My husband and I are in our late 30's, have two high-school age children, have lived in a small town in Oregon all our lives, and are looking into moving to the Anchorage area. We have a cousin and his wife that live in South Anchorage but we are looking into a more of a "small town" feel. My husband is a journeyman sheet metal worker and I am a paraoptometric in an optometrist's office. The construction business in our area, due to the economy, is very sporadic and he only ends up working about half the year. We would have to rent a place to start with, and don't have secured jobs. We would be starting over essentially, and by the grace of god, we would choose the right place to live as far as jobs, housing, and schools go. We have seriously been looking into the Eagle River area. The schools seem good and it seems like a good area to transition from a really small town.
If anybody has any thoughts or ideas on the schooling, housing, or job situation in this area, we would really appreciate it!