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Old 01-21-2010, 02:45 PM
 
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We are moving to Wasilla Ak in about 2 months from West Chester Pa. (My husbands job is moving him) I Wanted to find out how the school system is , how the job market is, and housing ,1st rental and then purchasing. Also is there any part of Wasilla or Anchorage that we need to be wary of ?
Lastly we are traveling by RV with a moving trailer attached. Does anyone know if we can attach our car also? Or any suggestions on how to transport the car if the multiple attaching is not legal or safe.

Thanks for any help and looking so forward to the move
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Old 01-21-2010, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Have someone drive the car up with you.
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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I don't think hooking up all three in tandom is a very good idea. Especially driving up the Alcan.
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Wasilla
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Hi Tipp! Welcome to our area We moved to Wasilla little over a year ago from outside of Johnstown, PA. We actually have some family down your way, in Ambler.

We don't have young kids, so I can't tell you much about the schools. Will your hubby be working in Wasilla? Some areas are easier to commute from than others. But if he's working locally, then that wouldn't matter.
We rented for 6 months first then bought. That gives you time to get a feel for the area without committing to anything.

My job moved us too, and they arranged for our additional vehicle to be shipped out of Seattle, then we took our other vehicle on the ferry. (I think the shipped one beat us here!) We basically drove both from Pa and followed each other, then shipped the one out when we got to the west coast.

There's quite a few of us up here in Wasilla, so let us know what ya need!
Dawn
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Old 01-21-2010, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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The schools here are pretty decent, a few are even exceptional. The link for the school district website is Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District.
We just bought a new house and worked with an EXCELLENT Realtor. Marty who posts here often is also a Realtor.
You should probably plan on renting for a while to get a feel for the lay on of the land. Things are pretty spread out and each area has it's own unique feel to it.
For the trip up, get a copy of the The MILEPOST: Alaska Travel Guide and Trip Planner.
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Old 01-21-2010, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Boise, Idaho
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Looks like I am also moving to Wasilla - will know for sure by next Friday. However, all indicators seem to be a go.

I had planned on driving to Bellingham,WA and take the ferry, then drive from the end point to Wasilla. However, my potential employer is suggesting I simply ship my car up and then I fly up.
If they are paying for it that works for me.

So my next challenge is where to live while I busy myself looking for a more permanent place. Right now I'm leaning toward Kozy Cabins Wasilla Alaska Cabin Rentals Palmer Vacation Rental AK Lodging Vacation Homes from Owners (http://www.alaskakozeycabins.com/index.htm - broken link) Are any of you familiar with it? I could get into it from mid Feb to the end of March fro $1300 per month which includes full furnishings (dishes, bedding etc)...all utilities, cable TV, wireless internet, phone. It's only 6 miles from where I will be working so it seems like it could be a good base of opperations for me while I'm scouting out the long-term rent or buy right now dilema. Are any of you familiar with the place. Or alternatively, do you know of any other spots you might suggest for temporary housing?
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Old 01-22-2010, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Palmer
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Renting at first is a good idea.

Charlene Moss and Dawn Houston (http://www.doubleeaglerealestate.org/home/index.php?base=contactus - broken link) are both good property managers in this area who could help you with rentals. Charlene manages the most rentals here.

In addition to Cozy Cabins there are quite a few others who rent cabins on a daily, weekly, and monthly rate. Here are some. Garden Gate Bed and Breakfast, Hatcher Pass Bed and breakfast, Alaska Birch Cottages.

I personally know all three of the above and they are all great people with very nice cabins. The Hatcher Pass cabins are the more rustic of the three...old timey log cabins.
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:26 AM
 
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So my next challenge is where to live while I busy myself looking for a more permanent place. Right now I'm leaning toward Kozy Cabins Wasilla Alaska Cabin Rentals Palmer Vacation Rental AK Lodging Vacation Homes from Owners (http://www.alaskakozeycabins.com/index.htm - broken link) Are any of you familiar with it? I could get into it from mid Feb to the end of March fro $1300 per month which includes full furnishings (dishes, bedding etc)...all utilities, cable TV, wireless internet, phone. It's only 6 miles from where I will be working so it seems like it could be a good base of opperations for me while I'm scouting out the long-term rent or buy right now dilema. Are any of you familiar with the place. Or alternatively, do you know of any other spots you might suggest for temporary housing?
I've stayed at Kozy Cabins a couple years ago now. lol Make sure you check them out in person before you commit to renting one. The one we had, had the bed collapse because the frame wasn't put together correctly. That was awkward! Apart from that incident the location is great. My wife was miffed that there were dust balls everywhere but they stayed up out of reach so they didn't bother me at all. Can't beat the price compared to other lodging opportunities in the area.
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Floor e duh
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We stayed at Alaska Birch Cottages for a few months after we sold our home.
Very nice folks and cute cabins.
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Old 01-23-2010, 12:37 PM
 
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We are moving to Wasilla Ak in about 2 months from West Chester Pa. (My husbands job is moving him) I Wanted to find out how the school system is , how the job market is, and housing ,1st rental and then purchasing. Also is there any part of Wasilla or Anchorage that we need to be wary of ?
Lastly we are traveling by RV with a moving trailer attached. Does anyone know if we can attach our car also? Or any suggestions on how to transport the car if the multiple attaching is not legal or safe.

Thanks for any help and looking so forward to the move
You might find that snow ice are still present. I agree that either shipping the car or having someone drive it or pulling the trailer would be a good idea. Your vehicle should be winterized before heading out. PA is mild compared to AK and roads are not as good esp in the Yukon. Good luck guys.
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