New residents: Housing issues in rural or bush Alaska
There have been a rash of wanting to rent threads in our local trading post Facebook page, and it got me to thinking.
We are getting ready for our third year in our current community that doesn't offer teacher housing. When we moved here, we were put in contact with a landlord that had a small house that was in great shape. It was efficient and convenient for our jobs. It was small. It was downtown. But we have outgrown it. The housing that was available has been very disappointing. Either the house is in terrible shape or price is just unaffordable.
I'm ok with small because of heating costs, but the wife wants room. Thankfully we had some friends leaving and we were able to take over the house they are currently living in.
Before you move to rural/bush Alaska, it would be good to understand the rental market. The good places never make it to the advertising market. Start looking for places to rent now. Reach out to co-workers living in the community. Be prepared for substandard quality compared to what you are used to. It ain't easy living in rural/bush, but with patience and due diligence you can find a decent spot, if you are in a hub.
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