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Once the wedding plans were in full swing, Andy and I began the discussions of where we would live after we became Mr. and Mrs. We went back and forth with the topic a few times, never seeming to reach an answer. I was adamant about living off-post, while Andy was adamant about living on. However, Andy managed to convince me that on-post living would be the best option for us, so here we are.
5 Reasons Why We’re Choosing to Live On-Post
1. The convenience to work and the gym
Andy, obviously, works on-post, and when I return to work, I’d like to work on-post as well (ideally at HRC.) At my old job, I lived 5 minutes away and could come home for lunch breaks and I want the same for me but especially for Andy. Also, Andy and I will be utilizing the on-post gyms for our workouts since they’re free, and a 5 minute drive makes it more likely that I’ll go 😉
2. The safety
I’m not going to pretend crime doesn’t happen on post, because we all know it does, but there is something about having guards outside of “the town” that makes me feel better. My old neighborhood in Owensboro was rough enough where I didn’t feel safe walking outside after dark, but I haven’t experienced that on-post. I think I will feel especially safe when Andy deploys because I’m on post.
3. No apartment living
If we chose to live out in Radcliff, we would probably be able to get only a 1 bedroom apartment that is about 600 square feet, but on post, the smallest houses are 2 bedroom plus a bonus room and come to about 1,000-1,200 square feet. I don’t know about you, but I’d prefer a roomier place. Plus, there are no apartments on post; they’re mostly all duplexes. Anyone who has lived in an apartment can tell you, it’s much better sharing walls with 1 neighbor than 5.
4. Remodeled duplexes
I’ve already discussed the perks of a duplex, but along those same lines, all of the on-post housing at Knox has been remodeled in the last 10 years or so. I looked at some of the Radcliff apartments in our price range– they were a little dumpy, to be honest– and I much preferred the Knox Hills places.
5. The sense of community
I’ve heard mixed reviews, and my opinion may change in the future, but as I settle into military life, I want the closeness that I’ve heard you can generally find on a military installation. I’m sure that the closeness can sometimes feel like a fish bowl, but for now, I want to live somewhere where all of my neighbors have been the new spouse on the block before.
Did you choose to live on or off post? Why?