Exploring Juneau’s Starr Hill Charm

Starr Hill: Juneau's Charming Neighborhood
Starr Hill, a historic neighborhood in Juneau, Alaska, is named after Frank Starr, a pioneer who arrived in the late 19th century. Starr, who had a background in construction, staked claims on the land that would become known as Starr Hill, which is situated near the Silver Bow Basin gold fields. The neighborhood’s development began in the early 1900s and continued through the 1940s, featuring homes with a variety of styles from the era.

It is a neighborhood steeped in history, as evidenced by the well-preserved homes that line its streets. These homes, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, showcase the architectural charm of a bygone era, with styles ranging from the early 1900s to the 1940s.

Real Estate Highlights

The Starr Hill neighborhood is known for its mix of historic and more recent homes, with some properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The area is characterized by its postage-stamp lot sizes and the stunning views of downtown, Gastineau Channel, and the surrounding mountains that many homes offer. Despite the steep terrain, the neighborhood’s proximity to downtown and key amenities like schools and harbors makes it a desirable location, although it comes with a premium due to its convenience and scenic beauty.
The real estate market in Starr Hill reflects the neighborhood’s desirability, with homes commanding a slight premium due to their location and the high cost of living in Alaska’s capital city. Despite this, the area’s strong economy, driven by government and tourism sectors, continues to influence the demand for housing in Starr Hill.

Neighborhood Amenities

Residents of Starr Hill enjoy a variety of amenities, including two tennis courts, a small baseball diamond, and a playground within the neighborhood park. The area is particularly popular for sledding in the winter months. The neighborhood’s location also provides easy access to several schools, the Juneau Douglas High School, and Harborview Grade School, which are situated just down the hill.

Real Estate Market Trends

The real estate market in Starr Hill reflects the neighborhood’s charm and location. Homes in this area tend to have a slight price premium compared to similar properties elsewhere in Juneau, reflecting the neighborhood’s desirability and the high cost of living in Alaska’s capital city. The market is influenced by the state’s strong economy, driven by government and tourism sectors, which can impact the demand for housing in areas like Starr Hill.

Lifestyle and Recreation

Living in Starr Hill offers residents a unique lifestyle with easy access to outdoor recreation and cultural attractions. The neighborhood’s proximity to Mount Roberts and Mount Juneau allows for numerous hiking trails, and the Mount Roberts Tramway provides an additional route for those looking to explore the natural beauty of the area. The Flats, another nearby neighborhood, is home to a major grocery shopping area and cultural district, adding to the area’s appeal.

Conclusion

Starr Hill stands out as a vibrant and historic neighborhood in Juneau, Alaska, offering a blend of past and present with its well-preserved homes and modern amenities. The neighborhood’s unique character, combined with its picturesque setting and convenient location, makes it a special place to live, work, and raise a family.

REFERENCED IN THIS STORY

“JRE Real Estate-Commercial & Residential Specialists.” jre-realestate.com, https://jre-realestate.com/commercial/juneau/downtown-juneau/. Accessed 13 March 2024.
“Starr Hill Single Family Homes For Sale in Juneau, AK – Listings.” Trulia, https://www.trulia.com/AK/Juneau,Starr_Hill/SINGLE-FAMILY_HOME_type/. Accessed 13 March 2024.

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Mark Hughes is the President and curator of Bungalows and Cottages LLC, Blog, and Networks. Mark's mission is to bring the design, history, and lifestyle of smaller comfortable iconic American bungalows and cottages to everyone. Mark is a real estate broker, manager, and coach, and industry executive who once ranked in the top 1% of agents worldwide for sales and has sold or managed over 6 Billion in U.S. real estate sales. Small Home, Big Life.

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