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Below are some interesting but little known facts about the State of Alaska.

 

 Alaska covers 570,374 square miles of land, rivers and lakes. It is about 2.3 times larger than the state of Texas and is the largest state in the United States of America.

Alaskas population is about 640,000 full time residents. But the vast majority of residents live in the cities of Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and the surrounding area.

Only about 5% of the land is owned by the general public and the rest is owned by State, Borough and Federal governments and Native Corporations.

The State of Alaska has the farthest points North, East and West in the United States of America.

Alaska for the most part is a vast wilderness and roads are few and far between.  Large areas in the state have absolutely no roads and the only way in or out are by airplane/helicopter, boat, ATV or snowmobile in winter.

 


When purchasing land in Alaska you should be aware that there are some unique or unusual situations that most people will encounter with a lot of land that is for sale.


 

Not all land offered for sale is accessible by roads and may not have roads for many years or even in the foreseeable future, do to the population of Alaska and remoteness of the parcel.

 

Access to a lot of the land for sale is by section line and to put a road in would be extremely expensive. Permits are required by the State of Alaska and also permits could be required by other government agencies.

 

Land offered for sale in some sub-divisions do not have any roads even though it shows roads on the subdivision plat. The roads shown on the plat map are just paper roads that may be built in the future. That also means that power and phone probably would not be available either or would be cost prohibitive to have installed.

 

Some subdivisions that do have roads are not maintained by any government entity. And it is up to any residents that live there to repair the road in order to have access. Also in the winter these same roads need to be plowed by the residents if they want to use their vehicles.

 

Some of the subdivisions that have no roads are close to or in major cities so one might assume that they have roads when in reality none exist.

 

Living off grid is common in some of these sub-divisions and you have no modern conveniences [electric, water, sewage or phone].

 

Cell phone service is not available in all areas and some people use satellite phones or CB radios for communicating with the outside world.

 

Not all land is suitable for below ground sewage systems, so a pit privy, compost toilet or incinerator toilet must be used for human waste and water used for bathing and other purposes must be disposed of in a manner suitable to the State of Alaska regulations.

 

Not all land is suitable for drilling a well or is cost prohibitive for a lot of different reasons including no roads, ground water is to deep and high mineral content to name a few, so some people use rain water or water from the rivers and this presents other problems that have to be over come like bacteria and parasites to name a few.

 

Some land is only readily accessible by the Alaska Railroad but only in certain areas does the Alaska Railroad operate a flag stop train and it is on a very limited schedule. It is illegal to trespass on Alaska Railroad property without permission from the Alaska Railroad and there is no guarantee that permission will be granted.

 

Oil, gas and mineral rights have been retained by the State of Alaska on most of the land that is offered for sale.

 

Water front property may not be water front property. The State of Alaska has retained a public easement to the land immediately adjoining the water or has retained ownership of the land adjacent to the water on most of the land that is for sale.

 

Some properties have easements for trails, utilities, section lines, pipe lines and other easements that may make very little of the property usable.

 

A lot of the land has no fire service available and any buildings insured will reflect this in the premium.

 

Even land that is located in the wilderness may have covenants and restrictions on use.  Also there may be a home owner association on this same land.

Some land for sale is native allotment land and it may pose its own unique set of conditions.

Home schooling is common in a lot of areas.

 

The city of Anchorage has adopted a code for a life safety issue pertaining to egress in bedroom windows. A lot of older homes do not comply with the code and the city says that it can not be grandfathered. This could be an expensive mistake to buy a home that is out of compliance should the city decide to start enforcing it.

 

If you have any questions the staff at Find Alaska Land will be happy to try an answer them for you. 

Please contact info@findakland.com

 

 
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