NAS PATUXENT RIVER

Housing

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Columbia Colony Housing Area, NAS Patuxent River

 

There are 749 units of Military Family Housing at Patuxent Naval Air Station. Current wait times are 0-6 months; however, waiting times vary depending on the location of the housing desired. Bedroom entitlement and assignment policies are in compliance with OPNAVINST 11101.13 series. Call the Navy Family Housing Office at 301-342-3846, for availability.

Housing, both to rent or buy, is expensive in the Patuxent River area. Affordable housing can be located but the challenge may take some time and a lot of patience. The Fleet and Family Support center and the Housing Service Center are your best resources for locating quality, affordable housing in this area.

 

Government Housing

There are 749 units of Military Family Housing at Patuxent Naval Air Station. Current wait times for Enlisted housing runs from 0-3 months, For Officer wait times, please contact the Housing Service Center as waiting times vary depending on the location of the housing desired. Bedroom entitlement and assignment policies are in compliance with OPNAVINST 11101.13 series.  Please contact the office with any questions you may have and our professional housing staff will be happy to assist you. Upon request, we will provide a "Housing Information Package". Visit the Patuxent homepage for additional information.

To view housing floor plans, click here.

 

Non-Government Housing

Housing, both to rent or buy, is expensive in the Patuxent River area. Affordable housing can be located but the challenge may take some time and a lot of patience. The Fleet and Family Support center and the Housing Service Center are your best resources for locating quality, affordable housing in this area. The Housing Service Center is your contact for any problems you may encounter such as discrimination complaints, tenant/landlord disputes, or any questions or problems about off-base housing is the HRO. The HRO Housing Service Center will provide you a list of rentals with corresponding locator maps and give you information regarding the communities in which the rentals are located. All renters should carry renters insurance against fire, theft and other damages. The property owner's insurance will cover the property but not the renters personal property. Transfer coverage after you arrive. Ask about the availability of a Rental Partnership Program if you are planning to rent.

Renting, Buying and Mobile Homes

For personnel living off-base, rental rates are high with a one bedroom costing between $950-$1300 a month, two bedrooms in the $1150-$1600 range, and three bedrooms ranging from $1200-$1750.  Set up costs consists of a security deposit of one month's rent plus the first month's rent.  Application fees run $25-50 each and are not refundable.  The Rental Partnership Program run by the Housing Office may help you avoid some of these costs.  Apartments participating in this program forgo the application fees and security deposit and sometimes charge reduced rents (-5%).  One stipulation of this program is that your rent be paid by allotment.  In all cases as you search for living arrangements, ask if any special promotions apply.

Utilities average $125 - $275+ per month, depending upon usage, time of year, age of dwelling, etc.

Purchasing a home is expensive with prices ranging from approximately $185,000 to $400,000 and above.  Closing costs are some of the highest in the United States, averaging 5.5 - 8% of the price of the house.  You should always negotiate to reduce these costs in your purchase offer.  Since appreciation on homes is not guaranteed, consider whether you will be in the area for at least 4-5 years to potentially recover the costs of buying. Remember that being approved for a real estate loan does not necessarily mean you can afford the payments.

Mobile homes constitute a major financial liability.  No mobile homes are allowed on base.  Few lots are available in the area, and local zoning severely limits mobile homes on vacant lots.  DO NOT BRING A MOBILE HOME HERE UNTIL YOU HAVE SECURED A LOT IN ADVANCE TO ITS ARRIVAL.

Less expensive housing - both in rental and purchase price - can be found by commuting in a range of 15-60 miles each way.  While public transportation to the base exists, it's not normally available in the areas where the majority of personnel live and does not come onto base for pick-up/drop-off.

 

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