Base Name: Ft Lewis WA
Base Location: Tacoma, WA
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?
Off post near base- unsafe neighborhoods, looks horrible, scared to even drive through some places!
We lived further away in Puyallup but finally could not afford it any longer. Was 1200 a month plus utilities and the drive was a bit on gas.
On post- I do like our housing; some of the even newer buildings are beautiful. Wish every place came standard with a fence though.
Save up your money for deposits!!
Rate the PX & Commissary.
Yes it is cheaper than going off post but would love the commissary to explain that “surcharge” that sure looks like tax.
Activities on base?
I always here about something going on.
Active Spouses Club?
I am sure there are but I stay away from them. Drama is in the water here.
Things to do in area?
I would visit the mountains, the aquariums, and the parks. Lots for families.
So-so. I have seen better. But what choice do you have? ½ day school is ridiculous though.
Any colleges in area?
Jobs? (on post and off)
Not sure, I work from home.
Favorite aspect of this base/surrounding city?
Scenery is beautiful
Least favorite aspect?
This base is a horrible duty station.
Local websites? (base, chamber, newspaper, schools, etc.)
Local thrift website.
Any other tips?
Do not choose this base unless you have no other choice. The “support” here is drab, the women here are drama and trouble, and always putting their personal lives on the local website (hence I did not link you). It is the worse duty station ever. We would never come back and never recommend it to anyone with children. The high price to live here is crazy. Another person’s review said to save 3-4 thousand dollars for down payments, she was correct. We arrived with 6,000 $ and it took all of that to get housing and rent a car to even view the houses. This base does not help with move in or deposits. You arrive and you are on your own. Horrible base!!!