Free Snow Balls For Life
March 17, 2007 9:17 AM   Subscribe

Alaska's calling Yoooooooooooou! Not interested in that Free Land in North Dakota or Kansas? Anderson, Alaska is giving away 26 lots on a first come, first serve basis. No gas station, no grocery store, no traffic lights, but grizzley bears abound!
posted by Secret Life of Gravy (19 comments total)
My brother lives up there and works at the early warning station. He occasionally sends photos of grizzly bears and moose wandering around in his yard. I could live someplace like that, if it weren't for the -60 degree part.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:30 AM on March 17, 2007

I'll get my little grammar snipe out of the way: first-come, first-served. Carry on.
posted by Turtles all the way down at 9:31 AM on March 17, 2007

Um...also "grizzly".
posted by Turtles all the way down at 9:34 AM on March 17, 2007

Try that in Alaska Turtles and you will be soup.
posted by srboisvert at 9:34 AM on March 17, 2007

Mmmm.... Soup all the way down....
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:45 AM on March 17, 2007

If I was going to live in a town of 367 I sure as hell wouldn't want it to be on a 1.3 acre lot surrounded by 25 other 1.3 acre lots. An acre up there has got to be what, a thousand bucks?
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 9:52 AM on March 17, 2007

As remote as it seems I can't imagine it would be more than a thousand an acre. But who knows?
posted by nola at 10:00 AM on March 17, 2007

Ack! Sorry! Forget the snowballs, I need free editing for life.

I think the lots are relatively small because they are in town. They already have phone and electrical hook-ups. Being in town would probably have its advantages for non-Alaskans. You wouldn't be cut-off from other people who might have more experience in surviving the winters.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 10:09 AM on March 17, 2007

A search of an Alaska MLS turns up a 9.6 acre property near Anderson for $20,000, so it's probably more like $2000 an acre. But I'd be happy to have my starter property in town there, for the reasons SLoG mentioned: you'd likely want neighbors near to give you advice and help. Good advice in most places, in fact, just maybe more so there.
posted by weston at 10:34 AM on March 17, 2007

Hey, if Anne Heche can do it, anyone can do it!

What, that's fiction? Nevermind.
posted by tommasz at 10:55 AM on March 17, 2007

Hey, it would be a good place to build your backup fortress for when the zombies come. Lots of food stores, and as we all know, zombies freeze because they have no internal source of body heat. So if you can keep the humans from breaking in and trying to eat you in the winter time (but remembering to not spoil the meat so you can eat), you should have plenty of chanc to survive the 'warm' months.

Sign me up!
posted by mrzarquon at 11:28 AM on March 17, 2007

I could live someplace like that, if it weren't for the -60 degree part.

Exactly! But who knows? Over the coming decades, the cold may become less severe.
posted by owhydididoit at 11:41 AM on March 17, 2007 [1 favorite]

Cool! I can't wait to hang out with Holling, Maurice and the gang at The Brick!
posted by sourwookie at 12:50 PM on March 17, 2007 [1 favorite]

The collection or keeping of non-operating motor vehicles is strictly prohibited.

Can't let your car break down though.
posted by Mitheral at 1:30 PM on March 17, 2007

Wonder what is the cause of all the red-colored land... map
posted by uni verse at 3:07 PM on March 17, 2007

The biggest problem for anyone not retired is Very Small Town = lack of jobs. According to Google maps it's over 78 miles (one way) to commute to Fairbanks. You wouldn't want to try that every day in the winter. With the cost of gas I can't imagine driving that far twice a day even when the roads are clear. If you were well-off enough to afford the commute I imagine you'd just buy/build a house in a better location.
posted by D.C. at 4:40 PM on March 17, 2007

I had a friend who lived in nearby (for Alaskan values of "nearby") North Pole, AK and commuted to Eielson AFB. I'll have to send him a link to this thread and forward any comments he might have.
posted by pax digita at 10:05 AM on March 19, 2007

Okay, comm'd with said ex-Alaskan friend. He replied


I saw that. If I remember right, it's north of Fairbanks, well out of reach of cell phones and cable TV. I'm pretty sure you'd have to plow the roads yourself for miles and miles before going anywhere. And no jobs there, so you'd have to drive those 25 miles or more to work every day. Fun, fun, fun. There's a reason Century 21 isn't handling these sales.

posted by pax digita at 6:02 AM on March 20, 2007

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