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Old 03-28-2018, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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If you look at a map of the area south of Palmer, on the east side of the old Glenn, you are safe down to about Maud road, south of that on the east I'd avoid. On the west side you are pretty much gold right down to the Knik river. Anything along Bodenberg loop is ok. The other area to watch out for is along the river, those majestic mountains block the sun for months during winter.

One more consideration is flooding. The entire area west of the old Glenn is at the mercy of the Matanuska and it has, and will in the future, eaten houses and entire neighborhoods.

There's never a bad view from the Butte.
This is great info! It seems like lots of people who have contacted me about places have been in the Butte, so I feel like this helps me know what to avoid a bit better. The place we are supposed to look at today is on the west side down near the Knik River. Sounds like that's not a bad spot?

I'm curious what makes the Butte so bad? Other than the flooding and lack of sunlight. Is that where the crime is worst? I checked out the crime maps, but after being in the Bush everything seems like it has a lot of crime to me. I guess that's what living in a village of 50 people with no crime gets you after awhile - haha.
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Old 03-28-2018, 12:26 PM
 
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Nothing to contribute other than that this is a great question.
Thanks! I am a little paranoid about getting stuck with a year lease and a slumlord, so I've been trying to get a feel for things. We've gotten used to living in district-provided housing out in the bush and haven't had to worry about landlords for quite awhile.

Also, sorry for hijacking your thread Haolejohn!
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Old 03-28-2018, 09:19 PM
 
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This is great info! It seems like lots of people who have contacted me about places have been in the Butte, so I feel like this helps me know what to avoid a bit better. The place we are supposed to look at today is on the west side down near the Knik River. Sounds like that's not a bad spot?

I'm curious what makes the Butte so bad? Other than the flooding and lack of sunlight. Is that where the crime is worst? I checked out the crime maps, but after being in the Bush everything seems like it has a lot of crime to me. I guess that's what living in a village of 50 people with no crime gets you after awhile - haha.
I think I know the area, it's not a bad one. Thee is something about the east side of the old Glenn , there used to be a trailer court there and it kind of attracted a bad crowd to the vicinity. Property crime and the folks are sketchy.
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Old 03-28-2018, 09:51 PM
 
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Thanks! I am a little paranoid about getting stuck with a year lease and a slumlord, so I've been trying to get a feel for things. We've gotten used to living in district-provided housing out in the bush and haven't had to worry about landlords for quite awhile.

Also, sorry for hijacking your thread Haolejohn!
Itís not hijacking...itís contributing.

I no longer get district housing, so everything will seem more affordable and nicer. Lol

We are touring a couple of schools on Monday. While in the valley, we will do some driving around.
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Old 03-28-2018, 10:25 PM
 
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This is great info! It seems like lots of people who have contacted me about places have been in the Butte, so I feel like this helps me know what to avoid a bit better. The place we are supposed to look at today is on the west side down near the Knik River. Sounds like that's not a bad spot?

I'm curious what makes the Butte so bad? Other than the flooding and lack of sunlight. Is that where the crime is worst? I checked out the crime maps, but after being in the Bush everything seems like it has a lot of crime to me. I guess that's what living in a village of 50 people with no crime gets you after awhile - haha.
Don't know about the crime. However along with lack of sunlight the temps are colder. May want to ask about the wind. Palmer can get some really wild winds coming off the glacier. Drifting snow can be an issue.
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Old 03-28-2018, 11:41 PM
 
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Thanks so much for all of this information everyone! This has all been super helpful.

Next question - How's the area on N Palmer-Fishhook Rd/Fishhook area?

Haloejohn - We got sooo spoiled with our district housing. I'm going to miss only paying $600/month for a 4bedroom house. We've been doing some driving around and exploring too. Hoping to spend some actual time exploring Palmer tomorrow. We will have to compare notes after you guys get out here!
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Old 04-03-2018, 04:51 PM
 
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I spent all day yesterday driving around Palmer and Wasilla. The wind was noticeably different.

We’ve decided we prefer the Palmer area, but haven’t ruled out the area between the two. Traffic wasn’t that bad at all.
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Old 04-03-2018, 06:25 PM
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I spent all day yesterday driving around Palmer and Wasilla. The wind was noticeably different.

Weíve decided we prefer the Palmer area, but havenít ruled out the area between the two. Traffic wasnít that bad at all.
Palmer is usually windier due to the wind coming off of Matanuska Glacier. We are definitely having one of our winter wind spells! Although this one isn't that all bad.
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Old 04-03-2018, 10:47 PM
 
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Weíve decided we prefer the Palmer area, but havenít ruled out the area between the two. Traffic wasnít that bad at all.
We definitely preferred the Palmer area too, and that's where we ended up signing a lease at for next year. Hope you guys find a good spot to land!
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:07 PM
 
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I'm sure someone will mention it, but Palmer is a real windy place. Behind it in Butte is suppose to be less wind. I work in Palmer and am thank full I work indoors most of the time. Lots of pretty places, around the valley, and there is a mix of junky homes/nice homes, pretty much side by side in a lot of places. Another problem with palmer is in the winter the mountains block the little bit of sun you get, I live out past wasilla and like it, less people, homes are on bigger lots and lots of lakes/streams to fish.


Good luck.
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