Moving onto Redstone Arsenal | Wed Jan 26, 2022

Yesterday, I got an offer from Redstone Family Housing for a 3 bedroom home on base. The floor plan is my #1 choice out of five options. In March, I’ll move in.

Apartment Floor plan
3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath townhome floor plan

I applied to Redstone Arsenal’s privatized Family Housing in September 2021. If I’m not mistaken, it was the same week I got a letter from Monte Sano Terrace apartments saying my rent would be increasing by $60/month on 1 November. In another email from Redstone Housing, a Rep explained that the waiting list was between 6 to 8 months.

That stung a lot, but I said put me on it. Later, I would renew my lease for my current two bedroom apartment for only 6 months. The shorter lease term meant that my rent would increase by $100 at renewal. That also stung. But, I also knew I could not stay here another year. It’s too small. It’s too far from Interstate 65 and the airport. Also, I’ve had too many repeat problems for a tenant paying $1000 a month for rent.

I think the tone of this post is starting to feel like I’m complaining. I’m actually pretty damn happy. I’m writing this at 9am, so my face doesn’t shot it. Trust me there are a handle of reasons that I’m really excited about getting my first choice floor plan.

The bedroom is gigantic. With a room that big I can have my office in the bedroom — that’s right, a room with a door on it. My current office is setup in the living room. One cool surprise is that the carport shown in the floorplan has been made a garage. After class yesterday, I drove by the unit, and saw that it’s on a corner. Another win!

The kids and I will have a playground, basketball court, soccer field, soccer field, baseball field, and track within a quarter mile of the apartment. I am within 1 mile of my favorite low-cost gas station. If I haven’t mentioned already, I’ll be on base! That means my auto insurance is going to get a discount because military bases are considered gated communities. Well, military bases are literally gated communities, so yeah that checks out.

By the way, I’m Air Force. We say Base.

One not so awesome feature is the cost of rent. Sufficed to say, I will have to get a job to afford it — not literally. That’s OK because I want to go back to work. Give this civilian full time life a try.

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