San Diego, California- For many years, the kind of living that military stationed at Naval Station San Diego had was austere. Barracks for single people were often fairly barren and it was not all that inviting.
Now, the U.S. Navy has changed quite a bit, entering into a new, modern high-rise barracks. Complete with stone countertops and maple cabinets, the apartments being used now for single Servicemember barracks are a far cry from the old Quonset hut model.
One example is on the 17th floor, where two Navy sailors share a dual suite master apartment. The Pacific Beacon is a new bachelor housing actually built as a private venture but under contract with the US Government. It is a four-tower complex that will be able to handle 1,882 sailors level E-4 and above when it is finished.
Apartments are spacious, feature in-unit washers and dryers, and for the most part, come furnished. It has a rooftop pool, patio, fitness center, and TV rooms, free Internet Wi-Fi and a parking garage. Many of the first 200 sailors that entered this bachelor housing were amazed.
?It?s now more and more a positive quality of life issue, if I was enlisted I would live here,? said San Diego Base Commander, Captain Rick Williamson. ?It?s a big step over the old days.?