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Old 01-31-2011, 05:35 PM
 
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Hello all!

My boyfriend and I are making the move from Virginia to Alaska this summer (probably late July) and we're trying to look into renting either an apartment or a house for the first year, then buying one once we know what area we would like to be in. We've seen varying opinions about Weidner properties, but Timber Ridge apartments in Eagle River seem to be about the only place we can find that will allow our 85 lb. chocolate lab. We don't want to be in the heart of downtown Anchorage, but don't want to be much past Eagle River either as we will be commuting to Anchorage for work. We are looking for a 2bedroom/1bath rental with a rent of $1500 or less... Any suggestions? We've looked on craigslist, but it's just so hard to tell if things are in a "decent" neighborhood or not being 4200 miles away. We are a young couple (both in our early to mid twenties) and have no plans on children, so the school system isn't a concern of ours. Mainly finding somewhere with a nice place to live, in a decent area, that allows our dog.

Thanks!!!
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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Stay away from Weidner...They are horrible!!!
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:35 AM
 
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We had a dog & 2 cats when we first moved to town 12 years ago. It was hard to find rentals that would take pets, so we went with a Weidner. The unit was well-kept, although they did up our rent at the end, pushing us to get out & buy our own place. But all in all, we had no problem with Weidner and were glad to find a place that took pets.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Lyons, France, Whidbey Island WA
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funny. I had a good experience with Weidner at the Continental. nothing fancy but clean with easy access and close to everything. eagle river you get more space for you dollar but you have to commute. if you want sedate eagle river is great if you want restaurants and activities in town anchorage is your best best.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:29 PM
 
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We've definitely heard both sides of the Weidner debate! Thanks for the advice
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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I have no comment on either property management companies, having had no experience with either company. I just wanted to say that rental vacancies in Anchorage is only about 1%, and you can rule out about 90% of those because of your dog.

I also owned a dog while renting for 12 years in Anchorage. It can take a couple of weeks to find some place that will allow pets, particularly a large breed dog. They may also ask for an additional pet deposit in advance.

Be persistent, and be patient. You will eventually find a place.
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:42 PM
 
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Try the Highlands. I lived there and loved it! They allow big dogs and are in a nice area (midtown). The prices are high, but the apartments are big, you would probably have enough space in a one bedroom! And yes, it's Weidner, but I was very satisfied with my experience with them.
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Old 03-05-2011, 12:03 AM
 
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I currently live in the Timber Ridge Apartments. On the plus side, they are some of the nicer apartments I found when I moved up here. I think that the location is decent as well. On the negative side, the property manager is not that quick to reply to questions or concerns. I have the neighbor from hell, and I've asked management to talk to him at least 7-8 times, to no avail. In all honesty, I think I have one of the worst apartments in the complex (location-wise), so I'm a bit biased. But if you are interested in Eagle River, these are the nicer apartments compared the the cluster of apartment complexes located in the center of town near Carrs.
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Old 05-10-2011, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I rented a house through a rental management company in Eagle River. I have two large labs also. The advice I would give is to submit your application prior to looking in case you find something you are interested in. That way once you find something you like you can get ahead of the others. I missed out on three different properties before I did that. The listings only seem to last about 2 days for the bad ones. The nicer ones may only be listed for a day.
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Old 05-10-2011, 05:13 PM
 
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That dog will be the kiss of death, I have heard its nearly impossible to find a nice place in anchorage that will take animals unless you have like a 3k deposit. They are banking that they will need to totally replace teh carpets when you move out, you would probably get most of that back if your responsible but carpent and installation is not cheap to keep it nice.
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