Thursday, March 22, 2012

Orders to Pensacola NAS or Whiting Field NAS?

PCS'ing to NAS Pensacola?
Here's some tips to help you with the move.

If you have military orders to Pensacola and are unsure about the Pensacola area, you have come to the right place. Our office helps military service members and their families with their relocation to the Pensacola area every day.

Map with local area military bases including NAS Whiting Field in Milton, FL and NAS Pensacola in Pensacola, FL.
Naval Air Station Museum in SW Pensacola, FL~
Pensacola is home to a Naval Air Station, the Blue Angels, and the National Aviation Museum. With such history and infrastructure, we also have several military bases in the local area including the following:
1. Whiting Field NAS in Milton, FL~ Northern Santa Rosa County off Stewart Street
2. Corry Station in Pensacola, FL~ Southwest Pensacola off Navy Blvd. / New Warrington Blvd.
3. NAS Pensacola in Pensacola~ South Pensacola with two entrances- the front gate off Navy Blvd. in South Pensacola and the back gate off Blue Angel Pkwy and Gulf Beach Hwy in Southwest Pensacola near Perdido Key Beaches.
*4. Hurlburt Field AFB in Mary Esther, FL~ Lcoated in Okaloosa County between Navarre, FL and Fort Walton Beach, FL. It's location right off Hwy 98 causes traffic congestion in the morning and afternoons.
*5. Eglin AFB in Crestview, FL~ Located in Okaloosa County south of Niceville and Northeast of Hurlburt Field AFB.

*We don't handle many properties in Okaloosa County near Hurlburt or Eglin but you can search this area's MLS with the following link: http://www.EmeraldCoastHomesOnline.com ! Many people prefer the Navarre and Fort Walton Beach areas to be close to Hurlburt Field AFB. Traffic gets heavy on Hwy 98 so keep that in mind when planning your move.

Moving near NAS or Whiting Field
You can pretty much live anywhere in Pensacola (even Cantonment, Gulf Breeze, Pace) and get to Pensacola NAS in under an hour.

If you are in flight school and need to train at both bases, you may want to consider living in the Northeast Pensacola area (32514, Northwest 32534) or in Pace, FL (32571) which is in between both bases. You can hop on I-10 to Milton's Whiting Field NAS and go down Pine Forest Rd. to get over to NAS Pensacola's back gate of I-110 to get downtown and use the front gate. You could also live farther south in Pensacola and hop on I-110 or I-10 to get up to Milton! Remember, the military clause does not allow you to move from your rental home unless you are more than 35 miles away from your new duty station. Most homes in Pensacola do not meet this criteria (although we have some waterfront townhomes at Innerarity Point Rd that do! photo below) so make sure to be familiar with the guidelines set forth by the military clause.
If you are being stationed at NAS Pensacola (32507) or Corry Station (32506), you will probably want to be close by and can live in downtown Pensacola (32501, 32502), South Pensacola (32505), Southwest Pensacola (32506, 32507), or West Pensacola although if you fall in love with that house in Cantonment (32533) with 2 acres, it's still < 30-45 minute drive to base.

There are a good variety of townhomes, condos, and single family residences with garages and fenced yards in the Pensacola area and surrounding cities. Use this zip code map to help you while you search!

Santa Rosa School districts, on average, have better school rankings than Escambia County Schools. Santa Rosa County entails the cities of Gulf Breeze, Navarre, Pace, and Milton, FL (32570) with Pensacola, Cantonment, Pensacola Beach, and Perdido Key in Escambia County. Because of this, inventory in Gulf Breeze stays low especially in Gulf Breeze Proper (the area just east of the 3 Mile Bridge) as there are not a lot of rental homes in these areas.
Navarre also rents fast due to the proximity between both bases and to Hurlburt Field AFB.

2 Bd/2.5 Bath townhomes near NAS at Innerarity Point in SW Pensacola.
If you want to live waterfront or with a waterview- you can do so all throughout the Pensacola area including NE & SE Pensacola off Scenic Hwy, off Lillian Hwy or Hwy 98 in SW Pensacola, off Bayou Chico or Bayou Texar in South Pensacola, out in Perdido Key or off Innerarity Island! Even in Gulf Breeze Proepr (it'll cost ya') and Milton have some waterfront homes. We usually have a nice selection of townhomes and condos in these areas although rarely any single family waterfront homes.
There are a few areas that experiences traffic delays during specific rush hour, with afternoons around 5-6pm being the worst. They include but are not limited to Cervantes near 17th, Hwy 98 in Gulf Breeze through the National Seashore, Davis Hwy near I-10, 9 Mile Rd., Brent Ln. near I-110, Hwy 90 near Woodbine, I hear it's really not bad compared to other bases!

Is it in a "good" neighborhood?
I did a blog recently about this question because we get it all the time. Realtors are not allowed to comment on neighborhoods and locations so we have a few suggestions to help you research the local neighborhoods in Pensacola. Read this blog for felony & sex offender searches, school district information, police dept information, and helpful tips about choosing your next home from afar.

Can you rent a home sight unseen?
Many companies have their own policies concerning this. Some companies will not allow you to rent a house sight unseen. We prefer if a family member or co-worker could visit the home and drive through the neighborhood prior to you signing a lease. If you were to rent something sight unseen, it would most likely come with a sight unseen addendum which states that you must fulfill your lease obligation. This sometimes leaves renters unsatisfied- definitely read my previous blog on Moving to Pensacola and google map the address of any homes you are considering renting sight unseen. Homes are going fast in our area- you may miss out on one or two if you wait to secure a home so more people are renting homes sight unseen.

Our company is #1 in Leasing Homes in the Pensacola area!
Realty Masters offers reduced application fee ($15 per adult instead of $30) for active duty service members and their spouses. Some of our military owners also offer a reduced security deposit to help ease the transition of moving
We have over 45 rental homes available in Pensacola, Pace, Milton, and Perdido Key areas. Make sure to visit our website to view homes, townhomes, and condos for rent in the Pensacola area! Call our office (850) 473 3983 M-F 8-5pm and Saturday 8:30-2pm or stop in at 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503.

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Until next time,
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