or on-base) house that you’d like to share with the rest of us? If so, please contact our Submissions Manager to fill out a template.
Jennifer has given us a glimpse into her lovely home in Rex Village, near Camp Humphreys. Thank you, Jennifer!
CONTRIBUTED BY JENNIFER NORRELL
1. What’s the name of the city/village where you reside?
2. What is the nearest military installation and accompanying entrance (a.k.a. Gate) to your home and what is the approximate driving time to that installation/gate?
Camp Humphreys CPX Gate, 5 minutes
3. What DoDDS school district is your home zoned for? Is there a school bus system available?
Elementary: Humphreys Central, Elementary School bus service available
Middle/High School: Humphreys Middle/High School, bus service available
4. What is the nearest highway or main road to your home?
5. Please describe the “feel” of your neighborhood:
Pet-friendly, child-friendly, safe, rural
6. Are there places of service in your neighborhood within walking distance?
Small “mom/pop” convenience store
7. Please describe the style of your home?
Westernized 3 story apartment building
What voltage is available in the outlets (110/220)?
110 & 220
8. Please provide general information about your home such as the rent, square footage, number of bedrooms and baths, special amenities, etc.).
1,500,000KRW, 1700 square foot, 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, 4 bottles of water per month.
9. Are there any special accommodations or tasks that you’ve had to complete to make your home useful such as purchasing transformers, appliances, etc.?
We purchased one transformer for our bedroom to keep our alarm clocks and computer plugged in.
10. What costs are there associated with living off a military installation and how do you pay for those costs?
We pay gas and electricity, which is covered with our utility allowance.
11. How is parking provided for your home?
There is one uncovered space per unit, directly in front of the building.
12. Are there any outdoor spaces or yards provided for your home?
There are small “yards” in front and behind each building. Some have wooden swings and many residents have lawn furniture and BBQ grills outside.
13. How did you find your home (i.e. AHRN, agency, classifieds, word of mouth, etc.)?
14. Are you satisfied with the maintenance services that are provided for your home?
Any time we’ve had an issue (which is minimal), maintenance has been there with in 20 minutes, regardless of the day of the week or time of day.
15. Finally, what advantages and disadvantages do you feel has been your experience living off-post here in Korea?
Living off post allowed us to get “out” more and not stick mainly to the post. The disadvantage of only one vehicle and not being near any stores with in walking distance was annoying. To get to our complex the main road does not have any shoulder and is on a curved hill with many blind spots, not conducive for riding a bike to and from post.