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MommyAshley523 --- 4 years ago -

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. 

Rainbow Dancer --- 4 years ago -

If your hubs is going to work at SOI, I'd say SO3. That housing is closest to SOI and it has a deecnt sized fenced yard!! 

MommyAshley523 --- 4 years ago -

Thanks. Are those houses newer? 

Rainbow Dancer --- 4 years ago -

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. 

MommyAshley523 --- 4 years ago -

Yeah I've noticed that they are almost the same I just wasn't sure about yard size and all. And I can only find a few pictures of SO3 with none of the backyard. 

Rainbow Dancer --- 4 years ago -

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. 

MommyAshley523 --- 4 years ago -

 

MommyAshley523 --- 4 years ago -

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. 

Rainbow Dancer --- 4 years ago -

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. 

MommyAshley523 --- 4 years ago -

The floor plans are the same yes but floor plans don't show everything.. Which would be the 'minor details' I'm talking about.. Yard size fenced schools in the area location etc... 

Rainbow Dancer --- 4 years ago -

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. 

MommyAshley523 --- 4 years ago -

Thanks. I'm from NC and we got stationed here too so I have no idea what California is like at all or any larger city for that matter. I'm from the middle of nowhere. Haha 

Rainbow Dancer --- 4 years ago -

If you want a better idea of location you can always use "Google Maps".

For SM1- I'd google Volcan Rd, Oceanside, CA

For SO3- I'd google Sandpiper Ave, San Clemente, CA

*Google maps has not updated its aerial view since SO3 housing was built. But you can use the street to see a view of about where SO3 housing is located city wise compared to SM1.

*Zoom into SM1 to get an actual visual of the yard to look forward to :) 

MommyAshley523 --- 4 years ago -

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? 

GardenWitch --- 4 years ago -

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. 

MommyAshley523 --- 4 years ago -

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. 

GardenWitch --- 4 years ago -

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. 

MommyAshley523 --- 4 years ago -

Oh wow. I'm glad we are favoring San onofre 3 then. Just hope we still love the houses when we tour it before we make our final decision. 

Clinical Depression --- 4 years ago -

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. 

laneys mommy --- 4 years ago -

We're in South Mesa and my husbands at SOI. A lot of people he works with live near here. It's not near as bad of a commute as we thought. Don't stress if things don't work out in SO3. 

MommyAshley523 --- 4 years ago -

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. 

DaniP --- 4 years ago -

MommyAshley, you can email me if you have any questions. We moved from NC in August of 2011 and my husband is an instructor at SOI. 

DaniP --- 4 years ago -

I just don't get on here a lot and will probably miss any update on your thread, so email if you like. 

MommyAshley523 --- 4 years ago -

Thank you. I sent you a PM. 

DaniP --- 4 years ago -

I emailed you back mommy. Not sure if you got it? 

MommyAshley523 --- 4 years ago -

It's not showing up ... 

DaniP --- 4 years ago -

I resent it. :) 

YouReallyThinkSo --- 4 years ago -

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 

MommyAshley523 --- 4 years ago -

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. 

a2985883uu --- 4 years ago -

If you search 'San onofre 3' on YouTube, someone posted a walk through so you can get an idea what the insides are like. Not sure which floorplan though... 

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