Living off base has some wonderful advantages! True, you'll be farther away from the military community on-base, but some of things you can gain include building equity, avoiding training noise, and being able to choose your child's school district.

Here are the top 5 advantages of off-base housing in San Diego and why your family might benefit!

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1) Building Equity

By owning your own property, you'll start building equity. Even if your next PCS takes you out of San Diego, you can choose to rent out your property while you're away. Our Relobase agents would be happy to speak with you about your options for purchasing in San Diego!

2) Rent Costs

There isn't any question that most on-base living has major restrictions. Some of them don't allow pets and rent is usually set at exactly the military BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) rate. If you decide to rent off-base rather than purchase a property, San Diego has an abundance of rentals to fit all budgets. You may find a rental at a better rate than you would get on a military base. Some military families have even found special rental deals for military members!

3) Luxury of Choice

While most on-base communities provide plenty of activities for families, you have to live with what's available. Living off-base gives you the luxury of choice. Whether you want to be walking distance to shopping and dining or closer to the beach, San Diego's varied communities offer just what you're looking for!

4) Peace and Quiet

It's true. Living on-base means you'll hear the "Sound of Freedom" on a regular basis. The boom of artillery and the chatter of gunfire may be a very typical part of your day. If you prefer peace and quiet, you might want to consider off-base housing. This is also an important consideration if you have pets. Loud noises can cause them anxiety.

5) Choice of School Districts

Determining the best school district for the kids is nearly always a consideration when PCSing. By living off-base you can choose the school district you want to be in rather than going with the one the base is located in.

Not sure where to start? Our Relobase agents would be happy to speak with you about your specific situation!

(Article originally appeared on Relobase.com)