Input if you live here

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Input if you live here

Postby oregon » Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:24 pm

Ketchkan
Kiawok
Wrangle
Petersburg
Kake

Looking for any insights into these areas: Housing, Arts/Culture, tolerance, Weather, School Systems.

Thanks!

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Re: Input if you live here

Postby BermudaKristi » Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:22 pm

I personally haven't lived in those places, have been to all for long visits though. I have teacher friends in 3 of them. If you want to consider another island a bit more west and a bit bigger community except for Ketchikan- you should look at Kodiak. :) I teach here and LOVE IT
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Re: Input if you live here

Postby H.Scandale » Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:09 am

What do you love about Kodiak? I would love to hear your experience. TIA
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Re: Input if you live here

Postby oregon » Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:39 am

Thank you Kristi!

I will check Kodiak out :) Can you tell me if you have a lot of earthquakes. I see you are in the zone there for the most severe ones. I don't mind a few small ones, but I'm shying away for the big dudes. What can you tell me about your experience with that so far?

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Re: Input if you live here

Postby BermudaKristi » Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:53 pm

Maybe it's just been quiet since I've lived here or I'm just used to earthquakes since living in Japan so only big ones catch my attention ? But, haven't had much, if any (none that I recall) in the earthquake area. I know there was a bit of a rattler 2015- but still didn't cause damage, just got people's attention. Kodiak is an island, so it's secluded in that sense, we are a small community but large...like we have Walmart, Taco Bell, safeway, McDonald's, Starbucks...I came from
Bermuda so feel spoiled here :) Anchorage is a quick flight away if you feel like it, but I've been quite content over breaks to stay here.

Schools are great here and it's just big enough to have a nice community for families and stuff to do. I've loved it and don't plan on leaving. The only major caveat is the housing is very expensive- so be ready for that!
Sticker shock!
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Re: Input if you live here

Postby SassySunshine » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:05 am

BermudaKristi,
I read your response earlier in my search and looked into Kodiak.
I have an interview with Kodiak on Monday. I’m curious about the availability of housing close to the high school. Is there a need for a car in Kodiak? I know housing is expensive, but I’m not seeing much available at all! Any recs on where to look for housing if I were to receive an offer?
Thank you!
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Re: Input if you live here

Postby BermudaKristi » Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:10 pm

Hi! The high school is in a neighborhood with lots of housing, well most of Kodiak city is residential :) it truly is small town feel. While you don’t necessarily need a car living close to the high school, I would recommend it. Safeway and Walmart are a good mile from there and while it’s a nice walk on a sunny day, it does rain quite a bit and that would be miserable. There is a ton to explore here and hike and you definitely need a car for that! The place to look for rentals is better on Facebook- join Kodiak rental housing market group. You can also just buy a car when you get her as there are always cars for sale on swip swap. Apartments you are looking at 1,000-1300 for a studio or 1 bedroom and it goes up from there. I still love it here :)
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Re: Input if you live here

Postby SassySunshine » Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:32 pm

Thank you BermudaKristi!
Great suggestions and good to know about the distance to shopping. :)
I think I have already added that rental facebook page.
It's awesome to hear that you are still loving it in Kodiak!
Thanks again!
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