Eagle River


There’s always a “best of both worlds” kind of place, and for Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, that place is Eagle River. This suburb has more of a small-town, family-friendly feel than Anchorage, but is close to the freeway for easy commuting. Offering award-winning schools, this safe, military-friendly community has many attributes that make it a favorite among military families.

Eagle River is the shopping hub between Anchorage and the Valley, and there are plenty of local amenities. The area is also well situated for taking advantage of all the outdoor opportunities Alaska offers. There are beautiful hikes and even a park in Birchwood that acts as a training area for dog mushers for the Iditarod.

Though Eagle River is the most significant spot between Anchorage and the Valley, there are other residential pockets, including Chugiak (pronounced CHOO-gee-ak), Birchwood, and Peters Creek. Chugiak is notable as the home of the Birchwood Shooting and Recreational Park, the largest rifle, pistol, and shotgun range facility in Alaska.


Eagle River is very popular with military members, drawn to the shorter commute and small town feel. Families flock to the area, but singles and young couples may find it a bit sleepy.  

Neighborhood Feel

Less urban than Anchorage, but not as rural as the Valley, Eagle River offers an abundance of beautiful, unique homes. Single family homes and townhomes are the norm, but be prepared to get cozy with your neighbors—lots are situated fairly close to one another.

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Neighborhood Location

JBER – Boniface Gate
JBER – D Street (Fort Rich) Gate
Drive Time to Gate
15 to 25* minutes
10 to 20* minutes
By Transit

Neighborhood Info

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Points of Interest

Eagle River Nature Center

Downtown Saturday Market

The Ulu Factory

Winter Creek Trail Hand Tram

Big Plus

Great schools, low crime, plentiful parks, short commute times, and friendly neighbors make peaceful Eagle River a perfect fit for many families.

Offering all the amenities one expects from suburbia, the area is also an easy commute to JBER.

Fans of the outdoors will find lots to do and see in Eagle River, including several stunning hikes.


Things to Consider

The area is densely populated and can feel crowded. Homes are close to one another and lots are smaller than what you’ll find in the Valley.

Though the commute is much shorter than from Palmer or Wasilla, residents still have to contend with the often-congested Glenn Highway.


How’s the Market?

The median home value for single family homes in Eagle River is $299,000 according to the Zillow Home Value Index. Home Values are forecasted to increase by 5% in the coming year.

According to Zillow’s Rental Index, the median rental rate for Eagle River is $1,936.

The ZRI for Eagle River is for all rentals, including smaller apartments and very large homes. There isn’t enough data available to narrow down the median rate for single-family homes.

School Scoop

The public schools in Eagle River belong to the Anchorage School District (ASD). One of the highest rated schools is Eagle Academy Charter School with a rating of 10, according to GreatSchools.org.

ASD offers a multitude of educational models for students, including elementary montessori, open-optional secondary, international baccalaureate, and world discovery schools. Charter schools are an option in the Anchorage School District. Partial immersion and language classes are available in several schools offering Japanese, German, Russian and Spanish.

The Anchorage School District provides Title I, Kids’ Corps Inc. (KCI) Head Start, Migrant and Special Education preschool classrooms at certain schools within the district. You must call the school to determine if your student is eligible.

Students can apply for a school zone exemption and enter a lottery if they wish to attend a school or program outside their assigned neighborhood school.

Highlighted Areas

Eagle Crossing


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