Are you thinking about moving to Alaska, or upgrading from your current home to a newer, larger house? Whatever the reason, making a real estate purchase means considering a variety of factors, from the number of bedrooms you need to the color of the carpets. Of course, consideration needs to be given to the lifestyle that your new home provides you. Below we’ll share a few tips about how to ensure you give some thought to the local community, amenities and more.
If You Love the Outdoors…
Let’s begin with the facts: Alaska is beautiful. Our state offers some of the most pristine natural beauty available anywhere in the country – and if you love the outdoors, you’re going to love living here. A huge part of enjoying the local lifestyle is being in touch with your natural side, so when you’re making your short list of potential properties give some thought to that. Do you want your new home to have an expansive yard or property where your children and pets can play? If so, you may want to consider options in smaller communities outside of Anchorage like Palmer.
All the Amenities Without the Hassle
Another prime consideration when you’re buying a piece of real estate is whether or not you will have access to the amenities that make living in a certain neighborhood enjoyable. While there are those out there that believe that life in Alaska means living in cold frontier towns, which simply isn’t the case. Anchorage offers its residents the same amenities as any other major city, without many of the hassles that come with life in a major metropolis. For example, the 5th Avenue Mall has an Apple Store, JC Penney, Nordstrom and Gap as anchor tenants, and other local shopping centers have additional retail brands available. If you’re a coffee lover, you might be surprised to know that Wasilla, Palmer, Eagle River and other communities are host to dozens of Starbucks locations, ensuring that you’ll never be too far from that next latte. Fitness facilities and gyms are easily accessible, and there are golf courses at hand for when you need to enjoy a day working on your swing.
You’re in Close Proximity to Everything
Finally it’s worth noting that part of having a relaxing, enjoyable lifestyle is ensuring that you’re not stuck in traffic during your daily commute or when you simply want to pop out to a convenience store to pick up some snacks. While you may deal with the occasional traffic in downtown Anchorage, most other communities are small enough that you’ll be in close proximity to your workplace, local schools, the grocery store and other retail shops. If you’re moving in to Alaska from another state, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you’re able to take care of your errands without having to sit around in gridlock.
Whether you’re buying in Anchorage or in a smaller community such as Palmer or Wasilla, there’s no question that Alaska real estate offers buyers some incredible opportunities. Please view our listings page to see some of the houses and properties that are on the market today, and for more information or to book a viewing, contact our offices.