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Brandy Pennington

Brandy Pennington
Anchorage, AK 99503

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East Anchorage Info

One thing you’ll notice when you’re shopping for your dream home in the East Anchorage real estate listings is the abundance of nature that exists in every corner of this popular community.

A close-knit family friendly community with access to outstanding amenities and fantastic recreation, East Anchorage homes for sale attracts a wide variety of buyer looking for a diverse community with plenty of housing options. Attractive to established real estate investors and first time home alike, East Anchorage real estate has plenty to offer even the most discerning of home buyer.

Castle Heights

Castle Heights is an established community in east Anchorage.  The neighborhood is conveniently located near JBER, universities, medical facilities and numerous parks and trails.  While many of the homes in Castle Heights were constructed in the 1970s, some are older.   Most have been updated or remodeled and have been well-maintained throughout the years.  Homes in Castle Heights are generally spacious and the perfect size for families.  This neighborhood is especially loved for its location, parks, trails and resident population.  In its prime, Castle Heights was primarily owned by people in the medical profession.  Today its population is as diverse as the floor plans and design options.  This neighborhood is worth a look! 

Chester Heights

The meandering streets in this northwest Anchorage neighborhood are beautifully bordered by an ever-present reminder of the surrounding Alaskan wilderness.  Ample-sized pines line both sides of the streets and provide an extra measure of privacy and cozy appeal to the already well-suited Chester Heights homes.  If you look between the high boughs of those pine trees, you’ll catch brief glimpses of the towering mountain range. The mountains and the pines solidify the neighborhood’s link to nature and its surrounding sublime landscapes. It is hard to provide a respectable description of housing in this area since the homes are so different and, much like most neighborhoods in the area, have been developed by a variety of builders.  Chester Heights is a lovely place to live.  The streets are wide and the homes are lovely.  If you like east side living, you need to check this neighborhood out! 


Conveniently located near JBER, shopping and major highways, Eastlake is a cozy community located in east Anchorage where residents can enjoy the natural beauty of their surroundings.  It is across from the State Troopers office and the U-Med District.  I LOVE the lake setting. Some homes in this area are well maintained and sell for a fair price, considering homes a few miles down the road are about $10,000 more.   The homes that back the lake are very affordable.  However, they rarely become available.  I once fell in love with a home on Jordan Circle that had a setting like a Norman Rockwell painting.  Four years later, I still think about it.  Hmm.  Might be worth a Google street view.

Grandview Gardens

A diverse community with both multi-family and single-family homes, Grandview Gardens is also known as Airport Heights, City View, Anchor Park, and Thunderbird Terrace. The west end of Grandview Gardens is quickly becoming urbanized by young adults in their 20s and 30s who are buying and rehabbing older homes. It is an ideal location because of its proximity to the trail system, the medical community and the University of Alaska Anchorage.  Homeowners love this neighborhood because they want the downtown or mid town life style without the price tag.  Fringe neighborhoods like this one offer the same benefits.  Most of the homes here were built in the late 1950s and some as late as the mid 1990s.  Most homes in Grandview Gardens are single story, similar to those in Nunaka Valley, but not as desirable as homes in Turnagain. I would consider Grandview Gardens, Airport Heights and City View to be the gateway to east Anchorage.

Nunaka Valley

Nunaka Valley is an established, close-knit community in Anchorage that offers residents a peaceful, secure atmosphere. Typically characterized as old military housing, these ranch-style homes were built to accommodate a robust military and civilian population growth in Anchorage.  Most homes in Nunaka Valley are modest and offer petite living spaces.  Lot sizes are decent and, in some cases, big enough to build detached garages.  This once thriving area has experienced some decline in the 1990s.  First-time buyers might be able to pick up a sweet deal on a vintage home.  Just like most neighborhoods in Anchorage, some streets are cluttered while others are tidy and display great pride of ownership.  The two or three foreclosures I see every year are quickly snapped up and flipped.  Overall Nunaka is a nice place and will be even nicer in the near future. 

Summer Stone Condos

Tucked away under mountain vistas, Summer Stone Condos offer the best of two worlds.   This neighborhood was first developed by the Peterson Group which is still building quality homes in Anchorage and Eagle River.  Surrounded by nature with convenient access to JBER, schools, medical facilities and shopping, this community consists mainly of condo/townhome/ row home properties, many  featuring color palettes of the early 2000s.  This is one of the most well-maintained condo associations in east Anchorage.  My sister-in-law lived there for several years and loved it, despite the fact that you cannot fence a private yard and a really strict HOA.  I have heard that the HOA has lightened up since the builder finished the last phase. The price of this neighborhood has increased by 35 percent since its first phase was put in place.  I estimate this neighborhood will remain very stable and hold its value over time.  You can’t put a price on a well-kept, private and tranquil living environment. 


Thunderbird Terrace consists of a selection of multi-use developments including single family, condos, townhouses and row homes mixed in with business /commercial type properties located in east Anchorage, just across the way from Airport Heights, Grandview, City View and Anchor Park.  These areas are highly desired by Millennial and Cusp Gen Y homebuyers and are ideal for first-time homebuyers who want a little sweat equity and don’t mind neighbors who like to collect things.  You can get a home with a decent yard.  The aesthetics might not be the most attractive, but the bones/structures of these homes are often solid.  East High School is just across Bragaw; its mascot is the Thunderbird.  The school opened in 1961 and is the second oldest high school in the city.  This area has a lot of history and is the gateway to east Anchorage.  

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