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June 19, 2013

Maria asks…

When you’re entering bootcamp(military) for 8 weeks how long after can you bring you’re family a long?

(wife and kids) and will you see then often? Off base or on base living

Administrator answers:

You can not bring your family with you to boot camp period. They can come visit at your graduation but that’s it. I am assuming you are Navy (8 week boot, other branches are longer)
depending on the length of your “A” school you can move your family there but the Military does NOT recommend it. Nor would I if you have kids.
I was newly married with no kids when I went to “A”school. (Got married during my 15 days advanced leave between Boot and “A”. My wife took a bus to my “A” school location and we got an apartment right outside the gate. Then when we moved to my permanent duty station the Navy paid to move everything there.
The Navy will pay one time to move your family and belongings. So she came to my “A” school on our own money and left all of our things in storage back home. My school was 15 weeks and we lived in a pretty much empty apartment with the bare essentials.
That way when it was time to go to my Permanent Duty Station the Navy paid for her and our belongings back in storage to move then.
BOOT: Orlando, FL
“A” : Pensacola, FL
PDS: San Diego, CA
HOME: San Antonio, TX

James asks…

what state has the least expensive yet decent apartments?

or at least the cheapest yet decent neighborhoods..

Administrator answers:

Most states have a wide range of prices, so a lot of it is dependent on the city. However, there are certainly some states that are lower-priced than others, so here are my descriptions of those states:

Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky – These states all have very reasonable rental properties, and in the big cities in these states, apartment prices are very cheap, but the cities are definitely on the rise in terms of population demographics, educational institutions, and overall “niceness”.

Texas – There are some very good prices in this state, and its population is continuously growing. Your chances of finding good neighborhoods in some of the major cities (mostly in East Texas) such as Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, etc. Are very good. You’ll just have to look around.

Alabama and Mississippi – You can find great prices in these states, and many neighborhoods are closely-knit. However, similarly to the midwestern states, people from the south tend to stay in the south, so depending on what you’re looking for, it might be hard to mesh with the culture.

If you like city life, with a lot of subcultures and different types of people, you can look at the areas around Austin, TX and Houston, TX, and even Dallas and San Antonio. Other, non-Texas cities that have good rental prices and a diverse, open culture include:
*Omaha, Nebraska – recently has become a surprising cultural hotspot, especially with the city’s independent music scene
*Baltimore, Maryland – for a metropolitan area along the right side of this country, Baltimore has very very low prices for real estate.

There are a lot of very reasonably-priced areas in the U.S., but what really makes them “decent” is based on what you are looking for. Many people enjoy living in tight-knit, Christian neighborhoods (which is what you’ll find throughout most of the south and midwest), whereas others – regardless of their religious convictions – enjoy the diverse culture and increased opportunity to explore, learn, and discover that is usually associated with city life. If you’re in a place where you thrive, you’ll easily be able to find an extra 50 or even 100 dollars a month for slightly higher rent payments. From personal experience, I’ve found that if you’re not in a place that supports your goals, ideas and personality, you’ll find yourself spending a lot more money to fill those voids, which will negate any money you might save on rent and other monthly payments.

Steven asks…

Moving to Austin, TX or New York, NY– need advice?

OK, so I will be moving to either Austin or New York for work (haven’t been told which yet). I was hoping that a few locals from these areas could give me some advice on nice, decently safe neighborhoods to move into. I also don’t have a lot of money to spend on rent so I’ll be looking for roommates, but was hoping someone might give me some price ranges to be thinking about.

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

Administrator answers:

For your sake, I hope you you get Austin.

It’s a very laid-back city, comparable to San Francisco, and very liberal. The surrounding Hill Country is one of the most beautiful regions of the state (that’s right – we have more than just desert and prairie), and there’s always a lot to do in town as well. You can watch a movie at the original Alamo Drafthouse, where you eat a full dinner right in the theatre; go out for some nightlife on 6th Street or South Congress Avenue; or just enjoy a nice dinner at one of the hundreds of local original, one-of-a-kind restaurants. You might also take a weekend to visit one of the many area museums (especially the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum), drive to Barton Springs for a cool summer swim in year-round 62-degree water, or attend a local minor league baseball game or Formula 1 race.

The area around Austin is very nature-friendly, so if you like getting outside, Austin is the place for you. You can hike in the Hill Country, go jogging along Lady Bird Lake, or go kayaking/canoeing on Lake Travis. The downtown area also encourages walking, and is very pedestrian friendly.

You definitely will have to find a roommate, though – housing prices in the city limits are notoriously sky-high. The best option is to find an apartment in a suburb, preferably Round Rock. Also, Austin is moderately high-crime, though staying out of rougher areas should help you avoid this issue.

Also, since it is centrally located in Texas, Austin is the perfect starting point for road trips within the state. You might drive a short way to get the best barbecue in the world (darn near literally) in the Hill Country; or you could take a three-day weekend to explore Texas’ other major cities (Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso); take a trip down to Corpus Christi or Galveston Island for some R&R on the beach; or work your way up to Oklahoma to hit Winstar or Choctaw Casinos. All cities are easily accessible on major interstates, but in a state slightly larger than France, some may require several days for a full commute and visit. (To put it in perspective, Brownsville, TX is closer to Mexico City than it is to Dallas – look at a map and see if get what I mean.)

Anyway, I really hope you get Austin. It’s a great city with a lot of fun to be had. From great eats to historic sites, you really can’t go wrong in the state capital…well, except for the University of Texas (Gig ‘em, Aggies!).

P.S.: Do be careful driving in the area – not only is the traffic horrendous, but the highways are crawling with state troopers, and they’ll give anyone a ticket.

Welcome to Texas!

Ken asks…

i am new to san antonio, tx only here for the summer, i got 2 kids 7 and 5 and i would like to…..?

enroll them in some type of summer camp, since they spend all they in the apartment with me. but am wondering is it afordable, and where to start???

Administrator answers:

Try kidquest at san antonio.gov. It is based on your income or it is real cheap like $250 for the whole summer. I don’t know if they will take the 5 year old unless he/she is about to turn 6.

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