Ahhh....Ketchikan Real Estate. It is still a surprise to me that for the first 4 years we lived here, we rented a home. It really wasn’t even on our radar until year 5 and then, wow! Did we have some interesting things to learn about Ketchikan AK Real Estate!
Our experiences & unique items to Ketchikan (I think!)
Before I tell my story of purchasing our first house, let me give you some background on me & my experiences.
I grew up a city girl. I did live in the country for a short stint but moved back to the city just as soon as possible - and I'm not originally from Alaska (gasp!).
So when we decided to purchase a house in Ketchikan I was a total newbie to buying in Alaska.
Luckily for us, we found a fantastic Ketchikan Real Estate Agent - Craig Moylan - of Coastal Real Estate. He was patient & kind as we both learned the differences in home styles, the intricacies of living in Southeast Alaska, and how the system worked. And of course was tolerant of my zillion questions!
There were lots of things I found fascinating (and odd!) about Ketchikan Real Estate, for example:
Photo courtesy of Christopher J. May
There were several things that I was surprised & amazed to learn about Ketchikan Real Estate.
First of all, there are so many differences in the properties!
You won't find many of what I call 'track' homes - a whole bunch of cookie cutter type houses, every one the same as the rest.
Many of the houses here I would call custom and there is every style available!
Most are in the 'Pacific Northwest Style'...
There are plenty of duplex/triplex properties too
(Approx 50% of the houses are rented)
Or how about your own island?!
And differences in where you wish to live! Do you like in-town living? Or do you want to be away from the hustle & bustle of the city?
Our first year in Ketchikan we lived in town, near the Mall and I absolutely loved being so close to everything. We could walk to work, walk to the grocery store, and there are plenty of activities & places to go around Ketchikan.
Then we moved to the North end of town and spent 4 years there - it was nice to 'get away' from the hustle & bustle of Ketchikan and slow down but I missed being in the heart of town. As silly as it sounds, making the 12 mile drive into town was sometimes too much. I found we holed up a lot more, which was not always a good thing!
Finally we purchased a house in downtown Ketchikan and have been here since. I love being within walking distance of work during the Summer and being in the heart of the city.
There are four Real Estate companies in Ketchikan:
Fun stuff! I hope you enjoyed learning about the interesting aspects of Ketchikan Real Estate! Let me know if you have any further questions on my Contact Us page.
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