Getting to Know Palmer

What started as a planned agricultural community in 1935, has turned into one of Anchorage’s most intriguing suburbs. Farming persists today throughout the Mat-SuValley, but Palmer may just be the most picturesque city in the bunch.

Palmer covers slightly less than 3.75 square miles and is home to approximately 6400 residents. Downtown, the city radiates the charm of the 1930s when the city sprang into being. And yet, the surrounding community looks a scene from an Alpine postcard.

While there are a few older properties, much of Palmer has sprung up over the past few decades with many homes completed in the last ten. Land is also still available for those looking to build their dream homes.

The median price for existing homes falls near the $248,000 mark; half cost more while half cost less. While single family homes are the most common in Palmer, multi-family dwellings are available. Additionally, large lots (both finished and undeveloped) offer a lot of space for farmers or those preferring a ranch lifestyle.

For the size, Palmer has a busy downtown, brimming with restaurants and shops that allow residents to enjoy their community rather than heading to neighboring towns or the big city. But, Palmer residents are hardly resigned to shopping and dining. Situated as it is on the Matanuska River, there are plenty of outdoor activities to draw homeowners out – during every season of the year.

Plenty of farms are open to the public, including reindeer and musk ox farms, but the most active residents enjoy hiking and riding through the trails of Lazy Mountain, which adds character to the entire region.

Schools serving Palmer students fall within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. Most children attend Sherrod Elementary and Palmer Middle School before moving on to Palmer High School.

If you’re looking for interesting activities to occupy your time during your home search in Palmer, why not check in at the Palmer Visitor Information Center? You’ll find it at 723 South Valley Way. Call (907) 745-8878 if you need directions or just have a quick question about this beautiful community. 

Ron Nichols / Photo courtesy of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service., via Wikimedia Commons

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