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Old 01-21-2013, 06:54 PM   #26
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I was told to try to get into Moose Crossing if I get base housing. But when I called them to put me on the waiting list, they told I'll get what I'll get depending on what I'm allowed. I have a wife and a 3yr old daughter so they said a 2 bedroom house is what I'll get, they were pretty rude when they said it too haha. Also I'm an E-4, soo I think BAH is $1698 which is pretty good to get something decent in eagle river but idk. I'll get there on Feb 27th and start looking around for housing. Aurora said they'll put me on the waiting list on Feb 2nd so we'll see if I get housing or not when i get there. I'm just trying to have options open if i don't get military housing. I do like the idea of being able to go home for lunch and stuff like that though. Thanks again for all of y'all opinions I really do appreciate it.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:19 PM   #27
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I'm good with my commute for the $40K-$50K less in comparable home prices.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:34 PM   #28
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:41 PM   #29
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I like eagle river, moved out here last year and before that east anchorage. 10 min drive means I can pop home for lunch or if some family thing needs taken care of. Rent is always going to cost more. This is a military town and everyone who is in the business knows what soldiers/airman make and charge accordingly.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:22 PM   #30
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@Yellow: No, I wasn't being sarcastic at all. I think that's a sweet deal. My family dreams of someday not having to share 1 bathroom.

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Old 01-21-2013, 08:30 PM   #31
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The weather is still pretty wintery usually. I would say enough to where you might wanna put a winter tire on there before the car gets here so you aren't stuck on flat ground.
I would recommend four.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:24 PM   #32
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Chano, I bet that gets old after a while haha! On base from what I have seen, they only have 3 bedroom units. Yes the third one is absolutely tiny and probably shouldn't be used as a bedroom but nonetheless it's there. And if you do try to go through with on post housing, they will give you two options if you decline the first house you either take the second house or go back on the waiting list, you can't go back and say you want the first house after you decline it.
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Old 01-22-2013, 03:06 AM   #33
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I'm good with my commute for the $40K-$50K less in comparable home prices.
To be honest after a few years I don't really see the savings anymore. Years back sure but with gasoline prices as they are now,(especially during bumper to bumper) car mileage added(rapid decline in resale value) and eventually needing another DD replacement and maintenance (you obviously have a one up in that situation), all of it adds up quickly. If you have others in the family driving seperately(different schedules) then that drives the cost up even more. Sure you gain value on your home but so do you here in the Anchorage municipality as well.

Most of the mechanics here at work all live in the valley and agree. Their reason behind living out there at this point is being able to do what they want with their land. Personally I can't stand those that pile crap all over their property.

The valley in my opinion at current prices is best for someone who works a slope type schedule, out on business a lot.


Edit: Eagle River to me kind of combines the best of both. You get than more peaceful small town fee and privacy, yet don't have the longer commute behind it. Though some of the nice plots and homes there can be quite expensive especially towards the valley/visitor center.

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Old 01-22-2013, 04:12 AM   #34
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I like eagle river, moved out here last year and before that east anchorage. 10 min drive means I can pop home for lunch or if some family thing needs taken care of. Rent is always going to cost more. This is a military town and everyone who is in the business knows what soldiers/airman make and charge accordingly.
Anchorage is far from a military town. It's actually got some sort of economy built that doesn't completely rely on the base. Fairbanks is a different story. This town needs to have a military presence otherwise half the town (myself included) would be out of a job.

I'm on board with living in Eagle River, like others have said, just outside of Anchorage yet still has a lot of the same conveniences. Anything within the anchorage bowl isn't gonna be cheap, but you pay to be in town. Wasilla/Palmer are a great alternative, but not nearly as convenient.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:44 PM   #35
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I'm good with my commute for the $40K-$50K less in comparable home prices.
Word!
I whole heartily agree as well. You get much more home and land for the price.

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To be honest after a few years I don't really see the savings anymore. ........ Eagle River to me kind of combines the best of both. You get than more peaceful small town fee and privacy, yet don't have the longer commute behind it. Though some of the nice plots and homes there can be quite expensive especially towards the valley/visitor center.
It still provides more savings than Anchorage IMHO. I do not have as high property taxes as some in Anchorage (or so it seems), my utilities are reasonable, and were about the same if not less than my brothers condo of a smaller size. The normal drive day takes me about the same amount of time to get home as someone that works downtown and lives up on lower hillside so I heard from coworkers/friends. I get more land for the money, less restrictions on how I use that land, and wilderness adventures closer than those in Anchorage. I'm also closer to Tanacross, LOL... And... for me at least, it allows a buffer between work, I have that drive time to de-stress if I had a rough day so I don't come home angry, and I have time to review my day in the morning on the way in.

It however ISN'T for everyone. I came from a major metropolitan city, and was used to the massive drive time getting anywhere, including the 4-5 lane gridlocked highway during my commute. I frankly prefer the valley over Anchorage now because it seems more relaxed in vibe, and less.... i dont know, stressed/edgy/etc?
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:12 PM   #36
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I definitely agree another good point is you get more land for the money. Though when people don't take care of their land, then it's a let down.

While you deal with lower property taxes you do have a sales tax over there.

I'm surprised on the stress free drive back/ unwind that you mention. Considering the poor traffic conditions the Glenn gets hit with on a frequent basis. Though I know it seems to lessen after the S curves and such.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:32 PM   #37
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I bought a brand new 3bd/2.5 bath house out here with a 3 car garage on 3/4 of an acre for $275K. If wanted that in Anchorage...well nevermind I wouldn't be able to afford it.

We lived on base for the first year and a half, NOT worth the $2K/month IMO, aurora sucks balls and treats their tenants like garbage.
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:31 PM   #38
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Currently looking at a place to rent out in eagle river....anybody know anything about 11809 Falklands Loop area in general? It's a 3bd 2.5 bath with 2 car garage for $1575 sounds good to me lol
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:36 PM   #39
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Currently looking at a place to rent out in eagle river....anybody know anything about 11809 Falklands Loop area in general? It's a 3bd 2.5 bath with 2 car garage for $1575 sounds good to me lol
I live in the same vicinity. I like it. Takes me less than 15 mins to get to work. Maybe longer for you since your Air Force?? I work on Bryant Airfield.
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:59 PM   #40
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Yeah I'm Air Force, that's not bad then. For some reason I was expecting like a 30 min drive or something.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:55 PM   #41
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If you work on Bryant airfield, could you hook me up with a ride in a blackhawk?
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:18 AM   #42
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If you work on Bryant airfield, could you hook me up with a ride in a blackhawk?
Hmm. Okay, ill look into it.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:20 AM   #43
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Yeah I'm Air Force, that's not bad then. For some reason I was expecting like a 30 min drive or something.
It may take 30 mins to get to the Air Force airfield.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:32 AM   #44
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Anchorage has an Olive Garden! Word!
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:11 AM   #45
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Ahem...we have two Thank you very much!

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Old 03-20-2013, 10:08 PM   #46
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Well sorry to bring this back from the dead lol. But we ended up getting a place in Eagle River, which is pretty cool. Not sure if he's on here but right down my street there's a guy with an 04 or 05 silver WRX, not sure what he has done to it but it sounds nice. So far I really like being up here and it's nice to see so many Subaru's around. Oh yeah my wife and I were driving down Glenn going into Anchorage the other day, and a blue legacy with a missing hood scoop, a hole in the front bumper and an AKIC sticker was cruising next to us. Just wondering who they were haha.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:19 AM   #47
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Grats, welcome to the neighborhood. I only drive to and from work with my STi, otherwise im incognito in the honda Pilot.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:36 AM   #48
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Well sorry to bring this back from the dead lol. But we ended up getting a place in Eagle River, which is pretty cool. Not sure if he's on here but right down my street there's a guy with an 04 or 05 silver WRX, not sure what he has done to it but it sounds nice. So far I really like being up here and it's nice to see so many Subaru's around. Oh yeah my wife and I were driving down Glenn going into Anchorage the other day, and a blue legacy with a missing hood scoop, a hole in the front bumper and an AKIC sticker was cruising next to us. Just wondering who they were haha.
Welcome to the great white north, looking forward to seeing ya at our meets. I'm back and forth between the valley and anchorage I the Glenn several times a week usually, you'll recognise the license plate as my username (tip) on my obp 11' sedan
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Old 03-21-2013, 01:34 AM   #49
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Thanks for the welcome guys, I'm looking forward to going to some meets pretty soon!
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