|I love my Japanese refrigerator|
Our neighborhood is located about 3 miles from the base (about 10 minutes via car, 20 minutes via bicycle), in a really nice, newer neighborhood on the hillside. When we say where we live, most people aren't familiar with the neighborhood, so we use the closest train station as a marker. Speaking of the train, there's a tunnel for the trains underneath this development. The first day I was at the house alone, I was startled by the train. I/we don't even notice anymore. We are desensitized from the train noises because we used to live next to the train track in North Seattle for 9 years. The trains literally shook our place every time they went by. I think that's why the boys were good sleepers when they were young. The train would just lull them to sleep.
Overall, I'm glad we chose to move out in town. It will give us more of an opportunity to experience Japanese culture daily.