Your Name (if you would like it to appear):
Presidio of Monterey, DLI
How long have you been here? (give years please, ex. 2003-present)
What is housing like? On-post? (waiting list, conditions, etc.) Off-post? Any areas to stay away from? Average price to rent or buy?
My family chose to live off post. It’s expensive, but we got really lucky and managed to rent an apartment right on the beach and our BAH covers it and all our utilities. There are lots of military living in these apartments. If you want to live off post, you’ll have to do your research. On post housing is okay, they are remodeling right now, and the new houses are beautiful. The older “established” houses vary, some are okay but some are falling apart.
Rate the PX & Commissary.
PX is okay, the Commissary is better. Pretty good prices, close to those of my previous favorite grocery store, Winco.
Activities on base?
Hardly any community events, it’s a training post so there isn’t a whole lot of community. Kids can take preschool/sports/activities through Army Community Service.
Active Spouses Club?
No, there is more of a community if you live on post, but even that is lacking. The FRG isn’t up and running (even though they are trying), and for off post families there’s almost no communication. I am currently inquiring as to how this can be made better.
Things to do in area?
Tons! Especially if you love the outdoors. Whale watching, kayaking, hiking, boating, all kinds of water sports. If you have kids, there’s a kid’s museum and of course the aquarium that are great.
If you live off post, your kids can’t go to the same elementary school. Foothills Elementary is pretty good.
Any colleges in area?
Yes, 4 year and community college.
Jobs? (on post and off)
I’m not currently working, so I’m not sure.
Favorite aspect of this base/surrounding city?
It’s beautiful here, and a once in a lifetime chance to live right on the ocean.
Least favorite aspect?
The fog, and how expensive it is.
Local websites? (base, chamber, newspaper, schools, etc.)
Try Military.com Installation Guide
Any other tips?
People drive very slowly here, and there are bike trails across all the streets. Make sure to stop for the bikers, because they won’t even pause!