The Navy Housing Service Center (HSC) will utilize our community housing network through HOMES.mil to help you find suitable and affordable off-base private sector housing.
Here is a little information about the area surrounding the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard:
Portsmouth, NH is a city of roughly 21,000 people. It sits near the mouth of the Piscataqua River, a wide river that divides New Hampshire (NH) and Maine (ME). The city is at the hub of a metropolitan region that includes the cities of Rochester and Dover, NH and many towns: Exeter, Hampton, Greenland, Stratham, Newington and Rye, NH; Kittery, Eliot, South Berwick and York, ME. We are located approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours from Boston, Massachusetts. The region as a whole is noted for its many restaurants, attractions and shopping opportunities including outlet malls. There are many beaches and state parks located in both the NH and ME surrounding areas. You can enjoy the mountains, sandy beaches and rocky areas along the coast.
Living in the New England area provides you the unique opportunity of experiencing four seasons. Swimming, boating, rafting, kayaking, biking, canoeing and camping in the summer; enjoying the changing of color in the fall; skiing, sledding, snowmobiling and shoveling in the winter; and anxiously waiting for the snow to melt and the flowers and trees to go back to life with spring.
Settled in 1623, Portsmouth claims to be the nation's third-oldest city. It served as a focal point on the Eastern seaboard until the late 1800's when rail travel weakened the shipping industry. John Paul Jones' ship, The Ranger, was built in Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (which lies across the river in ME) was established in 1800 as the country's first Naval Shipyard.