Hillside View Properties - A Peaceful Easy Way To Live
by Dan Wolf
on Friday, August 17th, 2012 at 9:50am.
I was standing on the deck at a friends house, looking down on Cook Inlet, Fire Island and the city of Anchorage on the horizon. A 747 airliner was in view approaching the Ted Stephens International Airport. Frankly, the view is simply beyond words. When I said that to my friends who own the home, they commented that "You know, coming home to this view can make you forget a lot of the day's stress." I believe that to be true. The privacy and view are truly calming.
People who have had a big view, or even just a private view from their windows looking into trees and not into a neighbors window, will tell you they would have a difficult time learning to live without the wide open spaces out of their windows. For many, the view is as important, as the house. I've seen people compromise on the house just to get the view saying "I can change the house to make it better, but I cannot always get this kind of a view!"
In Anchorage, the area that locals call "the hillside" are accessed by several roads. Start with the Seward Highway, or Hiway 1 running north and south. The roads that lead "up the hill" are the roads running east from the Seward Hiway, starting Abbott, then O'Malley, Huffman, DeArmoun and finally Rabbit Creek Road as you head south from Anchorage.
There is a variety of construction types and styles on the hillside. On uphill lots, you see mostly two-story homes with more stairs going up to the bedrooms to get better views, and on downhills lots, you see more "hillside ranches, or homes that you enter on the main level and go downstairs to a walk-out basement on that lower level. Most hillside homes are on lots an acre or larger. In part this is because there isn't public water and sewer in most of the area and larger lots are required to get the required separation for on-site well and septic.
I called this blog post "Hillside view", but is certainly doesn't have to be on the hillside to have a view. I know there are people living on the borders of town looking across a lake, or towards the mountains or a even across a park that wouldn't trade their location for the whole world. It's the peace your spirit gets when you have nature and privacy in your back yard. For many people it's why they live in Alaska - a part of that Big Wild Life!
If you have a view home on your bucket list, let us know! I keep my eye out for special homes with views!