Naval Air Station Oceana
There are many military bases nearby, and this area has a large population of active duty military families and retirees. The smaller bases close by are NAS Dam Neck and Fort Story-Little Creek. Further away is the main base of NS Norfolk. North in the Hampton Roads area is Joint Base Langley-Eustis. Oceana is just a 10 minute drive from ocean front of Virginia Beach. There are so many things to do and something for everyone in this area. If you're PCSing from a small city, traffic in the Virginia Beach area can be cumbersome, especially if you are traveling between cities. You must you a network of bridges and tunnels to get around the coastal Virginia area, so living close to work will help eliminate traffic. The good news is that everyone here is friendly and the community respects the military. NAS Oceana is one hour from Richmond, VA, and three hours from our nation's capital.
Off Base Neighborhoods
There are varied types of housing in the area. Virginia Beach is home to many military bases, so there are many options to rent or buy near Oceana. Norfolk provides an urban setting, while Virginia Beach and Chesapeake are more suburban. The Suffolk and Smithfield areas are more rural. New Construction and historical districts are not as common in Virginia Beach, but they are available in the surrounding cities.
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On Base Housing
Lincoln Military manages base housing at Oceana and Dam Neck bases. There are five neighborhoods: three for enlisted families, and two for officers. The enlisted housing is considered base housing, even though each neighborhood is located a few miles away from base, in Virginia Beach. Some of the housing is older. Most options are duplex or townhouse-style homes with 2, 3, or 4-bedroom layouts.
There are no schools on the Oceana base, so military families living on or off base will attend Virginia Beach schools. Closeby you have the highly sought after elementary, middle ,and especially high schools associated with the Ocean Lakes communities.
Cost of Living and BAH
Unfortunately, the cost of living in Virginia Beach has risen, and Oceana BAH has not exactly kept up with it. This area is more affordable than Northern Virginia, but not as affordable as rural Virginia. The current market is very competitive for sales--rentals and listings sometimes go in days. Typically the BAH does not cover both housing and utilities, so do your research and be prepared for out-of-pocket utility payments. Oceana BAH for enlisted with dependents begins at $1,599 and goes up to $2,058. Oceana BAH for officers with dependents ranges from $1,671 to $2,367.
Unless you're coming from DC or NYC, the prices of the homes per square foot will shock you, especially in Virginia Beach. Find what is most important to you as far as area or neighborhood, and be willing to either go up in price or cut a few expectations.
You can expect four seasons in Virginia. There are mild winters and warmer summers. Most years we get a small amount of snow in the winter months. Occasional Tropical storms or hurricanes are common July thru Sept. There are flooding corners in certain areas mainly in low lying areas of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and targeted areas within certain communities.
NAS Oceana shares resources with the nearby small base of Dam Neck. On NAS Oceana, you will find the Aeropalms Water Park, which is popular for pool parties, the Flight Line Fitness Center, the Hornet's Nest Gym, an Outdoor Sports Complex, and Tennis Courts. MWR offers a variety of classes for families at these locations. Oceana also has a bowling alley, a movie theater, a skeet & archery range, and a picnic park near the main gate. The Oceana Commissary is open 7 days a week.
There is just about everything in Virginia Beach and near NAS Oceana: night clubs, family-friendly activities, state parks, water activities. You'll discover multiple tourist activities and areas to explore. There are oceanfront shops, restaurants, and tourist entertainment in Virginia Beach. Visit the town center for festivals, music, and restaurants. There is a Theater for occasional events and Museums throughout the surrounding cities. These attractions are popular among military families in the area around Oceana: - Enjoy the miles of beaches, restaurants, and seaside shops in Virginia Beach. - Visit Norfolk, stroll along the downtown waterfront on the banks of the Elizabeth River, or stop by the Norfolk Waterside Marketplace which offers retail shops and dining. - Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, - Virginia Zoological Park, - Chrysler Museum, - Norfolk Botanical Gardens, - Hampton Roads Naval Museum, - Children's Museum of Virginia, - Colonial Williamsburg is only an hour away offering historical areas and tours, - The Blue Ridge Parkway is 3-4 hours from Fort Story, offering mountain getaways, - North Carolina's Outer Banks is just across the border 45mins - 1.5 hours, - Public Hunting areas in Virginia are 1-2 hours away.
Food and Drink
Common Areas for popular restaurants in Virginia Beach include Red Mill, Oceanfront & Town Center. These areas serve a variety of chain restaurants and local favorites. Virginia Beach is a versatile city, serving all types of dishes, so you will find plenty to enjoy.
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