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Old 03-13-2017, 12:38 PM
 
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Hi Everyone,

We've recently arrived in Anchorage and have been searching for a home in the S. Anchorage area and Eagle River area. We tend to buy in communities with HOA's as it is easier for our kids to adapt (meeting other children in the neighborhood, etc.). We like both areas, but because our hotel is in Anchorage, I haven't met a lot of people with children in Eagle River.

If you have a child at Alpenglow or Homestead, what is this school like? I've reviewed the surveys from the school district but was looking for more information on homework, learning environment, etc.

Does anyone live in Eagle Woods? Input on street plowing, HOA, etc.? Do a lot of residents use the lighted trails?

I've found S. Anchorage to be close to doctors, kids activities (kids music, gymnastics, etc.). It seems Eagle River has these as well, but I was hoping to hear from parents in the area.

Thank you in advance for any information!

Nicole
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Old 03-13-2017, 12:39 PM
 
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Default S. Anchorage

Also, if anyone does live in S. Anchorage, it'd be great to hear about that as well (community/subdivision, schools, anything else you found useful
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Old 03-13-2017, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Inland Empire, WA
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What in the world does an HOA have to do with the presence of children in the neighborhood?

I lived in the same house in Eagle for 21 years(recently moved away) in a neighborhood without a stinking HOA. Had great neighbors in a great neighborhood, there were plenty of kids about, watched many grow up and move on, saw new families move in and out.

HOA = Kids? Please, explain.
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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HOAs usually mean stupid rules and nazi wanna be's. One HOA in Eagle river won't let you put out your trash can the night before. Can't go out before 4am on trash day. Give me an HOA free neighborhood any day.
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Old 03-13-2017, 10:10 PM
 
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HOA's are of the devil!
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Old 03-13-2017, 10:57 PM
 
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Meh. HOAs are the devil until your neighbor turns their house into a rainbow colored house and their yard into a junk yard. Lol
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Old 03-13-2017, 11:28 PM
 
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Lol. I'm realizing that I probably worded my previously post incorrectly-- I meant a pre-planned subdivision or community with one builders or builders selling homes. It's been my experience that these homes are generally closer together (for better or worse ; ), have sidewalks, community events, etc. Now, we've learned that Anchorage is a bit different in that regard. Our previous community did egg hunts, professional fireworks on the 4th, community festivals, clubhouse get-togethers, etc. I have been warned that certain HOAs within some communities here may be a bit overzealous, so Im trying to get a little more input from locals who've either had positive or negative experiences.

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Old 03-14-2017, 01:13 AM
 
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Lol. I'm realizing that I probably worded my previously post incorrectly-- I meant a pre-planned subdivision or community with one builders or builders selling homes. It's been my experience that these homes are generally closer together (for better or worse ; ), have sidewalks, community events, etc. Now, we've learned that Anchorage is a bit different in that regard. Our previous community did egg hunts, professional fireworks on the 4th, community festivals, clubhouse get-togethers, etc. I have been warned that certain HOAs within some communities here may be a bit overzealous, so Im trying to get a little more input from locals who've either had positive or negative experiences.
I'll stay away from HOA. Our experience with them were terrible in GA. I do understand why they were created, and a good one will have many benefits. But just too many rules.
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Old 03-14-2017, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Inland Empire, WA
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Lol. I'm realizing that I probably worded my previously post incorrectly-- I meant a pre-planned subdivision or community with one builders or builders selling homes. It's been my experience that these homes are generally closer together (for better or worse ; ), have sidewalks, community events, etc. Now, we've learned that Anchorage is a bit different in that regard. Our previous community did egg hunts, professional fireworks on the 4th, community festivals, clubhouse get-togethers, etc. I have been warned that certain HOAs within some communities here may be a bit overzealous, so Im trying to get a little more input from locals who've either had positive or negative experiences.
Do not expect anything like that in Anchorage, it does not exist. Understand that Anchorage and Alaska in general has a lifestyle all its' own, leave what you know and what you have experienced in your former life with regard to the above, behind you. Even sidewalks are a rarity.

There are events which occur on a annual basis, there are events organized by local churches, there are municipal sanctioned fireworks (fireworks are illegal in the Municipality of Anchorage), though the Elks club does put on a display in Eagle River, then at Fur Rondy there is a display, and the 4th of July the Muni puts on a display. Community club houses... no. Eagle River also has the Bear Paw Festival on an annual basis.

Again, HOAs are the devil, in particular, the HOA in Eagle Wood is pure evil.
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Old 03-14-2017, 07:59 AM
 
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Lol. I'm realizing that I probably worded my previously post incorrectly-- I meant a pre-planned subdivision or community with one builders or builders selling homes. It's been my experience that these homes are generally closer together (for better or worse ; ), have sidewalks, community events, etc. Now, we've learned that Anchorage is a bit different in that regard. Our previous community did egg hunts, professional fireworks on the 4th, community festivals, clubhouse get-togethers, etc. I have been warned that certain HOAs within some communities here may be a bit overzealous, so Im trying to get a little more input from locals who've either had positive or negative experiences.
I think you might be bringing your lower 48 expectations to Alaska and trying to replicate them here. That's not realistic. Talk to,people and ask them about what their neighborhoods are like. Forget this HOA foolishness and pre-packaged neighborhood deal. Alaska and even Anchorage are different then the rest of the country.
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