WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE HOUSING: 4 ON-POST OPTIONS
By Chris Walker
IntroductionWelcome to White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), located just an hour north of the city of El Paso, TX. Here you’ll experience wide open desert life in this remote testing center. When moving to a new duty station, if you’re not sure you want to buy a house in the local area or the time simply isn’t right for you, on-base housing is always a great option. This guide will help you figure out your on-base housing options on White Sands Missile Range and get you started.
Suggested Read: WSMR: In-Depth Welcome Center
New Mexico BAHBasic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is provided for your post based on your rank and location. BAH is given if housing on-post 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.
White Sands Missile Range BarracksUnaccompanied personnel can find housing through the Unaccompanied Housing office. Unaccompanied Soldiers in the ranks of E1-E3 and E-4 with fewer than 3 years of service are eligible for a residence that includes private sleeping rooms, linens, furnishings, and supplies. Contact your gaining unit and request to be assigned a sponsor who can assist you in registering for housing.
WSMR Unaccompanied Housing310 H Ave. Bldg 373 WSMR, NM 88002
Phone:1 (575) 678-2951
WSMR Housing OfficeTo apply for WSMR post family housing, contact the Military Housing Office as soon as you receive your orders to WSMR. The MHO 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-post or off-post housing, you can check out the Army’s housing website here. Housing on-post is a public-private partnership with Balfour Beatty Communities. The Army manages your housing application and the waitlist. The Privatized Managing Partner manages the lease signing, property management, and meeting the residents’ needs.
WSMR Military Housing Office465 Dyer St. Room 150 WSMR, NM 88002
Phone: 1 (575) 678-7591
Monday through Thursday:0700-1600
White Sands Missile Range Housing OptionsThere are four distinct neighborhoods on WSMR 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. WSMR Housing Amenities Community amenities include:
- On-site management and maintenance
- Basketball, tennis and volleyball courts
- Community center with fitness room
- Covered pavilions
- Curbside trash and recycling pick-up
- Dog park
- Lawn care services
- Neighborhood center with multipurpose room
- Pet friendly
- Playgrounds and tot lots
- Resident activities and events
- Skate Park
- Walking Paths
Note: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.
Ranks:E1-E6, O1-O5 This neighborhood has three and four bedroom homes with fenced-in backyards, master suites, patio, two-car garages. It is within walking distance of the community center, the splash park, tot lots, and multiple playgrounds.
Ranks:E7-E9 This neighborhood features three and four bedroom homes with a variety of home features including fully equipped kitchens, breakfast bar, master suite, plenty of storage space, and two-car garage. This neighborhood is located near the walking trails and tot lots.
Ranks:All Ranks, military retirees, DoD employees This neighborhood features three bedroom homes including a garage, patio, and central air. It is within walking distance to the White Sands Elementary and Middle Schools, with easy access to the playgrounds and athletic fields.
Ranks:All Ranks, military retirees, DoD employees This neighborhood features three and four bedroom homes that include an open floor plan, fenced-in backyard, and master suite. This neighborhood is located within easy walking distance of the recreational trails, playgrounds and tot lots, and the WSMR Youth Center.
ConclusionWhen you’re moving every few years with the military, buying a home may not be the right choice for you. Likewise, if you’re stationed somewhere that is fairly remote like WSMR, you may want to stay on post to take advantage of the post amenities. On-post housing is a great option for its ease, safety, and familiarity. Be sure to reach out to your gaining unit as soon as possible to start gathering info on your move.
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