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Old 07-10-2009, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Texas
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My family and I are seriously thinking of moving to Alaska. To start off we are not searching for anything except a safer place to raise our children. We have 3 boys 18, 9 and 4. We are all Texans born and raised. However our lovely state is starting to loose its appeal for many reasons. So after atleast 2 years of debating we finally decided that Alaska would be the best place to finish raising our family and spend our remaining years together . I have done sooo much research and everything comes back the same, what I mean is everything looks so good its hard to make a decision. I'm looking for a place thats near a hospital ( i am a S.T and my wife is a Sonographer) for work ,but I still want that "wild" feel about home. Lots of trees and wildlife. And probobly most important a healthy and strong community and schools for my sons. I still think it is important for them to get as much interaction with children thier age as possible. I know I'm asking for alot, but I owe it too my family too find exactly what we need. Does anyone have any sugestions on where we should start?We are planning a vacation trip next Spring and would like it to be a vacation/scouting trip. Any help would be so greatly appreciated!
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Old 07-10-2009, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I suggest you look at Juneau. There is a regional hospital here. Schools are so-so, but if you work at it, you can get a good education for your children. As for trees and wildlife, although I haven't seen a bear in the backyard this year, there have been a couple that wander through in years past. Bears have been seen at the glacier on a regular basis though. Anchorage and Fairbanks are other cities with major hospitals to consider.
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Old 07-10-2009, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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And I'll recommend the Kenai Peninsula.

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Old 07-10-2009, 05:03 PM
 
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I'll chime in with the Valley. Palmer has Providence...so you could even live in Sutton, Chickaloon, Willow, or anywhere close enough to work...and live where you'd have that 'wild' feeling.

Sutton...my absolute dream location. Sigh...were that I were 10 years younger...sigh...

Myself, I live about 20 min from Wasilla and consider this move to be one of the very best decisions I have ever made. Walk outside every morning and see NOTHING except nature...and am actively happy all over again.

Good luck...and savor the endless possibilities

Deb
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Old 07-10-2009, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Palmer
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I just sold a house to a couple from Texas. they have a 10 year old daughter. They were only planning to stay in it for the summers but are now so excited they are planning to quit there job in Texas and move here full time.
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Old 07-10-2009, 07:16 PM
 
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Plenty of Texans up here in the oil business so you should feel quite at home! You didn't say where in Texas you're from, or what size city you would be comfortable in. You can honestly find all the things you mention you are looking for even in Anchorage.
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Old 07-10-2009, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Over the Rainbow...
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I'll chime in with the Valley. Palmer has Providence...so you could even live in Sutton, Chickaloon, Willow, or anywhere close enough to work...and live where you'd have that 'wild' feeling.

Sutton...my absolute dream location. Sigh...were that I were 10 years younger...sigh...

Myself, I live about 20 min from Wasilla and consider this move to be one of the very best decisions I have ever made. Walk outside every morning and see NOTHING except nature...and am actively happy all over again.

Good luck...and savor the endless possibilities

Deb
Deb, if that's your dream (Sutton), why would it have to be "if you were 10 years younger?" Sorry, not being nosey but just curious why it's holding you back from something you really want.
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Old 07-10-2009, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Over the Rainbow...
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I have an acquaintance who lived in Houston and just recently moved to Juneau to work at the hospital there. So far she loves it.
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Old 07-10-2009, 09:28 PM
 
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Kodiak is the best, everyone else has just never been here.
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Old 07-10-2009, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm from Austin, Tx, and me and my family are all excited about the idea of living without 106 degree heat! Ireally like the old fashion style about Alaska, its almost is as if time forgot yall. Its those kind of values I want to surround my family with. Our first trip will be spring 2010, destination yet to be determined. Maybe moving as soon as summer 2010.
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