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Centrally located and offering quick access to virtually all points in Anchorage, Lower Hillside real estate is the perfect destination for the active and growing family looking for excellent amenities, recreation and schools.
Lower Hillside homes for sale are some of the most sought after in Anchorage. Found in close-knit, family friendly neighborhoods, Lower Hillside properties offer comfortable homes in a variety of size, style and price-point suitable for virtually every homebuyer.
Birch Run is a beautiful community in Anchorage where residents appreciate a friendly atmosphere. Homes in Birch Run are well maintained and sit on neatly landscaped lots. Some features of homes in Birch Run include granite counters, spa-style baths, ample storage space, and vaulted ceilings. Birch Run is particularly well suited for active people. Homes do not come up for sale very often while several residences have been retained for rentals as property owners see value in their investment. Birch Run is serviced by Trailside Elementary, a great school just a few minutes away. Older students attend two of the most socially and economically diverse schools in the district: Hanshew Middle School and the former gem of south Anchorage, Service High School. Today these schools are a melting pot for students with different backgrounds and life styles. I think they offer a really nice sample of real life which better prepares students as they reach adulthood.
Tucked away from busy thoroughfares, a variety of charming homes populate the friendly community of Briarcliff Condos and Townhomes. Centrally located in Anchorage, the quiet neighborhood is surrounded with trees and small gardens, and is particularly ideal for people who like consistency and cohesion in their living environment. You won't find any blue tarps here. The community is close to a paved walking trail along the creek up to the Campbell Creek Greenbelt. This neighborhood is served by Taku Elementary, Romig Middle School and West Anchorage High School.
Named for the mountain range that towers over this community, Chugach Estates/Meadows is ideally located in central Anchorage. The neighborhood is close to numerous parks, great schools, and some of the best shopping in Anchorage. Several streams and creeks meander through the area which has been developed over five decades. Over the years, this classic Anchorage neighborhood has become a mixed bag of dense multi-family and older, single-family homes as well as industrial sites. Some residences are still on private wells and the cost of converting to city utility is very high. The only downside to the area is access from the highway. But if your destination is on Lake Otis, Abbott or Dowling, you can be there in just a couple of minutes! On a more personal note, my sister used to live in this area. She liked it and felt safe.
Colonial Village is a sought-after community located in the heart of Anchorage. Consisting mostly of comfortable townhomes, Colonial Village is close to Campbell Elementary, Mears Middle School and Dimond High School as well as shopping and banking. Each two or three-bedroom townhome is thoughtfully designed with an attached or detached heated garage. My cousins lived in this neighborhood for over 20 years. They really didn't know much about their neighbors. I think that was partly due to the private set-up and parking situation. You don't just bump into people in this neighborhood. You have to make an effort.
Devonshire is a family-friendly community consisting of well-maintained homes situated on tastefully landscaped lots with mature shade trees. It is tucked behind a pocket neighborhood off of Lake Otis and Alderwood Loop known as Meadow Woods. Some features of homes in this community include vaulted ceilings, walk-in closets, and updated kitchens. The neighborhood has a small pond and park/ green space. The area seems to be a bit marshy which lends to larger than average frostheaves that can throw off level decks and driveways. School-aged children who live in Devonshire attend Bowman Elementary while older students attend Hanshew Middle and Service High School, two of the school district’s most socially and economically diverse student body populations. Devonshire was fully developed by the mid-90s and most of the original owners still live there.
Diamond Willow Estates is a family-friendly community with quiet streets and a small-town atmosphere in Anchorage. This niche neighborhood is mostly comprised of rental homes and zero lot lines. Located off Old Seward Highway just across from 100th Avenue and the new Body Renew Gym, Diamond Willow Estates is an ideal location for those looking for quick community access and/or a walking district. My girlfriend lives there. As a single mom, she feels safe and likes the sense of community she has with her neighbors.
Furrow Creek is a charming area located off of Huffman. In my opinion, Furrow Creek is the gateway to the Lower Hillside. The homes feature mature shade trees with easy-to-maintain landscaping. Properties here boast fantastic privacy, space, and a variety of exterior details that add to the community’s overall aesthetics. Some features of homes in Furrow Creek include spacious common areas, distinctive rooms and floor plans, formal entryways, and hardwood flooring. These homes are on well and septic services. Families who live in the neighborhood enjoy access to a variety of recreational opportunities and green spaces. Older students are just a few minutes walk from the city's most academically desirable high school: South High. The lot sizes in this neighborhood vary from half an acre to several acres.
Huffman Hills is a charming, well-established community that offers a variety of housing options. Many homes in this community sit on private (in other words, heavily wooded), spacious lots with tasteful landscaping that is easy to maintain. Residents of Huffman Hills appreciate the friendly, welcoming atmosphere that makes it easy to call the community home. The neighborhood is located just to the west of Kempton Hills. To my knowledge there is no active homeowners association although the framework may be in place. Homeowners really display pride of ownership by keeping up their yards and maintaining their homes. Most homes are in excellent condition, but have not been updated. A buyer could snag a great deal in a solid south Anchorage neighborhood if they are patient and ready to do some work!
Kempton Hills is a welcoming community in Anchorage, consisting of quality constructed homes that were designed to be comfortable and spacious for families. The neighborhood is conveniently located near several parks and trails. While most homes in Kempton Hills were built in the 1980-90s, many feature extensive updates and remodels.
South on Lake Otis, left on Dowling, right on Laurel, this neighborhood was developed in the early 2000s by Hultquist Homes, the only builder in town that offers homebuyers a two-year interior warranty. The developers intended to establish a community with understated elegance and classic sophistication. Much like a lot of new construction areas, the neighborhood is tight. That being said, it is a small, close-knit community, particularly popular with young couples, Slope workers or retirees. It is a great spot for first-time homebuyers.
Meadow Wood is a family-friendly community in Anchorage where residents can appreciate quiet streets and welcoming atmosphere. Homes in Meadow Wood are situated on nicely landscaped lots facing well-maintained streets. Some features of homes in Meadow Wood include plenty of natural lighting, granite counters, spacious common areas, walk-in closets, and spa-style baths. In recent years, more of these homes have been for sale as the original owners from the mid-1990s move out.
Summerset Parkway is a desirable community in Anchorage. Featuring quiet streets, well-kept homes and friendly neighbors, Summerset Parkway is an ideal location for growing families, empty nesters and active singles. You’ll appreciate the community’s charming atmosphere and welcoming environment. This neighborhood is the gateway to south Anchorage. It is the cusp end of midtown and opens to Dimond Boulevard. The mixed housing options fit all lifestyles and mortgage options. You will enjoy access points to the Campbell Creek Greenbelt and mountain scenery, with the best views on Frank Street.
The Terraces is a sought-after community in Anchorage. This community features beautiful homes that offer a variety of desirable appointments to the more contemporary. The neighborhood began in what was fondly known as the “pits,” a gravel excavation operation in south Anchorage off of Lake Otis. The neighborhood originally featured homes in the 600 to 900k range. When the sub-prime market melted down in the 2006/07 timeframe, several projects came to a halt. Numerous lots were foreclosed on and became owned by First National Bank. The market picked back up and business resumed as usual -- only the average entry level price was now offered at 450 and as low as 400k. Today these homes average 490 to 550k. They are designed for families, with the majority of homes having similar floor plans with all the bedrooms upstairs and the great/family room concept. The only downside to this neighborhood is that it is serviced by Spring Hill Elementary. The teachers are great, but the quality of student and family support system is challenging. It is believed that this is due, in part, to the incredible amount of subsidized housing a few miles down the road. If you like the area, you can apply for a zone exemption to Bowman or other nearby schools.
Homes in Wickersham Park are well maintained with plenty of curb appeal. Landscaping and mountain views make Wickersham Park ideal for young families. The downside is that this location and these homes are so loved that they rarely come up for sale. When you do find one, it is likely to be close to its original condition with décor from the 1960s to 1980s. Wickersham Park residents settle in for the long haul. Recently several homes have turned over and the community has received awesome facelifts. There are some really great deals to score if you are ready to put in the work. Wickersham Park is a traditional Alaskan neighborhood.