We are moving in September to Pendleton and I want to get an idea on what housing areas are like. I've narrowed it down to San onofre 3 south Mesa 1 and wire mountain 2. Hubs will be working at soi. We also have two dogs and two kids so we need a fenced yard if any of these have that. I've looked up floor plans and saw very few photos. If anyone has any pictures that would help out too. Thanks in advance.
Eehhh... I suppose you could say that. SO3 and SM1 are pretty identical in the sence of flooring/yard structure with a difference of location on base. My husband is at SOI and if we could we'd move to SO3.
As I mentioned earlier they're pretty identical. And if there is a difference in yard size, in my opinion, it wouldn't be much to make it a 'make or break decision'. If you're more concerned about a yard size then I would suggest WM3 has the largest yard. I understand it's not of your 3 options you had mentioned but if it's a bigger yard you're looking for that may be a housing to possibly consider.
Yard size isn't too important as long as we have a yard really. Fenced would be nice. But in being that those two housing areas are almost identical yard size and other minor details are important in picking between them.
Excuse me, I stand corrected. I went online and compared the floor plans of SO3 and SM1 (3bd/2.5bth). The two are IDENTICAL! No 'minor details' to compare with other than where on base you'd prefer to be located at. Best of luck to you in your decision.
Ok. Now that the minor details have been clarified both housing have the same fenced back yard. As for school, the elentary school in SM1 is walking distance. My daughters go to the school SM1 attends and I, personally, have had no problems with it. Again that's just from my experience. As for the school for SO3 I believe they attend the school that in SO1 housing. Don't quote me on that as I don't live in that area but that what I'm assuming. As for location, SO3 is in San Clemente which having been raised here I LOVE Orange County. Both housing are locating relatively near the gate which both are next to freeway entrances.
Well I've managed to search about everything on google I can. Still wish I had interior pics of SO3. I've also heard san Clemente is more quiet and less crowded than Oceanside. Is this pretty accurate?
Oceanside isn't much different than Jacksonville NC as far as Marines/attitudes go. I call it Oceanslime, lol. San Clemente is more upscale, and SO3 housing is actually in Fallbrook school district up to 8th grade, then the older kids attend San Clemente schools which are highly rated.
Thank you gardenwitch I'm in Jacksonville nc now. Can't wait to leave haha. I think we are leaning towards SO3 after he talked to guys that just came from there and me doing tons of research. But we are keeping an open mind until he can tour a couple areas and houses while he's out there for a class.
Yeah, the front gate and back gate both feed into Oceanside so it's basically Marineville anywhere close to base on that side, just like J'ville. The San O gate feeds into I-5/San Clemente (beach/surfing town) and the Naval Weapons gate feeds into Fallbrook which is still pretty rural (big houses, big lots and avocado groves) once you get away from the actual gate area and numerous apartment complexes.
We had been out east for 12 years and I was surprised to see areas out in Oceanside that were brand new when we left Pendleton looking like run down dumps in such a short time! We crossed living on base near his work (mainside) or anywhere out in Oceanside off our list pretty quickly.
Oceanside: run down/ghetto, "true California". Things are more spread out, relaxed.
San Clemente is way more upscale, posh, uptight (it's Orange County), everything crammed together on top of each other. I'm sure there are parts of Oceanside that are like this, but my initial impression moving to Oceanside were as above.
You have a fenced in yard in SO3, and it would be the best option since base housing is now charging for utilities above BAH. So, factor in paying all BAH, gas to drive 40+ minutes one way to SOI from South Mesa (gas), and utilities above BAH (if you fall outside the buffer zone). You can't just move into South Mesa and then put in a transfer; I know housing has told people to suck it up in reference to paying out the butt in gas as their reason for wanting to move districts.
Yeah when we pick housing we are staying there unless there is a major problem or I happen to get pregnant with twins or something crazy. On lejeune where we are now we pay for utilities and have gotten good at saving a lot of energy and actually get checks back. And my husbands drive to work here is 30 min or so and I know gas is higher out there but that's something our budget can handle. So the distance and money isn't really a problem. But thank you for all the information.
One thing to take into account is if you have older kids and younger kids. If you live in San O you kids will be in two different districts. That means different spring breaks, different summer start and end dates, that sort of thing. We have friends that have that problem. Its been a real pain for them. You would think the two school districts would take into account the fact that families have kids attending 2 school districts but they dont. My husband is a instructor at SOI to but we live in Stuart Mesa. The commute for him to work takes the same amount of time as it would if we lived in San O housing. It all depends where at in SOI they are working and all that. Also look on fb, check out the housing wives pages. You will get a lot of info from those. Like San O has had a lot of problems with break ins, vandalizing and stuff like that. I havent heard anything like that about South Mesa
I've checked the housing pages on fb none of SO3 and my oldest kid is about to start preschool so I don't think that will be an issue. And that sucks they have a lot of break ins. Where we are at now on lejeune there are a ton of break ins too. Thank you for the info though.