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.
Jessica has given us a glimpse into her lovely home in Dongducheon, outside of Camp Casey. Thank you Jessica!
CONTRIBUTED BY JESSICA SCHENCK
1. What’s the name of the city/village where you reside?
The name of the city of where I reside is Dongducheon in Gyeonggi Province. I live in the new city aka Jihaeng district of Dongducheon in the apartments called Hyunjin Evervill.
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?
The closest camps are Camp Casey and Camp Hovey. Camp Casey is about 10 minutes away and Camp Hovey is about 15 minutes from Hyunjin Evervill Apartments.
3. What DoDDS school district is your home zoned for?
I do not have any children that are currently at age for school. I can tell you for those who have toddlers or infants, there are plenty of daycare options in this area (on & off post). My complex alone has a daycare on the first floor with an amazing staff (Korean speaking only). A popular off post daycare suggestion is Appletree near main gate.
4. What is the nearest highway or main road to your home?
The closest main road is the riverside bypass ‘ 강변우회도로’, which is the road that runs along the river. The nearest highway is highway 3.
5. Please describe the “feel” of your neighborhood (i.e. pet-friendly, child-friendly, safety, spaciousness, predominantly “Korean” or “American”, urban, rural, etc.).
Hyunjin Evervill is predominantly Korean neighborhood. You will see the kids playing at the playgrounds and many people walking their pets everywhere. The neighborhood is very lively since it is the closest apartments to Jihaeng and the walking park. During the warmer months, many events nearby can make this area a little noisy. Those who enjoy being apart of the culture would love this! Some Sundays they will close a road near Evervill for the kids and they will allow bikes, electronic cars, and vendors on this road.
6. Are there places of service in your neighborhood within walking distance such as restaurants, convenience stores, laundromats, bakeries, coffee shops, parks, etc.?
Plenty of places!!! Hyunjin is the closest apartments to the main town of Jihaeng. You are footsteps from grocery stores, the events, bars, restaurants, and karaoke. You can always have a good time and walk home- haha!
7. Please describe the style of your home (i.e. Westernized, traditional Korean, detached family home, townhome, etc.) What voltage is available in the outlets (110/220)?
My home is very updated traditional Korean home. It has a shoe room once you walk in the apartment. It has the traditional ondol heating floor systems. The power in the complex is 220V, so you have to use the transformers (for American appliances).
8. Please provide general information about your home such as the rent, square footage, number of bedrooms and baths, special amenities, etc.).
Base rent: 1.250.000won
Bedrooms & Baths: 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
We also included in our rent: Water system, fridge, washer combo, transformers, blinds, trash bags, and 2 ACs.
Hyunjin Evervill also has 4 bedrooms apartments too.
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.?
Nope, we had everything big covered. We just had to purchase the smaller essential stuff.
10. What costs are there associated with living off a military installation and how do you pay for those costs?
Utilities can be pretty high outside of base. Our gas during the winter months because of ondol floor heating can be very expensive (200-500Kwon). If you run the AC a lot during the summer months can be really expensive too (150-700Kwon). Fans will be your best friend during the summer months to save costs! Luckily the army provides a utility allowance to manage those bills.
The cost of food is a bit higher but the freshness beats price any day!
11. How is parking provided for your home?
We are provided both outdoor and underground parking.
12. Are there any outdoor spaces or yards provided for your home?
None for the individuals. Plenty of park-playground space for everybody outside. But we do have a neat little green house room in one of our bedrooms.
13. How did you find your home (i.e. AHRN, agency, classifieds, word of mouth, etc)?
My husband found Ace Realty by word of mouth. Ace Realty is near front gate of Camp Casey.
Are you satisfied with the maintenance services that are provided for your home?
We never had anything big happened to receive services yet. Overall we are pretty content with our home.
Finally, what advantages and disadvantages do you feel has been your experience living off-post here in Korea?
1. Being able to go outside and walk to the nearest kimbap seller and ask for ‘hana kimbap juseyo’ togo and go to the park. Just being apart of the culture and the experience of Korea. I love going for walks to see the people and see the town over and over again. I never get bored here!
2. If we forgot something at the store, around the corner is a 24hr food market. Just a minute walk to the store to pick it up.
1. Having too many appointments on base without a car (if your husband is using it for work). I have to spend at least 7000 won to take the taxi to the TMC. This can be very pricey if you go on base a lot without a car.
2. Too close to too many restaurants, haha, hard to cook at home at times.