MOVING BACK to AK

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Jul 19, 2011
 

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So my family and I are looking at moving to Wasilla, but I have no clue about this place. Is therea good high school there, is the crime high, is it a safe place, decent communities etc....any info you can give will really help us out...Thank you.
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Wasilla is turning into a little Anchorage.I don't like it any more. Crime is up and getting crowded. Fairbanks is a better choice.

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Humm...well that has put a dent in this....a few other people that i've talked to say they like Wasilla....etc...I use to live in Fairbanks and North Pole. It was ok, I lived in Anchorage as well...to big for me, don't like it there.
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Don't get me wrong. Wasilla is better than Anchorage any day. But it is getting more like it and that is sad. I bought a place in Palmer and I love it here. It is close to anything we want or need and the laid back farmer lifestyle is great.

I meant to add Palmer to my choice of a better place along with Fairbanks. I lived in Fairbanks for 18 years and loved it. My job brought me down here or unwound still be up there.

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I see....well, I haven't decided just yet where to go, I still have my research cut out for me...Thanks again for your help
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You can get better wildlife pictures at the Memphis Zoo and won't have to freeze your ass off.

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lol...very true Old Army, but I love the cold snowy weather....some people like the hot some like the cold..I happen to be one of the cold,lol... I use to live in Fairbanks, but that was in 2007 and I've heard so much about how Fairbanks has changed so I've been a bit concerned with moving back to the Fairbanks North Pole area. I've heard from other that they like Wasilla, others tell me to not move there that I won't like it...though everyone does have their own thoughts about different subjects, I just try to learn from others because I'm simply not there. And besides...last time I went to the zoo and tried to take a picture of a monkey...he....well, farted at me. lol
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Wife and I are driving up there August 13th. I call it a trip to Canada with Alaska as a bonus. Too old to move up there, but did land in Anchorage once in January for our plane's refueling. It was too dark to see anything. (That monkey may have been my nephew.)
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Old Army wrote:
You can get better wildlife pictures at the Memphis Zoo and won't have to freeze your ass off.
Freeze? It's summer. It was 74 yesterday. Winters are another story tho. I have been in Alaska since 1984 and I do not look forward to winters any mire. Uses to love it. I much prefer Fairbanks in the winter for one reason. When it freezes it stays that way. Down here it freezes and thaws all winter and the roads are horrendous.
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lol...very true Old Army, but I love the cold snowy weather....some people like the hot some like the cold..I happen to be one of the cold,lol... I use to live in Fairbanks, but that was in 2007 and I've heard so much about how Fairbanks has changed so I've been a bit concerned with moving back to the Fairbanks North Pole area. I've heard from other that they like Wasilla, others tell me to not move there that I won't like it...though everyone does have their own thoughts about different subjects, I just try to learn from others because I'm simply not there. And besides...last time I went to the zoo and tried to take a picture of a monkey...he....well, farted at me. lol
Everywhere is changing. Fairbanks is still better than most places. There are now many stores there and the need to go to Anchorage or Seattle to shop no longer is the case normally.

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wildlife photographer wrote:
lol...very true Old Army, but I love the cold snowy weather....some people like the hot some like the cold..I happen to be one of the cold,lol... I use to live in Fairbanks, but that was in 2007 and I've heard so much about how Fairbanks has changed so I've been a bit concerned with moving back to the Fairbanks North Pole area. I've heard from other that they like Wasilla, others tell me to not move there that I won't like it...though everyone does have their own thoughts about different subjects, I just try to learn from others because I'm simply not there. And besides...last time I went to the zoo and tried to take a picture of a monkey...he....well, farted at me. lol
If you like an area given to growth and is spread out in a "wide" manner, Wasilla is a great place. The cost of renting an apartment or a house isn't to bad either in comparison to say Anchorage. But working in Anchorage and living in the valley with gas prices as they are, that sucks.
Listen, you'll find crime and crap any where you go to some degree or another. But Wasilla has some great people and all sorts of businesses and close to all sorts of recreation.
I've been in Anchorage since 1990. It's getting crowded and rent and mortgages are going up. Gas isn't bad as everything is close by for what you need.
Good luck :)
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I moved my family out of there because the town was no longer moving forward in a positive way. The influx of exfelons that were sent to us from Tehachapi Ca. put many of the citizens in danger. The homes vacant in the neighborhoods became a haven for squatters. Too many people with criminal records are it home.
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I would move to Palmer Alaska, right now if I could, it is so beautiful and peaceful there, I want to go back so bad!! The most beautiful state in this country.
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I love Alaska but I agree, crime is getting worse and worse. Palmer is probably a good alternative to Wasilla, being in such close proximity that if you ever needed anything from Wasilla you could easily go.
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People joke about Valley people being Valley Trash but what people don't know is Wasilla people are referred to out here as Anchorage rejects.
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I have lived in Ak. for 45 yrs. and my husband was born here.
It has changed quite a lot over the years. Where you decide to live really depends on where you will work, imho. If you don't mind the commute on dark winter icy days then Palmer is much nicer than Wasilla, the Pioneer Peak Mt. is just beautiful.
You may also want to consider Eagle River if you are wanting to work in Anchorage, closer and faster commute. South Birchwood Loop has some nice larger lots with homes built in the 70's, well cared for and close to good High School & Elementary School. The homes are a little more expensive in Eagle River/South Birchwood than Palmer but again you need to consider the commute. Eagle River is about 20 miles from Anchorage, nice community feel, You are close to Anchorage for shopping from larger chain stores, but it does have a Walmart, 2 Grocery Stores, churches, and fast food places.
The end of the Eagle River Rd. lies the Eagle River Nature park..beautiful for Photography, also there is ThunderBird Falls, it has its beauty.
Good Luck! I would never move to Fairbanks because of the extreme cold, nice in summer though.:)
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Palmer, there is a house for Sale there, and Pioneers Peek Mountain is in their back Yard, a hudge back yard as it is, there is never no trouble, mostly all military families live in the Valley, The home is priced for payoff, Soilder retired, leaving Alaska, beautiful home like new, 3 car garage, Rv Parking, for Guest when visiting, if you are interested in moving, I"d go for Palmer next to Wasilla, its very clean and safe, Bus stop in front of the house Check for houses in Palmer with the beautiful view, it is awesome, selling the house soon, call Alaska Relators, about a house in Palmer under Pioneers Peak, you just won"t believe the beauty!!
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Sounds like a good place to live,
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Loved the state when I lived there, but some real wacko residents.
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If I could move to Alaska I would in a heart beat I just love it there!!

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