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06-26-2017 02:56 PM
AlaskaTaku Clovus,
I have some real reservations about giving advice on where to buy in Alaska. It depends on several things. Please don't be offended by some of the questions I'm going to throw out:
Question #1: Are you retired or have the means to a point of not needing a job when you get here? The last several years, an abundance of people/families have migrated north without the means to sustain living up here without being subsidized from the government.
If the answer to question #1 is no. Please reconsider and not move up here. Alaska is has enough financial burden on it now.
Question #2: Alaska has an abundance of resources. Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Snowmachining, 4 Wheeling, Boating, etc.
How do you plan on getting to these available resources? If you plan on just using the road system, be prepared to be in the crowd.
06-19-2017 10:07 AM
ppine This is a lot like "where is your favorite campsite?" Pretty soon it is too crowded and no good anymore.
06-18-2017 11:59 AM
c allen love ak, folks married in seward 1947 went to school kenai and ninilcik.
lived in bush 9yrs(north of aritic circle) when the sun went down it was down
for months. seen a lot of people come and go more then stayed. its a hard land
but none is more beautiful
06-18-2017 11:29 AM
ppine The mosquito is the state bird.
Winter is dark and lasts 6 months. Spring and fall are three months each.
Everyone in Alaska struggles with dope and alcohol.
The roads are terrible.
Everything costs a lot.
You wouldn't like it.

A cruise to Alaska is a lot like being in Disneyland.
06-18-2017 10:09 AM
AlaskaTaku
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Originally Posted by Backwoods Alaskan View Post
No disrespect, but personally I'd rather not see any more people moving up here. It's over-crowded as it is. I'm praying to see a mass exodus in which 95% of the population heads south, for good.

There are so many people full of **** and vinegar who come up thinking they're hot ****, and they're about the worst people to have up here. They ruin it. There's plenty of room in Wyoming, Montana, etc.
I agree Digg,
Been up here since 78. The dynamics of the majority of people that have migrated up here let's say the last 20 years are here for the $$ benefits. They sure take out more than they put in.
03-22-2016 06:55 PM
AKYetiMan
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Originally Posted by Backwoods Alaskan View Post
I've got quite a bit of life left in me, and there's plenty more just like me. I'm not worried.

I'm like you. And I'm young. Hate cities and agree that there are getting to be too many people up here, especially immigrants. You go to Walmart and feel like a minority.

That said, even though there are a lot more people up here, I don't think that they are gonna stay, especially with the declining oil prices.

PS: I have nothing against immigrants...Unless they're Illegal.
02-07-2016 11:38 PM
Backwoods Alaskan
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Originally Posted by kokosmom2 View Post
That is probably the same thing the Inuit said
Perhaps. Though it's a game that could be played ad infinitum.
02-07-2016 10:16 PM
kokosmom2
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Originally Posted by Backwoods Alaskan View Post
No, one or two more wouldn't make a difference. The problem is, there's always one or two more.

And ten thousand "one or two more's" makes a HUGE difference.
That is probably the same thing the Inuit said
02-07-2016 10:14 PM
Backwoods Alaskan No, one or two more wouldn't make a difference. The problem is, there's always one or two more.

And ten thousand "one or two more's" makes a HUGE difference.

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Originally Posted by Survival_Joe View Post
Why not widen your thought process. Consider Idaho and Montana. Both wonderful states with small populations.

Mr. Alaska is pretty funny really. AK is 640,000 square miles with less than 740,000 people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It seems to me one or two more people wont make much difference. I live in Eastern Washington State and there are less than 1 million of us in the entire half of the state. The bad part are the "Communists" that occupy the state government in Olympia. Idaho at least is FULL of conservative republicans in public office.
02-07-2016 09:33 PM
Survival_Joe Why not widen your thought process. Consider Idaho and Montana. Both wonderful states with small populations.

Mr. Alaska is pretty funny really. AK is 640,000 square miles with less than 740,000 people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It seems to me one or two more people wont make much difference. I live in Eastern Washington State and there are less than 1 million of us in the entire half of the state. The bad part are the "Communists" that occupy the state government in Olympia. Idaho at least is FULL of conservative republicans in public office.
12-24-2015 10:57 PM
Carne Frio Here is a link for the most complete Alaska dedicated forum:

http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ting-to-Alaska

http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/
12-24-2015 02:41 PM
SunDog 907
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Originally Posted by ClovisMan View Post
I'm seriously considering buying in Alaska. Where would you buy and why.
I've never been to Alaska, but I am taking a cruise in July that will hit several ports and then docks in Seward. From there I am renting a car and driving around for a few days before having to fly back home. If there are any places I should definitely check out please let me know.

This will be a vacation/second home/cabin. I'd like to be within 5 hours drive of an airport but closer to fishing/hunting/4wheeling/etc. Amenities are not an issue as I will go solar in the cabin and rainwater tank or spring/river water. I would like to be able to drive my vehicle to the property or have less than an hour 4 wheeler/snow machine ride to the property. Am I asking too much?
Clovis, I would suggest skipping the cruise unless you are interested in SE Alaska. My suggestion would be to fly to anchorage or Fairbanks and get a rental and explore the interior, mat su valley and kenai peninsula. Each area offers hunting and remote living within hours of an airport. Each area differs from the other. The interior offers the least in salmon fishing, yet poses the best bet for decent remote property in your price range, while the kenai has better fishing and property towards the upper end of what you would like. The Mat Su has fishing and remoteness, but will be at a higher price. All three will offer hunting. Good luck
12-24-2015 01:44 PM
Backwoods Alaskan
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Originally Posted by AK_Red View Post
Oh, and don't forget.


Fairbanks is full.
Ditto the Kenai Peninsula.

I hear Anchorage has vacancies.
12-24-2015 01:39 PM
AK_Red
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Originally Posted by Alaskajohn View Post
Also, if the Fairbanks airport is an option, there is a lot of areas around Fairbanks that would BR in your drive, dollar and activity criteria.
Nope, we filled the last spot last week.

OP,

A cruise and a "few days" in a rental are not going to tell you much.

I suggest if you are serious you really spend some time up here in the areas you are looking at. Get a feel for the place and the people before you move.

I have lived next to several people who bought property up here after an awesome cruise, only to bolt after reality set in.

I have a good friend from Texas. Well, I did. Lost him in the divorce. He loves to hunt down there. He spent three days in the woods up here and proclaimed "this is for the birds" before he left.

Oh, and don't forget.


Fairbanks is full.
12-24-2015 12:56 PM
Backwoods Alaskan Ain't that the truth.

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Originally Posted by spacemanspiff View Post
I wish all the trash would move out of Alabama too. I can wish in one hand and do something in the other also.
12-24-2015 12:37 PM
spacemanspiff
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Originally Posted by Backwoods Alaskan View Post
No disrespect, but personally I'd rather not see any more people moving up here. It's over-crowded as it is. I'm praying to see a mass exodus in which 95% of the population heads south, for good.

There are so many people full of **** and vinegar who come up thinking they're hot ****, and they're about the worst people to have up here. They ruin it. There's plenty of room in Wyoming, Montana, etc.
I wish all the trash would move out of Alabama too. I can wish in one hand and do something in the other also.
12-24-2015 12:19 PM
6.8SPC ClovisMan, I would suggest the Kenai Peninsula as a good location. You listed several things that you are looking for that are important to you. I ask you, what "ONE" thing is the single most important thing you want.
12-24-2015 10:19 AM
Backwoods Alaskan
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Originally Posted by ClovisMan View Post
Well you can't be around too long...Thank God.
I've got quite a bit of life left in me, and there's plenty more just like me. I'm not worried.
12-24-2015 09:06 AM
Alaskajohn Texans don't do well in Alaska. Everything up here is so big, the big open spaces, the big mountains, the big animals. With Texas being such a small state, being in a big state can be overwhelming.

Good natured kidding aside, sounds like you would like the area off the parks highway north of Willow or off the Glenn highway between Eureka and Glennallen. Both are about 3-4 hours from the airport in Anchorage. The area off the parks highway probably has the better fishing in the immediate vicinity. There are a lot of federal and state land in these areas open to hunting. There are hunting and fishing regulations you can pick up in any sporting stores that explain the regs. There are differnt rules for different areas, and very different rules for native owned, trust owned, federal and state land. Fishing regs can change overnight particularly for Salmon. The Kenai area is also good, and in your drive radious, but your dollar might not go so far. Also, if the Fairbanks airport is an option, there is a lot of areas around Fairbanks that would BR in your drive, dollar and activity criteria.

Price will be higher if you have road access. Much of the property is remote, meaning you need a bush plane or snow machine access in winter. Some property you can ATV to it in the summer. So be cautious of remote. Another term is a wet or dry cabin. A dry cabin has no running water, bathroom, etc. Solar is an option during summer. In winter, not so much. My home gets no sunlight for 45 days during the winter as the sun dips below a mountain range.

Good luck!
12-24-2015 09:00 AM
ClovisMan
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Originally Posted by Backwoods Alaskan View Post
One of the most attractive things about this pace, is the ability to live without neighbors. I love the isolation, the small towns. I'll fight tooth and nail to preserve this way of life.
Well you can't be around too long...Thank God.
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