Mat-Su Valley Real Estate
Welcome to Mat-Su Valley, AK
Named after its two rivers, the Matanuska and the Susitna, Mat-Su Valley is where all serious adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts come to explore, play and live. With Denali National Park’s world-renowned Mt. McKinley just to the north and Anchorage just to the south, Mat-su Valley is the “go to” destination for Alaska-born natives and international travelers for its breathtaking flora and fauna indigenous to the wide open natural spaces. While Mat-su’s acres of remote wilderness bordering the Valley offer a lot to explore for both residents and visitors, there’s plenty to do, experience, and see right within the Valley’s five towns: Palmer, Wasilla, Big Lake, Houston, Willow and Talkeetna. Famous for world-class trout and salmon fishing, hardcore hiking, and long moments of picture-perfect wildlife, Mat-su Valley offers the best of both worlds for today’s nature enthusiast. In Mat-su you have access to all the amenities of 21st comfort and convenience, and the entryway to the ultimate wilderness adventure –ever.
Public Transportation: Bus, Rail & Plane
As Mat-Su continues to develop as a major regional hub and popular bedroom community for the Anchorage business sector, getting around the Valley and its neighboring communities is easy via its two largest mass transportation providers. Offering 14 round-trips per day, the main Valley-to-Anchorage bus service, Valley Mover, is a non-profit public transit system providing affordable, reliable and accessible transit service between the Mat-Su Valley and Anchorage, Monday through Friday. The fee to ride these pink and white buses is $7 one way, $10 for a day pass or $120 for an unlimited monthly pass. All of the buses are equipped with bike racks year round. The second popular service, Matanuska-Susitna Community Transit(MASCOT), provides transportation between Palmer and Wasilla and to park-and-ride locations so commuters can catch Valley Mover buses to Anchorage.
The Alaska Railroad connects Anchorage with Denali, Fairbanks and the Mat-Su Valley. Railroad travelers can opt for the comfort of a railroad car or a privately-operated tour company car. Both offer wondrous views and delicious meals daily May through September. During the winter months, the railroad systems offer weekend and special event trains.
Other transportation options in and around the Valley include planes, taxis, limousines, rental cars, RVs, bicycles, motorcycles and motor coach charters.
Mat-Su Valley’s Real Estate Market
Whether your dream home in Alaska is a place in the city, close to neighbors to barbeque with during the summer, or a spot away from it all, Mat-Su Valley has residential real estate for everyone’s taste. Apartments, townhomes and single-family homes are all options within the cities of the Mat-Su Valley, and Palmer and Wasilla have great choices in all three categories. Outside these cities, most homes are built on large lots and boast great views, farmland, hiking, hunting or all of the above. With protection from the elements on the top of most home buyer’s lists, you’ll find many homes have updated gas or electric heating units to ensure your home is cozy during the chilly Alaskan winters.
Distinguished Schools in Mat-Su Valley
- Palmer High School | Grades 9 – 12
- Colony Middle School | Grades 6 – 8
- Teeland Middle School | Grades 6 – 8
- Talkeetna Elementary School | Grades PK – 6
- Midnight Sun Family Learning Center | Grades K – 8
If you are looking for higher education or continuing education options, Mat-Su Career & Tech-Ed High School is an excellent vocational and tech school in Wasilla. Mat-SU College, an extension of University of Alaska, Anchorage, is located between Wasilla and Palmer. Charter College offers ten programs of study in Wasilla. University of Alaska, Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service holds classes at its Mat-SU/Copper River District location in Palmer as well.
You’ll Enjoy: Exploring the Outdoors, Dining & Shopping
When you live in Mat-su Valley, you’ll never need to waste time wondering what to do or where to go. From wildlife to nightlife – the Valley offers dozens of arts and cultural events, community activities, museums, shopping, boundless outdoor adventures and locally-crafted cuisine and beer. By simply venturing out your front door, adventures await. You can opt to go flightseeing to Denali National Park & Reserve and land on a glacier or take a jet boat journey on one of Mat-Su’s two rivers. Endless hiking, camping, dog sledding, zip lining, backpacking, or bird watching provide several choices for any outdoor enthusiast. Maybe this will be the year you climb Mt. McKinley and from August through September you can even view and photograph the northern lights. If you want to take a night off from cooking the trout or salmon you caught fishing, you can stop by the Flying Squirrel Bakery Café for a bite to eat; they specialize in challah, rugelach, and all-things vegan and vegetarian. The Grizzly Bar has Alaskan-made beers on tap and great views of the Alaska Range from its huge deck. Named for the elevation of Mt. McKinley, the 20,320 Alaska Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. After grabbing a bite to eat, you can check out the historical buildings and locally-owned shops and wilderness-equipment stores in town.
Mat-Su Valley Utilities
- Enstar Natural Gas | Natural Gas
- Matanuska Electric Association | Electric
- Alaska Waste | Trash
- City of Palmer Water & Sewer | Water & Sewer
- City of Wasilla Water & Sewer | Water & Sewer
- Matanuska Telephone Association | Telephone, Internet, Cell, Cable
- GCI | Telephone, Internet, Cell, Cable
The Lifestyle: Active & Relaxed
No, it’s not an oxymoron. Mat-su Valley offers a lifestyle that is both active and relaxed. You can’t help but have an adventurous spirit living in such a beautiful setting. There’s mountains to climb, untrodden paths to explore and rivers to ride: experiences that are both exhilarating andrelaxing. No need to feel like you’ve always got to be on the go in Mat-su Valley; neighbors enjoying gathering at local festivals and frequenting locally owned eateries and shops. Whether you’re a family of five or flying solo, the Mat-su Valley offers a lifestyle that is comfortable, exciting and relaxing.
The Workforce: Wilderness Adventures, Government, Natural Resources
Since Mat-Su Valley is not only a preferred place to live for many homeowners, but also a popular destination for adventure-bound visitors, it’s no surprise that a huge part of its economy is in retail trade, wilderness tours and other service-oriented businesses. In addition, with public transportation making it very convenient for thousands of Valley residents to commute to Anchorage for work, other major industries employing the Valley workforce include transportation, military, municipal, state and federal government, tourism, corporate headquarters, and, of course: the natural resource sector. In addition, the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (TSAIA), the world’s third business airport for cargo traffic, employs many Valley residents as well.
Why Live Here: Great Neighbors of the Two and Four-Legged Variety
While “Exploring Alaska” is on millions of bucket lists throughout the world, actually living in this pristine and awe-inspiring natural setting makes everyday an adventure. Where else can you enjoy modern comforts and conveniences, friendly neighbors, and have the sights and sounds of bald eagles, moose, black bears, wolves, caribou and even North America’s largest mountain peak just outside your window? Mat-Su Valley is the place, now you just need to begin exploring it! For more information about moving to Mat-Su or relocation to the area, please don’t hesitate to contact us for further details.
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