Nestled between the Matanuska and Susitna Valleys and the Talkeetna
Mountains, Wasilla combines the charming character of a small town with
opportunities typically available only in an urban city. This
community is the commercial and cultural center of the
Matanuska-Susitna Borough - providing residents with a growing economy,
good school districts and modern medical facilities - all surrounded by
breathtaking views of mountains,
lakes and forests.
Located along the George Parks Highway and the Alaska Railroad, Wasilla is approximately 40 miles northeast of Anchorage. When residents have the day off from work or school, the stunning natural landscape surrounding Wasilla and Palmer provides countless activities and attractions. During the summer, you can enjoy Still Water fishing, swimming, boating, hiking and biking. Snowfall in the winter presents a new set of activities including snowboarding, skiing, ice skating, and snow machining. Residents, and visitors alike, can also enjoy indoor activities at the Wasilla Multi-Use Sports Complex, which features a professional-sized ice hockey arena, indoor turf court, running/walking track and community rooms.
Wasilla is also the home of the world-renowned Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and the Tesoro Iron Dog Race, the longest snowmobile race in the world. Both races begin in Wasilla and participants travel more than 1,000 miles through the rugged Alaskan terrain. The Kristan Cole Network has sponsored Todd Palin many times; Todd and his partner have won the Iron Dog race four times, in 1995, 2000, 2002, and 2007. Todd was the "First Dude" of Alaska and is the husband of former Governor Sarah Palin.
Palmer has maintained a historic downtown area with bookstores, cafes, art galleries, and other local shops. Outside town, residents can take advantage of the natural surroundings to enjoy various recreational activities including hiking, skiing, rafting, and horseback riding. For skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, Girdwood has become a popular destination. The Alyeska Resort, located in Girdwood, provides residents in this scenic small community with economic benefits as well as many recreational opportunities.
Surrounded by six mountain ranges and overlooking the Cook Inlet off of the Gulf of Alaska, Anchorage is one of the most spectacular settings in the world. This modern city known as the "City of Lights" in winter and the "City of Flowers" during the summer is truly a great place to raise a family. A young, educated workforce populates Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska. Residents have a median age of 32.4 years and 32.8% of residents 25 and older have a bachelor's degree or higher; a successful combination for both Anchorage businesses and individuals as the median household income is $63,656, compared to the national average of $48,451.*
A maritime climate warms the region as summer in Anchorage brings about an average temperature of 68 degrees. But summer is not the only time of year to enjoy this scenic frontier as Anchorage offers year-round recreation and adventure as well as a vibrant downtown with great dining, shopping, festivals, shows, and nightlife.
Let the Kristan Cole Network assist you through the home-buying or selling process in the Mat-Su Valley Real Estate and Anchorage Real Estate markets. Our team of experienced professionals can help you find the home that's right for you, or sell your current home at the best possible price. Our website provides buyers with advanced property search tools to browse through all available listings in the area, neighborhood-specific information, access to weekly market reports on the Mat Su Valley and Anchorage real estate markets and free listing alerts by email. Site visitors looking to sell their home can find information on marketing your property, request to use our moving truck, and read what other clients have to say about working with the Kristan Cole Network. A wealth of information on the communities of Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer and Girdwood is also available, and users can access monthly videos regarding the current real estate trends or catch up on the latest real estate news on the team's blog. *Stats courtesy of http://www.muni.org.