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.
Tiffany has given us a glimpse into her lovely home near Camp Humphreys. Thank you, Tiffany!
CONTRIBUTED BY TIFFANY WHEELER
1. What’s the name of the city/village where you reside?
No name, but easy directions from post. (We have no problem getting food delivered)
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 Main Gate, 2 mins driving, about 8 mins walking.
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?
Anjeon-ri, The main road leading into Camp Humphreys Main Gate.
5. Please describe the “feel” of your neighborhood:
We are right down the street from the installation, our “ville”, and we are surrounded by an equal amount of Korean and American neighbors. It is quiet, but an easy walk to the market, restaurants, and base.
6. Are there places of service in your neighborhood within walking distance?
Our building is directly across from a CU convenience store and next door to a Kosa Mart.
7. Please describe the style of your home?
Westernized 3 story “villa”
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.).
1,570,000KRW, 1700 square foot, 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, 2 bottles of water per month. Water & cable/internet included in rent. Roof top access. Second Kitchen. American Washer & Dryer included.
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.?
Transformers are included but we never use them. Every Korean outlet has an American outlet right next to it.
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?
We have an entire parking lot just for our building of 3 apartments, parking is never an issue. It is uncovered, however.
12. Are there any outdoor spaces or yards provided for your home?
No yards for this building, but roof top access is available (it has a half wall so it’s safe) and we have a large patio where we grill year round.
13. How did you find your home (i.e. AHRN, agency, classifieds, word of mouth, etc.)?
Koremax. Ms. Yong is our realtor and they are conveniently located on the main strip of the ville on the right hand side.
14. Are you satisfied with the maintenance services that are provided for your home?
Yes! Anytime we have had an issue, our realtor has sent someone over same day. Also, if its something little, our landlords live on the first floor and they are super helpful.
15. Finally, what advantages and disadvantages do you feel has been your experience living off-post here in Korea?
I have loved living on post! We are always immersed in Korean culture and are much more likely to go out and explore. I’m not sure I would feel as comfortable “out in Korea” if we had stayed on post. Only having one car has been a bit more frustrating off post, but I think it would have been the same situation in on post housing.
This is our second kitchen…yes we have two! (We use it as storage and keep our oven out here.)
Some Advice: The Realtors know exactly how much we get for OHA (Overseas Housing Allowance) so no matter how big or small your apartment, they will require the total OHA amount. To get the most bang for our buck, we told our realtor to show us 4-bedroom apartments. We only have one child and definitely don’t need all that room but we wanted to get as much room as possible for the 1,570,000 KRW.
If you don’t see something you like, don’t be afraid to go to another realtor. Some realtors have contracts with different landlords so it helps to look around. Some other things to look for is an apartment that has “city gas.” This will keep your utilities low. I hope this helps!