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Matanuska-Susitna Valley

Located in Southcentral Alaska between Anchorage and the Denali National Park & Preserve, the Matanuska-Susitna Valley is a vast region that covers over 23,000 square miles. Known to locals as the Mat-Su Valley, this fast-growing area is popular for its magnificent glaciers, fish-filled lakes, abundant wildlife, and mild climate.

The Mat-Su Borough was incorporated in 1964 and serves as the governing body of the valley. The name Matanuska refers to the Copper River region’s Athabaskan Indians while Susitna loosely translates to Sand Island River. Top communities in the Mat-Su Valley include Palmer, Wasilla, Big Lake, Houston, Willow, and Talkeetna.

Outdoor recreational opportunities abound in the Mat-Su Valley. Fishing, hiking, and boating are among the top activities in this region. The valley is also home to three mountain ranges, around 30 state parks, and hundreds of rivers, streams, and lakes.

The Mat-Su Valley is an abundant agricultural hub for Alaska, producing more than half of its crop output. Moreover, many farmers here are proud to display their produce that are gargantuan in size, to say the least. Here, you will find cabbage heads weighing a hundred pounds or green beans that are at least a foot in length.

You will find three major highways in the Mat-Su Valley: Glenn Highway, Parks Highway, and Denali Highway.

Real estate and property types in the Mat-Su Valley

Looking for a home that offers privacy, comfort, and spectacular mountain views? The Mat-Su Valley has several to choose from. These moderately-priced residential homes come in ranch, craftsman, and chalet architectural styles. Typically surrounded by trees, these homes are spaced sufficiently apart from each other, allowing for optimum privacy among residents.

The Mat-Su Valley also has a variety of commercial properties up for sale. The commercial lots in this area, especially those in Palmer in Wasilla, have great locations along the highway or major roads. The master-planned community of Hatcher Pass Village offers light commercial properties, as well.

Living in the Mat-Su Valley

  • Known as Alaska’s Stillwater Fishing Capital, the Mat-Su Valley is home to several bodies of water, generously filled with Chinook salmon, Dolly Varden trout, rainbow trout, grayling, landlocked Coho salmon, arctic char, and many more. Many of the lakes here are easily accessible by road. The valley also has a number of remote fishing spots such as Alexander Creek, Lake Creek, the Talachulitna River, and the Talkeetna River.
  • With more than 2,000 miles of trails, it’s of no surprise that the Mat-Su Valley is a hiker’s paradise. Some of the most popular hiking spots in this region are the Denali State Park which boasts of numerous trails and picturesque views and the Kesugi Ridge which is a multi-day hike for the experienced trekker.
  • Just off Glenn Highway lies the majestic, 27-mile long Matanuska Glacier, the largest glacier in the United States that’s easily accessible by car. Glacier trekking and ice climbing are must-do activities here.
  • Every year, the Mat-Su Valley plays host to the Alaska State Fair, the state’s largest event. Held in the city of Palmer, this annual event features world-famous cabbages, giant vegetables, live music, exciting amusement park rides, and delicious food.

Live the Alaskan country lifestyle in the Mat-Su Valley today. Get in touch with My Favorite Realty to learn more about your real estate options. Call us at 907.746.4663 or send an email to Office(at)MyFavoriteRealtyAK(dotted)com.

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