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PCSing and finding off base housing in DC and finding information about where to live can be a daunting task. Every military family knows they must do their research to find the good vs. bad areas to live. When searching for military homes, you have to look beyond the nice kitchen and big backyard, instead you need to know if it’s in a safe neighborhood or a good school district. Other military families have successfully moved to the DC area and are sharing their advice. Below are links to articles about the DC area. Step 1:Read advice about off base housing in DC Things to know before moving... read more

You have received new orders to Naval Air Station Norfolk or one of the surrounding bases in Hampton Roads , now you must begin your house hunting research. The first thing to take into consideration is the tunnel system in Hampton Roads which will determine your spouses commute time. The second thing to do is start asking other military spouses about their experiences in Hampton Roads. Below are articled written by other military spouses about off base housing in Norfolk and surrounding areas. Find where to live in the Hampton Roads area. Hampton Roads consists of 7 cities including Norfolk,... read more

Every school has its pros and cons and students, especially military kids, thrive in different environments. The key is to find an environment that fits your child’s needs, but how do you do this when you are stationed miles away and you have to research online? Stationed at NAS Oceana or Norfolk Naval Station If you are stationed at NAS Oceana, I think you should consider sending your child to a Virginia Beach school rather than living farther away in Chesapeake or Norfolk. If you are stationed at Norfolk Naval Base, you have much more options due to its more central location. Many military ... read more

Moving to the DC area can be very confusing, especially when certain cities are covered by two different counties. The City of Alexandria is in a different county than the rest of Alexandria . Below is a description of how Alexandria and the City of Alexandria are different. Alexandria vs City of Alexandria The City of Alexandria has great walkability to shops ( Old Town ), but it’s more crowded and expensive. This area is north of the 495 Beltway and is run byAlexandria City Public schools which has some high rated schools, as well as, low rated ones. The part of Alexandria (located outside ... read more

PCSing to the DC area can be very difficult because there are so many options. Hopefully I can help you narrow down your search and identify common cities surrounding DC area . Also, read other articles about the DC area . There are a few confusing areas that have the same zip codes, but are in different counties and are aligned to different school districts. Falls Church vs City of Falls Church is an example. Another example is Alexandria vs City of Alexandria . Falls Church vs City of Falls Church vs West Falls Church City of Falls Church - The City of Falls Church is not part of Fairfax Co... read more