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Old 04-12-2016, 07:45 PM
 
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I've been offered a job up in Wasilla, so my husband and I will be looking to relocate (from Washington state) if I accept. We have two young, very active dogs that I don't see any rental house accepting, so we are looking to buy. We've driven through on our way to Denali, but don't know the area very well outside of the mass quantities of online research I've done so far. Can somebody please provide recommendations regarding the safest neighborhoods in Wasilla and Palmer each? As well as neighborhoods/areas to steer clear of? We will be coming up to visit again to explore the areas further and it would be great to know which areas we should consider including/excluding in our home search. Thank you!
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:16 PM
 
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I would stay clear of anything west of Lucas road and that's getting close to skeezy. Pittman area is theft central.

There's a facebook page that shows where the crime is - "stop valley thieves"

I lived in the area between Wasilla and Palmer and idn't have much trouble but still got tapped and tagged a couple of times.
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Old 04-13-2016, 07:44 AM
 
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I would stay clear of anything west of Lucas road and that's getting close to skeezy. Pittman area is theft central.

There's a facebook page that shows where the crime is - "stop valley thieves"

I lived in the area between Wasilla and Palmer and idn't have much trouble but still got tapped and tagged a couple of times.



Thanks for the reply! I know I've read much worse things about Wasilla than Palmer, but are there areas of Palmer to avoid as well?
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Old 04-13-2016, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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In my opinion, you need to be working with a good, experienced Realtor. Marty Van Diest is a frequent commentator on here and is a Realtor.
The Horizon area of KGB (around mile 12) is rough. The Williwaw neighborhood is rough. I live near mile 4 on KGB and haven't had any trouble. The sister in law live in the Church Road and Seldon Road area and its nice.
But again, get a good Realtor.
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Old 04-13-2016, 07:22 PM
 
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As a real estate licensee, we can't answer questions about crime, safety, race, religion, schools because of the Fair Housing Act. Our answers can be construed as steering, and steering is against the law. I know it's frustrating not to be able to get a direct answer from us Realtors, but we can get you resources to look up the info and forums like this are fantastic because people can post their opinions when we can not. I know the Wasilla PD has their own website as does State Troopers. I couldn't find Palmer PD's crime stats via their website. A call to the police departments would be a good idea too since that's what they are doing on a daily basis.

City of Wasilla, AK : Monthly Crime and Accident Information

These sites may work for you too:

Mat-Su Crime Stoppers

Department of Public Safety Home

Palmer and Wasilla definitely have a different "feel" somewhat due to planning and development. When you come up and start your house hunt, you'll know what I'm talking about!

You could also consider Eagle River or Chugiak because you will be driving against the traffic and depending where, you may be 40 minutes away give-or-take, but you definitely get more bang-for-your-buck in the Valley (Wasilla/Palmer). RAIDSonline.com shows crime stats in Eagle River/Chugiak.

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Old 04-13-2016, 08:47 PM
 
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Thanks for the reply! I know I've read much worse things about Wasilla than Palmer, but are there areas of Palmer to avoid as well?

If it matters, the black people I have known consider Palmer to be more racist than Wasilla.

The core of Palmer is not too bad, going north Soapstone and Buffalo Mine road and Sutton are sketchy. In particular I knew a lady who lived on Soapstone and described the architecture as "frank Lloyd Wrong" . Towards Butte, both sides of the old Glenn are Ok until you get to about the north side of Bodenburg loop at which point the east side of the road is sketchy and gets worse as you get farther from the Old Glenn while the west side of the Bodenburg loop is really nice.

You might be tempted by the Old Glenn and Knik River road but be aware that those lovely majestic mountains block any sunlight from November to March, give or take.
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Old 04-17-2016, 01:45 AM
 
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Avoid the Butte near Palmer. In the Wasilla area, avoid Pittman Road, Hollywood and Vine, and Williwaw subdivision in Wasilla.
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Old 04-28-2016, 03:39 PM
 
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I live off a pretty well known road called Fairview Loop. The area I live in is pretty quiet but there is a part that I am always seeing people having issues with and that area is by another major road named KJB (kink goose bay) To be more clear, you could look for houses between miles 2-10! KJB is car accident central! I've found houses I fell in love with Some houses but once I found out they were off KGB, I was like...Never mind! lol
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Old 04-28-2016, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I live off a pretty well known road called Fairview Loop. The area I live in is pretty quiet but there is a part that I am always seeing people having issues with and that area is by another major road named KJB (kink goose bay) To be more clear, you could look for houses between miles 2-10! KJB is car accident central! I've found houses I fell in love with Some houses but once I found out they were off KGB, I was like...Never mind! lol
We live at Mile 4 of Knik-Goosebay Road. Traffic isn't that big of a deal. It looks worse than it is.
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Old 04-29-2016, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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We used to live in Serendipity Hills, which is near Church and Seldon. Beautiful neighborhood. There is also Serendipity 1, 2 and 3 next door. Serendipity Hills is all one acre lots. I believe the others are too. Discovery Loop was the road we lived on. We only moved because we retired and were looking for a ranch style home.
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