Anchorage, Alaska Real Estate and Community Information

Anchorage is the most populous city in the state of Alaska and is known for its scenic beauty. The Chugach Mountains are located within the city with Mount McKinley nearby to the north of the city. These mountains create a majestic skyline that you will have to see to believe. In addition to abundance of nature that you will find in Anchorage, its location on the map has made it a hub for commerce. This makes the city a perfect blend of city and country life that you won't find anywhere else.

What's the Weather Like?

Contrary to stereotypes about Alaska being cold and snowy throughout the year, Anchorage is rather mild during the summer and reasonably cold during the winter. Average highs during the month of July are around 66 degrees with lows in the mid-50s. During the month of January, you can expect temperatures anywhere from 10 to 30 degrees with lows in the single digits. The rainy season occurs in the late summer with snowfall totaling about 75 inches during a normal winter. As the city is located closer to the Arctic Circle than any other city in the United States, the summer days are extremely long and sunny.

What Is There to Do in Anchorage?

On the first weekend in March, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins with a ceremony on Fourth Avenue downtown. In February, there are a series of timed races that are part of the Fur Rendezvous festival. The Anchorage Bucs and the Glacier Pilots each play their Alaska Baseball League home games at Mulcahy Stadium, and the city is also home to the Alaska Aces of the minor league ECHL.

The city of Anchorage is also a hotbed for the arts with several museums and performing arts venues with the Anchorage Center for Performing Arts being the largest and best known. It plays host to the International Ice Carving Competition and has the capacity to seat 3,000 people for a single performance. Those who love the arts may also want to check out Imaginarium: Science Discovery Center as well as the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

For those who are more inclined to spend a Saturday afternoon going on a hike or want to get the kids out of the house over summer break, you will find that there are several natural points of interest to investigate. Flattop Mountain is one of the most climbed mountains in the state and is famous for its campouts during the winter and summer solstices. Finally, the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is an 11-mile paved trail that is used for walking and hiking during the summer and for snowmobiling during the winter.

Get Your Education From Quality Anchorage Schools

You can rest assured that your kids will be well prepared for the demands of the 21st century by attending schools within the Anchorage School District. They are ranked in the top 1 percent nationally in terms of diversity, which means that your kids will learn and grow with others from different backgrounds and heritages. With the world becoming more and more diversified each day, this will help them when applying for colleges or when it comes time to have a successful career.

Anchorage is also home to several colleges that are known throughout the country and the world. The University of Alaska Anchorage is the largest college in Alaska with Alaska Pacific being another larger school that offers a variety of degree programs. For those looking to play sports while in school, UAA fields teams in Division II with hockey being a Division I sport.

Jobs Are Plentiful in Anchorage

The military is one of the largest employers in Anchorage with the presence of the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. FedEx has made the city a global hub as it is less than 10 hours by air from 90 percent of all locations in the world. The Ted Stevens International Airport is one of the busiest cargo hubs in the worlds, and the jet fuel is uses to transport that cargo is made and shipped locally, which provides jobs in those sectors as well. Other top sectors include tourism and work in local, state and federal offices.

How Do I Get Around Town?

Alaska Route 1 is the main highway in town and is known as the Seward Highway south of Fairview. To the north closer to JBER, it is known as the Glenn Highway. For those looking for public transportation options, the Alaska Railroad runs from Seward to Fairbanks. In addition, Anchorage offers a bus system that is referred to as the People Mover, which offers carpool and other services to seniors and others who need it.

If you are ready to relocate to a place where you can enjoy the conveniences of urban life and the beauty of nature, Anchorage is ready for you. Contact The Jarratt Team today to learn more about the process of buying real estate in Anchorage or to schedule a showing of any property that you may be interested in.

Peter and Helen Jarratt
Peter and Helen Jarratt
Certified Residential Specialists