Sun May 01 19:03:02 UTC 2016

A Look Into Anchorage History

Posted by: Realty Solutions Michael & Decker Team

Alaska is a fascinating state, which captures the imaginations of people all over. For some who have never been here, it can be difficult for them to imagine that there are actually warm summers or that people don’t necessarily live in igloos (unless they want to, of course). Anchorage is Alaska’s largest and most populated […]

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Alaska is a fascinating state, which captures the imaginations of people all over. For some who have never been here, it can be difficult for them to imagine that there are actually warm summers or that people don’t necessarily live in igloos (unless they want to, of course).

Anchorage History from Michael and Decker Realestate Anchorage, AK

Photograph taken while visiting the Anchorage History Museum


Anchorage is Alaska’s largest and most populated city and carries an interesting and relatively brief history, becoming a U.S. settlement just over 100 years ago in 1914. Of course, the Dena’-ina, the indigenous inhabitants of the Cook Inlet Region, began arriving in Southcentral around 1,000 to 1,500 years ago.

Anchorage was chosen, in 1915, as the site for the country’s first and only federally owned railroad. Woodrow Wilson was President at the time, and he approved funds for this project, with Ship Creek Landing in Anchorage serving as headquarters. Thousands of people began pouring in to take advantage of employment opportunities surrounding the building of the railroad, and Anchorage was incorporated on November 23, 1920.



Anchorage’s population really didn’t boom until after the building of two military bases, Elmendorf and Fort Richardson, after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Within 10 years, the population went from a few thousand to 30,000, making Anchorage a key town in Alaska.

A significant and powerful event in history then took place in the Anchorage area — The Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964. Alaskans are used to a little shaking, as the state experiences 50 to 100 earthquakes – get this – per day! Of course, only a handful of these per year are actually felt by the population. The Good Friday earthquake of ’64 registered 9.2 on the Richter Scale, making it the most powerful in North American history, causing a tsunami and taking the lives of 118 people. The most recent powerful earthquake that occurred near Anchorage happened on Sunday morning, January 24, 2016. It registered 7.1 on the scale; definitely a shaker, but no one was injured.

The resilient residents of Anchorage immediately began rebuilding their city after the Great Earthquake, which took up a lot of the later 60s. With the discovery of oil in Prudhoe Bay, on Alaska’s North Slope, Anchorage experienced more economic and population growth throughout the 70s, 80s, and beyond. Oil is a big part of Anchorage, and Alaska’s economic stability.

Many Alaskans feel that growing tourism will become an important part of the state’s economic future. The Anchorage area offers breathtakingly beautiful scenery and relatively mild weather because of its coastal location. What’s NOT to like for those lucky enough to visit or live here?

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Wed Apr 20 17:16:31 UTC 2016

Museums and Galleries in Anchorage

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Just because Anchorage is in wild Alaska, the Last Frontier, the Great Land, etc, doesn’t mean it’s not a hub for culture and big city fun. There are plenty of places to take in fine art and local crafts, and here is a comprehensive list to help plan out a day (or week) of cultural […]

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Just because Anchorage is in wild Alaska, the Last Frontier, the Great Land, etc, doesn’t mean it’s not a hub for culture and big city fun. There are plenty of places to take in fine art and local crafts, and here is a comprehensive list to help plan out a day (or week) of cultural entertainment.

Museums:

Anchorage Museum – The Anchorage Museum is a world-class art, history, ecology and science museum located in the heart of the city. It explores the history, land and people of Alaska and offers something for everyone.

Alaska Native Heritage Center – This is an exciting and educational tribute to the indiginous peoples of Alaska. It offers outdoor and indoor exhibits, along with demonstrations and events such as tribal music, dancing, and much, much more.

Alaska Museum of Science and Nature – This museum is packed full of Alaska history and archaeology. There is plenty to do and see for all ages, and it offers enriching education on Alaska’s natural history.

Oscar Anderson House – As Anchorage’s only house museum, this first, private Anchorage home shows what it was like to live in Anchorage in 1915. Oscar Anderson and his wife immigrated from Sweden, and the Andersons owned a meat market in downtown Anchorage. Come visit during Swedish Christmas while the house is elaborately decorated.

Alaska Experience Theatre – This is a great events space, which offers a a banquet room with a fantastic view. The theater shows beautiful films every half hour throughout the summer, which allows guests to experience natural Alaska phenomena, such as northern lights and the Great Earthquake of 1964.

Alaska Aviation Museum – This museum is a tribute to Alaska aviation history and is located on the south shore of Lake Hood, the heart of Alaskan aviation. It is also a half mile from Ted Stevens International Airport, and visitors  can watch planes take off and land right from the museum.

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Eklutna Historical Park – A half hour from downtown Anchorage, the Eklutna Historical Park gives visitors a look into the history and customs of the Dena-ina, helps explain Russian Orthodox traditions, and represents how Russians in Alaska and native peoples integrated their cultures.

Alaska Veterans Museum – Honoring our nation’s veterans, this museum provides artifacts and personal accounts to assist in preserving their memories and sacrifices throughout Alaska’s rich military history. The museum serves to educate the public on the history of our veterans.

Alaska State Trooper Museum– Through exhibits and memorabilia, this museum commemorates the history of law enforcement in one of the most unique places in the world, Alaska. It includes a wide variety of interesting displays, including a restored 1952 Hudson Hornet automobile.

Check out an A-Z list of museums and cultural centers.

Art Galleries:

Anchorage has so many wonderful art galleries, they are too numerous to list one-by-one. Here is a nice list of galleries (in Anchorage, and throughout Alaska) on art-collecting.com with links to each one, for more information.

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Wed Mar 23 21:45:05 UTC 2016

Planning Tools for the House Hunt

Posted by: Realty Solutions Michael & Decker Team

Searching for your next house can be fun, exciting and daunting, all at once. If you find yourself in the market, there are helpful apps and online tools to assist during the process. A mortgage calculator is a super useful tool providing live, up-to-date mortgage rates. Find out what your monthly payment will be, total […]

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House Hunting Planning Tools from Century 21 Realty Solutions: Michael & Decker Real EstateSearching for your next house can be fun, exciting and daunting, all at once. If you find yourself in the market, there are helpful apps and online tools to assist during the process.

A mortgage calculator is a super useful tool providing live, up-to-date mortgage rates. Find out what your monthly payment will be, total number of payments, and the amount of interest that will be paid during the life of your mortgage.

Check out the website:  Mortgage Calculator

and the free app:  Zillow Mortgages- Calculator and Home Loan

The Internet has made house hunting a much more streamlined process by enabling potential buyers to see homes right on the screens of their devices. There is a variety of MLS (Multiple Listing Service) search options available. You can filter and narrow down your search to include only houses that are the perfect match for you.

Check out the website:  It’s our very own cool map search!

and the free apps:  Realtor.com; Real Estate by Zillow

A big part of the house search for many people includes the location of that potential new home. Surrounding businesses and resources can be a huge factor. Knowing which parks/trails, schools and businesses are nearby can be a key decision maker.

Check out the website:  Our community page will give you the low-down on the community.

and the free app: AroundMe

Finally, understanding the mumbo-jumbo of the real estate world can make you feel more confident and informed when it comes to the buying process. There is a very useful site that includes an alphabetical list of over 700 real estate terms, defined and broken down for clear understanding.

Check out the website:  investopedia.com

and the free app:  Real Estate Dictionary by Farlex ($.99 for the ad-free version)

 

 

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Fri Mar 04 00:55:18 UTC 2016

How Many Homes Does the Average Buyer View?

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Since buying a home is usually the biggest investment in one’s lifetime, no one really wants to rush into such a thing. Often, buyers wonder just how many homes are “acceptable” to tour while shopping around. There is really no straight-forward answer to this question. Touring a potential home is definitely a learning process. Buyers […]

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househuntingadviceSince buying a home is usually the biggest investment in one’s lifetime, no one really wants to rush into such a thing. Often, buyers wonder just how many homes are “acceptable” to tour while shopping around.

There is really no straight-forward answer to this question. Touring a potential home is definitely a learning process. Buyers usually get more ideas of what they love and don’t love about a house after looking at a couple or few. The agent also learns more about what the buyer is looking for during visits and is better able to pin down properties suited to the buyer’s wants and needs.

House shopping is a collaboration between buyer and agent. Sometimes buyers find a perfect match with the first or second home they visit, which is great for buyer and agent, but sometimes it takes many more to find the perfect fit. For those buyers who are shopping around and visiting several homes, it’s a good idea to take notes and make lists in order not to get confused or overwhelmed.

Just remember not to feel rushed or pushed; after all, this is the place in which you are going to live, potentially for years to come. According to real estate agent, Richard Michael, there is no secret formula, and sometimes it just takes a while. Some people love the first house they look at, while others look at 20 or more before they find the perfect place to call home.

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Wed Feb 24 21:56:21 UTC 2016

What Makes Michael & Decker the Best Agents in Anchorage?

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Buying or selling a house can be such a daunting and seemingly complicated process. Buying a house should be one of the happiest and most exciting times of one’s life, but the stress caused by not understanding the process can put a wrench in all that joy. Richard Michael and Heather Decker are third generation […]

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RichardandHeatherONLYBuying or selling a house can be such a daunting and seemingly complicated process. Buying a house should be one of the happiest and most exciting times of one’s life, but the stress caused by not understanding the process can put a wrench in all that joy.

Richard Michael and Heather Decker are third generation real estate agents, and they have over 20 years of combined experience when it comes to helping people achieve their real estate dreams, whether it’s buying or selling. Richard has many years under his belt in sales, property management and development, and Heather has been licensed since 2005 and grew up in a real estate family.

Besides their extensive experience and wholeheartedness to their profession, they both grew up in Alaska and really know their way around. They know how to make their clients feel at ease, and most importantly, at home.

With close to 50 sales in the past year and numerous raving reviews on Zillow, the proof of their dedication, success, and happy clients is out there.

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Sat Feb 13 15:22:04 UTC 2016

New simple search page

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Our new super simple, fast, iphone friendly homes for sale search page. http://anchoragereal.estate/ 

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Our new super simple, fast, iphone friendly homes for sale search page.

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Wed Feb 10 04:15:23 UTC 2016

Five of Anchorage’s Favorite Restaurants

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It’s always nice to get some local recommendations on good places to eat. After all, locals will pick places they would visit again and again, right? Here is a short list of some of the funnest and tastiest places to eat in Anchorage, loved by tourists and locals, alike. 1.  Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria […]

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It’s always nice to get some local recommendations on good places to eat. After all, locals will pick places they would visit again and again, right? Here is a short list of some of the funnest and tastiest places to eat in Anchorage, loved by tourists and locals, alike.


1.  Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria
This is one of those places that just ends up at the top of the list almost every time. Just check TripAdvisor and Zomato. Because of its popularity, it is one of the busiest places in Anchorage, but the staff is always prepared for this, making it a bustling yet fabulous dining experience. They consistently serve incredibly tasty pizza, and they have a brewery in-house, which produces over 20 draft beers to pair with that delicious pizza.

 


2.  F Street Station

Locals tend to rave about this downtown bar and grill. It is a popular meeting place for friendly locals and bush pilots, giving visitors the real Alaskan vibe. This is a great place to grab lunch while rambling around downtown Anchorage. The halibut and chips are a favorite, and their soups are a great way to warm up on a chilly day. They also offer a giant wheel of Tillamook cheese for patrons’ sampling pleasure.

Our go-to lunch spot for a beer, halibut salad and a side of sarcasm. Aloha, Bree! @breevee #iloveanchorage #fstreetstation

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3.  Bear Tooth Theatre Pub and Grill

This is a unique and exceptionally fun place to eat, drink, and perhaps see a movie. The movie side provides a full service kitchen in the concession area offering appetizers, pizza, burritos and salads, as well as the more traditional movie fare of popcorn and candy. For those out for some dinner, minus the movie, the Bear Tooth Grill (the other side of the building) is a full service, sit-down restaurant with delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts in a casual, fun and bustling atmosphere.

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4.  Kincaid Grill and Wine Bar

Those looking for a nice dinner won’t be disappointed with this elegant restaurant with a bit of a rustic exterior. People are pleasantly surprised by the quality of food and service in the out-of-the-way establishment near Ted Stevens Airport. Don’t let the strip-mall location deter; this place serves impressive dishes of fresh Alaskan seafood, as well as beef, duck and lamb. They also have a fairly extensive wine list to boot.

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5.  Simon & Seafort’s Saloon and Grill

Enjoy an amazing view of Cook Inlet while eating fresh Alaskan halibut or a juicy steak. Simon’s offers a hearty menu of fish, shellfish, meats and poultry in an inviting atmosphere. There is also a full bar, a nice wine menu, and a signature cocktail menu. Reservations are recommended, especially in summer, to avoid a wait. They also serve brunch on Sunday.


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Sun Sep 27 00:36:45 UTC 2015

What Exactly is Feng Shui?

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The history of feng shui spans 3500+ years. Per Merriam-Webster, feng shui is: a Chinese system for positioning a building and the objects within a building in a way that is thought to agree with spiritual forces and to bring health and happiness. Some people may hear these words and think hippy dippy; however, feng […]

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feng shui
The history of feng shui spans 3500+ years.

Per Merriam-Webster, feng shui is: a Chinese system for positioning a building and the objects within a building in a way that is thought to agree with spiritual forces and to bring health and happiness.

Some people may hear these words and think hippy dippy; however, feng shui is a practical way to arrange things in your home that will make it feel comfortable, less cluttered, and downright happy. One doesn’t have to be superstitious to follow some feng shui in the home.

While you may not believe the placement of a mirror will bring you prosperity or that plants in your living room will bring you fame and recognition, it is true that plants in your home remove toxins and make the air you breathe cleaner. Bringing plants into the home has been a feng shui practice since ancient times.

It is also true that the placement of objects and furniture, and the presence of certain colors in a room tend to set a mood and energy for that space. Clearing clutter is an important element of feng shui, and certainly many people could stand to get rid of a few things clogging up their space and bringing down their energy.

One of the most important rooms in the home is the bedroom, and HGTV offers some good advice on how to feng shui your bedroom into a private and relaxing space and set yourself up for a good night’s sleep.

It certainly doesn’t hurt to follow some feng shui to get your space harmonized and happy, and for those who like some assistance with decorating and furniture placement, it is a good way to learn a few tips and tricks.

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Mon Jul 27 01:44:21 UTC 2015

o-pen house – noun. 1. A place or situation in which all visitors are welcome.

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There’s something to be said about seeing a thing in person, and that certainly goes for homes. The tradition of the open house has been around for a long time, and with good reason. Buying a house is such an important event in one’s life; and who wouldn’t want to visit the place they intend […]

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open houseThere’s something to be said about seeing a thing in person, and that certainly goes for homes. The tradition of the open house has been around for a long time, and with good reason.

Buying a house is such an important event in one’s life; and who wouldn’t want to visit the place they intend to call home for many years to come?

According to curbed.com, the practice of open house began in the 1910s to help get homes moving: “. . . agents would stay parked at a single home every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for ‘open inspections,’ showing off modern marvels such as electric lighting and new kitchen layouts to potential buyers.”

Luckily for real estate agents, things have changed so that they don’t have to stay posted outside a house for 12 hours at a time waiting for passers-by. But the fact remains that people really like to walk through and inspect homes, serious buyers and curious folk just trying to pass the time on a weekend day, alike.

The Internet enables us to tour a home through pictures, movies and slideshows; however, seeing something on a screen is no replacement for getting a feel for the real place. Touring a home also gives the potential buyer a chance to get acquainted with a real estate agent and ask him or her important questions about the home and neighborhood.

Zillow.com has some handy advice on what kinds of questions to bring for the real estate agent at an open house. Keep the tradition alive, and enjoy an open house. It is a great way to do some real research on your potential new home.

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Sat Jun 13 14:20:12 UTC 2015

Summer Happenings

Posted by: Realty Solutions Michael & Decker Team

Not only is summer a fantastic time in our real estate world, it is also an incredible time in Alaska. Has anyone checked our extended forecast here in the Anchorage area? It’s looking good, folks. With endless hours of daylight and warm temperatures, it is time to get out and enjoy what Anchorage has to […]

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Not only is summer a fantastic time in our real estate world, it is also an incredible time in Alaska. Has anyone checked our extended forecast here in the Anchorage area? It’s looking good, folks.

With endless hours of daylight and warm temperatures, it is time to get out and enjoy what Anchorage has to offer. We just wanted to share with our friends what’s going on in Anchorage and surrounding areas. With summer solstice almost upon us already, check out the upcoming 2015 Downtown Summer Solstice Festival. And don’t forget Girdwood Forest Fair, celebrating its 40th year in July.

For a complete schedule of summer happenings, visit The Official Source for Anchorage, Alaska Travel Information.

We’ll see you out playing in the Alaskan summer!

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