NAS Key West Housing: 4 On-Base Options (2021 Edition)
You’ve received PCS orders to Naval Air Station Key West! Welcome to the tropical paradise located in the southernmost tip of Florida. Surrounded by historical sites, restaurant and bar options, and mangrove forests and pristine beaches, this base is truly a gem amongst the other military installations. Due to the limited and expensive housing market on the islands purchasing a home might not be a practical option for you and your family. So we’ve put together a guide of the available on-base housing options offered on NAS Key West.
Key West BAH
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is given out monthly to service members who live off base in the surrounding area. BAH isn’t the same for everyone. It’s calculated based on your individual rank and the zipcode where you live. The added assistance is meant to compensate for the amenities you’d be receiving while living on base in the communities or barracks, and is great for cutting your housing costs. It leaves personnel free to save for the future or use their paychecks for more important things.
You can follow this link to look up your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for your rank and zip code. This will help you create your budget and guide your home search.
To learn more about what goes into your military BAH rate, visit our in-depth guide here.
NAS Key West Barracks
For unaccompanied E1-E4 personnel PCSing to Key West, you’ll likely end up in the barracks. There are around 120 service members spread out between two buildings on base: buildings 1350 and 1351. You’ll need to speak with the housing office to determine your eligibility for living on base. E5-E9 personnel can also live in the barracks as resident advisors. They perform certain leadership and other responsibilities in exchange for lodging. Geographic bachelors who are living on base without their families can also apply for the barracks, but are not guaranteed to be approved.
NAS Key West Housing Office
The Housing Service Center at Key West should be your first call when you get your PCS order. The knowledgeable staff here can take you through your eligibility and talk over your individual circumstances to figure out the right housing option for you. They can give you information about the NAS Key West housing wait list, barracks, the neighborhoods on base, or nearby cities and suburbs. There’s quite a bit of Key West military housing available if you know where to look. The housing office can point you in the right direction.
NAS Key West Housing Service Center
NAS Key West
800 Sigsbee Rd, BLDG V 4059
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 1 (305) 293-4466
NAS Key West Housing Communities
The neighborhoods on base are managed by Balfour Beatty Communities. There are several options available to choose from based on rank, family size, and other eligibility criteria. If you require information about specific circumstances, make sure to contact the Balfour Beatty Key West office by phone at 1 (305) 292-5590.
Balfour Beatty Key West
800 Sigsbee Rd.
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 1 (305) 292-5590
1. Navy Branch Medical Clinic
Ranks: E9, O1-O9
The Navy Branch Medical Clinic neighborhood is a beautiful community on Cow Key Channel. Here you’ll find single-family homes with three bedrooms and two and a half baths. They also come with a patio, a garage, water views, a fully equipped kitchen with appliances, and a community playground. All in all, these 2,255 square foot homes come with enough space for every member of the family to have their own privacy and find themselves a comfortable niche on base.
2. Truman Annex
Ranks: E6-E9, O6-O9
Truman Annex is a neighborhood with a decent amount of variety. There are multiple floor plans to choose from, ranging from two to four bedrooms and one or two bathrooms. Homes here come equipped with screened porches, extra storage, ceiling fans, a community playground, and more. You’ll find these homes conveniently nestled along the beach, which is enough to bring most families a vacation-like feel right to their doorstep. Floor plans here range from under 1,000 square feet to 1,880 square feet.
3. Sigsbee Park
Ranks: E1-E8, DoD contractors, retired personnel
The Sigsbee Park neighborhood is centrally located and nearby most base amenities. It’s an easy walk to the commissary, the elementary school, the community playgrounds and splash park, and more. Here you’ll find two, three, and four-bedroom homes in a multitude of styles. There are duplexes and townhouses, each with central air, plenty of storage, and space for the whole family. Each home is spacious, with floor plans beginning at just over 1,000 square feet and peaking at 1,370 square feet.
4. Trumbo Point
Ranks: E9, O1-O6
Trumbo Point is a gorgeous neighborhood located right on the water. There are three and four-bedroom single-family homes with two and a half bathrooms. Amenities include a breakfast bar, master suite, open concept floor plan, a garage, and more. Trumbo Point also has its own playgrounds and basketball court. It’s a self-sufficient community with loads of amenities that will keep everyone entertained. These are large homes, too, ranging from just below 2,000 square feet of space to 3,870 square feet.
PCSing to Key West doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. With loads of properties to choose from right on the beach, consider it a vacation you’ll never have to leave. Whether you decide to live on base or in the surrounding community, there are loads of things to do in this tourist area and plenty of great choices for neighborhoods to settle down in.