Relocating to Anchorage For Adventure in Retirement
by Dan Wolf
on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 9:01am.
With a median age of 25 to 44, Anchorage, Alaska has not traditionally been a retirement Mecca. Active adults from the baby boomer generation are breaking tradition when it comes to retirement. According to an article by TopRetirements.com, Anchorage is great city for retirees who enjoy the outdoors and like an urban environment. It’s no surprise a growing number of retirees think relocating to Anchorage could be an exciting adventure.
Settling in a college town
According to an article by USA Today, baby boomers are flocking to college towns for retirement. Anchorage is a college town with both the University of Alaska-Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University. Baby boomers relocating to Anchorage like the youthful energy of living in a college town. They are also a generation that values continuing education.
Staying active and attractive
Relocating to Anchorage gives the generation a chance to hike and ski so they can stay healthy and fit. Anchorage has lakes, rivers, mountains, glaciers and plenty of wildlife. The fact that bears have been sited within the city limits of Anchorage appeals to people who like the thrills of nature.
Having an urban edge
For retirees who are part of the migration from the suburbs to the city, Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city. According to TopRetirements.com, Anchorage’s “cultural index” is rated as high. In addition to shopping and dining, Anchorage offers festivals, cultural affairs, sporting competitions, museums and nightlife.
Re-defining the concept of downsizing
With former generations, retiring meant downsizing to smaller and more affordable housing options. With the baby boomers, downsizing means giving up the large home in the suburbs. However, many boomers can afford luxury homes. Alaskan retirees can appreciate the fact that there is no state sales tax and no state income tax. Boomers aren’t as likely to be deterred by the fact that home prices are edging higher. According to the Alaska Dispatch News, the average price of a residential property in 2013 was $346,977, which is an increase of 7.8 percent compared to 2011.
Whether you are a baby boomer relocating to Anchorage for retirement or due to a job transfer, there are plenty of housing choices. From homes with elevators and fireplaces to condos with amazing views, homes in South central Alaska offer a finer lifestyle for those with a taste for adventure. For more information about how we can help you locate and buy the right home, contact us.