3400 N Mars Avenue, Palmer AK May 6th, 2013
This classy home is in like new condition. It was built in 2010 by the current owners as a retirement home. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1 car attached garage, along with large shop. When asked what they love about the home, the current owners shared the following: Please click through the photos below, click on the FS button to see them fullscreen.
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath
o Love the soapstone woodstove set in a brick fireplace!
o Low cost heating bills (under $75/month)
o Very nice neighbors on a quiet dead end road
o Love living on Lazy Mountain; every drive to town has breathtaking views!
o Nice roomy shop with woodstove
o Beautiful mountain views from our living room window, kitchen windows and deck.
3400 N MARS AVENUE
This classy home is in like new condition. It was built in 2010 by the current owners as a retirement home. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1 car attached garage, along with large shop.
When asked what they love about the home, the current owners shared the following:
Please click through the photos below, click on the FS button to see them fullscreen.
Buyer’s Tips #3, Search Septic Systems Online April 29th, 2013You can find information for many septic systems online. The Department of Environmental Conservation is still loading data so the information is incomplete, but still valueable. A search for septic systems will often yield an as-built survey. The septic documentation and the as-built survey are very useful information for a buyer.
The septic information may or may not be current. But at least it will give you some idea of what has been installed on the property. You will learn something about the soils on the property and may even find a septic test or two from a past sale.
Here is the site for searching for septic systems. I usually search by legal address.
Just a heads up…I find that it doesn’t work as well with the Chrome internet browser so use Internet Explorer or Firefox.
4040 N Alderney, Wasilla April 29th, 2013
This is a gorgeous newly remodeled home in great shape. There are 5 good sized bedrooms and 3 full baths, 3056sqft total. Beautiful back yard, paved drive and parking. The owner was able to pick the nicest lot in the subdivision when he moved in and this is it! There is both a breakfast room and more formal dining room, living and huge family room. Ceilings are higher than normal and there is plenty of storage space in each closet. Large 2 car garage, and side deck off kitchen for barbecuing. Please view the photos below, click the little “FS” button below the thumbnails to view fullscreen. You have to see it to believe the quality for this price!
This is a gorgeous newly remodeled home in great shape. There are 5 good sized bedrooms and 3 full baths, 3056sqft total. Beautiful back yard, paved drive and parking. The owner was able to pick the nicest lot in the subdivision when he moved in and this is it!
There is both a breakfast room and more formal dining room, living and huge family room. Ceilings are higher than normal and there is plenty of storage space in each closet. Large 2 car garage, and side deck off kitchen for barbecuing.
Please view the photos below, click the little “FS” button below the thumbnails to view fullscreen. You have to see it to believe the quality for this price!
4040 N Alderney Circle
Buyers Tips #2. Search for Well Logs Online. April 25th, 2013One of the most important things to know when buying land in the Mat-Su Valley is whether you are going to be able to get water if you drill a well. Most of the Mat-Su Valley has water under it if you go deep enough. However there are areas where you can hit bedrock before hitting water. It would be nice to know as much as possible before purchasing a piece of property.
You do this through the Department of Natural Resources Well Lot Tracking website here. Use the search menu on this website to find properties around your prospective property. You will need to get used to reading well logs to understand what they are telling you.
Remember that the cost of drilling a well right now is about $40 a foot. That does not include the cost of installing a pump and a line to your house. So if you have to drill a 300 foot deep well you are looking at $12,000. Hopefully you will only need to go down about 60 feet.
Historical well information may not be currently accurate because aquifers are always subject to change. But some info is certainly better than none.
Buyer’s Tips. #1 Using the Mat-Su Borough Website April 23rd, 2013The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has a website that is very useful for buyers. On this website you can find tax information, the borough’s estimate of value, and the map of the property.
Go to matsugov.us and mouse over the “property and maps” tab. Click on “my property” and a search menu will appear. You can search by owner, address, and several other ways. I use owner and address the most.
Once you find the property you are looking for just click the link and a page will appear showing detail on the property. If the property has a building on it click the “show building information” link.
Another very useful feature is the “tax map”. This feature has actually deteriorated in the last few months. Hopefully the borough will improve this soon. The current system may be a little cumbersome for people not familiar with maps but I still use it and find it handy.
If you have any questions about using this site send a comment. I’ll give better explanations when needed.
Marty Van Diest, Tele 907.232.7900 / marty[at]valleymarket[dot]com
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