Hello everyone, I'm the new guy on the forum. Just wanted to let you know why I'm here so maybe I can learn more about Alaska in anticipation of relocating someday. My history with Alaska goes back to 1988 when I received orders from The Air Force that I was to be transferred to Elmendorf AFB. I remember not being at all enthusiastic about being so far from home. Although I was really in awe of the beauty of Alaska, I absolutely hated being stuck in a state that at the time I thought was just too remote for me. In addition to my Air Force duties, I worked part time at Sears, hoping to make the best of my situation while counting down the days until I left. I left Alaska in May of 1991 with no plans to ever return.
In June of 2007 I decided to make a return trip. I had been in contact with a former bandmate who had been in Alaska since 1987. That first trip led to another visit during Thanksgiving. Since 2007 I have been visiting at least twice per year and hope to increase that to three times per year. Two years ago I realized that everything I disliked about Alaska as a younger man was what I really like now.
The past two years I have been working on ideas on how to make my return visits into a permanent thing. Searches on real estate sites for land and researching cabin designs have occupied my time to say the least. I have done some traveling around the state trying to get an idea of where I'd like to build a cabin. I'm looking for 5+ acres and mountain views. An area with little to no restrictions would be ideal. One thing I have found peculiar is properties in Sutton and Chickaloon offer large parcels with great views, but significantly lower prices. Is there a reason for those areas to be so much cheaper than Palmer/Wasilla or Talkeetna/Petersville/Willow?
I'm sure there is a ton of information available on this site and I plant make the most of it. Thank you for any suggestions you may have to offer.