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Anchorage Hillside Homes
Anchorage Hillside Homes and Anchorage Lower Hillside Homes are in an area that is East of Seward Highway, South of Tudor Road and heading to the very South end of Anchorage. Anchorage Hillside Homes range in Value from below $100,000 for Lower Hillside Condos to $2Million View Properties overlooking city lights.
Anchorage Hillside Homes typically enjoy large lots, potentially sweeping views of the city, west Anchorage and the Alaska Range across Cook Inlet, newer schools, and higher average incomes than other areas of Anchorage. If you want acreage, you will find that in Anchorage Hillside Homes and Lower Hillside Homes.
Travel time for Anchorage Hillside Homes varies depending upon how far south and how far up the hillside you are. The highest points may take 30-40 minutes to reach, and you are still in the Anchorage Bowl. Anchorage Lower Hillside homes may be no more than a minute or two from the main North/South Corridor, the New Seward Highway. Map from Upper Hillside to Nordstroms on 6th Ave.
Anchorage Hillside Homes sit on the side of the Chugach Mountains in the Chugach National Forest. At nearly 7 Million Acres, it is America’s second largest National Forest. Bicentennial Park sits right off Elmore Road, providing a semi-wilderness area on the edge of our city, full of salmon streams, moose, black and brown bears, lynch, cayotes and wolves. The mountains of the Chugach bordering Anchorage rise to just under 4,000 feet. Want to go hiking? Drive to Flattop Mountain (think you can spot that one?) and hike to its 3,510-foot summit in about an hour. Map the Anchorage Hillside Trail System.
Living in Anchorage Hillside Homes
Because of where they are located, most Anchorage Hillside Homes have well and septic systems. There are some exceptions like subdivisions of Goldenview Park and Sahalee, that were larger tract developments that made it possible to bring in city water and sewer. Most Anchorage Lower Hillside Homes are on city water and sewer. The need for a well and septic system in most Anchorage Hillside Homes means these homes typically enjoy larger lot sizes to have well and septic system separation.
The Municipality of Anchorage requires a Certificate of On-Site Systems Approval (COSA) to transfer title. A COSA evaluates the adequacy and ability of the on-site septic system to process waste in a manner that does not contaminate groundwater and tests the well water for contaminates including bacteria, arsenic and other metals.
Testing is performed by a number of Licensed engineering firms. This is normally a Seller’s cost, but if you are buying a Bank Owned Property, it may be part of your own due diligence. The cost of testing and the certificate for the COSA is between $1650 and $2,000. I work primarily with Garness Engineering and ArcTerra Consulting.
What is it like to live on well and septic? Local Septic Pumper, Bill McDonald of Old McDondalds Pumping Services, will tell you that you should minimize your use of food waste disposers. He would say, “Process that food yourself, before you put it in the septic system.” Food creates a biomat that plugs up your system.