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Could really use help with E-6 housing options PLEASE!

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tgarrett04 --- 9 years ago -

Hi all! We will be PCS'ing to Pendleton in October and could use some housing help! My hubs is an E-6 and we have 2 kiddos. I've done a lot of research and found photos online of all our housing options, we are TOTALLY lost! All of these neighborhoods are SO different! Since we need a bigger fenced yard (we have a big dog and a trampoline) it seems our only 3 choices are San Onofre I, Stuart Mesa II or O'Neill. Other priorities to us are some privacy (not being crammed right next to out neighbors house/yards) and a good school system (we have a Kinder. & 3rd grader). Although my hubs will be working closest to San Onofre I housing, but it seems so far away from everything & the pics we've seen look extremely old and kinda gross :/ My husband doesn't mind driving a bit further if the San Onofre I housing is as bad as it looks (are they getting renovated?!)... So that leaves us with O'Neill (further) OR Stuart Mesa II (looks nice, but seems like NO privacy b/c the yards all connect). From what I've seen those 3 are the only ones with bigger fenced yards, am I correct or are there other options I missed? I would love if anyone could give me some pros/cons of these 3 options and anything I need to know about the quality of schools! Thank so much in advance! 

SunnyLove --- 9 years ago -

We have not lived in the San Onofre area so I can't give you specifics on those. I am sure others will chime in though. Honestly though ALL housing feels a little crammed in with not much privacy. The only yards that are large are Wire MTN 3 and they are small older homes for e4. However, everyone I know that has lived up in the Onofre area has LOVED it. Close to the beach too!
The schools here are just ok. My kids go to North Terrace and we have had a good experience there. The teachers do the best they can, but overcrowding of schools in socal is common here. Not much you can do about that but work with your child to make sure all work is being done etc. Don't rule out renting here too. You may find something you like better elsewhere. Many people live in Temecula/Murrita for the better schools and housing. It's a long commute though. Good luck on your move. 

Rainbow Dancer --- 9 years ago -

The only yards that are large are Wire MTN 3 and they are small older homes for e4.

Not necessarily just for E4. There are SNCO living there as well.

My kids go to North Terrace and we have had a good experience there.

My kids go there as well. With the school being slightly overcrowded both of my daughters still do very well on reaching academic acheivements. Esp compared to the schools out in town my daughters have excelled so much to where my oldest daughter advanced her first year at North Terrace. 

tgarrett04 --- 9 years ago -

Thanks for your help! Sounds like the schools arent as bad as I've heard. Curious if elementary school there only go up to 3rd grade like they do here, or if it's typical elementary (k-6th)? I'm hoping others chime in about San Onofre I... Hoping to find out more pros/cons about that housing to see if it's worth it even though the houses are a bit ran down... 

Rainbow Dancer --- 9 years ago -

I can't speak for other elementary schools but North Terrace is k-6th.

As for San Onofre from what we saw they weren't that bad. The bedrooms are decent size and you get the ocean breeze. We were actually wanting to move to San Onofre esp since my husband works in that area and I work near Irvine. Unfortunately, due to some "geographic" legalities we have to remain in San Diego County. 

tgarrett04 --- 9 years ago -

I would LOVE if someone could post pics/link of san onofre 1 housing. I've seen the few on Lincoln's blog, but have heard they've renovated the kitchens, is this true? I've also seen the ones on Moving House for the military spouse on FB, but those ones showed a BLUE kitchen (AHH!). OR does anyone know if they ever let E-6 live in Onofre 3? I know it's E-4/E-5 but looks so much better than onofre 1! 

Maleficent --- 9 years ago -

I was told that next year North Terrace, Santa Marg and Stuart Mesa (the three Oceanside district schools on base) will be going to K-8. That was from the people at the district office. 

Maleficent --- 9 years ago -

This page is great for housing pics but they lump all of Pendleton (or whatever base) together so you have to go trough the pictures to see which housing area it is.

https://m.facebook.com/home.php?__user=794029924#!/movinghousemilitaryspouse?__user=794029924 

SunnyLove --- 9 years ago -

Not necessarily just for E4. There are SNCO living there as well.


They used to be e6 and up, but they switched to e4/e5/. Snco is usually e6&up. 

Rainbow Dancer --- 9 years ago -

They used to be e6 and up, but they switched to e4/e5/. Snco is usually e6&up

I'm aware of what rank is considered SNCO, thank you for the reminder though :) But the switch explains some of the ranks residing there. 

SunnyLove --- 9 years ago -

Yea we moved when the ranks changed. I do miss the large yards though. And even though we were connected at our garage it felt like a single family home. Much more private, it felt not crowded. They've been talking about tearing them down for years but never do. I also miss a one level, esp if you don't have ac. It really never got that bad. 

Rainbow Dancer --- 9 years ago -

Yea we moved when the ranks changed
I'd do the same thing too, esp since BAH increased.

We lucked out and got a corner house and aren't really connected to anyone. We have our own driveway and huge front yard (we can fit a water slide and jump house and still have room, LoL our typical summer weekend :)) 

IrishTwinsx2plus1 --- 9 years ago -

We lived in San Onofre 1 for 18 years. I'd never live anywhere else if we moved back to Camp Pendleton. The school is K-8, then feeds into San Clemente High School, plus San Clemente is the most adorable little town, you're a mile from the beach, great shopping/restaurants in OC. The houses in San Onofre were all remodeled in 2002, they are small, one car garages, fenced yards, but it's a nice neighborhood, lots of trees. I have photos of San Onofre 1, SNCO single level 4-bedroom and 5-bedroom I can email to you. 

tgarrett04 --- 9 years ago -

I would love pictures! Can I ask why you prefer it over the newer housing? Just the quietness compared to other neighborhoods? Really trying to figure out if the good (quiet, private, close to work) outweighs the bad (ran down, tiny). Can you email pics to semperkiss@yahoo.com ...thanks again! 

Iluvcali --- 9 years ago -

We just moved into oneill heights, and love it so far. Nice house, I have been told they are older but looks nice inside, medium size back yard nice floor plan, our only down size so far is the garage- too small. Definately better for the money we looked out in town. 

Rainbow Dancer --- 9 years ago -

Doesn't O'Neill have A/C as well?? 

accountnickname --- 9 years ago -

For you I would say San Onofre first, then O'Neill, finally SM2. Fallbrook schools are better and the first 2 areas are Fallbrook schools. I would rather be close to my husband's work though. 

tgarrett04 --- 9 years ago -

Are you basing that just off the schools? Curious why you would pick SM2 last? Thanks! 

accountnickname --- 9 years ago -

I read your first post and made my recommendation based on everything you spoke about. 

MissMOq3 --- 9 years ago -

I like WM1. It is smaller and quiet. I live off of Birch street and like it a lot. It is close to the pool and park. The houses are nice and clean. I am also close to North Terrace school which is a great school. 

gbob --- 9 years ago -

Just a question...for those of you who have lived both off/on base, which do you prefer? 

GardenWitch --- 9 years ago -

Off base. Why give housing all of the BAH, plus pay out of pocket for cable/internet and possibly electric now they charge for it? The houses are either old or duplex/town home style for SNCO. But if I had to choose on base again with kids, it would be San Onofre for the schools and atmosphere of the area. 

gbob --- 9 years ago -

There is a pretty nice house in a decent neighborhood 3 bed/2 bath for $1900. Pets accepted. Very close to base. Let me know if anyone is interested. I will pass you the info.
It will be available 4/1 

accountnickname --- 9 years ago -

Off. I lived in a bigger house that built better and had more amenities for the same amount of BAH. The schools were better and I had a large yard with 6ft fence. I had more privacy and didn't have to deal with the on-base drama. Plus I owned it so I could paint the walls and do anything else I felt like. 

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