By Chris Walker


Welcome to NAS Pax River, located in Patuxent River, Maryland, about sixty miles outside of Washington DC. Patuxent River is at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay making for some lovely waterfront views. If now isn’t the best time for you to buy a home and you don’t want to go searching out in town for a lease, on-base housing may be the best option for you. This guide will help you figure out your on-base housing options on NAS Pax River and get you started.

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Maryland BAH

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is provided for your base based on your rank and location. BAH is given if housing on-base is not available and you are looking at living in the surrounding area. The calculator below will help you figure out your BAH for your rank, time in service, and duty station. 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 Pax River Barracks

NAS Pax River Barracks

Unaccompanied personnel can find housing through the Unaccompanied Housing office. Unaccompanied personnel in the ranks of E1-E3 and E-4 with fewer than four years of service are eligible for unaccompanied housing. Unaccompanied housing holds about 240 personnel in one building, Bldg 2818. Bldg 2818 has 73 Market Style Units with a full kitchen and living area. Each room has a full bathroom, two captain’s beds, a nightstand, a desk with a chair, a dresser, and two closets. The living room has a 50” TV, two full-size sofas, an end table and lamp, a full kitchen, and a washer/dryer. Each room is equipped with cable, internet, and phone outlets but the services are the occupant’s responsibility. There are multipurpose rooms with lounges, TVs, games, reading rooms, bike lockers, a grilling area, and basketball courts. All base amenities are within easy walking distance. All rooms are subject to weekly inspections and residents must maintain them to comply with rules and regulations.

NAS Pax River Unaccompanied Housing

22208 Cuddihy Rd, Bldg 2818 NAS Pax River, MD 20670


: 1 (301) 995-2754


: Monday-Thursday 0630-1600; Friday 0630-1500 NAS Pax River Housing Office

NAS Pax River Housing Office

To apply for NAS Pax River base family housing, contact the Navy Housing Service Center as soon as you receive your orders to NAS Pax River. The housing team can inform you of the process and notify you of current wait times for housing, if any. For any other information, both accompanied or unaccompanied, on-base or off-base housing, you can check out the Navy’s housing website here. Housing on-base is a public-private partnership with Lincoln Military Housing. The Navy manages your housing application and the waitlist. The Privatized Managing Partner manages the lease signing, property management, and meeting the residents’ needs.

NAS Pax River Navy Housing Service Center

21967 Cuddihy Rd, Bldg 2371 NAS Pax River, MD 20670


: 1 (301) 342-3846


: Monday-Thursday 0700-1600; Friday 0700-1500


: PatuxentRiver_Housing@navy.mil NAS Pax River Housing Options

NAS Pax River Housing Options

There are six distinct neighborhoods on NAS Pax River with various floor plans and amenities. The community is entirely pet friendly including large breed dogs though there are some restrictions on numbers and breeds.

NAS Pax River Housing Amenities

Community amenities include:
  • On-site management and maintenance
  • Basketball, tennis and volleyball courts
  • Community center with an indoor playground
  • Covered pavilions
  • Curbside trash and recycling pick-up
  • Dog park
  • Fitness Center
  • Lawn care services
  • Multipurpose courts
  • Pet friendly
  • Playgrounds and tot lots
  • Pools
  • Recreation trails
  • Resident activities and events
  • Sand volleyball courts
  • Splash park


: Even though some neighborhoods may include all ranks, only certain units within that neighborhood may be available to certain ranks. Though some neighborhoods are open to all ranks, certain floor plans may be restricted to those of higher rank.

1. Carpenter Park


: E1-E9 This neighborhood has three to four bedroom homes with fenced-in yards, large sheds, and all the modern in-home appliances. This neighborhood is on NAS PAX River.

2. Challenger Estates


: E1-E9. WO1-O6 This neighborhood features three and four-bedroom homes with fenced-in yards, state-of-the-art appliances, two-car garages. This neighborhood is less than 10 miles from NAS PAX River in the community of California, MD.

3. Columbia Colony


: E7-E9, WO1-O6 This neighborhood features three and four-bedroom homes with fenced-in yards, two-car garages, modern interiors with granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Located about six miles from NAS Pax River in California, MD.

4. Glenn Forest


: Military & DOD Civilians This neighborhood features townhomes with fenced-in yards, two-car garages, and modern kitchens located just off base.

5. Gold Coast


: O3-O9 This neighborhood features three and four-bedroom homes located right on NAS Pax River. The homes feature air conditioning, washer dryer hookups, and recently renovated interiors. Many homes sit right on the water making this a desirable location for amazing beach living.

6. Lovell Cove


: Military & DOD Civilians This neighborhood features three and four-bedroom townhomes with in-home appliances and fenced-in backyards. Located on NAS Pax River, this location is sleek, modern, and convenient.


Moving is a fact of life in the military, but getting settled shouldn’t be a heinous chore. Use your base resources to help make your transition and settling easier and don’t forget to reach out for help from your new unit. Check our other articles to get your feet under you and start exploring your new home along the Chesapeake Bay. Don’t forget to try some seafood!  




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