Originally Posted by katy1844
Were looking at a job there and would love some info about the area. We have 3 kids 9,7 and 4 and currently homeschool and reconsider at the beginning of each year. I would love to know what the average price for say a 3000sq foot house is, looking online it looks quite $$$$. Where are the nice places to love, my dh will be working downtown. Where do people shop for food (i noticed theres no trader joes or whole foods) is organic food super $$$? Can we bring our cars? How cold does it really get and how dark is in the winter???Anything else I should be asking......?
Homeschooling is pretty popular here. They say about 1/3 the children in our state homeschool. There are many pubic charter schools that offer a homeschooling program. They give the family an allotment per child to spend on supplies and books.
There is also a great homeschooling group in Anchorage called Alaska Life Learners. We get together at least once a month for playdates, art trips, field trips, etc.
Our price range for a home was $250,000 (really it should have been less). That money bought us a 1964 split level 5 bedroom 2 bath house, 2000 sq ft in semi-fixer upper condition. I have no idea what a 3000sqft home would cost but I'm assuming at least $350,000.
Yes, housing is pretty pricey here considering the wages and such. Factor in the higher cost of utilities, and living expenses generally run about 60%+ of your pay check.
We downsized and rented out house out, now live in a 3 bedroom mobile home for $1500 (all utilities included). This was the nicest and most affordable 3 bedroom/pets accepted on the market in our price range.
There are many nice pocket neighborhoods in town. The majority of people will say to just stick to South Anchorage but I find the Southern Side of Muldoon to be pleasant, as well and the homes in the downtown area (J and Cordova ~ 10th and 15th), also there are some cute areas over in the Spenard area. Of course there is always Hillside, Rabbit Creek and Bear Valley
Most people shop at Fred Meyer, Carrs/Safeway, Costco. We also have local stores that sell organics and other ethnic foods for a high price, but sometimes you just cant get it anywhere else. New Sagyaya and Natural Pantry come to mind. I also like the Red Apple Market for great ethnic foods with out the high price tag. I think our food in Anchorage is pretty similar to most cities in the Lower 48 but you will find our produce is much higher and the quality is not as good. Organics are higher then non-organics.
Yes, bring a car. Anchorage is not bus rider friendly although we do have decent buses and routes. It's pretty chilly in the winter and winter lasts for 7 months. Biking is popular in the summer and some people bike all year round. We have some great trails through out our town.
It's typically above Zero in the winter and around 20? I'd say that's average winter temp but some days are COLD! It's a wet cold here so our -5 feels bone chilling, where are -30 in Fairbanks was just brisk. right now is the hardest time of the year, I think. because thanks to Day LIghts Savings time, we have less light in the evening. Just the other day I noticed the sun was starting to set at 2:45pm on my way to pick up my son from school. Things will get much better after Solstice. :)