Girdwood Real Estate Information

Girdwood is a beautiful ski resort community found in a valley of the Chugach Mountains less than an hour away from Alaska's largest city, Anchorage. Girdwood is technically considered an unincorporated community, but is located within the Municipality of Anchorage for population and census purposes. Girdwood is found along Cook Inlet, ensuring beautiful views of both the mountains and the sea. Girdwood is closed in by seven massive glaciers, which are themselves the target of much exploration and tourism. The scenic nature of Girdwood has led to it being used as a scenic backdrop or setting for several Hollywood films and television shows, including the Amazing Race and Snowriders II. Girdwood recently gained international attention during the hearings of Senator Ted Stevens, who is a native of Girdwood.

Girdwood was originally known as Glacier City as a testament to its majestic surroundings, and most early residents found their livelihoods providing supplies to gold miners along Crow Creek and other surrounding arteries of water. This began in the year eighteen ninety six, when Colonel James Girdwood (for whom the community was later renamed) discovered the first four gold claims. The town was literally moved two and a half miles after the Good Friday Earthquake, and was temporarily incorporated as a city in the year nineteen seventy before being absorbed by the Municipality of Anchorage five years later. Popular recreational activities in the summer include rafting, fishing, and hiking, although Girdwood is eternally synonymous with winter sports, especially at Alyeska Resort.

Surprisingly, the relatively small community of Girdwood is home to an impressive number of souvenir and tourist shops, including the Alaska Candle Factory, the Great Alaskan Tourist Trap, Hottentot Pottery, and the Kobuk Valley Jade Company. Girdwood also boasts the Girdwood Center for the Visual Arts and the Alta House Vacation Rentals and Gift Shop. Girdwood also boasts several charter fishing and air tour services as well as the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. The educational needs of Girdwood are met by a number of local and more distant public and private institutions, including Girdwood Elementary School and the Girdwood School.