LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE HOUSING (NOW SFB): 17 ON-BASE OPTIONS
By Tracy Fuga
IntroductionGet ready to take off! You’ve been given orders to Los Angeles Air Force Base, where you’ll get to live in sunny El Segundo. While here, you’ll be supporting the headquarters of the United States Space Force’s Space Systems Command, and in your off-time, you might run into movie stars or other celebrities. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Now that you’ve got your orders in hand, you may be unsure about where you’re going to live and if it’s going to be affordable. To help take some of the pressure off, we put together this housing guide to outline the best Los Angeles Air Force Base housing options. Suggested read: Los Angeles AFB (Now SFB) Welcome Center
Los Angeles BAHFollow this link to look up your Los Angeles BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing), depending on your rank and zip code. The Los Angeles BAH information should help you figure out a housing budget, which will narrow down your search for a place to live. The cost of living in Southern California is significantly higher than in the rest of the nation. Keeping track of your Los Angeles BAH will make sure you don’t overextend your resources, regardless of if you’re living in Los Angeles Air Force Base housing or in the surrounding area. To learn more about what goes into your military BAH rate, visit our in-depth guide here.
Los Angeles AFB BarracksAll single military service personnel must first report to the Airman and Family Readiness Center in Building 272 for inprocessing to Los Angeles Air Force Base. You will be given information about the community and installation. Unaccompanied Airmen in the ranks of E-1 to E-3 or anyone with less than three years of service will be provided housing in the barracks. All others will need to find housing in the local community. There are some exceptions. To understand if you’re eligible for unaccompanied housing or if you have any questions, contact the Unaccompanied Housing office at 1 (310) 713-0510 or visit Building 33 on Fort MacArthur.
Los Angeles AFB Housing OfficeThe Military Housing Office for Los Angeles AFB is located about 20 miles away on Fort MacArthur, which is the housing and administration facility supporting the air force base. This should be one of the first stops after you check in to the installation. The Military Housing Office (MHO) provides personalized assistance for military personnel. This includes helping them locate housing on and off base. The MHO assists military personnel who are married and have families and/or have a higher rank secure military-subsidized housing. In those instances, contact the Tierra Vista Community directly at 1 (310) 241-6184 to check the availability of privatized housing in your area.
Los Angeles AFB Housing OfficeBldg. 410 Quartermaster Road San Pedro, CA 90731
Phone: 1 (310) 713-0510
Los Angeles AFB Housing Options
LA Air Force Base HousingThe LA Air Force Base housing is found 20 miles away in San Pedro at the residential community of Fort MacArthur. LA Air Force Base housing is privatized, and while it’s connected to the installation, Tierra Vista owns and maintains the community. The community offers two-, three-, and four-bedroom single-family homes, as well as apartments, duplexes, and townhomes. The community features playgrounds for the kids, tennis courts, swimming pools, walking trails, a youth center, and a community center, among other amenities. Applying for on-base housing is just like applying for most housing options. However, if you have any questions, call the MHO at 1 (310) 713-0510 directly.
Tierra Vista CommunityBldg. 410, Suite 2 2400 S. Pacific Ave. San Pedro, CA 90731
Phone: 1 (310) 241-6184
Note: LA Air Force Base housing in the Tierra Vista Community is open for eligible active-duty military personnel, as well as retired military, active, and retired DOD civilian personnel, National Guard, or Reserve members, and paramedic, police, and fire personnel. Active-duty military personnel pay rent for Los Angeles Air Force Base housing based on the BAH rate of the member’s rank, and all others pay the advertised promotional rates based on the floor plans. All floor plans are eligible for non-active duty personnel moving into the community.
Ranks: E1-E4 The Sonoma model in the Tierra Vista community offers a cozy two-bedroom, one-bath home for eligible personnel. It’s just under 1,200 square feet and has updated features, a laundry room, and an outdoor space. Community amenities include a couple of dog parks, sports courts, numerous playgrounds, a swimming pool, youth center, community center, and walking/running trails.
Ranks: E1-E4 The Cabrillo model has the same square footage as the Sonoma model but offers a two-bedroom, two-bathroom living space. The homes have a more open flow than the Sonoma model, with the bedrooms being next to each other and an en-suite bathroom for one of the bedrooms. The same community amenities are available for these residents.
3. Seaside Manor
Ranks: E1-E4 The two-story Seaside Manor homes have three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms spread across nearly 1,800 square feet. The bedrooms and full bathrooms are upstairs, with the powder room being downstairs in the entertaining/living space. The large kitchens have a ton of cabinets and a dishwasher, and there’s plenty of exterior storage for your military gear.
4. Long Beach
Ranks: E1-E4 The Long Beach model is slightly smaller in square footage than the Seaside Manor homes, but there’s a fourth bedroom. Two of the bedrooms are relatively small and might work best as a nursery or office. Also, the bedrooms are all upstairs. The downstairs has a fully equipped kitchen that opens up to the family room, and there’s a dedicated dining space that could also work as a den.
Ranks: E5-E9 Mid- to high-level enlisted ranks are going to love this Los Angeles Air Force base housing option. The Newport model offers residents two stories of living with three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and an attached garage. The 1,400-square-foot homes feature a true master suite with a walk-in closet and en-suite bathroom. The open dining and living rooms could be combined into one large entertaining space if having a dedicated dining area isn’t your thing.
Ranks: E5-E9 Like the Newport model, homes in the Balboa area are two stories with three bedrooms and two full bathrooms, in addition to a downstairs powder room. The Balboa homes add about 100 more square feet of living for residents, as well as an enclosed patio to enjoy the sunny Los Angeles weather.
7. Point Fermin
Ranks: E5-E9 Larger families will enjoy living in Point Fermin homes, as they have four bedrooms to fill that are all on the second floor. There’s also laundry upstairs and a linen closet. You can opt to use the breakfast nook for dining purposes and use the dining room as a play area for the kids. The attached garage includes a large exterior storage closet to hold holiday decorations or military gear, whatever your needs may be.
Ranks: E5-E9 The Pebble model of homes is a touch smaller than Point Fermin, but it is just as ideal for larger families. The four bedrooms and two full bathrooms sit upstairs. On the second floor, you’ll also find a small utility closet to house your washer and dryer. This layout also includes a breakfast nook off of the kitchen, as well as additional storage options.
9. Huntington Beach
Ranks: O1-O3 Company-grade officers looking for three bedrooms will be happy to live in the two-story Huntington Beach models. The master suite sits upstairs on one end while the other two bedrooms and laundry room are situated on the other, providing much-needed privacy. Pull up four bar stools at the kitchen counter to create more eating space, or use the designated dining room area. Residents will enjoy relaxing on the enclosed patio after a long day at work.
10. Zuma Beach
Ranks: O1-O3 Others needing a bit more space can opt for the Zuma Beach model. Four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a powder room are included in the 1,600-plus square feet of living space. The open kitchen makes it great for entertaining guests or just keeping an eye on the kids while they finish up their homework. The attached garage provides access to an exterior storage closet and has room for two cars to park.
11. Santa Monica
Ranks: O4-O6 Santa Monica residents will enjoy the outdoor opportunities associated with this model. Spend time watching the sunset on the balcony off the master bedroom or just getting some fresh air. Sit on the covered porch right outside your front door, or enjoy the privacy of the covered patio. There’s also plenty of storage and living space inside the home, if you get sick of the outdoors.
Ranks: O4-O6 The sprawling Redondo model offers one level sprawling nearly 1,700 square feet. This is not an open floor plan, and most of the living areas are closed off. The kitchen and breakfast nook is somewhat tucked away, but that just makes it easier to hide from dirty dishes. Also, you enter the laundry room from the attached garage, so you can drop off your dirty work clothes there instead of traipsing through the house tracking dirt and mud everywhere.
Ranks: O4-O6 The Venus model offers residents a downstairs master bedroom and three bedrooms upstairs in this nearly 1,700-square-foot home. The home features a two-car attached garage with room for storage, a dedicated dining room, a fully equipped kitchen with a breakfast nook, and a great room that leads to the wraparound covered patio.
Ranks: O4-O6 While the name Manhattan is not normally associated with spacious living, this model proves otherwise. The largest two-story home in this community segments the house into an entertaining space and a sleeping space. Four bedrooms are upstairs, with the walk-in laundry room and downstairs being where you’ll find the dining and great room, plenty of storage both inside and out, and the massive kitchen.
Ranks: O7-O9 Four spacious bedrooms and a full-sized laundry room await you upstairs in the Malibu model of this community. From the covered porch, visitors will be invited into the foyer and straight to the extra-large great room. Access to the wraparound covered patio can be found here, or you can head into the kitchen for a snack. The dedicated dining room can be converted into a playroom, office, or guest room.
Ranks: O7-O9 With nearly 1,700 square feet of living space, the Laguna model is perfectly planned to separate the four bedrooms from the rest of the house. The living/dining area greets you as you walk inside this single-story home, and you can seamlessly move to the kitchen from there. Take advantage of the space designated as a breakfast nook or expand the family room into this area for more activities. Most homes have a fireplace, but you’ll probably only use it for decoration purposes.
17. El Matador
Ranks: O7-O9 El Matador residents will have plenty of space to unpack. The two-story home has four bedrooms and two bathrooms upstairs, with the master set to one side. The downstairs entertaining space is open, and the options are endless for how to situate your furniture or utilize the space. There is plenty of storage inside and out for seasonal decor or sports equipment.
ConclusionWhile moving is not at the top of the list of favorite things to do for most people, at least you’ll be living in a fun place with amazing weather and a slew of great Los Angeles Air Force Base housing options here. No matter your rank or any specific needs for your family, we’ve got you covered in the City of Angels. Make sure you put your name on the waiting list right away for on-base housing, if that’s what you’re interested in, or start house hunting right away for spots close to base. It’s a great place to live, and we hope you’ll enjoy your time there! More like this: 17 of the Best Things To Do in Southern California Near Los Angeles AFB
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