I dunno about now. When we lived there I knew a CPL and a a couple of SGTs that had housing in Joshua Heights. As a matter of fact the LCPL had one of the really nice houses bigger than ours because of EFMP reasons!! But all of those families had kids too.
Just a side note for you. My wife and I have zero kids and our "wait time" was 0-2 months. I checked out of my old unit a month early and PCS'd here...they backdate your wait date to the day you detach from your old unit. So in theory we should have waited a month or so. We got the call that a house would be ready in thirty days in late May or early June. We PCS'd in January.....and if your husband is a Sgt or below which judging by his BAH he is. good luck dealing with the E-5 and below counselor for base housing his name is Mr. Thrasher....let's just say I personally handed him my completed base housing app and he said he put it in...a few weeks later I found out he didn't bother..thank goodness I had a copy of my app dated when it was completed and turned in and still the big fiasco. Sorry for the long post but this Lincoln Military Housing has completely turned my wife and I off on base housing forever.
Don't be fearful of 29 Palms, it has a lot going for it. Small town with lovely people, great location and mild temperatures. Today was 72, sure it gets triple digits in the summer with July and August being the worst of it. How many other places can say they have only 2 months out the year that's uncomfortable?
The desert is a beautiful place and when you want a change of scenery follow the other posters advice and take a drive for the day or weekend.
Crime, drugs, creeps.....they're everywhere and I assume you're kidding about the ghosts right?
You'll find the wait for housing varies but overall housing does a good job in providing you a realistic estimate on the wait. Chances are they're splitting the difference with your estimate so if you're told 3-5 months you'll likely be placed in 4. As for finding rentals in town, there are gobs of them just look around and make your intentions clear to your landlord, believe me your situation is not unique.
If you're a huge consumer and love to run cooler all day and the heat all night even when you're gone for the weekend...well then you'll be paying for utilities...and shouldn't you? You'll pay for what you use, be conscientious and you'll have no problems and easily stay on budget likely being under $100 a month for gas & electric most months of the year. It's simple, just say no to being a lazy, wasteful consumer.
I hope you enjoy your time in 29 Palms. I've known many people who actually request to PCS back to 29 or the many of us who aren't Marines but love it and chose to live here due to the beauty, small town and community it provides. I'm willing to bet those who describe 29 as an armpit are the same that have never ventured into Joshua Tree National Park, taken a $5 art class or experienced any of the wonderful things the area has to offer.
The desert is a beautiful place and when you want a change of scenery follow the other posters advice and take a drive for the day or weekend. Im looking forward to that! I actually called housing office and they said wait times went down to 1-3 months, which is perfect, I can only hope it stays this wait till march.
He's a Sgt. How long ago was that? Sorry that happened to you guys. Ive never really had any issues with base housing before, but thanks for the heads up.
This was a year ago in January. I came here knowing as well that I was going to be on the Staff Sergeant board this year and likely selected which would have forced me to move out since I did get selected this year and would have had to deal with all that so soon again. I'm glad that we live out in town as I don't normally have many Marine friends and really enjoy the small community atmosphere and have made good friends with a few families from here. As with anywhere it has it's issues with crime and drugs but we have luckily had a decent first year here.
We are pcsing to 29 from lejeune also. We have to be there by feb. 1. I also live on base housing here and have no problems and love my house. i hope that i have the same experience in 29. I have been reading quite a few posts from different discusions for awhile and have already decided to go in with an open mind. My only main concern is the education my daughter will be getting next year when she starts kindergarten.