Palmer Real Estate
Welcome to Palmer
Palmer was founded during the Great Depression when people from all over the “Lower 48” were given plots of land and an opportunity to start over. The families who chose to stay enjoyed great agricultural success and this is still evident today as Palmer’s farmers hold many world records for large vegetables.
Palmer is known for its relaxed pace and peaceful surroundings. It is close enough to Anchorage and Wasilla so easy access to amenities is available, yet far enough away to keep the serene feeling of the area intact. The area’s residents enjoy an outdoorsy lifestyle within the comfort of modern conveniences all the while being surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Public Transportation: Mat-Su Made Easy
Public transportation in Palmer is provided by Mat-Su Community Transit (MASCOT). Routes in Palmer include stops at the Job Corps, Mat-Su College, the courthouse, Pioneer Home, among other stops. Direct service to Anchorage is provided by the People Mover bus system.
Anchorage is also easily accessible via the Glenn Highway (AK-1) while Wasilla is accessible via the George Parks Highway (AK-3).
Palmer, AK’s Real Estate Market
The homes in Palmer are a combination of affordable homes built during the 20th century and luxurious homes and estates developed in the last decade. There are many lots and newer construction opportunities for residents to customize their home perfectly for their needs. No matter what your family size or price-point, Palmer has something for everyone.
Many of the smaller, more affordable homes in Palmer are reminiscent of the city’s humble agricultural beginnings as they were originally built for the farmers, agricultural workers and their families. Most of these homes sit on lots compiled of several acres and have unique and historic layouts.
The new-construction homes in Palmer spare no expense for luxury. Spacious homes with several bedrooms, updated kitchens and bathrooms with luxury fixtures and finishes and smart appliances. Most of the homes also sit on large lots of one-half acre to several acres.
Distinguished Schools in Palmer
- Swanson Elementary | Grades PK-2
- Sherrod Elementary | Grades 3-5
- Palmer Jr. Middle School | Grades 6-8
- Palmer High School | Grades 9-12
After high school, students can continue their education at Matanuska-Susitna College, an extension of the University of Alaska at Anchorage, where small class sizes and a variety of majors provide students with an excellent education. Palmer is also home to Alaska Bible College, the only accredited school of theology and ministry in Alaska.
You’ll Enjoy: Glacier Climbing & Relaxing Golf
The City of Palmer is perfect for anyone who enjoys rugged, outdoor adventures. From hiking and climbing to dog sledding and more, there’s always an adventure waiting in your backyard.
- Group 3 Aviation Center: Fasten your seatbelts and prepare for the ultimate Alaskan adventure. Travel by helicopter from Palmer to a remote glacier and experience a unique dog sledding trip. Kayaking, hiking, and ice climbing excursions are also available.
- Reindeer Farm: Stop by and visit more than 150 reindeer, 35 elk, 13 horses and one bison. Other activities include hiking, horseback riding and group outings. Don’t forget to stop by for the spooky Halloween celebrations or Christmas fun with games, crafts and Santa.
- Palmer Golf Course: Enjoy 18 holes on Alaska’s finest golf course among Pioneer Peak, the Knik Glacier, and the Matanuska River. Power carts are available and walkers are welcome. Lessons and practice areas are also available.
- Matanuska Electric Association | Electric
- City of Palmer | Water & Sewer
- GCI Cable Palmer | High-Speed Internet
The Lifestyle: Rugged Recreation Meets Small Town Comfort
The residents of Palmer have created a tight-knit community that enjoys peaceful living and tranquil surroundings. They also know exactly how to get together and enjoy a good time. Every year, the Alaska State Fair is one of the city’s biggest events. Farmers from all over Alaska have an opportunity to show off their prize harvests along with live music, food and more.
On the weekends, locals like to head out to Hatcher Pass and enjoy back-country skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling, or catch a Matsu Minersbaseball game. There are also plenty of places to shop and relax around town including sweet treats at the Frost Cupcake Shop or a hot coffee and live entertainment at the Vagabond Blues coffee shop.
The Workforce: Agriculture Abounds
Farming is the primary industry in Palmer, and its residents hold a number ofworld-record vegetable awards including kale, carrots, kohlrabi, celery, rutabaga, romanesco broccoli, turnip, green cabbage and purple cabbage. The long hours of daylight, up to 19 hours in the summer, are the main reason for such great successes.
Palmer is just a quick 20 minute drive from Wasilla for those who are hoping to commute. Major industries in Wasilla include mining, steel and commercial fishing. Anchorage is just under an hour, depending on the time of year, from Palmer and many residents commute here for jobs at several locales including the military base, state and federal government, and several tourism outlets to name a few. Many multinational petroleum companies operate out of Anchorage including BP and ConcoPhillips.
Why Live Here: Tranquility and Peace of Mind
The people of Alaska love their home and take pride in the beauty and tranquility their unique surroundings provide. As cities like Anchorage and Wasilla grow and begin to resemble the cities from the Lower 48, Palmer has maintained the small town atmosphere and individual appeal. The homes and highways are continually improved to give everyone modern comforts and maintain commute times, yet the landscape and the neighborhoods continue to stay true to their surroundings. If you would like more information on Palmer, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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