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USAF Alconburyoff base housing

Old 10th Dec 2014, 01:55
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USAF Alconburyoff base housing

I have a colleague who's son and DIL are going to be stationed there in the near future.

They want to live off base and have an allowance of $4000 per month (I assume this includes utilities).

Now whilst I am from the UK originally I do not know the area at all.

Can anyone recommend the best place to live or indeed areas to avoid?

If you'd rather PM that's fine.

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Old 10th Dec 2014, 07:49
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There is a wide selection of good accommodation around Alconbury in both villages and market towns. With the budget you mention at $4K per month, he should have no problems.
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Old 10th Dec 2014, 08:33
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4k a month you could almost get a palace. Have a look on google earth should give you an idea.
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Old 10th Dec 2014, 08:39
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I live in Cambridgeshire and $4,000 per month will get you somewhere very decent in a good village.


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Old 10th Dec 2014, 08:46
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HTC - ABP (anywhere but Peterborough, which is a sh**hole, IMHO).

I would also recommend he minimizes his need to be on the A14, which is frequently a car park. Ellington is a nice village and nearby Oundle is a good place.

I would avoid living too close to rivers in that part of England as they flood quite often.
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Old 10th Dec 2014, 08:56
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Avoid the bigger towns if you can (St Ives, St Neots) and Huntingdon- on no account go anywhere near Oxmoor/ Sapley. Some of the Fenland towns (Ramsey, Chatteris) can be a bit 'strange'.
Lots of nice villages around though, especially to the West and South, ok around Cambridge too but more pricey.
Caution- Cambridgeshire is a very popular area for 'people who live in Caravans'. Check out around villages for sites. (Cottenham for instance).
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Old 10th Dec 2014, 09:15
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USAF Alconbury ??
Had a couple of houses in Brampton over the years and can concur with the above comments. Certainly ,even now, 2000$ a month will get you a very decent house in the area.
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Old 10th Dec 2014, 10:06
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I have a colleague who's son and DIL are going to be stationed there in the near future.
Are you sure about that? The whole place is a building site, being converted into housing and an industrial site. Is there still a USAF presence in the middle of that?
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Old 10th Dec 2014, 11:22
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within 10 mile and up to 1500 a month see

http://www.zoopla.co.uk/to-rent/hous..._source=refine

2,000 to 3,000

will get you the likes of

http://www.zoopla.co.uk/to-rent/hous..._source=refine

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Old 10th Dec 2014, 11:38
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Google Earth image shows runway and taxiways closed markings, and a large number of articulated trailers parked on the western half, so I guess not used for aviation at the moment. That is not to say the USAFE do not have another use for the base, logistics centre for example (unless all those vehicles are nothing to do with military), or a housing and administrative centre for satellite units (outlying stations, not those things up in space).


Perhaps Herman TC can add something to help us understand.


Endorse all the observations about the Fens and its towns and villages; I once got completely lost at night returning from RAF Upwood to Finningley after visiting a girlfriend. Flat, featureless, lots of dykes, no lights, no road signs (BTW, I'm talking about the fenland, not the girlfriend...); even thought I could hear a banjo and guitar duelling in the background.


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Old 10th Dec 2014, 12:29
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I used to own a rental property in Alconbury Village. Our USAF tenants were very good ... and it was nice to have Base Housing keeping an eye on proceedings for us.

Miserable area, though.
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Old 10th Dec 2014, 12:33
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Herman,

I'm born and bred in this collegial city and happy to offer my thoughts..

AFAIK Alconbury is safe and Molesworth is continuing to expand according to a converse I had at Farnborough with an attendee...who knows and should know as they are regular visitor between there and Stuttgart and yes they does wear a shirt and tie! They said if any of our MP/MEPs are worried then they should not be. Relocating to Northampton /Oxford Golf Ball country would not work, in fact it be far easier to move the village and Golf Ball country up this way!!

The Alconbury Weald lot who are wielding their sheath and knocking down most of the HASs, command posts on the airfield site (have been up there a few times in the last couple of months). Their 25 year plan for new town, university campus etc etc DOES NOT include tearing down but building around the existing 501st as far as they know, the 501st ain;t moving.
Though the new CO...apparently wants to get rid of the F-5E gate guard, so I heard...

My neck of the woods in Camb is very expensive....

I'd suggest St Ives as its nice, not too expensive, and nice river, friendly atmosphere and down the road.

Defo not Chaaaaaaaatteris as one of my old best mates and one of our friends' family relocated there from Cam cos it was cheaper but its chav and boy racer territory. The roads are not particularly brilliant either.

Further up past Molesworth, Thrapston ain't too bad or was but unfortunately it is being swallowed up / amalgamated by Corby (one mate of ours moved out with his wife as he put it just in time 2 years ago!) and Corby is not particularly a nice place.

Anyway Cottenham/Impington/Histon ain't too bad villages outside Camb itself though tbh, the caravan lot are not noticeable noticeable in the local pubs and their segregation is more apparent in the news. The only downside like with other villages like Earith, Willingham, Longstanton, Dry Drayton, Conington, Papworth, between Huntingdon, St Ives, and Cambridge is the roads. Yes they have been improved over the years but...still

I've got a few friends in the property rental marketplace, here, so am sending you a PM.

Btw laughingly it has come to my attention that housing for EUCOM personnel, assigned here are in high demand and there is not enough. Yaxley, which is outside Peterborough was a USAFE village predominantly for the residents down the road in the 80s and 90s. Unfortunately with the base drawdown, it went and there are now personnel kicking themselves.

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Old 11th Dec 2014, 00:57
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Thanks to all who have replied and sent pm.

I am not sure of exact details of their deployments - I think they maybe in intelligence/monitoring?

My USA collegue asked me if I knew about the area as I am from the UK. Yeah most Americans/Californians see the UK as 'London' still... He is a nice guy so I said I'd see what info I could find.

The budget seems rather generous to me too...

I'll print the thread and pms for him before I see him next so any other info is still appreciated.

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Old 11th Dec 2014, 08:45
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Re comments about the fen country, if, for example, the Lake District is Coke, pop music or steak and chips, the fen country is a fine wine, a late Beethoven quartet or caviare. Its attractions are not immediately obvious but will grow on you in time. After 35 years I still feel nostalgic for the area with its huge skies and no annoying hills or mountains to spoil the view.

Re Chatteris, etc, just about everywhere I was posted in the RAF, people were commenting about the "funny locals", forgetting that they were "funny locals" from somewhere themselves! I agree with chopper's remarks about St Ives - I prefer it to our own tourist-clogged town of the same name!

If your friend keeps an open mind I am sure he and his family will have a great time.
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Old 12th Dec 2014, 07:26
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Alconbury,Oakington and Waterbeach are having thousands of new homes built on them also Cambourne village is expanding to build on the former Bourn airfield. The increase in traffic around the Cambridge/Huntingdon area will reach grid lock unless the A14 around Bar Hill is upgraded. Until the road infrastructure is sorted out it will all end up in tears or fumes of frustration for motorists The Oundle rural area is nice and accessable.
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Old 12th Dec 2014, 07:50
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Originally Posted by T-21:8779419
Alconbury,Oakington and Waterbeach are having thousands of new homes built on them also Cambourne village is expanding to build on the former Bourn airfield. The increase in traffic around the Cambridge/Huntingdon area will reach grid lock unless the A14 around Bar Hill is upgraded. Until the road infrastructure is sorted out it will all end up in tears or fumes of frustration for motorists The Oundle rural area is nice and accessable.
Agreed, avoid having to use the A14 if at all possible!
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423d FSS may also be of interest regarding many other aspects of the appointment, if not already seen.

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Old 12th Dec 2014, 10:07
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Chatteris - now there is a town - the former Mrs W started her teaching career there in the 60s - what an education to me from norf west Lunnun. most of the kids were out of school most of the summer harvesting. I suspect a fair few had more than the usual number of toes. Accents were so broad as to be almost unintelligible. There is a "fenland" ie Marais Poitevan - town between us and La Rochelle (fens here drained by same Dutch engineer as Cambridgeshire) called Marrans - every time I drive through I am reminded of Chatteris and its near neighbour, March.
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Old 12th Dec 2014, 10:33
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That would be (Sir) Cornelius Vermuyden - built a great many of the straight rivers near one of my former houses.


I had a house on the eastern fringes of the Fens in the early 1980s as a convenient location for Marham and Honington (but instead was posted to Laarbruch for 8 years), at Hilgay - between Denver and Southery (south of Downham Market), and not far from Hundred Foot Bank. My neighbour on one side was decidedly dodgy (rumours of child molestation - probably his own family); on the other side a potter, who was immersed in pot in all its meanings.


I wouldn't recommend it, unless the Americans are from the deep rural South, or the Appalachians, where the remoteness could lead to the same genetic peculiarities encountered in the Fens, and apparently southern France as well.


Definition of a virgin in Norfolk/Cambs: girl who can run faster than her brothers...


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HTC - Sorry if this all seems a bit negative, but elimination can also be useful in deciding a location.
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Best fun I ever had in the fens was crit speeds in a Canberra from Bassingbourn along the long straight "drains"
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