What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?
Housing is generously sized and within 5 minutes' drive of the Consulate. Every house has some quirks, like occasional leaks/floods, weird layouts, etc., but generally they are quite comfortable. Most have walled-in back patios, nice for kids, dogs, barbecues, etc. - Jun 2018
Big house, security is OK but no electric fencing, alarm system is not as good as other places. - Apr 2017
All houses are unique, nice, and fairly large. Commute time to the Consulate is less than five minutes. - Feb 2016
Our houses are huge! My house has 3 bedrooms upstairs, a room downstairs for an office, two living rooms, a dining area, kitchen is huge with a breakfast area, laundry room, maids quarters and then outside front and back. The house has a total of 5 bathrooms with a shower in every one. A little much, but it's free! Commute time is great. It's only 3 minutes from my daughter's school and about 7 minutes to the Consulate. All of us live relatively close to each other. - Dec 2015
Since most officers are first tour, we are all amazed at our housing, barring the few super rich who are used to having 3-4 bedroom houses with multiple bathrooms and maid's quarters as a single young adult or new young family. They are set up like mini fortresses. Commute time is about 10 minutes. Every house has unique features. So you'll most likely be jealous of one feature in someone's house and they'll be jealous of one feature in your house. - Jun 2014
Consulate housing is nice, scattered within a 10-minute drive of the consulate. - Feb 2013
Consulate staff are housed in two neighborhoods close to the Consulate. No one's commute is longer than 5-7 minutes. The housing is about 20 minutes from the International Bridge crossings into Laredo, TX. - Nov 2011