Relocating to Anchorage: Clues You Found a Good Neighborhood
by Dan Wolf
on Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 7:13am.
If you are relocating to Anchorage, Alaska, you will want to find the perfect home as well as the right neighborhood for your family. Anchorage snowbirds who rented part of the year often know a lot about the area. Whether you are a snowbird who has decided to buy or a professional relocating to Anchorage for a job, talk to your Realtor about what you want in a neighborhood. According to a recent real estate report by MoneyTalksNews, the right neighborhood is especially important for resale value. But a safe neighborhood is also important to people who want to retire. When visiting open houses or touring Anchorage homes for sales, look for clues that tell you it’s an up-and-coming neighborhood rather than one on the decline.
• Getting an idea of traffic patterns
It’s a good idea to visit the neighborhood at different times of the day including rush hour and weekends. Drive to ordinary places such as restaurants, grocery stores and shopping malls to see what the traffic is like as well as your daily commute if applicable.
• Looking for signs of life
While driving in the area, pay attention to new developments as well as fire and police protection. It’s always good to buy a home close to a fire station, for example. A quirky indicator that you’ve discovered an up-and-coming neighborhood is if there are trendy coffee shops nearby as well as upscale restaurants.
• Talking to neighbors
If you are outgoing, talk to neighbors. If you don’t want to strike up a conversation, take a walk to see whether neighbors keep their lawns mowed or the snow plowed in the winter. If neighbors are putting on new roofs, painting, replacing siding, landscaping or adding patios, you know the invest in their homes. Home improvement is a sign of a healthy neighborhood.
Your Anchorage Realtor can also fill you in on whether the neighborhood has an HOA or home owner’s association, gardening club or other activities. Buying into a master-planned Anchorage community means you’ll have access to other amenities, but monthly costs vary. Ask your Realtor whether homes are maintaining value or increasing in value in a certain area as well as crime reports and school data.
Relocating to Anchorage is often a life-changing move for many homeowners discovering the adventure and excitement of Alaskan living. At Wolf Real Estate, we dedicate ourselves to helping buyers and sellers in the Anchorage real estate market. For more clues on a good neighborhood, please contact us at 248-9653 or visit us online at www.anchoragehomesearch.com.