Real Estate Shopping in Homer, Part 1

We recently purchased some land in Homer. Real estate shopping here was a learning experience, to say the least. For anyone out there contemplating a move to Alaska, here are some of our observations. Take these for whatever they’re worth to you. No warranty is expressed or implied.

First and foremost, land in Alaska is expensive. “What?” you say, “How could that be? Alaska is huge! Don’t you all live on 100 acre parcels with magnificent views from log homes you built by hand?” Alaska most certainly is huge. It encompasses over 570k square miles of land, which is roughly 16% of the total land mass of the United States or approximately 19% of the land in the contiguous “Lower 48”. It has more land than Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa combined. Alaska’s percentages are even larger when considering waters of the United States.

"Alaska area compared to conterminous US" by Eric Gaba (Sting - fr:Sting) - Own work. Data:NGDC World Coast Line (public domain) NGDC World Data Bank II (public domain). Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alaska_area_compared_to_conterminous_US.svg#/media/File:Alaska_area_compared_to_conterminous_US.svg
“Alaska area compared to conterminous US” by Eric Gaba (Sting – fr:Sting) – Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

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