About Juneau

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 West Juneau, Douglas and North Douglas on Douglas Island across the channel, it spreads along the base of the mountains from Thane to the south, then spreading 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.


Downtown 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, 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.


     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, playgrounds, and an ice skating rink.  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, and Eaglecrest ski area. There are several parks, many hiking trails and various city Parks and Recreation activities.


     The Juneau Symphony, Juneau Jazz and Classics, Opera to Go and Perseverance Theatre are popular activities in the arts community.


     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.




     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; 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. Families will also love heading over to Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure.  The area is absolutely amazing, so plan to spend some time exploring everything this area holds in store for you.


     Juneau has a friendly, small-town atmosphere with big city amenities in the arts and music fields.


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, 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.

Related links


Parks and Recreation

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Alaska State Museum

Patsy Ann Statue

Mt. Roberts Tramway

Juneau Symphony

Events in Juneau

Attractions in Juneau

Tongass National Forest

Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure

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