About Juneau - Homes for Sale and Community Information

Juneau isn't just a place to live ... it's a place to experience




When you arrive in Alaska’s capital, you know you’ve come to a different place.  For starters, there are no roads to Juneau … you arrive by boat or airplane.  Maybe it is this isolation that gives those who live here a sense of community and a sense of oneness with our natural surroundings.

Built along Gastineau Channel in Alaska’s southeast panhandle, Juneau shines like a diamond sitting at the foot of Mt. Juneau and Mt. Roberts.  Facing communities of Douglas, West Juneau and North Douglas on Douglas Island across the channel, it spreads along the base of the mountains from Thane to the south, then continues north into the Mendenhall Valley, home of the famous Mendenhall Glacier, and farther “out the road” past Auke Bay.

As Alaska's Capital City, government plays a big part in Juneau's everyday life with tourism, mining, forestry and fishing as other major commercial endeavors.

Commuting Around Juneau

We have about 60 miles of roads around Juneau.  The neighborhoods you will hear about are Downtown Juneau, West Juneau (across the bridge on Douglas Island), Douglas, North Douglas, Thane, Twin Lakes, Lemon Creek, Salmon Creek, Mendenhall Valley, Montana Creek, Auke Bay and “out the road.”

Being landlocked, with the only access by boat or plane, we have an extensive “marine highway” ferry system provided by the State of Alaska that transports people and cars around southeast Alaska.

There are several cities located nearby that can be reached by plane or ferry: Gustavus, Hoonah, Angoon, Sitka, Haines, Skagway, Wrangell and Petersburg.

Juneau AK homesDowntown Juneau

Downtown Juneau is a quaint shopping area with many shops that cater to the tourists who arrive in Juneau by plane, ferry or on cruise ships.  The tourist industry is very prevalent in Juneau and we are proud to show our visitors the beauty that we are favored with every day.

Recreation and Sports in Juneau

Fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, skiing, skating, golf and sports of all kinds are favorite pastimes in Juneau. Juneau also has many sports in the two high schools such as soccer, basketball, hockey, football, and swimming along with several music activities. Check out Juneau's Parks and Recreation activities.

There are lots of boating activities in Juneau with four main city-owned boat harbors, two privately-owned harbors and many boat launch ramps. We have two large indoor swimming facilities, and playgrounds.  For sports there is softball for men, women and mixed leagues, a skate-board park, a privately-owned 9-hole golf course and a bowling alley, an ice skating rink, and Eaglecrest ski area. There are several parks, many hiking trails and various city Parks and Recreation activities.

You can experience a hike in an old-growth rain forest, explore a glacier, watch an eagle soar majestically overhead, spend an afternoon fishing for salmon or halibut from a boat or the shore, ski or hike the rugged mountainside of Eaglecrest, dine on fine cuisine or take in a professional theater production or a symphony.  Juneau offers a variety of choices all within minutes of where you live.

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Climate

Southeast Alaska is a rain forest with lush green trees.  Summers have high temperatures of high 60’s to low 70’s; winters have lows in the 20’s to 30’s.

Juneau Real Estate

Juneau real estate consists of single family homes, condos, duplexes, multi-family dwellings and new home developments.  The average cost of a home is $275,000 to $375,000.  We enjoy the experience of small town living in Juneau.

Living in Juneau

Juneau has a great variety of schools both public and private from preschools to two high schools and the University of Alaska Southeast.

Attractions include the Mendenhall Glacier and Visitor’s Center in the Tongass National Forest; the “inside passage” used by many cruise ship companies and private boating aficionados; Eaglecrest skiing; two zip lines; fishing charters; whale-watching; flight-seeing on float planes or helicopter tours of the glaciers and the ice cap behind Juneau; beautiful Glacier Bay and Tracy Arm. Get a great overview of the area from the Mt. Robert's Tramway with its breathtaking vistas.

Juneau has a friendly, small-town atmosphere with big city amenities in the arts and music fields. The Juneau Symphony, Juneau Jazz and Classics, Opera to Go and Perseverance Theatre are popular activities in the arts community. Visit the Juneau-Douglas City Museum or the Alaska State Museum.

History of Juneau

Founded by Joe Juneau and Richard Harris in 1880, Juneau began as a mining town with the discovery of gold in the streams and mountains.  Several mines were very successful in the area.  Juneau became the capital of the Territory of Alaska in 1906 and remains as the state capital since statehood in 1959.

Let me help you find a home

Now that you’ve read about Juneau and all it has to offer, contact me. I'm Honey Bee Anderson, a Juneau Realtor since 1989, and I will be happy to help you with your real estate needs, whether buying or selling your home.   You can browse through my featured listings, or search all homes in Juneau using my Juneau Property Search.  As a resident since 1974 and married to a life-long Alaskan, I know the area well.  Contact me for additional information about Juneau and Juneau real estate.

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