North Pole is located less than 20 minutes from Fairbanks, the sprawling frontier town that functions as a junction of the Alaska Railroad and major highways. As such, the area plays an important role as a transportation hub for northern Alaska.
With a name like North Pole, you would expect winter-themed celebrations year round. Indeed, the town stays decorated all year, and it is home to the Santa Claus House where the spirit of giving is alive 365 days a year. To see properties for sale in North Pole, including newly listed homes, check out our websites area’s MLS listings.
The median age for North Pole houses is 29 years, so you can find plenty of house listings in established neighborhoods. Many of the homes for sale have spacious lots with evergreens. The mean price for all housing units in 2015 was $226,000, which is about $18,000 higher than the current cost. Since over 10 percent of all real estate is unoccupied, you’ll have plenty of inventory from which to choose.
Despite a population of just over 2,000 residents, North Pole has three public schools (elementary, middle and high), two private schools and one charter school. This covers all education needs, so your kids won’t have far to go to receive good tutelage. The public school sector spends 30 percent more per student than the national average, so you know that your children are well taken care of.
While residents have plenty of dining and shopping options in nearby Fairbanks, North Pole does have its own impressive dining culture that was featured on the Food Network in 2009. Popular dining spots include Pagoda Restaurant, Country Café and Little Richard’s Family Diner.
The town is home to two full-service campgrounds. Additionally, nearby Chena Lake serves as a recreational highlight for locals and visitors. It has 80 campsites, a swimming beach, canoe rentals and paved bike trails. You can fish the lake for rainbow trout, grayling and arctic char.
Summers are comfortable and dry with July highs in the 70-degree range. Surprisingly enough, North Pole only gets 34 days of precipitation annually, most of which occurs in the winter. That’s significantly less than the national average. Since most of it falls as snow, skiers, snowmobile enthusiasts and snowboarders will feel right at home here.