So you’re thinking about moving to Alaska?

Then you’ve found the right place! I am a multi generation Alaskan. I’m here to tell you specifically about the Kenai Peninsula area, but I’m happy to answer your questions about any part of the state. I love, love, love Alaska and the Kenai and I’m excited to tell you all about it. We’ll have information on jobs, communities, schools, housing..the sky is the limit!

Ninilchik – Community Spotlight

Best known for its stunning ocean and volcano vistas and topped off by the iconic 1901 Russian Orthodox church overlooking the harbor from the bluff above, Ninilchik is a great choice for those who love to have beautiful vistas almost every day. Though services like a large shopping center require a drive of 45 minutes or so north or south, there are plenty of small shops were you could pick up milk or sugar to get you through until shopping day. Situated between the Ninilchik and Deep Creek rivers, this is a fisherman’s paradise, with tractors available on the beach to launch your boat into the “salt” should you desire. In the winter, this is the gateway to the famous Caribou Hills Recreational Area, should you want to ride your snowmachine to your out of the way cabin in the woods. Ninilchick has a K-12 school, a full service gas station, and is famously known for the “Biggest Little Fair in Alaska.”

Schools

Ninilchik Elem/High School

Churches

Services

Twin Rivers Store

Chinook Tesoro (Gas Station)

Lodging

Chamber or Commerce

Post Office

Police/Fire/Ambulance

Ninilchik State Troopers 907-567-3660

Emergency Services

Library

Ninilchik Library

Hospital/Medical

Medical Clinic

Ninilchik Family Denistry

Things to do

Health and Wellness Club

Pool

Dining

Hiking Trails

Fair

Music Festival

Seniors

Senior Center

Real Estate

https://teresawinter.jackwhite.com/areas/Ninilchik

Questions?

Seward – Community Spotlight

seward alaska

With a population of less than 2000 and achingly beautiful views of the Resurrection Bay and the mountains Seward, Alaska is the perfect choice for those that love the mountains AND the sea. Originally a port for incoming prospectors headed to the Gold fields of Alaska. There are many old buildings and a rich history in the lovely town. Known worldwide as the host of the treacherous Mount Marathon Race that attracts both world famous athletes and spectators every year on the Fourth of July. You can go for a hike in the mountains, see a glacier, and have a fresh seafood dinner while watching the sea lions play in the Bay – on the same day. Next to the Denali National Park – Seward is the second most popular tourist destination in the State of Alaska. Cruise ships stop throughout the summer, and the Alaska Railroad has a depot here. With a hospital, great schools, and a small town feel – this is a great place to live. Warning though, Seward is known for rain, much like Seattle, but the sunny days make it oh so worth it!

map of Seward Alaska

Schools

Seward Elementary

Seward Middle

Seward High School

Alaska Vocational Technical Center

Churches

Services

Seward Chamber of Commerce

Library

https://www.cityofseward.us/departments/library-museum

Hospital/Medical

Hospital

Provider Directory

Police\Fire

https://www.cityofseward.us/departments/police-department

https://www.cityofseward.us/departments/fire-department

Pets

Seward Shelter

Seward Animal Hospital

Things to do

Parks and Recreation

Dining

Alaska Sea Life Center

Exit Glacier

Festivals and Events

Seniors

Senior Center

Real Estate

https://teresawinter.jackwhite.com/areas/Seward

Questions?

Cooper Landing – Community Spotlight

Cooper Landing area

At the turquoise headwaters of the mighty Kenai River and nestled in the mountains, this community is the perfect choice for those who want to “get away from it all.” With a population less than 300, there is plenty of opportunity to reflect and relax in peace. Hiking trails are numerous, the fishing is excellent, and there is even the opportunity to prospect for gold. Cooper Landing is still on the road system, an hour in either direction will get you to the neighboring towns of Soldotna or Seward if you need supplies.

Map of Cooper Landing, Alaska

Schools

Cooper Landing School (k-12)

Churches

https://www.yellowpages.com/cooper-landing-ak/churches

Services

Cooper Landing Grocery and Hardware

Wildman’s (liquor, convenience, and laundry)

Lodging

Chamber or Commerce

Post Office

Cooper Landing State Troopers (907) 595-1233

Library

https://cooperlandinglibrary.webs.com/

Hospital/Medical

Cooper Landing Medical Clinic (mobile) (907) 595-3334

Things to do

Cooper Landing Community Club

Dining

Gold Panning

Hiking Trails

Gun Club

Museum

Seniors

Cooper Landing Seniors

Real Estate

https://teresawinter.jackwhite.com/areas/Cooper+Landing

Questions?

Homer – Community Spotlight

Homer Spit and Kachemak Bay

Affectionately referred to as a “small drinking village with a fishing problem,” Homer is a great choice for those who love the ocean, the arts, and prefer a little milder weather. It’s easy to bike down to the world famous Homer Spit and watch the boats come in at the harbor, or watch the sea otters play in the bay. With a population of just under 5000 people, this city is smaller than neighboring Soldotna or Kenai but still has the convenience of in-town living. There are several notable events that take place in homer such as the Homer Halibut Derby or the Shorebird Festival. Homer residents are known for being more eco-friendly, more liberal leaning, but just like anywhere in Alaska all are welcome! Nearby traditional Russian villages give the town a rich cultural heritage. Homer also has a hospital, airport, and branch of the local college.

Map of Homer Alaska

Schools

West Homer Elementary School

Paul Banks Elementary

McNeil Canyon Elementary School

Fireweed Academy (k-12)

Homer Middle School

Homer High School

Homer Flex School

Kechemak Bay Campus – Kenai Peninsula College

Churches

https://www.churchfinder.com/churches/ak/homer

Services

https://www.homeralaska.org/retail–shopping.html

Library

https://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/library

Hospital/Medical

South Peninsula Hospital

Provider Directory

Pets

Animal Shelter

Homer Vet Clinic

Things to do

Parks and Recreation

Dining

Homer Golf Course

Festivals and Events

Movie Theater

Islands and Oceans Visitor Center

Community Theater

Pratt Museum

Airport

Homer Municipal Airport

Seniors

https://www.homerseniors.org/

Real Estate

https://teresawinter.jackwhite.com/areas/Homer

Questions?

Kenai – Community Spotlight

Russian orthodox church Kenai, Alaska

With a little more industrial feel than neighboring Soldotna, the city of Kenai is still a great choice for those wanting “Alaska” while still having easy access to shopping and city conveniences. Situated on the mouth of the great Kenai River, this city offers stunning mountain vistas (featuring views of three active volcanoes), a commercial airport, an active theater scene, a baseball team, and a great opportunity to participate in the annual subsistence salmon harvest (locally referred to as dip netting). Kenai is a hub for both the fishing industry and the oil and gas industry.

map of the city of Kenai, Alaska

Schools

Mountain View Elementary

Aurora Borealis (charter school)

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

Kenai Middle School

Kenai High School

Kenai Alternative High

Churches

https://www.churchfinder.com/churches/ak/kenai

Services

http://kenaichamber.chambermaster.com/list/

Library

https://www.kenai.city/library

Hospital/Medical

Emergency – Kenai Urgent Care Center

Provider Directory

Pets

Animal Control

Kenai Animal Hospital

Things to do

Parks and Recreation

Dining

Kenai Golf Course

Festivals and Events

Movie Theater

Oilers Baseball

Tour Old Town Kenai

Community Theater

Visit the Challenger Learning Center

Airport

Kenai Municipal Airport

Seniors

https://www.kenai.city/senior-services/page/senior-center

Real Estate

https://teresawinter.jackwhite.com/areas/kenai

Questions?

Soldotna – Community Spotlight

soldotna, Alaska and Kenai River

With a population of 30,000 people and 111 acres of parks per 1000 people. Soldotna is a great choice for people who want to live “Alaskan” but not give up some of the conveniences of city life. There are great restaurants, lots of community events, tons of parks and river access, shopping, a college campus, a local hospital, and much more.

Soldotna, Alaska map

Schools

Soldotna Elementary

Redoubt Elementary

K-Beach Elementary

Soldotna Montessori

The Study

Skyview Middle School

River City Academy (7-12)

Soldotna High School

Cook Inlet Acadamy (Preschool-12)

Kenai Peninsula College

Churches

https://www.churchfinder.com/churches/ak/soldotna

Services

https://directory.soldotnachamber.com/list

Library

https://www.soldotna.org/departments/library

Hospital/Medical

Central Peninsula Hospital

Provider Directory

Pets

Animal Control

Twin Cities Veterinary Clinic

Soldotna Animal Hospital

Three Friends Dog Park

Things to do

Parks and Recreation

Dining

Tsalteshi Trails (skiing and biking)

Festivals and Events

Golf

Movie Theater

Seniors

Soldotna Senior Center

Real Estate

https://teresawinter.jackwhite.com/areas/99669

Questions?

Kasilof – Community Spotlight

Kasilof River

Why not start with the town you grew up in? At a population less than 800, Kasilof is a great place to choose should you want some space, privacy, and a good commute distance to Soldotna or Kenai. Services are limited to a small general store, gas station, post office and school. Outdoor activities abound. The Kasilof River is great for salmon fishing – not as famous as the Kenai, but often less crowded. Several lakes and creeks offer great trout fishing. Established trails to the Caribou Hills in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge offer wintertime snow machining activities, and Kasilof also hosts the famous Iditarod qualifying dog sled race, the Tustumena 200.

map of Kasilof, Alaska

Schools:

Kasilof has an elementary school only (K-6) but offers bus service to junior and high schools in Soldotna. As a parent, I can’t really say enough about Tustumena Elementary – at less than 150 students they have a wonderful parent to teacher ratio and even recently won a national award for test scores.

Churches

Kasilof Community Church

New Life Christian Church

Library

https://kasilofpubliclibrary.com/

Services

Kasilof Mercantile\Rockys Cafe – surprisingly well stocked small store and cafe with great food.

Kasilof Riverview Tesoro – gas station, liquor store, sundries

Kasilof Post Office

Tustumena Lodge

Decanter Inn

Real Estate

https://teresawinter.jackwhite.com/areas/Kasilof

Questions?